This is the third on the Wild Hunt trilogy (which actually has a prequel to make it a trilogy of four books. Prequel: The Coming of the Wolf - Lady Christen and Miles Le Gallois. 1. The Wild Hunt - Guyon son of Miles, and Judith of Ravenstow. 2. The This is the third on the Wild Hunt trilogy (which actually has a prequel to make it a trilogy of four books. Prequel: The Coming of the Wolf - Lady Christen and Miles Le Gallois. 1. The Wild Hunt - Guyon son of Miles, and Judith of Ravenstow. 2. The Running Vixen - Adam de Lacey, Guyon's ward, and Heulewen, Guyon's bastard daughter. 3. The Leopard Unleashed - Renard, son of Guyon and Judith, and Lady Elene of Woolcott.
To be honest Renard is a bit of an arse at first. Knowing he's coming home to Ravenstow from the Crusades to be wed to Elene, he lets himself be pressured into bringing home his mistress, the seductive dancing girl Olwen. They haven't even been in a relationship for very long but he falls for the 'I'm pregnant' lie, and then of course she announces a miscarriage when it's too late to send her back. Even when he gets her home, and is married to Elene, he refuses to let Olwen go. Eventually, her greed for a protector more powerful and wealthy is what separates them. And, of course he realises his (now) wife is a much better bet. This is all set against the background of Stephen and Matilda and the war for the crown following the death of William Rufus. Declaring for either one of them is dangerous, almost as dangerous as not declaring. Renard ends up on Stephen's team while his younger brother William, declares for Mathilda. Renard also has a local enemy in Ranulph the Earl of Chester, who wants Renards lands, and since they are on the border between England and Wales there are constanmt incursions from the Welsh. There's plenty going on to hold attention and Ms Chadwick's writing and history are as good as ever... if only I liked Renard a little bit more....more