The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins
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.
First off, I’m happy to say that it is clear in this book that Wendy Higgins is growing as an author. Her Sweet Trilogy – while I loved the story and characters – had a bit of an immature writing style. This book, however, shows her growth as an author. It was well-written.
I liked the story. I was able to become captivated by it and I felt the romance. I didn’t feel there were too many surprises to be had, however. But it was a good read.
I found the characters to be slightly under developed, but that didn’t stop me from connecting with them. I definitely enjoyed my ride through their journey.
I am a big fan of Wendy Higgins and this book did not disappoint. There were a few things that could have been improved on (and hey maybe they will be for the finished copy), but overall I enjoyed the book. It is definitely a unlike anything Wendy Higgins has written before.
I was under the impression that this was a stand alone book, but judging from the way it ended, there’s no way it is. There will be a sequel!
Best Aspect: Captivity/Story
Worst Aspect: Character development