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Oathbreaker (The King's Hounds series)

Oathbreaker (The King's Hounds series) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Jensen , Tara Chace
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Halfdan and his master, Winston the Illuminator, are guests in a monastery when they’re awakened in the middle of the night and asked to solve a crime. A monk praying in the church has been brutally murdered, and his severed hand offers the first clue of a motive. As they investigate who could have committed such a heinous atrocity—and why—Halfdan and Winston must negotiate bitter rivalries within the monastery’s hierarchy, a sensitive class structure, and the tension between the new laws King Cnut has sworn to uphold and the codes of honor that precede them. With peace in England on shaky ground and the king’s favor of paramount importance, Halfdan and Winston follow a precarious path toward answers that no one is sure they want.

This second novel in Martin Jensen’s acclaimed King’s Hounds series delves deeply into a chaotic world where alliances change, but oaths are forever.

About the Author

Bestselling Danish novelist Martin Jensen was born in 1946 and worked as a teacher and a headmaster in Sweden and Denmark before becoming a full-time writer in 1996. The author of twenty-one novels, he has been honored by the Danish Crime Academy twice and was awarded the Royal Library’s Prize for his medieval novel Soldiers’ Whore. He and his wife are botany enthusiasts who also enjoy bird-watching and gathering mushrooms.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5735 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817360
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (4 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in 1946 I trained as a teacher (how many authors are not former teachers or journalists?)and published my first novel in 1998. It was, as quite a few of my other novels, a historical novel and dealt with the problem of power just as all my novels. Why does power corrupt and is there a way to stay clear of being corrupted once you obtain power?
In all I have to date published 21 novels of which 12 are historical crime stories. The first series was set in Denmark in the 14th Century, the second - of which The King's Hounds is the first volume and the first to appear in English - in 11th Century England. I have also written contemporary novels, and two years ago published a collection of hymns with new tunes written by four modern composers. Adding to this I have published a personal account of a small Welsh market town, Tregaron,in cooperation with a Danish painter and illustrator, Henri Sørensen.
I enjoy writing my crime fiction in series as this gives me the opportunity of developing the characters over the span of seven volumes (the first series is in seven volumes as the second will be. I have just published the fifth volume, Swordbite, in Danish)and if you stay with Halfdan and Winston you will find that especially the former undergoes quite a developement.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable Tale of Winston and Halfdan 1 Jun 2014
By saxacat
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This is the second book in the series to be translated into English. A pleasant and engrossing tale set in Cnut's kingdom, where once again our main characters are set a task by the King. Unfortunately, as with the first book, some phrases and wording seem to jar with the historic setting; for instance, I am not convinced that in the 11th century, Halfdan would refer to his employer and employer's woman as 'you guys'. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next installment to become available in English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Continued enjoyment 22 April 2014
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This, the second in the King's Hounds series continues the crime-solving. The story is based on real events. It's one of those tales that you have to finish, preferably in as few sittings as possible. As others have already mentioned, the translation does grate a little. Americanisms don't sit too well in a Medieval English tale. However, I am looking forward to the next instalment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Ok but could do with a list of characters to refer to. Can get a bit confusing in parts as to who is who and which side they are on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Battle after Battle! 20 Mar 2014
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Perhaps being a female, I didn't appreciate the constant and unremitting battles. It felt a bit like Groundhog Day!
It is interesting though to have an insight into a little-covered period of English history and I'm sure that many people would appreciate that. The writing is clear and succinct.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oathbreaker 9 Jun 2014
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A very good book, excellent in detail and mystery. I look forward to the next mystery by this trio, I know it will be equally as good as this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 7 Jun 2014
By lindi
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I like historical stories and this one is excellent. It keeps you guessing almost to the end.. It also teaches a lot about the time in which it is set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 7 Jun 2014
By Manxcat
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I have the first two book from this author I love the characters and the way the story folds together. I fantastic medieval novel hope there are more from the fantastic, funny characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 6 Jun 2014
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I like historical novels and this is a good one. It is only slightly spoiled (hence not 5 stars) by the translator occasionally using modern idiomatic expression which jar a bit when the action is taking place nearly 1000 years ago! It is a good read and I would recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
May be poor translation, but the language & form was very distracting & annoying...only finished it through self discipline!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eorls, Jarls and Serfs
Halfdan and his master, Winston, are commissioned to go to Peterborough to work for the Abbot. Whilst reluctant to go they are persuaded by an agent of King Cnut who wants them to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Plucked Highbrow
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Published 3 days ago by allan ledden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book
Published 7 days ago by Dennis Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A new author for me but I'll be looking for more
Published 10 days ago by J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really interesting read
Published 12 days ago by Julia Lovell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
otingne of the oldest historical detective stories and quite interes
Published 14 days ago by storr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good insight into how things were a long time ago and how murders were solved when it was necessary
Published 17 days ago by sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read
I liked the novel very much and this is the second book of Martin Jensen I have read I enjoy insight in how people lived and interacted in earlier times and being Danish myself... Read more
Published 23 days ago by s beckett
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Could't help comparing it with Cornwell books of similar genre Fell way short by comparison.
Published 25 days ago by Mr E Lyon
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