Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by: Wendy Higgins

Release Date: March 8, 2016
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and
honest review.

"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 Thoughts:

I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while now and I was not disappointed. This was a really good high fantasy. It was what I like to call a slow burn and I really liked how the story built and built and then the end was just BAM. Although I feel like Wendy and I need to discuss a nicer way to treat our characters. I want to take them away from her until she can be nicer to them. Needless to say, I cannot wait for the next book.

Aerity is a really great heroine. She is a quietly strong character and I love this. Girls can be strong without running around hitting things, they can be strong in other ways. In their intelligence and compassion and determination and sacrifice and that is Aerity. She is put in an incredibly tough situation and she handles it well. I was madder then she was about the “winning her hand” thing. Because really! Ugh. This irked me so much. Some of these guys were horrible and her father gave them the chance to marry his daughter. And I don’t want to sound like I’m ragging on the book here, because I’m supposed to feel this way (so really the author wrote it well). I’m not supposed to agree with this decision, but seriously wanted to strangle her father. I went off on a tangent there and I am sorry. I should probably talk about Paxton now. That will make me feel better.

Okay. So. Paxton. Loved him. He is so cranky and broody, so of course I was enamored with him. I wanted to peel back his layers and see what made him tick. He is another strong character, both in the physical sense and in other ways. He is so gruff and strong but still has a gentle side and I loved that balance. I really enjoyed watching Aerity throw him off his game.

I also loved the secondary characters. Especially Tiern! Gah I loved him so. I also adored Vixie. When she was mad at her father I was clapping along with her. I may have even shouted a few Team Vixie’s haha. And Wyn. I adored her and I loved the friendship between Aerity and Wyn. I really wanted to hug Wendy for including such a fantastic female friendship that despite horrible circumstances trying to break them apart, it doesn’t. Such a great thing to see.

This is a great world full of so much danger and I loved the world building. This book was so different from her Sweet series, but I really think she stepped up her game with this book. The world is so big and intricate and the magic is great. I cannot wait to see how it all plays out in the next book. 

The Great Hunt is a great read for fantasy fans and the romance is sure to make you swoon!


  1. OOh nice!! Hearing good things about this one and I cannot wait to read it! I love a good fairy tale retelling! Great review!

  2. I'm currently reading this one and having so much fun with it. I was worried with all the mixed reviews, but it's working so well for me. I love what you had to say about Aerity's quiet strength. Have you read The Imposter Queen? The heroine in that one is also one of those quietly strong heroines and I loved her too.
    Anyways, I'm a huge fan of Paxton too! He IS so cranky! I can't wait to learn more about him. And yes to Tiern and Vixie!! They are some fun characters.
    I'm so happy you liked this one! :)
    Great review!

  3. Great to hear about swoony romance and good for the fantasy fans

  4. This sounds really good Teresa^^ You know how much I love my high fantasy and well the characters and romance sound like perfection! I love when the secondary characters shine in their own way - it's the mark of a good writer in my books! The world-building sounds amazing as well :D

  5. Great review! I can't wait to pick this one up and meet Aerity and Paxton. Both characters sound great! I've been in the mood for fantasy books lately so this is definitely high up on my list.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  6. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one! I've been looking forward to it as well, so I'm super eager to pick it up when I can. I'm glad that this world really pulled you in and that you loved all the characters. I'm so excited about this one now!

    Loved your review *HUGGLES*

  7. Okay, so I don't usually read high fantasy but...Wendy Higgins. ;) And you're right about girls being able to be strong without throwing things and I like how you describe Aerity. And Paxton! I also love a robust cast of secondary characters. So I'm thinking I'll enjoy The Great Hunt even if I don't usually read HF and even if the situation Aerity is put in will make my left eye twitch! Great review, Teresa! :D

  8. I loved this book too. The Great Hunt was so good really.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  9. I keep hearing good things about this book! I'm hoping I can get to it soon. I do adore Wendy and her writing.


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