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Hunter's oath de Michelle West
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Hunter's oath (edició 1995)

de Michelle West

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When the covenant was made with the Hunter God, all who dwelt in Breodanir swore to abide by it. The Hunter Lords--and the hunting dogs to which their minds were specially attuned--would seek out game in the God's woods to provide food for their people, and the Hunter God would ensure that the Hunters, the land, and the people prospered.   But in payment, once a year the Sacred Hunt must be called, the God's own Hunt in which the prey became one of the Lords, or his huntbrother.  This was the Hunter's Oath, sworn by each Lord and his huntbrother--the companion chosen from the common folk to remind each Lord of his own ties to humanity. It was the Oath pledged in blood by Gilliam of Elseth and the orphan boy Stepehn--and the fulfillment of that Oath would lead them to the kind of destiny from which legends were made...… (més)
Membre:ArlieS
Títol:Hunter's oath
Autors:Michelle West
Informació:New York, NY : DAW Books, c1995.
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Office Paperback Fiction
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Etiquetes:fiction, fantasy

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This was the Nth time I've reread this - starting the whole series from scratch again now. I love these books, I love the sound of their voice. ( )
  tatere | Dec 30, 2020 |
This duology (Hunter's Oath & Hunter's Death) is one story in two books, not really two separate novels.
After reading the Greg Keyes "Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone" books, I was
in the mood for some more epic fantasy; however West's books compare
very badly to those.
The story starts out with a somewhat promising premise: The Hunter
Lords of Breodanir are an elite class, pledged to their hunter god.
However, each Lord is oathbound to a Huntbrother, picked from the
peasantry, who lives as partner and brother for life - which is often
not that long, as hunter Lords and Huntbrothers are regularly killed
in their ritual hunts.
The story follows Stephen, Huntbrother, and his Lord, Gilliam. Stephen
turns out to be an intelligent young man, hungry for learning, while
Gilliam is crude, crass, and tends to behave much like his beloved
hunting dogs. The hunt is his only interest.
If the story had just stuck with these two characters and their
personal conflicts within their own society, I think I would have
liked the story.
However, soon a Wise and Beautiful Sorceress, Evayne, shows up. She is
one of the most one-dimensional characters I've ever encountered. No
clue is given to her background, personal feelings, etc. She warns of
Evil Demons, trapped underground, who want to break out and Take Over.
(Very cliche.) For some reason, which I can't quite remember, as it
felt very contrived, in the second book, Stephen & Gilliam have to
travel to the foreign city of Averalaan and help Evayne stop the
demons.
That's an extremely short summary of what is in reality an extremely
long and often tedious story. I nearly gave up on it at times, but
then it would pick up and catch my interest for a bit - so I did
finish, but overall I would say it never gets better than mediocre. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read West's House war books first (which tell the same story but from a different point of view). Because of that, Hunter's oath feels less polished to me, the writing style is a little more loose. In a way, that makes it easier to read, but to me it also feels less immersive than The hidden city, and I like that immersive quality. It is very nice to read about the familiar characters, though, and to learn a bit more about their backgrounds. Of course I knew this would be about the Hunter Lords, but I hadn't realized how much backstory these books provide about Evayne. Storywise I think it makes most sense to start with the Hunter books, but I'm not sure if I would have been pulled in as much as I have if I had.

It's difficult to judge this book on its own, but a few points I like: Michelle West writes good characters. They come alive, even the ones that don't play a huge role (yet). Although there is some traditional division of roles in Hunter society, it's interesting to note that the Ladies do most of the ruling. They do not engage in traditional fighting, but they do wield their own weapons and come to the rescue on one notable occasion. So even though a large part of the story is male-oriented (the hunting, even most of the magery), a world in which women of strength play crucial roles is already emerging. Having started Hunter's death and having read the first House war trilogy, I can only say that this becomes more extensive, even in those societies where women are seen as inferior. Finally, I find West's imagination astonishing. Sure, she uses traditional fantasy elements, but the way in which she uses them really stands out. She creates several societies (ok, in Hunter's oath we mostly see only one), mythologies and magics and forms them into a coherent whole. All the people have backstory, and so does the society as a whole. She creates an incredibly rich world with astonishing detail. Reading this first book now and knowing what is still to come, I am a little awestruck... ( )
  zjakkelien | Apr 19, 2015 |
What I really love about Michelle West's writing is that she gets into each character's head so well. While a lot is still clothed in mystery, the switches in perspective shift this story from just another fantasy novel into something deeper and more epic. That very epic sense is what makes HUNTER'S OATH so dense. There were times that I had to pause, take a breath, and learn to savor the story itself.

Gilliam is a Hunter Lord; Stephen is his Huntbrother. Together, they must participate in the Sacred Hunt each year in order to keep Breodanir safe and bountiful, at the risk of their own lives. But it soon becomes much more than that as Stephen falls prey to the unfathomable world of magic, demon-kin, and Gods.

I suspect what many can either find fault with or relish in HUNTER'S OATH is its ability to surround you with so much that you're not sure if you're enthralled with the world... or just confused. But if you simply let go, agree to not understand every little detail - then you can let it take you on a ride that is most definitely worth reading. I found myself incredibly attached to the world, its characters, its conflicts, which was really a surprise because I never thought I'd be thrilled to be reading about hunting and dogs. But really, it's so much more than that.

I'd say, read this if you're looking to get into something interesting but also by no means an easy, sit-back-and-enjoy type of book. You'll find yourself immersed in a world wrought with intense intrigue, conflict, and sacrifice, and a mishmash of fascinating characters (time-travelers, assasins, kings, thieves) that kept me keenly interested. ( )
  ioet | Jun 11, 2011 |
Awesome world building, complex and rich without being overdone. I sort of sank in while reading this, emerged blinking out the other side and promptly shoved it at my friends. The point of view changes may irritate some people but the relationships developed between the central characters are very rewarding. ( )
  Black_samvara | Aug 17, 2008 |
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When the covenant was made with the Hunter God, all who dwelt in Breodanir swore to abide by it. The Hunter Lords--and the hunting dogs to which their minds were specially attuned--would seek out game in the God's woods to provide food for their people, and the Hunter God would ensure that the Hunters, the land, and the people prospered.   But in payment, once a year the Sacred Hunt must be called, the God's own Hunt in which the prey became one of the Lords, or his huntbrother.  This was the Hunter's Oath, sworn by each Lord and his huntbrother--the companion chosen from the common folk to remind each Lord of his own ties to humanity. It was the Oath pledged in blood by Gilliam of Elseth and the orphan boy Stepehn--and the fulfillment of that Oath would lead them to the kind of destiny from which legends were made...

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