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The Hunters' Haunt

(Omar #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A blizzard savaged the mountain peaks, but at an inn called the Hunters' Haunt, travelers found safe refuge, a cozy room, and a roaring fire. All but Omar, the Trader of Tales -- against whom the innkeeper had been nursing a grudge. But before he could pitch Omar out into the storm, his other guests proposed a contest: if Omar could top a roomful of their tallest tales, th ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by (first published 1995)
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Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Sequel to The Reaver Road, but in a completely different setting - a snowbound inn in what seems to be the medieval Alps. Omar is in a storytelling contest with his life as the main stake. Other motives emerge as the stories are told. Great stories, great read.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Exceptional example of Duncan's fluidity and skill in meshing multiple characters, archetypes, and narrative styles into the one book. Our favourite professional storyteller is back, trapped in a hostile environment by the twists of weather and fate.

To survive, he establishes a challenge - each of the antagonists must compete with him in a tale of storytelling. As the collective narrative unfolds, it quickly becomes apparent that everyone has their own motives. The plot thickens rapidly, and Du
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Uncertainty abounds in this cacophony of untruths, half-truths, and outright deceptions, but what a yarn! Unusual and starts slow, but amazing twists and skillful storytelling.
Mimi Ettrick
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this a number of years ago, it stuck with me, and have been looking for it ever since. Omar is a rougish storyteller in trouble with a tavern owner. He comes up with a plan to pit himself against the occupants of the inn. If he wins a storytelling competition, he gets to keep his life. If he loses, he is thrown out into the snow to his death.
It's structure is incredibly original - a single plot told through multiple separate stories, which come together as one. The mystery keeps you read
Julie Thomas
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. At first I thought it was going to be similar to The Canterbury Tales where each person tells a story. But then after the first story, the second continues it and we get a tale within a tale situation. All the time Omar's life is at stake because that one guy wants to kill him because last spring he tried to steal a horse and did something else too. By the time I was halfway through I couldn't put it down! ANd the ending is something you'll never guess. Wow, what a whirlwind. Too bad there ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read some years ago.
Ariadne Deborah Fassel
Royal intrigues with a dash of The Canterbury Tales. Omar the Tale Trader tells the convoluted history of the Land Between Two Seas, aided by the other travelers at the inn.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Summary: A really excellent second Omar book, I wish there were more. Wwell written, good plot interesting world, great story telling. This book is a little bit different to the normal faire, and I really enjoyed it. It's quite different to the first Omar book as well, building on the foundations of Omars personality

Plotline: Well thought out plot, although actually quite simple, the devil is in the detail and how the fundamental plot components are achieved. God like.

Premise: It worked well. No
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ich sehe erst jetzt, dass das ja ein 2. Teil von irgendetwas war... Keine Ahnung, ob das im Nachhinein meine Meinung darüber ändert, aber eigentlich bin ich mir sehr sicher, dass es das nicht tut. Ich fand's schrecklich, vor allem die Charaktere waren mir so unglaublich unsympathisch und unglaubhaft, ich wollte es irgendwann einfach nur noch gegen die nächste Wand werfen. Und das ist echt das einzige, woran ich mich nach den 2 Jahren, seit ich es gelesen habe, noch erinnern kann, was kein gutes ...more
Bob Folker
Omar the tale-teller #2 stands on its own, which is just as well, since I haven't read the first one. The tales are skillfuly and twistfully told, and weave together into a larger story, which has a satisfying ending, as long as you don't mind being left wondering - how much of Omar's tales were "true"?
Three and a half-stars. Would be four, but I didn't really like Omar very much. People that glib remind me of used car salesmen, and I don't mean that in a good way. Still, a fun read over-all.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2013
A lightweight fantasy that doesn't pretend to try to be anything but that.

A slightly Arabian Nights-esque format - with one man telling stories in order to gain time before his execution.

It's a fun book, and nearly exactly what I was in the mood for after reading a succession of more serious works.
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Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
not as good as the first book , quite different really, and unfortunately one of the stories was just ridiculous in terms of being relevant. gassing so much from somebody's reactions is just too unrealistic. lowered my opinion of the book. the concept was great, but the amount of information gained by that needed to be decreased ...more
Sean Randall
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Omar isn't my favourite Duncan character, but I must say he's certainly a showman. This also marks the last of Duncan's works I own that I haven't read, which makes me proud and sad in equal measure. ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
3 & 1/2 stars. ha! Canterbury Tales done up as a competently-written throwaway fantasy book. and that's how come Dave Duncan is always worth reading, even though his books never go for anything ambitious, or stick in the memory after. perfect summer reading. ...more
Dee W.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
In the style of The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron, Omar the Trader of Tales finds himself in a story telling competition for life and limb.
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Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is is a story of several stories told over one night to make a rather bigger story. confused? Not a bad read at all really. Funny in parts but we as usual are left a step behind by Omar.
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Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds were more satisfying than the real one, he published more than 60 novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical.

He wrote at times under the pseudonym Sa

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