The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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: Oh MY WOW!!! I seriously loved this one! Oh my gosh! I didn’t know if I would even enjoy it as I started it. I wasn’t really thinking I was going to. But, dang was I sucked in quickly and I couldn’t stop reading! I needed to know what happened! I took a few breaks and while I was taking those breaks, I wanted to get back to reading.
We are introduced to Princess Aerity. She was so spunky and nice. She was generally a good person! I loved her personality. Well, Aerity has a big decision to make. She has always wanted to marry for love. She wants a husband who gets her. But, when a wild beast starts attacking her land, her father offers all people to come hunt the beast and the winner will become Aerity’s husband!
This brings a lot of men to her kingdom. And even a few women. People know this could change their lives for the better.
It also brings two brothers along. Paxton and his younger brother. Dang, I knew I was going to like Paxton from page one. I just loved him! I also liked how it went between Paxton and Aerity and gave us a glimpse into each of their lives and minds.
Well, the beast is a mighty creature and it’s hard to kill. Everyone goes after it. I also loved finding out all the secrets. Paxon had quite the secret but I saw it coming but still enjoyed it.
I want to brag about this book and tell you all the details but I don’t want to say much. I really did enjoy it. Probably one of my favorites this year so far! I loved the romance, the mystery, and just all the little details. I loved even the side characters. I won’t say much else because I want you to experience it yourself! I’ll leave you with this… I LOVED IT!
Overall: I loved The Great Hunt!!! What a great story and I flew right threw it! I have read Higgin’s book Sweet Evil, but I liked this one more and I think I’ll enjoy this series more! I just loved Paxton and Aerity both!
Cover: Love it! It fits perfectly! Pretty too!