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To Carry the Horn

Karen Myers

Book 1 of The Hounds of Annwn

An entire kingdom built around a supernatural need for justice, enforced by the Wild Hunt and the Hounds of Hell.

What would you do if you blundered into a strange world, where all around you was the familiar landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, but the inhabitants were the long-lived fae, and you the only human?

George Talbot Traherne stumbles across the murdered huntsman of the Wild Hunt, and is drafted into finding out who did it. Oh, and assigned the task of taking the huntsman's place with the Hounds of Hell, whether he wants the job or not.

The antlered god Cernunnos is the sponsor of this kingdom, and he requires its king to conduct the annual hunt for justice in pursuit of an evil criminal, or else lose his right to the kingship, and possibly end up hunted himself.

Success is far from guaranteed, and no human has held the post. George discovers his own blood links to the fae king, and he's determined to try. But Cernunnos himself has a personal role to play, and George will have to sort out just why he's the one who's been chosen for the task.

And whether he has any chance of surviving the job.

Find out what it's like to live in a world where you can help the Right to prevail, even if it might cost you everything.

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To Carry the Horn

Publication date: October 9, 2012. 442 pages.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon Best Seller 2014

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. See the full review.

I’m certainly looking forward to The Ways of Winter, and would recommend To Carry The Horn to anyone who likes Celtic mythology, mysteries, or stories involving ordinary people taken to fantasy realms.
Otherwhere Gazette. See the full review.

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. Huntsman George Talbot Traherne, a whipper-in with the Rowanton Hunt in Virginia, is catapulted into the Otherworld when he takes a tumble during a foxhunt on a mysterious estate. When he remounts, George finds himself in the midst of a stag hunt where the huntsman, Iolo, has just been murdered.

With the all-important Great Hunt just two weeks away, George agrees to a new job as huntsman for the Hounds of Annwn in this strange, Medievalesque land where everyone seems to have magical powers, even George himself. He discovers that Gwyn ap Nudd, the Prince of Annwyn, is his relation and that his parents, who disappeared when he was young, were not quite whom they appeared to be. But more deaths soon place George, at first considered a kinsman and an ally, under suspicion. Was he brought to this world to help Gwyn or to replace him?
FoxhuntingLife. See the full review.

When whipper-in George Talbot Traherne takes a tumble from his horse while foxhunting in the mountains of Virginia, he gets up to find himself in the middle of a stag hunt in a very different Blue Ridge. This is how Karen Myers begins her recently released fantasy novel, To Carry the Horn, and the twists and the action don't stop until the final page.
Horse Show Times. See the full review.

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. See the full review.

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. See the full review.

A novel both educational and gripping, filled with rich detail, intrigue and adventure.

What would you do if, in the act of jumping a fallen tree aboard a trusted steed, you found yourself in another world, one similar in geography but different in almost every other detail from the acres you'd ridden across for years? This is the predicament our hero George Talbot Traherne faces as he literally jumps from the 21st century into a hidden place outside the progression of time and lands in the middle of a murder mystery.

As I progressed through the book, I found it harder and harder to put down. And as I turned the last few pages, I was sorry it had to end.
The Chronicle of the Horse. See the full review.

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. See the full review: part 1, part 2.
Covertside. See the full review (excerpted from above).
eCovertside. See the full review (excerpted from above).

The hero sounds like a cross between Harry Potter and Melvin Poe.
The Tack Room, Middleburg, VA

George's pocketwatch with
St. George and the Dragon
Rowanton Hunt Button
(Talbot Hound)
Arms of Talbot – Gules, a lion rampant within a bordure engrailled or.

These were the paternal arms of Gwenllian, the daughter and heiress of Rhys Mechyll (d.1244), Prince of the Welsh House of Dinefwr, grandson of Rhys ap Gruffydd, and wife of Gilbert Talbot (d.1274), grandfather of Gilbert Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot (d.1345/6) assumed by Talbot as arms of alliance of a great heiress, superseding his own former paternal arms of Bendy of 10 pieces argent and gules.

(Source: Wikipedia)
The oliphant