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The Leopard Unleashed (Wild Hunt Trilogy #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Renard, Lord of the Ravenstow estate and Crusader knight returns from Antioch, but he does not return alone. He brings with him a mistress, Olwen, a beautiful but untrustworthy dancing girl. Renard has returned home because of his father's ill health and imminent death. Also there is tension locally caused by the dispute over the succession to England's throne. He must als ...more
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Published December 1st 2010 by Sphere (first published June 1st 1992)
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Book Three in the Ravenstow Trilogy. The book opens as Guyan and Judith's oldest son and heir Renard is on crusade, that being the most expeditious method of his avoiding the civil war raging between King Stephen and Empress Mathilda. Renard involves himself with a beautiful exotic dancer, Olwen, and when the summons arrives for Renard to return home to his ailing father, she manipulates Renard into taking her along with him. Once home, Renard must marry the much younger Eleanor, who he was betr ...more
Rebecca Huston
It finally arrived from England! (Hurray!) As soon as I finish the current book, I'm diving into this one -- I simply can't resist an unread EC novel at hand. Ok, after blasting through this one in a day, I can say, I keep being impressed. Quite a tangle of characters here -- Misfit, you are right about Olwen! Great story, plenty of history bits, and great pacing to boot.

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Gloriously rich and acutely evocative, this beautifully atmospheric tale is simply breathtaking!

In the Twelfth century, to have is not always to hold…

I am a huge fan and avid reader of Elizabeth Chadwick’s work, for I truly believe that she is one of the greatest writers of historical fiction. Bringing the medieval era vividly and realistically to life, Chadwick captures the intensity and passion of the times in such meticulous and exacting detail as to delight. With its shimmering gold cover an
Ana T.
have long been fascinated by Elizabeth Chadwick’s stories. I take my time reading them because I want to savour every word. Besides her current books in print she has 3 books – the first ones she wrote, The Wild Hunt, The Running Vixen, The Leopard Unleashed– that are OOP and are very HTF. I’m lucky enough to have all 3 and yesterday I finished the third one.
They are known as the welsh trilogy and feature several members of the same family.

Renard of Ravenstow comes back from the crusades after
This book contained characters from previous stories, but I had difficulty keeping everyone straight. Once again, Chadwick tells a tale about daily life in the reign of King John. I enjoyed the story, but found the ending somewhat abrupt. Tantalizing references to Llewelyn of Wales, whom I came to love through Sharon Kay Penman's work.

I did really enjoy this book (the Wild Hunt is one of my favorites), but there were a few things that I would have liked to see differently.

While generally I liked Renard, I didn't love him. As opposed to the relationship between Judith and Guyon in the Wild Hunt, I felt that Renard was driven more by a certain part of his anatomy, than his more tender emotions. And consequently, I never got the impression that Eleanor was indispensable to him. It was clear he came to care for her, but I thi
Jul 04, 2012 Nisareen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nisareen by: Deborah O'Regan
This is the third installment in the Ravenstow trilogy, this time focusing on Renard, the son of Judith and Guyon and future heir to Ravenstow. Having been betrothed to the ten year old Elene at the end of The Running Vixen, Renard has gone on crusade to Antioch until Elene comes of age. As a mercenary, Renard has adapted well to mideastern culture but when he receives a summons urging him to return home because his father is seriously ill, Renard wastes little time.

Although he is expected to m
I picked this up in one of those pesky "buy two get one free" offers that always seem to catch me out.

Renard is a crusader in Antioch, a long way from the estate on the Welsh border that he is heir too. He meets the wild, exciting Olwyn, a dancing girl who dreams of leaving her hard life behind to find power and wealth...and when Renard is summoned home to attend his dying father, Olwyn tricks her way onto his retinue. But Renard is betrothed to Elene, daughter and heir of the lands next to his,
The Leopard Unleashed by Elizabeth Chadwick is the third book in what's usually referred to as the Ravenstow trilogy (The Wild Hunt and The Running Vixen), and while each book focuses on the story of a specific family member, each book easily stands upon its own. Leopard Unleashed follows the story of Renard fitzGuyon, who has spent the past four years on Crusade. While in Antioch, he gets caught up in a relationship with a fiery half-Welsh dancing girl named Olwen. When Renard receives word tha ...more
The Leopard Unleashed is a re-release, with some overhauling, of one of her earliest novels, from the time when she wrote of fictional characters within accurate historical periods of time. As such, her prefaces suggest she feels slightly embarrassed by these now, having moved on to real people from history but actually, so long as you remember hey are not as factual as others, they make a cracking read and are full enough of life, love, detail and colour to be a truly enjoyable way to spend a d ...more
Elis Madison
The third in Chadwick's first trilogy. This one does weave in more details around the succession crisis and civil war following the death of Henry I. I'd always wondered how Stephen of Blois managed to lose that war and keep the crown. Now it seems a bit clearer. 4 stars.
The thing I really don't like about Elizabeth Chadwick's novels is the lack of details concerning individuals and their relationships. I thrive on human interaction in my novels and I always feel like Elizabeth Chadwick falls short. It's not that detail isn't there (it definitely is), but not in the form that I truly appreciate.

One thing I really love about Elizabeth Chadwick's novels is the detail indulged in the history from domestic life to behavior and so on. Though that, in itself, can be f
Not my favourite ever Elizabeth Chadwick book but still a good read
I'm on an hugely enjoyable journey working my way through Elizabeth Chadwick's back catalogue of wonderfully addictive historical novels. Now the 'nights are drawing in', it's especially cosy to close the curtains against the rainy darkness and curl up under the fleecy blanket and lose yourself in the dramas of the Middle Ages. Against a backdrop of the Stephen/Matilda wars,'The Leopard Unleashed' sees Renard, a knight returning from the Crusades, torn between desire for his minx of a mistress a ...more
Elizabeth Ashworth
I've been enjoying catching up on some of EC's earlier work which I'd missed. None of them disappoint and this was one that I particularly enjoyed, although there was a measure of tragedy to offset the happy ending. Olwen, the dancing girl was an interesting character and had my sympathies for most of the book. I also enjoyed Elene who grew throughout the book into a strong and resourceful woman. But it is the men that EC portrays so well. They are sometimes flawed, but always likeable and Renar ...more
I thought this was a good book- Elizabeth Chadwick certainly does her research and paints the picture of the period really well. Think I should have read one of her other books in the trilogy first though, as it turns out I've read the third one or something! To be honest though, you can still get to grips with the story and characters, you don't feel like you've missed anything by reading out of order. It is a family history though, and it will be interesting to read the one about Renard's pare ...more
Jackie Wolfred
I didn't like this book to begin with. The main character made me angry. But that's a sign of a good book, and I am glad that I did not just return this to the library.
I love Historical Fiction, and enjoy Elizabeth Chadwick's writing. I read this book out of sequence as this was the third book in a trilogy. I have the other two books, "The Wild Hunt" and "The Running Vixen" on order from the Inter-library System.
I am glad I persevered in finishing this.
Not my favorite of hers, (Lady of the English and To Defy A King are my personal favourites) but still a nice story. I liked Elene and Renard's relationship, as well as the character of Elene because she reminded me of myself. I felt like the story was over very quickly in someway and that it didn't focus enough on the relationships between the characters. It had too many war scenes for my liking. Nevertheless, it was well written.
I really enjoyed this whole trilogy. Elizabeth Chadwick is becoming one of my new favorite authors! After finishing this book I wanted more! I highly recommend this book! The characters and details in this story transport you back to Wales/England in the 1300! Amazing!
Sonya Wanvig
Absolutely fabulous, like all her books. One night i left it in my station at work and i actually had physical withdrawal symptoms! (haha) Its like going back in time. And its happy in the end!
Elizabeth Moffat
A good book from elizabeth chadwick, I think I preferred the wild hunt but I still enjoyed the storyline and characters, especially the strong female leads aka olwen and eleanor.
Fiona Ellwood
The followup to "The Wild Hunt" and "The Running Vixen", this seemed more formulaic than the first two. Nevertheless an enjoyable read and one I go back to every now and again.
This is the follow up to THE RUNNING VIXEN & is just as good. Historical fiction does not get any better than this & I,m so looking forward to the next novel.
Linda Burke
Loved it as I love all her work. A quick read if you like romance and adventure in the past.
Sep 28, 2010 Sherron marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Found at used book store for $1.00. Very happy
Holly Jones
Great. One of my favorites.
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Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt. She has been shortlisted for the UK's mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice. Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one ...more
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