Friday, December 16, 2022

HIstorical Fiction Book Review: Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound by Paul M. Duffy

Today, I have a Medieval historical fiction novel in my book review spotlight!   Check out Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound, read my thoughts on the book and learn about author Paul M. Duffy!

Book TitleRun with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound by Paul M. Duffy
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 342 pages
Genre:  Medieval Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Cennan Books of Cynren Press
Release date:   October 2022 
Content Rating:  R.
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About the Book

On a remote Gaelic farmstead in medieval Ireland, word reaches Alberic of conquering Norman knights arriving from England. Oppressed by the social order that enslaved his Norman father, he yearns for the reckoning he believes the invaders will bring—but his world is about to burn. Captured by the Norman knight Hugo de Lacy and installed at Dublin Castle as a translator, Alberic’s confused loyalties are tested at every turn. When de Lacy marches inland, Alberic is set on a collision course with his former masters amidst rumours of a great Gaelic army rising in the west. Can Alberic navigate safely through revenge, lust and betrayal to find his place amidst the birth of a kingdom in a land of war?
My Review

Duffy Transports Readers to Another Time and Place. When most of us pick up a historical fiction novel--it may take us back to World War II, and likely holds stories and scenes at least a little familiar from history class or old movies. The storyline of Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound transports readers to Medieval Ireland. It takes a bit to settle into the time period, scenes, and language choices, but after a few chapters, the author's words truly transport readers to another time and place. While fictionalized, the historical events, culture, character interactions, and story flow feel very authentic. The author's expertise in the history of the time and region shines through--but never feels dull or boring for readers.


Readers will Be Drawn to Alberic's Story. As the title suggests, Alberic seeks to find his place in his changing world by playing both sides of the conflict in his own way. Alberic's personality is well suited to his role-- and it is interesting to see various elements of society, beliefs, and culture detailed during the time as his story unfolds. Alberic's relationship with Ness is also fascinating as it is much more than a love interest as we come to understand the differences and roles at play during the time.


Would I Recommend Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound by Paul M. Duffy? I would definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction--especially of Ireland or Medieval times. The author does a beautiful job pulling us into centuries-old lives and drawing us into Alberic's story as he seeks to find his place and his future in his dark, dangerous time. I enjoyed the novel and would certainly read more from the author and the period.

Meet the Author

Paul Duffy, author of Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound (2022), is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists and has directed numerous landmark excavations in Dublin as well as leading projects in Australia, France and the United Kingdom. He has published and lectured widely on this work, and his books include From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne—the Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy during the Cathar Crusade (2018) and Ireland and the Crusades (2021). He has given many talks and interviews on national and international television and radio (RTÉ, BBC, NPR, EuroNews). Paul has also published several works of short fiction (Irish Times, Causeway/Cathsair, Outburst, Birbeck Writer’s Hub) and in 2015 won the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award. He has been shortlisted for numerous Irish and international writing prizes and was awarded a writing bursary in 2017–2018 by Words Ireland.

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