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To Carry the Horn: 1 [Copertina flessibile]

Karen Myers

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10 ottobre 2012 The Hounds of Annwn

Book 1 of The Hounds of Annwn


George Talbot Traherne is just doing his job on a fine autumn morning, keeping the hounds together for the huntsman of the Rowanton Hunt in Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountain. Doesn’t pay to get distracted by a white stag in unfamiliar territory, though. Next thing you know, you might find yourself… somewhere else.

The land is the same but not the people. Their huntsman has just been murdered, and George is tapped for the job. It’s an emergency -- the Wild Hunt is only two weeks away, and if it doesn’t happen on schedule, the antlered god Cernunnos will take the realm from its ruler Gwyn ap Nudd and find someone who can mete out justice with the Hounds of Hell in his place.

George throws himself into the task, finding strength in the mission and resources he never knew he had. The more he comes to feel at home, settling into his new responsibilities, the more he wants to stay and make a life for himself. He’s finally met someone worth spending his life with, even if she’s just a bit older, a mere fifteen hundred years or so.

Can he keep the Wild Hunt on track despite the attempts to thwart it? Will he be accepted by those he wants to defend who view his timely presence and his human blood with suspicion? Above all, what does Cernunnos want of him and how far will he go? Can he survive the attention of a god?

Readers who are familiar with the sources of Arthurian literature such as the Mabinogion will recognize many of the characters, flourishing still in the world we cannot quite reach.

Editorial Reviews

"Comparisons with other great sci-fi and fantasy writers are inevitable, and I would not hesitate to put this into the same short-list as David Eddings or Robert Jordan." - Baily's Hunting Directory

"A blend of hunting and fantasy fiction, and the first entry in The Hounds of Annwn series, To Carry the Horn takes the reader into a world of magic and ancient rivalries where hunting with hounds plays a significant role in life and law. Well-written and finely detailed, this book provides an excellent opportunity for some enjoyable hours of escapism, particularly when read on a chilly winter evening before a cozy fire." - In and Around Horse Country

"Myers has constructed a smooth, strong novel, her content well built, characters believable and richly developed. "To Carry The Horn" is well-written and displays a thorough knowledge of foxhunting.'' - Fauquier Times-Democrat

"Myers takes readers on a fascinating ride into a parallel world where she weaves figures from Welsh mythology into a well-written tale that involves stag hunting, a huntsman’s murder, and a large case of greed and envy." - FoxhuntingLife

"To Carry The Horn is an intriguing piece of fantasy that paints, through Myers’ artistic eye, a vivid picture of a parallel otherworld where hounds and hunting are an integral part of daily life. A riveting read for anyone with ties to the chase, To Carry The Horn sets the scene for the next stand-alone entry in the extended series, The Ways of Winter. To tell the truth, we can’t wait." - Middleburg Life

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Karen Myers is the author of the best-selling novel To Carry the Horn, the first entry in the series The Hounds of Annwn, a contemporary Wild Hunt fantasy set in a fae otherworld version of the Virginia Piedmont. She is currently working on a new fantasy series, The Affinities of Magic, following a young wizard who launches an industrial revolution of magic. More information is available at Perkunas Press.

A graduate of Yale University from Kansas City, Karen has lived with her husband, David Zincavage, in Connecticut, New York, Chicago, California, and more recently in the lovely foxhunting country of Virginia where they followed the activities of the Blue Ridge Hunt, the Old Dominion Hounds, the Ashland Bassets, and the Wolver Beagles.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Virginia's Foxhunting Country Recast as the Magical Land of Annwn 26 febbraio 2013
Di Susan F. Falknor - Pubblicato su
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In writing "To Carry the Horn: The Hounds of Annwn: I," Karen Myers has invented the Land of the Fae, a magical superimposition on the beautiful rural country east of the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. As with other fairylands -- the Land of Oz, Neverland, Brigadoon, Narnia -- there are hidden connecting ways that sometimes open to permit the Fae cross over to fall in love with humans and ordinary people to wander into that realm of adventure.

Myers draws on her personal enthusiastic participation in foxhunting with the hounds in Northern Virginia, as well as a photographer's eye, a talent for fiddling, a familiarity with the Welsh language, a knowledge of heraldic weaponry and combat, and much more.

Annwn is a land of court, castle, village, and the hunt, arrested -- by choice -- at the lantern stage of technology. Gunpowder does not explode there, so the weapons are limited to blades and bows. Its rulers are the tall, handsome, long-lived Fae, who have the talent of "glamor" (projecting an image to disguise one's identity) and who have sympathy with animals to the point of telepathy. The Lutins, smaller of stature but with great hearts, are craftsmen. Unlike Narnia, with its understructure of Christian ideas and symbols (notably Aslan the Lion) -- Annwn's god is a pagan deity: Cerunnos, Master of the Beasts.

But the same Blue Ridge rises to frame the west and "marches to the south" across both realms.

Myers explores what it would be like to live for hundreds of years -- to have that luxury of time to fully explore several schools and materials of art, to become adept in ruling, to master the management of foxhounds, to regret the excesses of one's youth, or to nurse a festering grudge.

Myers paints what might be termed a 21st century "post-post-modern" hero, protagonist George Talbot Traherne. He is a 33-year-old native of Virginia hunt country, 6'4" in stature, brought up to ride horses and take part in Virginia's still-flourishing custom of hunting with the hounds.
In postmodernist literature, all is skepticism, moral equivalence, cultural relativism, and in-your-face rejection of traditional relationships and ideals. The protagonists are not heroes but deeply flawed anti-heroes. George Traherne, in contrast, blends you might say, pre-modern, traditional virtues with a few good ideas from the current post-modern era.

George displays the ancient virtues of physical courage, honesty, virility, presence of mind, fair play, curiosity, intelligence, freedom from self-aggrandizement, loyalty to family, and an innate orientation to the good and honorable. His postmodern sensibility enables him to reject traditional ideas of staffing the hunt to bring in Lutins as "whippers in" and to take on a young woman as understudy for master of the hunt. It is the postmodern outlook that gives George an ease, even a sense of humor, in handling his own transformations.

Out for a ride on his large Percheron horse, George loses his way and meets an oddly-dressed hunting party, tragically halted in its tracks by the murder of Iolo their Huntsman.

Recognized by his name as a "kinsman," George is given charge of the Hounds of Annwn.

"To Carry the Horn" persuasively takes the reader into a magical world. This novel is fast-paced, endlessly inventive, and a thoroughly good read. Myers ennobles for the eyes of a new generation the ancient hunting compact between people, horse, and dogs -- and the chivalric virtues that go with the hunt. We can be glad that this is but the first novel in what promises to be an outstanding fantasy series.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Couldn't put the book down! Wonderful fantasy story! 2 gennaio 2013
Di Rebecca J. Boyd - Pubblicato su
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Karen Myer's To Carry the Horn: The Hounds of Annwn is a wonderful fantasy that I found hard to put down. From the start, the intrigue and mystery of the Great Hunt draws the reader in to wanting more. This fantasy novel ranks right up there with Tolkien's Ring Series and The Hobbit and The Harry Potter Series. I learned a lot about fox hunting, too!
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4.0 su 5 stelle A Refreshing Change 25 giugno 2013
Di C. Peace - Pubblicato su
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This book is quite different to the normal run of fantasy novels. First you have the well established European legend of The Wild Hunt, with appearances from the horned god, Cernunnos. Then Ms Myers adds in various figures from Welsh legend, such as Gwyn ap Nudd and his grandfather, Beli Mawr, who are often associated with the Wild Hunt. So far, not so unusual.

But then appears George Talbot Traherne, a human huntsman from Virginia, USA who suddenly finds himself in Annwn, the Otherworld. He walks into the scene of a murder and seemingly coincidentally, ends up leading The Wild Hunt, much to the consternation of many of Annwn's fae inhabitants. Even stranger, George discovers he has family ties to Gwyn ap Nudd.

I confess I wasn't sure at first whether these Celtic legends could possibly be at ease in a setting such as Virginia, but I have to say that Ms Myers does a great job of settling them in. A wonderful cast of characters helps enormously, as do her scenes of George's daily life as Huntsman of The Wild Hunt. I found this book to be a fascinating read. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that I felt there was a touch too much ambient description in places, especially in the first third of the story. Apart from that, To Carry The Horn is a refreshing change in the world of fantasy novels.
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5.0 su 5 stelle wonderul journey 20 giugno 2013
Di Joan Spinner - Pubblicato su
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After my initial confusion, like his, it was a great story. I am attracted by the idea that there is this option they have of going back and forth between worlds. I'm glad they don't but the idea that they can makes the whole thing more appealing. I especially love the hounds and horses. I like the mix of lore and I feel quite invested in the character. I wish there was a map in the Kindle version so I could see where they were going and what the relationship is to the other world. The parallel is one of the attractive things and I hope she will use it at times. Well worth the time. I'm looking forward to reading more.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Pure pleasure! 10 febbraio 2013
Di Kashin - Pubblicato su
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I seldom read fantasy, but not much is written about the Wild Hunt of Welsh legend, so I took a chance on this book and found it a delight! Extremely well-written, compelling and thoroughly composed alternate universe that made me think of the "Avalon" novels I enjoyed many years ago. Like the protagonist, I was pulled in! The author is plainly laying the groundwork here for more to come, and I for one can't wait--I've already ordered her next book. As a former whipper-in myself, I promise you the author knows her horses, hounds, and hunting; interactions between George and the pack are true to life and beautifully and affectionately described. There is also a stirring amount of action and intrigue.

Notably, this book does NOT suffer from the sloppy editing or amateurish writing that plagues many an independently published effort; this one passes the highest standards. Buy the print edition if possible, it's a well-printed, attractive book and well worth having on your shelves.

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