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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
EAN: 9780312853037
ISBN: 0312853033
Label: Orb Books
Manufacturer: Orb Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 688
Publication Date: 1993-05-15
Publisher: Orb Books
Studio: Orb Books

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Alfred of St. Ruan's Abbey is a monk and a scholar, a religious man whose vocation is beyond question. But Alfred is also, without a doubt, one of the fair folk, for though he is more than seventy years old by the Abbey's records, he seems to be only a youth.

But Alfred is drawn from the haven of his monastery into his dangerous currents of politics when an ambassador from the kingdom of Rhiyana to Richard Coeur de Leon is wounded and Alfred himself is sent to complete the mission. There he encounters the Hounds of God, who believe that the fair folk have no souls, and must be purged from the Church and from the world.



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Summary: Dry, and not nearly as fun as some of Ms. Tarr's other works
Comment: The Hound and the Falcon takes place in an alternate reality in which the kingdom of Rhiyana, somewhere in Europe alongside traditional countries, is inhabited by the faerie folk. The first part of this tome, The Isle of Glass, I read as a separate work. The latter two books bring Alf, our protagonist, first to Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade, and then back to Rhiyana and Italy as his heritage is threatened.

This book was my nemesis for some time as it took me ages to finish. I was interested in the world Ms. Tarr created, but the story was quite dry and could not hold my attention for long.

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Summary: My Favorite Book!
Comment: I won't give you a big overview of the book, other people have done that. Let me start by saying this is not a light, mindless read. It is deep, passionate and spiritual. It is full of love, beauty, suspence and history and much much more! Judith Tarr is a genius. She has given me a love for history that I didn't know that I had! This is one of my favorite books I just love it!

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Summary: High quality medieval fantasy
Comment: The Hound and the Falcon by Judith Tarr is a stand-out in the genre of medieval fantasy novels. As a real live medievalist (rather than a Ren Fair nerd), I was very pleased to see how well-researched and accurate Tarr's work is. Every detail of the philosophical curriculum studied at the monastery in this novel was correct to the time period-very impressive!

These three short novels, bound together in one volume, tell the story of a medieval monk who is not quite human. In these alternate Middle Ages, the "Hounds of God" (thinly disguised Dominicans-do your Latin etymology, people!) seek out and destroy the elven population. The main character Alfred presents a fascinating conundrum, in that he is a devout Christian who believes in his faith, though his faith tells him that he, as an elf, has no soul. The first of these three stories focuses the most on Alfred's spiritual crisis, and thus I thought it was the best of the three. The other two continue with Alfred's story, but they are more like typical medieval fantasy adventures.

I recommend this volume to fans of medieval fantasy and of alternate histories, but if you're not into fantasy, I doubt this story would appeal much.

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Summary: An Exquisite Fantasy!
Comment: I love this trilogy. I read it close to 10 years ago. I have just finished it the second time. I am just as enthralled as ever with this historical fantasy filled with enchantments and interlaced with tender romantic moments. I will always love Alfred, the innocent and beautiful elf monk, turned powerful elf lord after much struggles with his real true self. I will always appreciate Thea who loves him from the very beginning. Finally who could ever forget Alfred's encounter with Richard, the Lion Heart, Alfred's sorrows during the disastrous invasion of Constantinople and finally Alfred's torment in the last of the trilogy when he thought he has lost all those he loves. My only complaint is the seemingly rush writing towards the end. On the other end, it maybe I did not wish the tale of Alfred, Thea, their children and their elf kin to end. The Hound and the Falcon is definitely one of my favorites to be treasured always.

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Summary: Magic and History
Comment: The monk Alfred has lived his entire life hidden away in the st.Ruans abbey. But even though the years go by brother Alf still looks no older than a boy. Wise though he may be, Alf is unable to face the truth about himself. He is one of the fair folk, an elf, kin to the elven-king. But when trouble comes to st. Ruans, elf-blood can be hidden no more. . .

The great thing about these books is the easy flow of the story. You open them, and before you know it youre battling alongside King Arthur, running through the burning streets of Constantinople or fleeing the Hounds of God. And all the time there are the marvelous details, the dialog, the people. These characters are so easy to fall in love with. Alfred is so scared, so confused you just wish you could reach out a hand and tell him everything will be alright. Beacuse you feel so close to these people, al the way through the books.

These are definately worth the read.



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