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Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

March 7th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Source: Edelweiss

Publication date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

My Review

Wendy Higgins quickly became one of my favorite authors after I read her Sweet series. So I was extremely excited to hear she was starting a new series. The Great Hunt is very different from her previous books and leans more fantasy vs paranormal but it was still an amazing book!

Higgins introduces a pretty large cast of characters which normally can turn me off of a book as I try to get my bearings but she did it so well that the story never suffered. The action was well paced and I didn’t want to put the book down until I got to the end. And once I did get to the end I wish I could have dove into the next book right away.

I really enjoyed Princess Aerity’s character. She was a complex mix of the dutiful daughter who wants to do what’s best for her kingdom and yet has a backbone without being irritatingly independent. She’s well able to defend herself but she doesn’t stupidly put herself in situations to prove that to everyone else. She also is a bit naive especially when it comes to the state of the Lashed people in her kingdom but we see a believable progression as she becomes more aware of their oppression.

In contrast I never came to like Pax as much as Aerity. He had very set views on royals which while understandable to a point it did grate of my nerves how unbending his beliefs were despite evidence to the contrary. I didn’t find him very likeable and other than I suppose the instant chemistry Aerity felt towards him I didn’t see why else she would fall so heavily for him. So his character was the one weakness for me in this book.

Now Pax’s brother, Tiern, on the other hand I really liked. He is the more happy go lucky brother that everyone loves but he also has more complex issues within himself. He feels some envy of his older brother and you can feel his frustration but he doesn’t let it get in the way of doing what is right. I’m really hoping we get to see more of him and possibly a spin off with his story if it doesn’t fully develop in this series.

There are several other characters including warriors from various countries outside of Aerity’s kingdom that I loved. I especially loved the warriors from the matriarchal tribe that comes to fight the beast and am curious to see more of them. Aerity’s cousin, sister and their potential love interests also side stories I am dying to see where they go.

Overall another winner from Wendy Higgins! I just hope Pax starts to become more likeable in the next book.

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Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Kailana

    An author I have been meaning to check out. Must get to her!

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    She really has impressed me with writing such different series so well.

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