Release Date: March 8th 2016
Series: The Great Hunt #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
THE GREAT HUNT had all the elements I would enjoy in a book like this but they just weren’t executed properly. It isn’t a bad book though, it’s just one that I have read numerous times before, with little variation.
While I’m not strictly against multiple POVs from third person, they have to be written well. Some of the POVs in this seemed unnecessary and we never got to really know any of the characters. They were bland and didn’t have any depth, with nothing unique about them. The romance also left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t exactly insta-love, but it was insta-attraction that was solely based on appearance.
The writing lacked voice and it told the reader what was going on rather than showing them: this happened then happened, etc. I quit at 40%, which would have been around two hundred pages, because nothing had really happened. There were no surprises and nothing that really made me want to keep reading. Something might have eventually happened and developed later on, but when you are almost at the halfway point of a 430 page book and nothing is going on, it’s a problem.
THE GREAT HUNT didn’t really introduce anything unique, and the elements already present weren’t executed all that well. That doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it though, I I just saw no reason or had motivation to continue it, personally.