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Hunter of the Light

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Every ninth year a great snow elk appears on Eirinn's mountaintops. Unless it dies by sacred spear before sunrise of Bealtaine Day, when the wheel of the world turns over, the balance between Light and Dark, and thus all hope of magic, will be lost.

And once lost, gone forever.

Every ninth year must Eirinn choose a champion. This year it is the bard, Blackthorn, more at ease

Paperback, 626 pages
Published April 28th 1995 by Harpercollins (Mm) (first published April 1995)
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Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once every nine years the sacred elk runs through Eire and the designated hunter must hunt him before Bealtine Day. This year the task is all the more difficult because Shadow has reared his head and Scaileanna and Orcs are abroad, ravaging the villages that lie in their path.

There is also a false hunter who wishes to kill the sacred elk and bring the Light forever to Shadows. The Mighty of Eire, the Midhe and the Sidhe align themselves to fight the Shadow and help the called hunter. For only w
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic novel of Eire! This book takes you on a fantastical journey like no other! I highly recommend this detailed, beautifully written piece!
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this some time ago--maybe in 2001. I believe I loved it for its Gaelic glossary and use of Gaelic throughout the text, its exploration of old archetypal images (white stag; hunter; royalty, etc.) of the isles, its potent sense of magic, and its good versus evil current.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was fun reading Risa's book. The beginning was a bit slow, but then it picked up. What a fun rendering of Irish myths!
Dave Smeds
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece of myth-inspired epic fantasy. My only complaint is that at 200,000 words, it is too short. I wanted to linger in this world (an Ireland of the distant past that never was).
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Honestly, I found this book hard to get into, but once I did it was very enjoyable. It was written as seriously high fantasy, with a whole lot of Irish folklore mixed in. I liked it, even if I couldn't pronounce any of the names.
Julie Akeman
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It will be my immense pleasure to write about this fine novel of ancient, mystical Ireland. I have always loved Irish lore and keep finding new stories though they are often old tales written in volumes long ago and forgotten. This is a reforging of Irish myth and legend. I do own this book, proudly so. I don't know if it is being reprinted, I had found my copy on Half. It does have a slow begining and maybe it didn't get as much attention as it should, but to keep at it the reader will be rewar ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Throw it a -side. Couldn't get in to it.
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