The prince, the heir to the kingdom has been murdered by the young and beautiful lady Ijada. The question is why and what should be done to avenge the prince’s death. Ingrey, has been sent to investigate and bring Ijada back to court. During their journey we learn who these two people are and how their stories are intertwined. The Gods also make an appearance, especially The Son who has a vested interest and concern at how everything plays out and influences both Ijada and Ingrey whenever possible.
Lois McMaster Bujold has written numerous Science Fiction and Fantasy books and series including The Vorkosigan Saga, The Chalion Universe Series and the The Sharing Knife Series. The Hallowed Hunt is the third novel in The Chalion Universe. This is a fantasy book, but not in the traditional sense. There are no dragons, elves, etc but there is limited magic, demons, animal possession and the personal involvement of the Gods. The book takes place in a society similar that of the 15th Century in a neighboring country of Chalion known as the Weald. The story is told in a third person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist: Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff, a man who has a wolf spirit residing in his soul.
The story starts right in with a mystery that Ingrey is sent to solve. Before long we realize that Ingrey received a wolf spirit in childhood and what this means to both him and the story. Soon it is revealed that Ijada, also recently received a leopard spirit. Finally, Ingrey’s cousin in introduced and we come to realize that there is a connection between these three characters as well as their animal spirits. The characters were all well developed and the story unfolded with a good pace, leaving just enough of a hook to keep the reader interested in what was going to happen next.
The Hallowed Hunt is a standalone story which builds up to a great conclusion. I thought it was by far the best book in the series although all the characters are new. This novel has a completely separate story line with no relation to the first two books outside of the setting. I highly recommend this book to all Lois McMaster Bujold fans; it was a good and interesting read.