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The Wild Hunt I know that I am in for something good when I spot a new or reprinted book by this author, Elizabeth Chadwick The Wild Hunt is her first novel, and a darn impressive one it is too, telling of a couple forced to marry, Guyon and Judith, and the troubles that they go through to find a common ground during the wars on the Welsh Marches during the reign of King William II While it s not my favourite of hers, it s still a thrilling tale and written with a great eye to detail and the ability to get I know that I am in for something good when I spot a new or reprinted book by this author, Elizabeth Chadwick The Wild Hunt is her first novel, and a darn impressive one it is too, telling of a couple forced to marry, Guyon and Judith, and the troubles that they go through to find a common ground during the wars on the Welsh Marches during the reign of King William II While it s not my favourite of hers, it s still a thrilling tale and written with a great eye to detail and the ability to get inside of a character s head Two sequels follow, The Running Vixen which has been reprinted, and The Leopard Unleashed which is due December 2010 If you want smart historical fiction, Ms Chadwick is an author that you shouldn t miss For acomplete review, please go here I love Chadwick s medieval world It is real and gripping I haven t read many authors who write medieval historical fiction but I don t feel the need because Chadwick is great Of course Katherine by Anya Seton is unsurpassed, the best But The Champion, Shadows and Strongholds and now The Wild Hunt are near an ideal If you like medieval fiction you have to try Chadwick This book is one of her first so it isn t probably one of her best work but still, it is really good and definitely worth I love Chadwick s medieval world It is real and gripping I haven t read many authors who write medieval historical fiction but I don t feel the need because Chadwick is great Of course Katherine by Anya Seton is unsurpassed, the best But The Champion, Shadows and Strongholds and now The Wild Hunt are near an ideal If you like medieval fiction you have to try Chadwick This book is one of her first so it isn t probably one of her best work but still, it is really good and definitely worth reading.Besides good historical background there were also a few glimpses at human nature Jealousy, yes, but that was an emotion born of insecurity and mistrust.Exactly I have enough of talking that jealousy is sign of love.And, of course, there was a charming love story I like all love stories from her three books I have read They had come a long way since then, not always along the same road, but converging here at a new crossroads.I can also put here what I wrote in my review of Shadows and Strongholds Her storytelling is wonderfully engaging Her characters all, even the episodic are of flesh and blood, touchingly true The story is moving The historical background is well researched and perfectly described Without boring melodrama, without unnecessary pomposity.If you have any doubts read Erin s review I quote I find myself draw to the characters, atmosphere, politics, history and emotional conflict The novel spans four years and the emotions she illustrates in both hero and heroine are intensely authentic The relationship ebbs and flows, it changes as the characters grow together and that really worked for me Several members of the supporting cast also caught my eye The author had no cause to develop them as she did, but conflicts each faced over the course of the story added much to the fabric of the narrative. 4 starsSet in the very late 1000s and very early 1100s during the reign of King William Rufus and then his brother King Henry, The Wild Hunt was a fascinating, yet slow paced historical romance.Judith was not yet sixteen in the beginning of the book and held a childlike innocence, despite being pretty scrappy I really respected that Guyon left Judith alone in bed until she was older Judith was a very skilled healer, a popular trope for heroines in historical fiction for some reason 4 starsSet in the very late 1000s and very early 1100s during the reign of King William Rufus and then his brother King Henry, The Wild Hunt was a fascinating, yet slow paced historical romance.Judith was not yet sixteen in the beginning of the book and held a childlike innocence, despite being pretty scrappy I really respected that Guyon left Judith alone in bed until she was older Judith was a very skilled healer, a popular trope for heroines in historical fiction for some reason.Guy was around thirty and well loved by court and the ladys before his marriage to Judith He had a strong connection to Wales as he was part Welsh.I liked that his former mistress was not out for revenge or conniving or anything of the sort as I feel it is way overplayed in these types of books Rhosyn was independent and her whole character wasn t dependent on Guy and being mean and troublesome She just wanted what was best for her children, including her daughter by Guy.All in all, I would recommend this book if you enjoy historical romance set in this era and written in the 90s The very first book written by Elizabeth Chadwick and the first of a trilogy She is a favourite of mine and I have almost all of her books on my shelves This one disappointed Lots of fighting, lots of hatred and bloodshed, an on and off romance and a few twists An ok read but there are lotsof Elizabeth s books that I found so muchenjoyable I have to admit to skipping pages on and off too. By far The Wild Hunt is better than some of the books that I have read this year but try as I might I couldn t give itthan 3 stars which is a rating I give for average books The problem with this book is that it fails to fulfill the requirements of both the genres it is categorized under It cannot be called a good historical fiction because it does not give much insight into the that time period other than the name of the King, his brothers and some wars faught in between But it is ca By far The Wild Hunt is better than some of the books that I have read this year but try as I might I couldn t give itthan 3 stars which is a rating I give for average books The problem with this book is that it fails to fulfill the requirements of both the genres it is categorized under It cannot be called a good historical fiction because it does not give much insight into the that time period other than the name of the King, his brothers and some wars faught in between But it is cannot be termed just as a historical romance either because of the vivid description and painstaking research that went into its making I have read only one Elizabeth Chadwick book before and really liked it, so I was kind of having high expectations about this one It is not that the book failed to meet my expectation that is the only problem here, that was forgiven the moment I learned that the book was the authors first venture, but the idea of placing a stubborn, possesive character as the lead I liked the male lead Guyon, he was patient, caring but forgives too easily for my liking The women Judith on the other hand was a nerve wrecking, irritating character Even though the author has tried to justify her reactions was not the most likable woman which made it a little unbelievable that Guyon fell for her The time period is 1100 AD with William Rufus as the King The whole court politics and strategies were intriguing but not enough to capture your attention Moreover any historical fiction that fails to teach me something new I find less agreeable and Wild Hunt did not manage to teach me much The story is typical arranged marriage themed love story with a some politics thrown into the mist along with an ex mistress with a heart of gold and another love story between the groom s father and the bride s mother The second love story was kind of hard to accept because their children were already married so if this love story progressed any further they would end up making the main leads brother and sister by marriage But if you are willing to keep an open mind it shouldn t bother you much All in all the book is a good read but it is not a great read that will leave a lasting impression but nevertheless deserves a try Again, Elizabeth Chadwick can do no wrong in my view This may have been her first historical novel, but one could never tell Philippa Gregory may have the historical miniseries in her pocket, but if there s any justice, it should be Elizabeth Chadwick s works gracing the small screen Chadwick s scholarship is top notch, but isn t dry or dusty She has a brilliant way of bringing the turbulent and bloody 12th century to life, with characters I cared about What I really love is the fierceness Again, Elizabeth Chadwick can do no wrong in my view This may have been her first historical novel, but one could never tell Philippa Gregory may have the historical miniseries in her pocket, but if there s any justice, it should be Elizabeth Chadwick s works gracing the small screen Chadwick s scholarship is top notch, but isn t dry or dusty She has a brilliant way of bringing the turbulent and bloody 12th century to life, with characters I cared about What I really love is the fierceness and autonomy of her heroines Though their lives were circumscribed by their sex, many found ways to assert themselves Guyon and Judith were a wonderful pair, complimenting each other s strengths There s even an appearance of Robert deBelleme, a very nasty piece of work whose backstory reminds me of Robin of Sherwood s nemesis, Simon deBelleme Though it s part of a trilogy, this is a self contained story A stunning debut from one of the UK s best historical fiction authors.Okay, this may be a cheat slightly I ve just read the revamped version of Elizabeth Chadwick s THE WILD HUNT, and it may be a completely different beast to the original In any case, this review is for the revamped reprinted edition.This is a historical romance that has all the right ingredients and, most importantly, a strong and convincing central romance between two fully developed and likeable leading characters As the A stunning debut from one of the UK s best historical fiction authors.Okay, this may be a cheat slightly I ve just read the revamped version of Elizabeth Chadwick s THE WILD HUNT, and it may be a completely different beast to the original In any case, this review is for the revamped reprinted edition.This is a historical romance that has all the right ingredients and, most importantly, a strong and convincing central romance between two fully developed and likeable leading characters As the hero, Guyon has a slightly roguish, reckless attitude about him which I liked, while his new wife Judith starts the book a child and finishes a woman Her character arc is spot on.The writing is flowing and full of beautiful description The historic backdrop is brought wonderfully to life, whether it s the damp stone castles of the Welsh marches or the political shenanigans involving William Rufus and Prince Henry I enjoyed learningabout a period previously unknown to me.The book is fast paced with only a few slow spots The action scenes are well described and Guy is a particularly human hero who seems to spend half the story getting his wounds tended I particularly enjoyed the brief siege which is very well written.The first of a trilogy, I look forward to tracking down THE RUNNING VIXEN, the follow up to this Chadwick s first novel doesn t fell short, and delivers the realistic characters and the history that comes to live that I love and enjoy in all of her books.Guyon, is ordered by the king to marry 16 year old Judith, and he finds himself with a child bride that is scared of her marriage, but is courageous and strong willed in everything else Guyon is trying to do her right by waiting and treating her with respect But past and current events seem to affect their lives and influence it The rela Chadwick s first novel doesn t fell short, and delivers the realistic characters and the history that comes to live that I love and enjoy in all of her books.Guyon, is ordered by the king to marry 16 year old Judith, and he finds himself with a child bride that is scared of her marriage, but is courageous and strong willed in everything else Guyon is trying to do her right by waiting and treating her with respect But past and current events seem to affect their lives and influence it The relationship between them develops beautifully, and grows stronger as unrest and duty demandsof them I found myself attached to Judith s character , and understanding where her actions and feelings are coming from.Has there been half stars ratings, I would have given it 3.5, because I was a bit bothered by this might be a spoiler the age of a certain character at the time he fathered a child Overall, another satisfying read from Chadwick and I m looking forward to readingby her Chadwick s first novel, and Book One in the Ravenstow Trilogy Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on his Chadwick s first novel, and Book One in the Ravenstow Trilogy Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on his life As Guyan and Judith struggle with the treachery and intrigues of the courts of both William Rufus and his brother Henry, they manage to forge a strong and passionate marriage, and Judith grows into a strong willed woman and a force to be reckoned with This is the second time I ve read this book, the first being two years ago before I had read much of the author s later works It was very interesting to revisit one of her earlier books and see the contrast between them and how the author has grown While a very well told tale, I did not find the effortless sense of time travel she shows in her later works, as she seamlessly blends the sights, sounds smells, clothing of the medieval period into her stories I understand she will be rewriting this book in the coming year and would like to see how her current writing style might bring this story up to the five star quality of her later books Wed To Roguish Guyon, Lord Of Ledworth, In Order To Protect Both Their Lands From Judith S Ruthless Uncle, Judith Of Ravenstow Is At First Terrified Of The Marriage Bed, Until Guyon Shows Her The Pleasures Of Married Life Reprint PW


About the Author: Elizabeth Chadwick

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 of the landmark historical novels of the last ten years When not at her desk, she can be found taking long walks with the dog, baking cakes, reading books of course exploring ruins, listening to various brands of rock and metal music, and occasionally slaving over a steaming cauldron with re enactment society Regia Anglorum.


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