Set in early 1200's, Sir Adam Quintin is sent by King Henry to Ravenswood Castle to find a traitor. Ravenswood once belonged to his family, but his father was banished and the Castle taken from them. In return, for discovering the traitor, Adam (who really is Adrian de Marle the true heir to Ravenswood) wants Ravenwood returned to his family. He gathers at Ravenswood at a tournament with the winner being offered Ravenswood Castle, the honour and lady Mathilda.
Joan is the keeper of the hounds, and lives with fear as her father is slowing losing his sense of reality, and slips into fantasy more and more.
It is a story of Joan trying to protect her father and coming to trust the man trying to take their castle.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Leisure, Jan 2003, 6.99, 365 pp.
In 1217 England, Bishop Gravant hosts a tournament at Ravenswood Castle in which the winner obtains the hand and property of England's wealthiest heiress. England's King Henry thinks Gravant has rigged the game so the young monarch King Henry assigns his trusted knight Sir Adam Quintin to weed out and halt any seditious acts.
Adam travels to Ravenswood where he meets Joan Swan, keeper of hounds, when she and her animals save his life from a boar. Though she believes she has little choice if she wants to keep her “father” alive and not have herself be used as Gravant's pawn Joan still wonders if she can trust the handsome outsider who stirs her insides like no one has ever done before. Adam thinks he has met the Goddess of the Hunt as he finds himself falling in love with Joan, but questions whether he should trust her with the King's mission.
LORD OF THE HUNT in many ways follows the typical sub-genre fare with Machiavellian betrayals, and regal and churchly power squabbles interfering with two delightful lead characters trying to forge a relationship. However, the twist that freshens up Ann Lawrence's latest thirteenth century romance is the feisty, intrepid heroine who has skills normally left to males. Adam is a delightful hero and Gravant serves as the typical villain, but a strong story line and the two wonderful lead protagonists make for a fine historical romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner