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Elizabeth Chadwich is a prolific author of historical novels and The Wild Hunt is her first novel to be published. Since then Chadwick has written many novels and this edition of The Wild Hunt has been reworked and rewritten by the author to improve the story.
What type of book does Chadwick write?
Chadwick writes historical novels which are brought to life by her eye for details. She bases stories around periods in history which were interesting and are normally between the 10th and 14th Century. Often characters are at least loosely based on real historical figures but Chadwick has a real talent for bringing characters to life. She creates wonderful relationships between them so that they are well liked by the reader.
The Wild Hunt is no exception
Based on the time shortly after 1066 where raiding parties from Wales cross the border to fight with the English the king (based on King William Rufas a real king of England) decides that Guyan (a welsh lord) should marry Judith, a beautiful heiress to a large estate. The couple have not met and Judith is much younger than her husband to be. She is only 15 and the daughter of a brutal man who abused her mother. Is her marriage to be the same?
Following the death of the king battles rage as different factions within England support various rivals for the crown. With the added danger of civil war potentially happening their relationship is tested.
Judith - a young heiress forced to marry a man who is much more experienced than she is. She is resourceful and is a strong lady - I really thought that she was a strong character and really liked her. You will find your self rooting for her to be happy.
Guylan: our hero - lord of an english estate and half welsh - a creative leader with a wild streak. Secretly I challenge any woman not to want to be whisked off their feet by a man like him!
WHat do I think?
I love the writing style of Chadwick- her books describe the sights, smells and sounds of the historical period in great detail. To give an example she descibes how hard it is to remove an armoured shirt from a man (before he ravishes you of course). It adds a touch of realism to the book.
Chadwick writes stories which romp along, so you can't possibly get bored. The characters are always strong and the description of the relationships between the characters means that they seem real. If they were described in isolation they would be weaker but together you really get to know them.
The stories are anything but dry, boring historical stories. Although you do learn quite a lot about the issues and events of the era it is told in such a way that you feel like you are not being educated at all. I really came away understanding quite a lot about how hard life was in the 12th Century.
Overall a fantastic read, defintely a great first novel and one i would recommend. It has everything, romance, historical facts and blood and guts. Battles, but a girl meets boy story at heart. GIve it a go!