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The Hallowed Hunt (World of the Five Gods (Publication) #3)

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The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile -- and Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff must transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. With the death of the old Hallow King imminent and the crown in play, the road they must travel together is a dangerous one. And though he is duty-bound to deliv ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 423 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Harper Voyager (first published May 24th 2005)
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KostasAt You can, but you might like it more if you read it later.
Wolfread I have always seen this listed as the third of the trilogy. It was written and published third, but in time-line takes place a bit before the events…moreI have always seen this listed as the third of the trilogy. It was written and published third, but in time-line takes place a bit before the events in the first book in the trilogy, making it sort of a prequel. All three books are stand-alone works, only very loosely tied together by setting. I have always seen them listed as 1) The Curse of Chalion 2) Paladin of Souls 3) The Halllowed Hunt. I don't think it really matters if this one is considered first or third because it is set a bit apart (earlier) in time from the other two, and is in a different location with different characters.(less)

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Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The general consensus regarding The Hallowed Hunt seems to be "good, but not as good as the first two." I disagree.

My twee summary would be "greater than the sum of it's parts." The Hallowed Hunt is a complex beast (excuse the pun) and leans more heavily on expositional dialogue than is Bujold's usual practice, but I found this theosophical adventure both engaging and rewarding.

Due to the aura of disappointment palpable in the cumulative body of Goodreads reviews, I was reluctant to start this o
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This third book is much the same and significantly different than the others, so much so that they're all about the same amount of difference between them while in the same world, but all of them have so much of the same gentleness and levels of extreme intensity. It's very odd to describe, and I'm sorry for making a hash of it, but it's still valid.

The gods are always making a mess of things, and sometimes it's so much worse than we think. Here's to the wolf! And here's to the Horse! Can we rel
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Hallowed Hunt was another good instalment in the Five Gods series. Just like the first two books in the series the story had a mix of mystery, intrigue, romance, and magic. Bujold favours a sedate pace but still has an engaging writing style. She also has a talent for making it tough to guess which direction the story will take next!

Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been tasked by his master to collect both the body of Prince Boleso and his murderer and return them to the capitol. One for the fu
Mike (the Paladin)
We have been discussing on a different thread how a person's mood, frame of mind, surroundings etc. might effect their outlook on a book. I'm forced to say, maybe that's so here. I really liked the first in this series of books, it is exceptional as is the second. Each (especially the first The Curse of Chalion) snagged me and dragged me into the story. They held my interest from the first.

Now we come to the third. I could not get into it. The author seeks here to expand further the details of t
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, fantasy
Third in her Five Gods universe, dealing with the son. I liked this better a year and a reread later. It is very much a Bujold book, by which I mean that the main character, while operating within the inner circles of power, has some affliction (curse and blessing) which makes him an outsider to the society he works to serve. In this case the affliction is the possession of an animal spirit. Which is why, I think, I enjoyed this book but it did not grab me by the heart and gut like Curse of Chal ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to say... this one felt kind of like a disappointment to me after how much I enjoyed Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls. This one is actually a prequel which is set before the events of the other two, but it was written later on by the author.

In this story we follow Lord Ingrey who is tasked with bringing the Lady Ijada (accused and self-confessed killer of Prince Boleso [a rapist]) to justice. He's supposed to journey with her to the place of her trial, but along the way he starts to
Kevin Xu
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't understand why all the dislike for this book?
Glad that this book wasn't the 1st in the series. If The Hallowed Hunt was the first book McMaster wrote in her World of the Five Gods trilogy, would most people continued on with the series at all to win all those awards and recognition that the first 2 books have?
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 stars**

What a wonderfully complex book! Lois McMaster Bujold is a master storyteller, waving such intricate plots which she doles out little by little but still leaves some questions to the imagination. I feel like I must read this book again because I'm sure I missed a lot of the subtlety.

I can't go much into details about this story because a) I'm bound to get something wrong and b) I will give spoilers and I think this story is best enjoyed when it's uncovered by the reader. I will say
I screwed up & listened to this as the 2d book in the trilogy, not last. I don't think it's that big of a deal since it takes place way before the first two & has nothing but the world in common. I read the first of this trilogy when it came out & then the second, but never got around to this one. The gal that read this was quite a good reader, but different from the other two books.

The first half of the book dragged for me. I almost quit. Way too much description & thinking (exp
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not sure where this book actually fits in the series. If it's a prequel to the Challion books, then they carried none of the knowledge forward. If it's a sequel it's far into the future. Same religion, brief mention of Challion. ???
Anyway, I'm glad I didn't read it first 'cause I never would have read the other two and that would have been my loss.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy

In The Hallowed Hunt, the third installment in the World of the Five Gods, Lois McMaster Bujold brings us to a different era that takes us, for the first time, farther from the kingdom of Chalion, deep into the unknown country of the Weald, and also in a new story that - through her incredibly wonderful craftsmanship - comes again to enchant us and to lead us to a great adventure of love and devotion; to a magical world as we have never seen it before!

From a time long-forgotten the people
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A little convoluted. I like the World of Five God, but this was not my favorite story. Fortunately each book is a stand alone.
Jesse Whitehead
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are books that are fun and exciting to read. There are also books that explore ideas in depth, providing commentary on some of the passions of human existence. Sometimes a book can be both of those things. The frequency with which Lois MacMaster Bujold is able to accomplish that with her books is astounding.

The Hallowed Hunt appears to be equal parts fantasy thriller and romance story but that is just a cover for what it really is: an exploration of forgiveness, redemption and mercy.

3.5*, but I cannot really bring it up to a 4*. I don't have time for an in-depth review, so I will just list my main issues here.
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think Lois McMaster Bujold has exactly the right idea with the Chalion series. Each book stands alone, but if you have read the first one (Curse of Chalion), you get all the background material you need to understand the geographical, political, and religious systems of her world. This means that later books (Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt) can have fresh new characters and plots, but we don't have to endure many info dumps. The magic system, meanwhile, gets more and more complex, as w ...more
Eric Moreno
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I was blown away by the first two books in the Chalion series. Perhaps my expectations here were too high. The Hallowed Hunt is not a bad book by any means, but it suffers from a slow start, less developed characters, and sometimes confusing theological plot twists.[return][return]Prince Boleso has been murdered. Lord Ingrey has been dispatched to bring his murderer to justice, and finds things are not at all what he expects. The murderer is a young woman, defending herself from rape. To make th ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I LOVED the first two books in this series. Like, five stars, MUST READ, loved. I had extremely high hopes for this one, but it just didn't feel very connected to the other two. The plot was pretty stand alone from the previous, and seemed really exposition-y with the animals spirits, taking place in a different region, different characters etc. It started off well but just led to me skipping a lot to the end. I'm not sure what happened, I love this author but would probably recommend sticking t ...more
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Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not recommended for animal-lovers: Lots of spirits (mostly of animals) being pulled into the souls of people (mostly through throat-slitting), causing various powers to manifest. Complex world-building, but it just didn't engage me the way I'd hoped. I read to 75% and skimmed the rest.

For whatever reason I tend to like Bujold's SciFi better than her fantasies. Two and a half stars.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Hmmmm... I went into this knowing it had a reputation for not being "as good" as the first two books, and I can see the reasoning for that, for sure. The first half of the book somehow managed to feel like it was giving me not enough information and too much information at the same time. "Not enough" in that the book was off and running with a lot of new-to-the-series concepts right out of the gate (with all the spirit-animal stuff) and the lead characters seemed more lightly sketched than we us ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Hallowed Hunt” sau “Vanatoarea sfanta” este volumul trei si ultimul din seria Chalionului, romane semnate de cunoscuta Lois McMaster Bujold. Din punctul meu de vedere volumul de fata putea lipsi fara nicio problema din bibliografia autoarei. In mod sigur lumea s-a bucurat cand a aflat ca mai exista inca o carte cu actiunea plasata in lumea Chalionului, si eu m-am numarat printre entuziasti, asta pina am inceput sa citesc cartea. Din start semnalez unul dintre minusurile volumului de fata, si ...more
When I stepped into the world of Chalion, I was introduced to its five gods—Father, Son, Mother, Daughter and the Bastard—and some of the rituals surrounding them, but I mistakenly assumed these gods were much like ours: believed in by some, but with little proof of their existence. But as with everything else in The Curse of Chalion, Bujold politely allowed me my assumptions, then gently pulled the rug out from under me and moved on before I even had time to catch my breath. Subsequently, I lea ...more
Althea Ann
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with others who have said "good, but not as good as the first two." However - it's still squeaking into the 4-star range.

I also feel that in this case, marketing this as "Chalion #3" is doing the book a disservice - though set in the same world as 'Curse of Chalion' and 'Paladin of Souls,' this is a fully self-contained, stand-alone novel.

Ingrey, a bad-ass but good-hearted soldier, who just happens to have been saddled with a forbidden spirit-animal as a young man, is sent to dea
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10, 2005, fantasy
I loved this. Of course, I generally love Bujold's work and give her a good amount of leeway, but she didn't disappoint. I've heard some people say they didn't like this one as much as The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls. It was a bit different (in a very different part of this universe for one thing and a couple of centuries for another), but I really enjoyed it.

About half way through it took an unexpected right angle and went in a different direction from what I had expected. I thought
MB (What she read)
Lois McMaster Bujold is an incredible author! Her worlds are detailed, fully-realized and intriguing. Each of her characters is deep, complicated, and unique. And the plots! Wow! She is one of the few authors I read where I can't guess what is going to happen about 50 pages in. Her writing is for intelligent readers and I appreciate that she doesn't dumb her books down.

This book starts rather quietly. But as the darkness and suspense built up I was more and more involved/invested. The plot/idea
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I could be underestimating this one. I started out listening to it as an audiobook and got through about two-thirds of it that way. Avoid the audiobook at all cost. Why they chose a woman reader who wasn't particularly good at men's voices to read a book narrated by a man with mostly male characters is beyond me. To make matters worse, the reader used a lofty tone, which I guess was supposed to indicate "fantasy," but it just made everything sound corny.

When I finally switched to just reading t
Genre: High Fantasy

This audio book was read by Marguerite Gavin, unlike the other two in the series which were read by Lloyd James. I had a lot of trouble getting over Marguerite Gavin's reading style. I found it very distracting. I think it worked well in her reading of _Dead Witch Walking_ - but the snotty psudo-hard biten sound did not work for me as the narrator of Ingrey & Ijada's story. He may be a "realist" but neither of them are snotty. :-S I'm sure it didn't help that this isn't on
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I love the "Five Gods" world Bujold has created. I remembered absolutely nothing about the plot from when I first read this 10 years ago, so it was almost like getting to read it again for the first time, but with the advance knowledge that it was going to be fantastic! Best of both worlds, really. This one is set in the Weald, home (at one time) to the shamans who take on animal spirits to perform magic, as opposed to the Temple sorcerers, who take on demons. Although this is the third "Five Go ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Hallowed Hunt' is book three in The World of the Five Gods series. I was enthralled! However, a reader should start with book one The Curse of Chalion to completely understand author Lois McMaster Bujold's magical world building in this unique fantasy.

Each book follows a character introduced in a previous book in the series, so most of the continuity between books is about the world Bujold has invented and the five gods.

The gods are real! There are a variety of rules and rites designed to
Not as good as the first 2...

Marguerite Gavin did a fine job narrating.
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse
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World of the Five Gods (Publication) (3 books)
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