The King's Hounds

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3.5 out of 5 stars 50 ratings

The King's Hounds Summary

The year is 1018 and the war with England is finally over, but the unified kingdom ruled by Cnut of Denmark is far from peaceful. Halfdan has lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, now he wanders the country aimlessly powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a bookish former monk, the two set out together for Oxford, the seat of the new king. The pair's arrival in court coincides with news of a murder, and Cnut has an idea only a king could get away with: Why not enlist Halfdan and Winston - the Danish womanizer and the upright Saxon intellectual - to defuse a politically explosive situation? They're given just two days to solve the murder and they set off to uncover the truth, on the order of the king and with the reluctant assistance of the agitated townspeople.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.; 2013 Martin Jensen
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  • Book 1

    • The King's Hounds

    • 1
    • By: Martin Jensen, Tara Chace - translator
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    The year is 1018 and the war with England is finally over, but the unified kingdom ruled by Cnut of Denmark is far from peaceful. Halfdan has lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, now he wanders the country aimlessly powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a bookish former monk, the two set out together for Oxford, the seat of the new king.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting era

    • By Christine on 30-12-14

    Regular price: £13.59

  • Book 2

    • Oathbreaker

    • The King's Hound, Book 2
    • By: Martin Jensen, Tara Chace - translator
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and easy listening

    • By Mark on 14-06-15

    Regular price: £10.19

  • Book 3

    • A Man's Word

    • The King's Hound Series
    • By: Martin Jensen, Tara Chace - translator
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The crime-solving duo known as the King's Hounds - Halfdan and his master, Winston - are investigating a possible plot against King Cnut by onetime enemy-turned-ally Jarl Thorkell. Joined on the arduous journey by Winston's woman, Alfilda, and Atheling, his cranky mule, they venture to the markets in Thetford to gather information.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Shockingly bad, get a Shardlake instead

    • By HettyRose on 24-03-18

    Regular price: £9.69