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Oathbreaker (The King's Hounds series) (English Edition) par [Jensen, Martin]
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Halfdan and his master, Winston the Illuminator, are guests in a monastery when they’re awakened in the middle of the night and asked to solve a crime. A monk praying in the church has been brutally murdered, and his severed hand offers the first clue of a motive. As they investigate who could have committed such a heinous atrocity—and why—Halfdan and Winston must negotiate bitter rivalries within the monastery’s hierarchy, a sensitive class structure, and the tension between the new laws King Cnut has sworn to uphold and the codes of honor that precede them. With peace in England on shaky ground and the king’s favor of paramount importance, Halfdan and Winston follow a precarious path toward answers that no one is sure they want.

This second novel in Martin Jensen’s acclaimed King’s Hounds series delves deeply into a chaotic world where alliances change, but oaths are forever.

Biographie de l'auteur

Bestselling Danish novelist Martin Jensen was born in 1946 and worked as a teacher and a headmaster in Sweden and Denmark before becoming a full-time writer in 1996. The author of twenty-one novels, he has been honored by the Danish Crime Academy twice and was awarded the Royal Library’s Prize for his medieval novel Soldiers’ Whore. He and his wife are botany enthusiasts who also enjoy bird-watching and gathering mushrooms.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 258 pages
  • Editeur : AmazonCrossing (4 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00ELN0KCK
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Medieval mystery with delightful characters 10 mars 2014
Par Walking Woman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second book in Jenson's "The King 's Hounds" series. Too often the second in a series misses the magic of the first. "Oathbreaker" is a good match to the first book which lends its title to the series' name.

I enjoyed seeing Halfdan grow as a sleuth. The monks were thoroughly entertaining - the good and the bad.

My only complaint (and it is minor and not uncommon) was that the wrap-up on the murder seemed a bit unfair. Most readers will not have the knowledge to interpret the clues. My favorite mysteries are ones that challenge me to spot the clues and then piece them together. I felt the clues that solve this particular mystery were simply beyond the reader's reach for reasons I am not going to share as that would give it all away.

This is a fun book with well-written characters and great details about life in war-torn Britain 1,000 years ago. Jensen's abilities as a writer are excellent. Vivid descriptions had me craving roast pork and ale!
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good historical mystery 25 avril 2014
Par Judith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For some reason, I have problems with translated works, but this series by Martin Jensen, translated by Tara Chace, presents no problem and doesn't distract from the story, for the most part. I like the main characters very much and think the book shows a good deal of research on the author's part. Medieval England, before the Norman invasion is drawn believably and the endnotes help define what might be unfamiliar terms. If this book has one flaw, it's the translators occasional use of very contemporary terms. But, given the excellent story and overall absorbing mystery, that's a small hindrance. If you enjoy historical mysteries, or good mysteries at all, this book will make you a very happy reader.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Bit Disappointed 8 mars 2014
Par Thomas More - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I gave a positive review to the first book in this series by Martin Jensen; however, this time around I feel that we readers have been let down a bit. Winston takes much more of a back seat to Halfden this time around, as the murder of a monk baffles the duo. I found the story much less compelling here, and recalled that the threat of the King's wrath added necessary tension to "The King's Hounds." I did enjoy the addition of Alfilda to the sleuthing pair, but wish her character could be given more to do than brood and stare out windows. Would it be a better series if the author took us into the minds and perspectives of the three central characters? I think perhaps so.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 How England got there, from a Scandinavian point of view. 28 avril 2017
Par Dave - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Love the author's style and the fact that he tends to work modern slang into some lines without making you realize they probably didn't talk that way then. The historical references and translation of terms from their Danish roots (i.e., "jarl" eventually becomes "earl" in English) are fantastic. I'm currently reading the third in the trilogy, and hate to have the band break up, as they say.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written and well translated 5 juin 2014
Par Headphone Pilot - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second book in "The King's Hounds" series, by Martin Jensen. It's set in England during the reign of King Canute. The narrator is Halfdan, who is half Danish and half Saxon and also a nobleman who lost his property when his family backed the wrong side in the war. Halfdan works for Winston, who was educated by monks but now views them very skeptically. Winston is an artist who primarily illuminates manuscripts for the church and royalty -- he's talented enough (and smart enough) to work whenever and wherever he wants.

In this story King Cnut (as spelled in the book) has sent Winston and Halfdan north to check on loyalties, when a monk is murdered in a church. The murder seems to be more than random. As with the first story in the series, The King's Hounds, the story involves the clergy, noblemen, outlaws and commoners.

The story is well written and well translated. The setting seems to be well researched and accurate -- at least, as far as I could tell! To the best of my knowledge, these two are the only books in the series that have been translated so far. I hope the rest aren't long in coming.
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