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

Martin Jensen , Tara Chace
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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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: AmazonCrossingEnglish (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELN0KCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,627 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 Edward
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story spoiled 12 July 2014
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I have now read both of the Halfdan/Winston novels they are a sort of cross between Bernard Cornwell "Warrior Chronicals" and Ellis Peters "Cadfael" only not as good as either. Like others I find the Americanisms and modern idiom grates badly and I suspect the translator knows her linguistic trade very well but is unfamiliar with the era in which the books are set.
That having been said I generally enjoyed both and will look for others in the future but I hope the publishers find a British translator or someone more familiar with this kind of work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark ages, dark crime. 12 Sept. 2014
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Haven't read the first book so dived straight in with this. I liked the pace and the unusual setting of this dark ages whodunnit. There's a tangible feel for the time, evoced with food, fabric & social description, along with a strong grasp of the political situation surrounding King Cnut's ascendancy.

The central characters have wit and there's a sly, earthy sense of humour throughout the book. I think Martin Jensen has an eye for a tanned calf or two!

The relationship between Halfdan & his master works well, with an element of playfulness that enlivens the tale. At times the colloqial style plays to that, yet at others it doesn't quite ring true for me... that's why I gave it a 3 star, not 4.

If you like Ellis Peters 'Cadfael' series or enjoy a bit of historical drama (Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden) you might enjoy this. I'll definitely go back to read the first instalment, although you can follow part two easily without it.
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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 A ggo read
Easy to read. Good descriptive information about the times. Made me want to read more with these two main characters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by do'n
5.0 out of 5 stars The series
I have now read the three books currently in print and hope that this intrepid bothersome will be back again soon in a new adventure.
Published 10 days ago by ria's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Oathmaker
I give you my oath this is another brilliant tale set in the time when the Vikings ruled before the Norman Conquest. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant clever and interesting, once I started reading it I couldn't stop
Published 27 days ago by D. N. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it will read this again
Published 27 days ago by George phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars CazB
The second book in the series and as good as the first. Wonderful historical research makes you feel you are with Halfdan and Winston in England at the time of King Cnut and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caroline
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
A little forced and didn't flow as well as the first book. Too much detail, not enough substance. A disappointing read
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Martin Jensen is a good story-teller and holds the attention to the...
Marvelous reading. Martin Jensen is a good story-teller and holds the attention to the last page
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
Enjoyed the twists and turns. Well written ,characters believable. Read it in three visits. A good sequel which promote continuity with a trilogy at present.
Published 3 months ago by ioe6cyl
3.0 out of 5 stars Oathbreaker revisited
A good plot, well researched.
Spoiled in translation with the inclusion of numerous Amercanisms which detract from the historical setting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Malcolm Rayner
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