Lord Ingrey Kin Wolfcliff is dispatched by his employer to
bring back the body of the murdered Prince Boleso to the
capital city of Easthome for the funeral. He is also to
bring back the royal's killer Lady Ijada who claims self-
defense as he tried to rape her and was prepared to
sacrifice her in a black magical rite. Instead, she conked
him on the head and the spirit of the leopard he killed
entered her body when she touched the dying prince.
Ingrey knows all about animal spirits inhabiting humans as
he is possessed by a wolf in a rite that was conducted by
his father. On the way back to the capital where the
hallows king is dying, Ingrey is attracted to his prisoner
but finds himself compelled to kill her. The geas is broken
by a powerful sorcerer and they make it safely to Easthome.
Ingrey spies on Earl Wencil because the people in power are
afraid that he will try to usurp the rightful heir, Prince
Biast. Little do any of them know that Wencil's plan for
Ingrey involves the old magics outlawed when the Weald was
invaded by the Darthacan Quintarians who worshipped five
gods and forced their religion on the conquered people.
Ingrey grows into his acceptance of his wolf spirit and he
is helped by Lady Ijada who accepts the spirit leopard that
was thrust into her. She has a role to play in the final
working of the weald magic one that could cost her life or
that of Ingrey if she falters in her convictions. Brilliant
characterizations, a fast paced and exciting storyline and
a villain it is hard to hate make THE HALLOWED HUNT a
fantastic epic fantasy worthy of a Hugo or a Nebula Award
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 4, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 23, 2007
Prince Boleso is dead -- slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile.
Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been dispatched to the remote castle of the late, exiled, half-mad royal to transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. Ingrey's mission is an ugly and delicate one, for the imminent death of the old Hallow King has placed the crown in play, and the murder of his youngest son threatens to further roil already treacherous political waters. But there is more here than a prince's degenerate lusts and the fatal retribution it engendered. Boleso's dark act, though unfinished, inadvertently bestowed an unwanted mystical "gift" upon proud, brave Ijada that must ultimately mean her doom -- a curse similar to one with which Ingrey himself has been burdened since boyhood.
A forbidden spirit now inhabits the soul of Ijada, giving her senses she never wished for and an obligation no one sane would desire. At once psychically linked to the remarkable lady and repelled by what she carries within, Ingrey fears the havoc his own inner beast could wreak while on their journey, as he fights a powerful growing attraction ... and an equally powerful compulsion to kill. The road they travel together is beset with dangers -- and though duty-bound to deliver Ijada to an almost certain execution, Ingrey soon realizes that she is the only one he dares trust. For a malevolent enemy with designs on a troubled kingdom holds Ingrey in his sway -- and without Ijada's aid and love, the haunted lord will never be able to break free and realize the great and terrible destiny bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.