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The Running Vixen

(Ravenstow Trilogy #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A forbidden love takes England to the brink of war...

It's 1126. Heulwen, daughter of Welsh Marcher baron Guyon FitzMiles, has grown up with her father's ward, Adam de Lacey. There has always been a spark between them, but when Heulwen marries elsewhere, to Ralf le Chevalier, a devastated Adam absents himself on various diplomatic missions for King Henry I. When Ralf is
Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Sphere (first published 1991)
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Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I've no nostalgic memories of Elizabeth Chadwick's The Running Vixen. I've read The Wild Hunt three times, but the second installment of 'The Ravenstow Trilogy' enjoyed limited international release and was next to impossible to find when I first discovered the series in the late nineties. Fortunately for me, the book was reprinted in 2009 and I was afforded a cost-effective means of indulging my interest.

Though not
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a medieval romance novel set in the Welsh Marches (along the English-Welsh border) in the early twelfth century. It is one of Elizabeth Chadwick’s earlier novels and I have been meaning to read it for a long time. Although not immersed in historical fact as her more recent work, this novel is still a well-crafted, imaginative tale. The characters are fictional figures instead of historical, however the context within which they are placed is just as historically valid and well-researched ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars. This book tells the story of Guyan's newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith's household. Adam has just returned from escorting Maude/Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I's heir, to the chagrin of the Barons. Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Chadwick's THE RUNNING VIXEN, the sequel to her debut novel THE WILD HUNT, is much more than just another historical romance. Instead it's a vibrant and often moving story of the loving relationship that develops between two opposed characters, supported by a rich historical backdrop that most authors have difficulty in achieving.

Many of the supporting characters return from THE WILD HUNT and Chadwick has lost none of her ability to bring the Norman era to life. From melees and
Claire (Clairby11xxx)
(8/10) This follows on nicely from the first book in the Ravenstow trilogy and I really enjoyed it. It does go off on a completely different angle from the first which I found a nice change of pace. The two main characters are both a lot older and worldly wise when they get together (scandalous for the the time, the scene in the rented house made me chuckle)! I felt the connection between the characters and did spend a lot of time willing them to get over themselves and just get together ...more
This book peaked WAAAY too early. It was also much more sexual than I expected. That's not always a bad thing but for some reason at this stage in my book-reading life, it annoyed me. Halfway through the book, it seems like everything should end there. This is my first Chadwick book that I've ever read and now that I'm perusing other reviews, I should have started elsewhere. This book is certainly not BAD by any means. The writing is VERY descriptive the characters are quite interesting and ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars. This book tells the story of Guyan's newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith's household. Adam has just returned from escorting Maude/Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I's heir, to the chagrin of the Barons. Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I love reading Chadwick, when I start reading one, I feel like I'm treating myself to something special.

This is the second book following The Wild Hunt, I enjoyed reading about Judith again, I really liked her character in the first book.

In this book the focus is on Heulwen , Guyun's daughter, and Adam, whom he raised.

Adam has always been in Love with Heulwen, and now that she is widowed he sees a chance when her betrothed is suspected of treachery against King Henry.

I didn't like Adam
Kay   ✾◕ ‿ ◕✾
This is more focused on the love story. Not much combat. Much politics. But the interactions among the members of Judith and Guyon's family are interesting and entertaining, especially tactless Renard.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am thoroughly enjoying the reading of Ms. Chadwick's early rock, Elizabeth! Your journey to the writer you are today is quite satisfying for this reader...

Read twice!! The last time to a recoving husband who is a heart patient.
Laura Pugh
I like historical fiction and this is certainly very readable. The plot kept me fairly enagaged even if it was a bit predictable. It follows the developing love story between the daughter of a land owning lord and his ward, despite the threat of a jealous rival, all set against a background of King Henry I plotting to get the most tactical marriage possible for his daughter. I struggled a bit with the portrayal of women though. Of course the women take on typical roles for the Medival era and ...more
That was definitely not one of the best by Chadwick.

Yes, there was an adventure, an action, a romance and historical accuracy. But it lacked something that was in her other books. Something that carries away, grips full attention etc.

The best parts were that I saw Guyon and Judith from The Wild Hunt and (as Misfit called him) the scamp Renard. I must read his story now.

Most of all, it still was better than most historical fiction.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was actually pretty good, I thought I'd have to crawl my way through the book but actually I ended up being very engaged with the story and the characters more than I thought I would. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in historical dramas.
Lynn S.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I like Elizabeth Chadwick's books, this was all right for her early writing.
Michelle M
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Personally I liked the MCs of the previous book more. But I would read this again!
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A medieval masterpiece that is atmospheric, with such beautiful historical detail and compelling narrative as to amaze!

Elizabeth Chadwick is a masterful writer whose work stands out above all others, by being truly magnificent within the historical fiction genre. Convincing and compelling the author certainly knows how to bring the past to life, combined with an intensely gripping plot that keeps you glued to the pages. Her grasp on historical detail is secure and vivid, where not even the
Regan Walker
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to The Wild Hunt is Good but not Great

The Running Vixen is the second novel by English author Elizabeth Chadwick and the second in her Welsh or Ravenstow trilogy (The Wild Hunt is the first; The Leopard Unleashed is the third). She went on to write many acclaimed historical novels most of which are not romances and not all of which are available in the US. The novels in the Ravenstow trilogy are romances but not typical of the genre. Be prepared for a different pace and different story
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Elizabeth Chadwick historicals is one of my guilty pleasures. This is one of her early ones, a stand-alone but related to 'The Wild Hunt' following a minor character (the son of one of the villains) now grown to manhood having been raised as the ward of Guyon FitzMiles, the hero of the first book. Chadwick now mostly writes fictions involving real life historical characters, usually set between the Norman Conquest and the end of the Plantaganet era, but her first two books were about ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nisareen by: Deborah O'Regan
This is the reissued sequel to Chadwick's debut novel, The Wild Hunt and sees the welcome return of many of the characters from the first book. The Running Vixen focuses on the relationship between Guyan's ward Adam De Lacy and his daughter Heulwen from his affair with his Welsh mistress Rhosyn. Although raised as brother and sister, Adam has always loved Heulwen but loses her when Heulwen marries Ralf Le Chevalier, a cad who is unfaithful to her but who is later killed in a raid by the Welsh.

Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of Chadwick's earlier books,portraying life once again in the Marcher lands. As ever, the author doesn't disappoint.Her catalogue of character and plot make for interesting reading, which draws the reader into the scheme of things.

An undersired marriage on the part of Heulwen, one of the protagonists, leads to strife and upset betwteen the 3 main characters. Needless to say, all is resolved reasonably amicably,despite Warrin's determiantion in hoping to win Heulwen't heart this time.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another home run for Elizabeth Chadwick. She's one of the very few authors I've encountered that can seamlessly transport her readers to the place and time she writes about. She makes them smell the herbs as the characters walk across the rush floors, breathe the damp air of Wales, see the shine of silks and banners of war, and hear the clop of horse hooves and rustle of chainmail of knights. You literally experience the book, not just read it.

Her characters in this book are also just as
Jim Smith
I'm not really a lover of romance novels, but this one is definitely a cut above the ordinary. I realised too late that really I should have read 'The Wild Hunt' first, but it is possible to treat the book as a stand-alone. Set against the back-drop of early medieval England it features the growing romantic tension between Heulwen (the illegitimate daughter of Guyon FitzMiles from 'The Wild Hunt') and Guyon's ward Adam deLacey. Married off young to someone who turns out to be an adultrous pig, ...more
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Before reading - I waited what more than 10 years to read this. I read and loved Wild Hunt (book 1) and The Leopard Unleashed (book 3) when they came out, but this one went out of print and expensive long before I discovered online book shopping. I am slightly afraid I might not love it like the others, my tastes have changed and I might have overdosed in Chadwick books after a few more.

After reading - and meh. I think I changed but I also think this book is a lot more conventional (and shorter)
Deborah Pickstone
Erckle! Rather a lot of historical howlers going on which greatly mars the flow for me - for instance x reminded her of the stories her nurse used to read to her. That was really likely!

Never let it be said that EC can't write - she's excellently good at getting a flowing narrative going but she's so over-involved with the sex lives of her protagonists that it gets tedious. They are always in love (arranged marriages in despite) and the sex is always successful - unless one of the baddies is
This one probably sits somewhere between the 3.5 to 4 star range. It's well written and an absorbing story, but not especially memorable to me. I did like how Elizabeth Chadwick was able to create a real sense of menace in some scenes - she's very effective at transporting you into this different time and place. But I never felt that I really clicked with the characters, and after reading the first book in the series they just felt like copies of the previous hero & heroine.

In addition to
Sarah Barnes
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting with all my favourite elements: action, suspense, an easy to hate villain and most importantly, a gorgeous love story between the two main characters. Heulwen and Adam's relationship is just so realistic you get completely swept away on their journey to love. Their love story is just beautiful to read about and the ending just leaves you envious of their partnership. Definitely not for youngsters, this novel contains mature content and ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's such a TREAT to have a new Elizabeth Chadwick to read. You can't beat her for historical escapism par excellence! Convincing and compelling heroes and heroines jump off the page with their dramas and dilemmas and romances - their human stories set against a medieval background so vividly conjured up that you can almost feel the draughts in the castles, taste the delicacies at the feast, hear the battle cries etc. 'The Running Vixen' swept me into 1126 - a time of instability following the ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not my favorite of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels, there is too much sex and not enough history. The characters are as interesting and likeable as ever, but there story is somewhat painful to read. (Especially a certain scene when a certain fiance comes barging in to discover a certain man and woman with a certain lack of clothing, it was quite messy.) Ms. Chadwick's later novels seem to be an improvement on her earlier ones, the writing doesn't change but the stories improve.

Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me, recommended by my favorite author of historical fiction, Sharon Kay Penman. This novel is set just before the start of the 30 Years war. The main character is responsible for bringing Maude from Germany after her husband dies, and then for conveying the offer of marriage from King Henry to Geoffrey of Anjou. A completely different approach than the one Penman chose in "When Christ and His Saints Slept." This book is the second in a triology, so I look forward to completing ...more

I read this book too in Swedish more than 10 years ago, and it was for a long time one of my favorites just like The Wild Hunt (the previous book in the series)

Too bad this one didn't hold up as well as the first one. Still a good book, and I enjoyed it very much.

Two very stubborn main characters, and I know stubborn people. Still felt at the end that these two still had work to do in the communication department.
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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

Other books in the series

Ravenstow Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Wild Hunt (Ravenstow Trilogy #1)
  • The Leopard Unleashed (Ravenstow Trilogy #3)