We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Hallowed Hunt | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

The Hallowed Hunt

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Lois McMaster Bujold returns to the vivid, perilous world of her previous masterworks, the Hugo Award-winning Paladin of Souls and Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated The Curse of Chalion, with this tale of devotion and strange destiny.

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. His mission is an ugly and delicate one, for the imminent death of the old Hallow King has placed the crown in play, and the road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

Don't miss Lois McMaster Bujold's other books about Chalion, The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls.

©2005 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Inventive, with engaging characters and lively storytelling." (Denver Post)
"Bujold's reworking of a classic romantic situation is distinguished by its setting in a well-crafted world and masterly creation of characters whose fates will keep readers turning the pages." (Booklist)
"Absorbing....Bujold's ability to sustain a breathless pace of action while preserving a heady sense of verisimilitude in a world of malignant wonders makes this big novel occasionally brilliant and not a word too long." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (700 )
5 star
 (283)
4 star
 (238)
3 star
 (121)
2 star
 (42)
1 star
 (16)
Overall
4.1 (329 )
5 star
 (142)
4 star
 (107)
3 star
 (57)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.2 (326 )
5 star
 (158)
4 star
 (101)
3 star
 (43)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (9)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rose Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-25-07
    Rose Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-25-07 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    141
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"

    Ingrey Kin Wolfcliff is one of Bujold's wounded heroes. He begins in this story as a man who carries within himself the bound spirit of a great wolf. This makes him unholy but tolerated within the bounds of the religion of the Five Gods.

    His earthly uses include being set to tasks that other men shun. Thus he was sent by the Royal Sealbearer to straighten out the mess that the young Prince had made of his death. It appears that the Prince had been engaging in forbidden sorcery. The situation though becomes more complicated when Lord Ingrey realizes that the young female prisoner he was to return to the capital for judicial disposition also bears an animal spirit as a result of the prince's malfeasance. Further when the complicated theology of the Five Gods and the tangled history of their land becomes involved the situation seems to spiral out of even Lord Ingrey's ability to control.

    While the narrator at times seems a bit rushed and every so often it is not perfectly clear which character is making which comment, this is mostly very well done technically and a most enjoyable book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 05-07-07
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 05-07-07 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2345
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    154
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    710
    15
    Overall
    "Another winner from Bujold"

    This is another excellent book from the reliable Bujold, and again it is extremely well-read. For the record, this is the third of three books (The first being Curse of Chalion), all set in the same feudal-style fantasy world, but they are almost entirely unrelated in terms of plot and character. This book is set in a different area of the continent than the previous two novels, and could stand alone, thought the earlier books do spend more time developing the unique cosmology and theology of the universe.

    That underlying theology - a world with five active, benevolent gods where the worst fate is to die without being taken into any of the five "heavens" - informs much of the plotline, which twists and turns in logical, yet unexpected, ways as the story progresses. It combines elements of high fantasy, political intrigue, and theological musings with dark, almost Wuthering Heights, romantic elements. (But don't let that scare you off if you don't like romantic novels, there is plenty of magic and action as well).

    Unlike so many fantasy novels, there is no Dark Lord and no impending cataclysm driving the plot - though there are ancient wrongs that must be discovered and undone, they are at a much more human level, and it is at the level of character interaction that Bujold writes best. Her characters are unique, often quite humorous, and her dialogue is natural and tight. The reader, with only a few exceptions, handles the range of characters with great grace. The result is an impressive, well-written change from the usual multi-book epics of Robert Jordan or George Martin, that should appeal to fantasy fans of all kinds.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  •  
    OnexNW 10-14-08
    OnexNW 10-14-08 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    290
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "excellent story marred by tedious pausing"

    This story was great, although not nearly as gripping as Paladin of Souls and Curse of Chalion. 1) The narrator was female but the main character was male, and although annoying, I could deal with that. 2) The narrator's speech pattern was terrible. She paused in the middle of sentences instead of reading them smoothly, as if she thought our little brains needed time to catch up with what she was saying. It was like she couldn't get out more than 4 or 5 words without drawing breath. Thankfully her breathing wasn't apparent. Listening to her was pure torture sometimes. I won't be jumping to listen to more of her.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ant the Limey Pennsylvania 04-08-08
    Ant the Limey Pennsylvania 04-08-08 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    77
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    205
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "not bad but not her best"

    in fact, its probably the least best (can't bring myself to say worst) of her books that I have listened o. The Vorkosigan books are amazing ( go get Wariors apprentice) or her Chalcedon books (Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls) are wonderful. this book...almost great but I got bored and quit 30 minutes from the end, in the middle of what was meant to be the great finale. Feel free to tell me that it was worth another half hour of listening. Don't get me wrong, I did like it, but I'd just had enough - I looked up the ending, summarized in two lines, and went off happy to my next book

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara 03-04-08
    Barbara 03-04-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    296
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "great book, poor narrrator"

    McMaster-Bujold wrote a good novel, interesting characters one can care about and in the realm of the best book; The Curse of Chalion. This narrator's style is so annoying that it is hard to concentrate on the story. She ends each sentence as if it were a proclamation, or as if it were a question. When speaking as a character she was much better using normal acting skills to portray the character. This is the only narrator I have heard in about 100 Audible books that actively detracts from the book experience.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 02-26-08
    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 02-26-08 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    62
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    451
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Not good."

    I agree ..I will run out into the dead of night to buy anything Lois writes. I have tried to listen to this a number of times and it is impossible to stick with it. Anything else she writes I can listen to over and over and over again and be delighted. 5 stars. Addicted to her writing. Never be bored and in fact happy to listen to them repeatedly. Chalion and Phalladin of Souls I could say were every bit as good as Miles ?? Certainly as good as. And I am sure Lois is glad to get a break and bring closure to Miles' Saga. But this is not good, but for all the winners she has hit out of the park, I will look the other way.

    30 home runs and 1 stinker is not a bad record...

    This I cannot get thru. The characters are unlikeable and boring. I do not like the reader.

    Out of desperation for anything Lois writes I will try again...

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann in IL Chicago, IL 07-12-07
    Ann in IL Chicago, IL 07-12-07 Listener Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "My First Bujold Disappointment"

    Unlike every other Bujold book I have listened to, including Curse of Chalcion and Paladin of Souls, this one was not enjoyable. The main characters are not very likeable, the plot is impossibly complicated, and Bujold takes the longest possible route to describe the simplest things. This book could easily have been half as long, and almost nothing would have been lost.

    I'm going back to Miles.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Houston, TX, United States 03-01-10
    David Houston, TX, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1743
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    520
    166
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    351
    18
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like all of Bujold--very very human"

    Unlike several readers, I found it very easy to identify with the leading character in this book. Bujold brings into her best characters the confusing ambiguity of intention and conviction which is an inescapable part of what we find when we look deeply into our own inner workings. And she manages to do it without neglecting the human capacity for sacrifice and nobility which can lead us to transcend our weaknesses at times.

    The action in LMB's writing is always as much interior as overt, but she gives it a momentum which keeps me, who cannot abide plots which plod, entirely engaged and fascinated. I think it is because all of the strengths in her characters seem to rise out of apparent weaknesses. As a result she can weave them more and more deeply into what seem to be inextricable situations and still have rescue or redemption appear inevitable and truthful when it arrives.

    I had no problem with this narrator. As a matter of fact, I actually delighted in the unusual resonance of her voice and her excellent phrasing and subtle, but almost always clear, character delineation.

    Was this as good as the two books in this world setting which preceded it? Perhaps not quite, but that is holding Ms. Bujold to a very high standard indeed.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-10-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    325
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    265
    77
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    45
    0
    Overall
    "Good, Not Great."

    The Hallowed Hunt lacks something fundamental when compared to the other 2 books in this series. While the plot provided a neat frame for the story, it was plodding and lacked fire. What worked in the other Chalion books was the sense of a driving inner passion that made the outcomes unpredictable. There is plenty of danger in Hallowed Hunt, and yet this book did not keep me on the edge of my seat -- but played out rather pedantically.

    Part of the problem for me may have been the reader. I enjoy Marguerite Gavin's work in the Hollows series, but her voice is so very distinctive that I found it a distraction. I think she did an admirable job here, but I didn't enjoy myself. The story moved too slowly to be exciting. Was that the reader's interpretation, or the book, I can't say. All I do know is that I wasn't really invested in the outcome as I should have been.

    When I finished Paladin of Souls, I MISSED Ista! I wanted her story to go on! When I finished Curse of Chalion, the same was true of Cazaril. But with this effort, I really wouldn't mind if I never read about any of these characters again. The politics were boring, but how is is possible that a story about shape changers could be boring? I just wonder how I would feel if Lloyd James or Kate Reading had been the narrators of this book as well. I guess I'll never know.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Loren Indiana, USA 10-12-12
    Loren Indiana, USA 10-12-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    38
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Extremely disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes for Lois McMaster Bujold, but not because of this one. I would not try another by the same narrator, Marguerite Gavin.


    Has The Hallowed Hunt turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it would have if I had read it first


    How could the performance have been better?

    See my comments.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Not up to McMaster Bujold's usual standards.


    Any additional comments?

    First, I very much enjoy Lois McMaster Bujold’s novels. Except for this one.

    My wife and I listened to "The Curse of Chalion" on a road trip some time ago. Since then we also listened to "Paladin of Souls", and lately "The Hallowed Hunt". Each of these three novels will stand on its own. The lead character in "Paladin of Souls" is introduced to us in "The Curse of Chalion", but, except for that one, "Paladin of Souls" has only passing references to some of the characters in "The Curse of Chalion".

    The only link between "The Hallowed Hunt" and the earlier books is the religion. None of the earlier books’ characters are even mentioned in "The Hallowed Hunt". As nearly as a listener can tell, the events don’t even happen in Chalion, although they do refer to one or two other nations that are mentioned in the earlier books.

    I didn’t find the story particularly interesting. It had little action and consisted mostly of dialog between the characters as they discussed the predicaments they were in, all from the view of the peculiar religion in the series. I don’t dislike the fantasy religion; it was great and easily grasped in "The Curse of Chalion". Listening to this novel though, it seemed all I heard about were the oddities of the belief system.

    About 90% of the dialog was among men, so the woman narrator was at a disadvantage. It showed. She had a difficult time separating her masculine voices so the listener could tell them apart. Also, with McMaster Bujold’s style of writing, there are often written thoughts of the characters followed by actual spoken words. The narrator was unable to make it clear when the character was thinking or speaking.

    Editing of the recording is something that you should never notice, and you don’t, unless it’s bad. We noticed the editing with this recording. Mostly it was the announcement of the next chapter number immediately following the last syllable of the preceding chapter, but there was at least one occasion where an entire sentence was repeated, back to back.

    All in all, I will never listen to this book again, although I most certainly will listen to the other two in the Chalion series. There was nothing here that grasped me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    7/18/07
    Overall
    "Not her best"

    I was very excited at the prospect of a new Bujold novel, but slightly disappointed when I read it. It's not bad exactly - I'm not sure that Bujold is capable of writing a bad novel - it's just rather slow. It also feels like a bit of a rehash of the themes of some of her earlier novels.

    So if you're new to Bujold I'd advise you not to start here. Try the first of her fantasy novels (The Curse of Chalion), or one of her scifi Vorkosigan novels (I'd recommend starting with Warrior's Apprentice).

    If you've read every other Bujold novel then clearly you'll be desperate to read this, but prepare for mild disappointment. On the upside, her next novel (The Sharing Knife Volume 1 - not available on Audible at the time of writing this review) is a lovely read, so it's not as though she's lost her mojo for good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast
    United Kingdom
    3/18/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good story, well read."

    Although set in the same world as the other Chalion novels this is in a different area, with no shared characters, so not exactly a sequel.
    It is however still very strong and full of enjoyable characters and memorable events, well worth spending time with if you enjoyed the others.

    The reading is average. Not as good as it's predecessors but not bad enough to interfere with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiff
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great tale, slightly disappointing narration"
    What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    Strange pronunciation of words such as 'misled' (myzled), and a mushy accent that makes it difficult to tell the difference between words like 'gods' and 'guards' made it a distracting narration. Disappointing as compared to the narration of the previous Chalion novel, Paladin of Souls.


    Did The Hallowed Hunt inspire you to do anything?

    Not listen to any books narrated by Marguerite Gavin again..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
    10/20/10
    Overall
    "Slower, but engaging..."

    The reviews here and on Amazon prepared led me expect this to be a slower book than the two previous Chalion novels I've listened to - and it is! I doubt I'd have had the patience to read this - I'd have been reading the end about a quarter of the way through to see if I wanted to carry on, but listening forces you to hear everything, and I was engaged enough to actually look forward to the next installment (I listen in about hour long sessions while at the gym). I think this is only one for those who've read/listened to the Curse of Chalion/Paladin of Souls and want to read more of this land.
    It's set in a completely different time and country to the other two, and while the five gods are involved, and there's mention of countries you might recognise, it's mostly all different.
    It's a good story, just a little overlong. and it could have done with some serious editing at times - there's a lovingly described journey that takes an hour or more that could have be dealt with equally well for the plot with 'after several days of hard travel...', the end picks up a pace and is gripping, and while I love Ms Bujold's habit of not ending her novels with the crash-bang-wallop good conquers evil bit, but allows us a glimpse of life beyond the hard won victories and losses, I felt this ending went on bit (just like the rest of the book I suppose.)
    Worth listening to for fine characterisation, an interesting slow burn plot, good mythology and history, a great hero who really grew on me, and if you've the patience it will draw you in and along, to the extent that when it all ends you feel somewhat at a loose end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.