Thursday, December 15, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound by Paul M. Duffy


Book Details:

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. The book does involve medieval warfare in a fair amount. There is limited profanity and some quick sex scenes that mention the penis, etc. There is also some mention of vaginas. These are not like hard-core sex scenes, but body parts are mentioned (e.g., a woman disguised as a man is hanged and the onlookers realize the person has a "cunny" -- and are shocked that she is not the male they thought she was).
Book Description:

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?

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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Enter the Giveaway:

My Review: 

Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound is an interesting read by Paul M. Duffy. This is my first experience in reading books by this talented author. The writing style is different to me and took a little bit getting used to. The plot is unique, as well. Once I got through the first five chapters, I was hooked and did not want to put it down. I enjoyed going back to the 1100s Ireland. As a granddaughter of an Irish immigrant, I was fascinated in learning more about my Irish heritage. It was fun to learn about Ireland’s culture, history and mythology. Mr Duffy has done his research in bringing this tale alive. I was entertained by taking this journey in seeing the good and bad of those days of the past. The details were so vivid that I felt as though I was transported back in time and living right there. I thought it was a great tale to read. 

I am giving Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound four and a half stars. I believe fans of historical fiction, particularly Irish, Gaelic, and medieval historical fiction, will want to read this one. I am interested in reading more books like this one Paul M. Duffy in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

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