"Fate brings them together on a quest and they find more than magic"
Lady Ariana needed to get to France; her brother Kenrick's
life depended on it. Unfortunately Ferrand, the
unscrupulous merchant who was to make arrangements, had
other plans. He took her gold, killed her bodyguard and
was planning on earning more money by selling her when
Braedon le Chasseur came to the rescue. Braedon still
could not explain what he saw happen that night or just
now when Ferrand escaped. A man could not have turn into
a rat - or could he?
Braedon was called 'The Hunter' because of his unerring
instincts, but the last time he was on a quest, his group
was betrayed by Draec le Nantres and murdered. Searching
for the legendary Dragon Chalice stolen from the kingdom
of Anavrin is a quest that has cost many their life. The
last thing Braedon wants to do is get involved with Lady
Ariana, but he finds instead of stopping her, he is aiding
her on this quest. His past has drawn him into this but
will the Chalice be his destiny or his destruction?
The twists and tension of the tale will keep you reading
and speculating on the significance of events. Although
set in 1275, when I first read in the prolog, "he bred his
mortal whelps on her," I thought it was a strange
expression. It later dawned on me - that is where the
villains got their powers. Tidbits that later tie
together are well presented and lure the reader into the
mystery to unravel the quest.
Although Ariana and Braedon's story is brought to a
satisfying conclusion in HEART OF THE HUNTER, the quest
for the Dragon Chalice left unanswered questions that I
anticipate will be built on in the rest of the series. I
expect we will see more of the powerful and evil Silas de
Mortaine and Draec le Nantres.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 9, 2004