The Hall of the Mountain King

The Hall of the Mountain King Before Mirain could possess his kingdom he would have to displace the bastard Prince Moranden win the loyalty of his squire Vadin alVadin and subdue a rebellion But the greatest battle would be wi

  • Title: The Hall of the Mountain King
  • Author: Judith Tarr
  • ISBN: 9780812556070
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before Mirain could possess his kingdom, he would have to displace the bastard Prince Moranden, win the loyalty of his squire, Vadin alVadin, and subdue a rebellion But the greatest battle would be with the dark goddess Uveryen A stunning new novel by the author of The Hound and the Falcon Trilogy.

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    1. Vadin is a squire, new to the service of Han-Ianon. His greatest wish is to serve Moranden, greatest warrior in the land and bastard son to the king. The king is old and knows he nears the end of his reign, and so day after day he stands on the battlements, hoping that his daughter will return home. Decades ago she traveled south to be a priestess, and has sent no word since.But then a small young man in shabby priest's garb walks into the capital. He resembles the late princess and in fact, is [...]

    2. I loved this book. It almost feels like it was written from a "things Nick is a sucker for" list: excellent, almost Le Guin-level language; Bronze Age-ish fantasy setting; main characters who are people of color (in this case, every single character is a person of color); strong characterization and character development; a female author; magic that remains quite mysterious without being befuddling or serving a deus-ex-machina function (again very Le Guin-like); very strong heterosocial bonding [...]

    3. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature: fantasyliterature/reviEvery day, for years, the King of Ianon has stood on his castle’s battlements, hoping to see his daughter coming home. He is old and she is his heir. When someone finally arrives, the king is told that his daughter is dead, but she had a son, Mirain, whose father is the god Avaryan. The grieving king opens his heart to this unknown grandson, but there are others who are not pleased with the new development — especially the king [...]

    4. I ordered this book because I remember being thoroughly en armoured of one later in the series, and being unable at that time to track down the first in the series. When I held it in my hand and read the blurb I very nearly put it back again unread. A story I've heard/read a thousand times.s However! I soon found myself enjoying the read. Possibly, enjoying the Prince's Squire more than anything else. Some of the ritual experiences were pretty impressive, worth a ponder, and the rest was not exa [...]

    5. Every day, for years, the King of Ianon has stood on his castle’s battlements, hoping to see his daughter coming home. He is old and she is his heir. When someone finally arrives, the king is told that his daughter is dead, but she had a son, Mirain, whose father is the god Avaryan. The grieving king opens his heart to this unknown grandson, but there are others who are not pleased with the new development — especially the king’s concubine and her son Moranden, the king’s bastard and a g [...]

    6. Another worldOnce again,dragged into some other place,where magic lives,and there are kingdoms to be fought for.Friendships to be made and lovers to be found.A basis for many a story but Judith Tarr manages to combine them in a way I can sink into that world.

    7. Ok. Yes. This book was really amazing. It was filled with so many emotions that were wonderfully described. I also really love the way that "love" worked in the book. There was love of so many different kinds but they were all treated with the same respect. I really loved that.

    8. I love this writer and I just can not get into this book. I'm finding it incredibly hard to read. I hope the next one is better.

    9. I think I just need to accept that Judith Tarr ain't my cup of tea. As with the previous books of hers I read, this one has a focus character I simply can't stand--and I'm supposed to love him.

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