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The Wild Hunt [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Chadwick
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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A delight...with its brilliant evocation of early mediaeval Britain, enchanting love story and amusing narrative twists. THE WILD HUNT is highly recommended (TODAY)

Thoroughly enjoyable (MAIL on Sunday)

Opening an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like meeting an old friend . . . This book was a particularly special encounter for me because I was reading for the first time the debut novel of an author I have come to love . . . No wonder there was a clamour for this reprint' Sue McNab, Essentials Guide (‘Unashamedly romantic and full of that precise historical detail which makes Chadwick’s novels so rewarding, this is a reminder that this author’s talents were built to last’ Wigan Evening Post)

A cracking read . . . As with all Chadwick sagas we get strong, memorable characters, richly-realised historic settings and terrific storytelling' Keighley News

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A brilliant evocation of early mediaeval Britain and enchanting love story

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZPRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. THE SUMMER QUEEN, the first novel in her stunning Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, will be followed by THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE.

Find out more at www.elizabethchadwick.com, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus. They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife. Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother. Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on his life. As Guyan and Judith struggle with the treachery and intrigues of the courts of both William Rufus and his brother Henry, they manage to forge a strong and passionate marriage, and Judith grows into a strong willed woman and a force to be reckoned with.

This is the second time I've read this book, the first being two years ago before I had read much of the author's later works. It was very interesting to revisit one of her earlier books and see the contrast between them and how the author has grown. While a very well told tale, I did not find the effortless sense of time travel she shows in her later works, as she seamlessly blends the sights, sounds smells, clothing of the medieval period into her stories. I understand she will be rewriting this book in the coming year and would like to see how her current writing style might bring this story up to the five star quality of her later books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good first novel 25 May 2010
Format:Paperback
this is the first novel that chadwick wrote as she explains in the introduction to this story and it doesnt show. it does however show her great attention to detail and bringing these long lost worlds to life, all this atmosphere adds to the story rather than just setting the scene. another story of two people who are thrown together through no choice of their own which was very much the way of life at that time but they still manage to find the love for each other. the character judith was the most interesting as she had the biggest changes from being a 16 year old child bride to a worthy companion and wife to guyon. excellent
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Note: this edition is a newly rewritten version of this book, and my review is based upon the earlier version. I'd very much like to see how her current writing style might bring this story up to the five star quality of her later books.

Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus. They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife. Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother. Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on his life. As Guyan and Judith struggle with the treachery and intrigues of the courts of both William Rufus and his brother Henry, they manage to forge a strong and passionate marriage, and Judith grows into a strong willed woman and a force to be reckoned with.

I've read this book twice now, the first being about two years ago before I had read much of the author's later works. It was very interesting to revisit one of her earlier books and see the contrast between them and how the author has grown. While a very well told tale, I did not find the effortless sense of time travel she shows in her later works, as she seamlessly blends the sights, sounds smells and clothing of the medieval period into her stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Chadwick's First Novel 17 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, this is an early medieval re-enactment society. This is her first novel. It would be fair to say that it is a historical romance, but I feel that it will be equally enjoyable by both men and women.

The Story takes place in the feudal domains of Norman Lords occupying lands in Wales during the reign of William Rufus. Elizabeth Chadwick has the ability to bring to life the everyday happening of an occupied Wales and the occupying Norman's are brought vividly to life. These were hard and cruel times when life was cheap and women were thought of as little better than brood mares whose only role in life was to provide an heir for their husband's.

Since writing this book, Elizabeth Chadwick has become a successful and much read author. Her writing style has dare I say it become much earthier and are all the better for it. Women still make up a large part of her writings and why not, they are just as interesting, if not more so than the men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally absorbing read 23 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read The Conquest and really enjoying, i decided to take a leap of faith and read another of Elizabeth Chadwicks book. Really glad i did as this was even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Sexy, Romantic, History-Rich Novel 5 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Welsh Marches, Eleventh Century, and William Rufus is on the throne, steps shadowed by the wily Prince Henry and the eldest of William the Bastard's brood, Robert Curthose, from across the water. And then William is killed in a suspicious hunting accident, and Henry flies to claim the throne. In these turbulent times, war always beckons, but now its shadow looms large over the lives of those living on the Marches, who will be called upon to choose sides...

Elizabeth Chadwick's first novel is, as she says herself in her foreword, more romantic than some of her later works where she always writes about real as opposed to fictional characters, but for me, that extra touch of hope, laughter and love mixed in with her usual realism of the times just makes this story all the more appealing. Both her hero and heroine are steeped in the times, and because perhaps they aren't reproduced figures from the history books, she has been able to make of them strong, sexy in places and yet vulnerable people who embrace their environment and no matter if they win or lose, come up fighting - the best kind of characters!

I would thoroughly recommend this book, not only for the relationships and dealings with the events of the times, but the wonderful evocation of that era, which she is so skilled at reproducing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Loved this book, the story, the characters, everything about it. Another great read from Elizabeth Chadwick, never wanted to put it down, would recommend this to anyone who loves... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Terri Lyndon
5.0 out of 5 stars fab page turner.
Great read. I really loved the central characters and hope that we find out more in later books. If you like historical/period romance then you'll like this.
Published 1 month ago by Z. Wild
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a romp
This was a bit of a surprise. I like Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. This is a bit more of a bodice ripper. I prefer more fighting and less steaminess in my historical novels.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Such a flowing story, I was sorry when I finished it. Thank goodness she wrote a sequel so we can keep following the family.
Published 4 months ago by Helen Hinds
5.0 out of 5 stars the wild hunt
excellent service delivered at stated time no problems whatsoever have used before and will use again in the very near future
Published 6 months ago by tony lavelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The wild hunt
Just finished reading for second time. Can't wait to catch up on next two in series. I wish she would write some new ones. I love her take on English history
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism
I read this book about 15 years ago and decided to read it again as the great story has stayed in my mind all this time. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DROB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Hunt
As usual Elizabeth Chadwick lived up to my expectations. I was sorry when I got to the last page.Would recommend to any one that likes this period of history
Published 11 months ago by Mrs.M.A.Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Her first and one of her best
This is EC' s first published novel. I loved it just as much as her later novels. The pacing was brilliant and makes the boom extremely hard to put down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robin Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this book.
Although I haven't finished the book yet, what I have read is in Elizabeth Chadwick's best style.

The story is set in medieval times but is easy to read and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JustLinda
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