George V. Reilly

Review: The King's Hounds

The King's Hounds
Title: The King’s Hounds
Author: Martin Jensen
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Ama­zon­Cross­ing
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 274
Keywords: historical mystery
Reading period: 11 June–22 July, 2016

1018AD. King Cnut of Denmark (aka Canute) has recently conquered England, and now must broker peace between the Saxons and the Danes at Oxford. Also in Oxford are Winston, a talented il­lu­mi­na­tor of man­u­scripts, and Halfdan, a roguish half-Danish half-Saxon landless noble. A prominent Saxon has been murdered and Cnut commands Winston and Halfdan to in­ves­ti­gate.

While the mystery was reasonably while done, I found the anachro­nis­tic speech patterns quite jarring. The book is translated from Danish; I presume this is also true in the original.

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