Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by: Wendy Higgins

Release Date: March 7, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in
beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom."

My Thoughts:

The Great Pursuit is a solid conclusion to the Eurona duology. All the pieces came together and we got our answers to our burning questions. Wendy Higgins foray into high fantasy was a successful one.

I won’t lie though. This book and I got off to a rocky start and I had to push through in the beginning. This is a long book and in my opinion there is a lot that happens in the first half that I’m not entirely sure was needed. At about the 40%/50% mark, that was where the book hooked me. There is some stuff in the beginning with Leif that drove me insane, which I admit detracted from my enjoyment in the beginning. Also, Aerity’s adventure in the beginning just felt, I don’t know, it felt prolonged. Once Aerity gets back home is where she shines. She isn’t the kind of heroine who is kick butt in the fighting sense, but she shines when she rules and that is what I loved watching her do.

This book delivers a great secondary cast and honestly I love some of them more so than I do Aerity and Paxton. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adored Paxton and Aerity. Aerity is a great ruler. And Paxton is strong and sweet and willing to make huge sacrifices. Wendy knows how to write a hero. But for me, the secondary characters stole the show. I love Wynn and I so love the strong friendship between her and Aerity. I also loved Harrison. But my two favorites were Tiern and Vixie. There were times when I wanted those two to be the main characters. Leif though… him I do not like… and even later redemptive actions will not change my opinion.

Now I do have some reservations when it came to this one and its mostly around the female characters. I had a real hard time with the way they were treated at times. For example, Aerity is going to be Queen. She is ready and she is smart. But then she will do something ridiculously stupid just to fit the plot. I just had a real hard time believing that a smart girl like Aerity would get into a carriage with people she does not know because they claim to be there to help her. Just. Not smart no matter who you are and it felt like a forced plot device. I also fully hated that marriage was a constantly used threat. That Aerity was constantly being forced to marry this person or that person and that it was just normal. And then there is Rozario, our villain. She is evil yes, but she is also smart and strong and a badass villain and in the end what brings her down is a pretty face in Paxton. I just. It bugs me that a boy is what brought her down. That of course she would fall for a boy and it would ruin her. I just, there were a lot of subtle things about the way the girls were written that all added up and rubbed me the wrong way. And like sure all of this is okay BUT GOD FORBID a heroine break up with someone and fall in love with someone else CAN’T HAVE THAT CAN WE.

All in all though, The Great Pursuit is a good read and a good conclusion. Even with my gripes it delivered in the end.

3 comments:

  1. I have book one on my TBR. I tried it a while ago when it first came out and ended up DNFing it. So I am excited to give it another chance.

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  2. Lol, God forbid! You crack me up, and so true!

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    1. Lolol.... just something that continually bugs me

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