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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Wolf is on the run—from the oppressive monastery where he was raised, from the ghosts and demons that haunt the windswept moors of Devil's Edge, and from the shadows in the landscape that resemble the Devil himself.

When Wolf rescues a strange child on Devil's Edge, he takes her to a grand castle hoping to win the favor of its ruler. There he strikes up an unlikely friendsh
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by HarperCollins (first published April 30th 2009)
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
The fantasy premise was incredibly interesting: in this culture, many believed in the existence of elves, mysterious creatures caught somewhere between Heaven and Hell, who reside in an underground kingdom known as Elfland. Are elves good, or are they evil? And what happens to a human who strays into Elfland? These questions, among others, are faced by the two main characters, Wolf (a boy fleeing the dull, oppressive monastic life) and Nest, the daughter of a knight who dreams of doing something ...more
Brandy Painter
Review originally posted here.

The Shadow Hunt is exactly my kind of book, good historical fiction with fantasy woven seamlessly into the story, reminiscent of The Perilous Gard (my review) and The Coming of the Dragon (my review). The historical setting of the book is excellently portrayed. The dirt, grime, drudgery, and dynamics of medieval life are truthfully displayed. The fantasy elements come from Anglo-Welsh folklore and include a hearth hob, a well spirit, and the elfkind (or fay). I lov
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Mary
I know, I know - comparisons are odious. But I wanted to say to Nancy Farmer, "This is how you do it!" And what is "it"? Writing a compelling adventure set on the edges of elfland, that treats both pagan and Christian beliefs with respect and has no axes to grind.*

As the story begins, 13-year-old Wolfstan is running from the monastery where he has lived since he was six. He will not take another beating, and he can't bear having every moment of his life regulated. Wolf stumbles - literally - int
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Liz (Consumed by Books)
The Shadow Hunt is a book which I feel fairly conflicted about. There were some things about the novel that I really enjoyed, and I’m actually wondering if there’s going to be a sequel to it, because I felt that the author left enough room for one by the end of the story. I liked this book, but had some problems with it along the way.

I found the premise and setting of this book to be very original. I liked that Langrish made some of her characters and over arching themes Christian, because somet
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Reading Vacation
The Shadow Hunt tells a fantasy story set in the time of the Crusades. I dove right into the magical world of elves in a time rich with history. I love how the setting is so real! These elves are magical creatures of darkness. They are uncivilized beings who like to torment others and cause havoc. Who knew elves could be so evil?

My favorite character was Elfgift, the small child Wolf finds in the forest. She was the catalyst that brought Wolf and Nest to a greater understanding of each other. I
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Vicki
This one's almost more a YA title, just in terms of its darkness. Compelling story of a boy who runs away from the monastery where he has been beaten constandtly by one of the monks there. In his flight over the mountains, he is caught up in the chase of a hunting party who are after a pack of wolves and strange, mute, and naked child that the Lord in the hunt thinks is an elven child. Wolf (the boy) captures the the strange and terrified little girl in hopes that the lord will take him in and p ...more
John
Ages 10+

Honestly, I liked this book quite a bit more than I had expected during the first 75 pages or so. My daughter had read and enjoyed it so I kept with it. I was in the mood for a real fantasy novel and in the early stages it felt more like historical fiction (wrong meal for my current appetite as it were).

Fortunately, the book took a turn towards the more fantastic and the character development that was well done in the early stages of the book continued.

Despite have a male and female as t
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Kate Forsyth
I read this book under the title 'Dark Angels' the UK title and I absolutely loved it!

It's a children’s historical adventure setting during medieval times in, I think, Wales. It tells the story of Wolf, who runs away from a cruel monk in a monastery and encounters a strange, mute elf-child, and a pack of hunting dogs owned by the local lord of the castle. The lord takes Wolf and the elf-child in, and his daughter Nest help him care for her and try to teach her how to speak. Then, one day, a pass
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Lorrie
My son gives it a 4.5, I rate it a 4.
For me, the book had a very slow start. By the end however, I was really invested in the characters & storyline. It was very mysterious, and there were times when I wondered it certain things were really happening or if it was just the imagination. My son didn't really like the ending, because it didn't end the way he was hoping. To me it seems possible for a sequel, and both my son and I are hoping for one.
Tara
Written for young teen/preteen, this book was interesting... in both good and bad ways. A few times I wasn't sure if the demons & angels of 16th century England were supposed to be considered substantial for the book, or if the characters were hallucinating. I figured it out, though, partway through the book - they were to be considered real. So now it was an enjoyable historical fiction, with a simplistic but interesting plot, and I did end up liking it.
Patrick Lee
I think the book "The Shadow Hunt" by Katherine Languish is pretty interesting because it is an adventurous story and have some parts that involve religious history. This story was all about a boy name Wolf who was raised in a monastery. He later walk into a tunnel and saved an elf in a tunnel from Devil's Edge. Wolf was trying to prove Hugo that elves do exist. For example,"Splendor of God," Hugo swore. He squeezed closer, breathing heavily. "Where? Could I get down there? Is it really the way ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jul 08, 2010 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as decided-not-to-read
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: Ellen Kushner (blog)
I think it is very faithful to the time period it depicts. But it didn't really hold my attention. The ending made me smile, though. (Yes, I flipped ahead to see what happened. I'm bad like that.)
Llamalover
The characters seemed to come off as stubborn and mean. The story line was good though, and it kind of ended abruptly.
Jenna St Hilaire
Because I’m Catholic, and because the popular narrative about the Church—especially in the Middle Ages—is monstrous (and fraught with varying degrees of inaccuracy), and because I know some of my fellow readers will have similar feelings—let me say that on first read, I was very wary of where Langrish was going to take her tale. Let me also say, however, that by the end I felt at ease for the most part, even appreciative of the way she handled some things; and further, that I loved the story its ...more
Amanda
A little darker than I expected. Mentions the Crusades. Includes fairies and not the cute kind more like the traditional fairy tales
Rad
Seemed Middle Grade to me, but was shelved with YA. Why does this happen? Also, I smell a sequel, though it was wrapped up pretty well.
Heather
Really enjoyed this one. The premise is a bit complicated/hard to explain, but the story was well-executed and fascinating.
Michelle
I liked this book and didn't realize I had read other books by this author until later. It was a quick read.
Beth O'Connell
Another look at Faerie, this time in a medieval setting. Good, if a little creepy; a sequel is bound to come.
Jeanette
The story didn't get developed very well.
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Nov 17, 2010 Sarah marked it as to-order
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