The King's Hounds

The King's Hounds Review

The first in the bestselling Danish series of historical mysteries

The newly crowned King Cnut of Denmark has conquered England and rules his new empire from Oxford. The year is 1018 and the war is finally over, but the unified kingdom is far from peaceful.

Halfdan’s mixed lineage—half Danish, half Saxon—has made him a pauper in the new kingdom. His father, his brother, and the land he should have inherited were all taken by the new king’s men. He lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, Halfdan now wanders the country aimlessly, powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a former monk, he sees no reason not to accept his strange invitation to travel together to Oxford. Winston has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the king at the invitation of his new wife, and the protection of a clever man like Halfdan is well worth its price in wine and bread.

But when the pair’s arrival in court coincides with news of a murder, the king has a brilliant idea: Why not enlist the newly arrived womanizing half-Dane and the Saxon intellectual to defuse a politically explosive situation? The pair represents both sides of the conflict and seem to have crime-solving skills to boot. In their search for the killer, Halfdan and Winston find seduction, adventure, and scandal in the wild early days of Cnut’s rule.

Title:The King's Hounds
Edition Language:English

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  • Bettie

    Translated by Tara ChaceDescription: The newly crowned King Cnut of Denmark has conquered England and rules his new empire from Oxford. The year is 1018 and the war is finally over, but the unified ki...

  • Terri

    This was kind of the literary version of the Seinfeld show - it was a book about nothing. Only the tv series was supposed to be 'a show about nothing' and was still about some things that were a lot o...

  • ECH

    As a general rule, if the protagonist of a book is insisting to the reader within the the first 20 pages that some sex he had was totally consensual no matter what the woman he slept with said, there'...

  • Jane

    It is the year 1018, and Cnut [Canute] of Denmark, now the ruler of a unified England, wishes a peaceful country, with all peoples living in harmony. This is the first volume in a delightful, highly r...

  • OjoAusana

    3.5 but giving it a 3 bc tho I liked this book the mc is like super rapey. its really weird he has to like, keep pointing out "its not rape." like.... it sure sounds like hes uh like coercing? them? a...

  • Vanessa Delamare

    I loved it! An excellent book, very pleasant, very nice, very funny.I completely fell for Halfdan - who tells the story in the first person - even if he sometimes lacks in moral sense. When we meet hi...

  • Leslie

    3.5 stars. I might have given this 4 stars if I hadn't been annoyed by a glaring historical inaccuracy in the very beginning -- Winston, the illuminator of manuscripts, was using a graphite pencil. Wh...

  • eyes.2c

    I'm addicted!Ok, I'm addicted already to this series. Certainly I hope for more translations to follow.King Cnut is in Oxford to hold a Witenagemot (a National council assembly of the King, nobles and...

  • Samantha

    This was a fun, easy to listen to audiobook mystery. Some annoying anachronistic words were sprinkled throughout, but I assumed that was due to it being a translation and was forgiving regarding them....

  • Leah G

    I have discovered a new affection for British early medieval detective fiction! (When King Cnut ruled, that's called early medieval right?)Here we have a lapsed not-quite-ever-a-monk, a noble younger ...