|Release Date: March 8, 2016|
from Harper Teen
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"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!