The Great Hunt
She could only stare back, frozen.
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. 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 knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger... until 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 the marrying type. 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—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.
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, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.
So when I saw that Wendy was coming out with a new duology....I literally screamed I was so happy!! and that cover??? I mean seriously?? What a perfect cover to reflect a high fantasy themed story. Absolutely love it.
The Great Hunt is a high fantasy story with intense action scenes, swoon-worthy romance, and spell-binding magic intertwined into this exceptional story about a kingdom being attacked by a great beast that cannot be killed. The king of the lands has almost given up all hope of the beast being killed until he decides to offer a proclamation that whichever hunter kills the beast....will get the hand of his eldest daughter in marriage. Hunters come from all over to compete and kill the beast and win the hand of the beautiful Princess Aerity.
"Its face was as ugly as a boar's. Tusks curled up around a dripping snout,
sharp teeth shining. Its beady eyes eerily caught the moon's reflection.
Everything about its stance and posture screamed feral. Deadly. Impossible."
One of my favorite parts about this book is that the story does not solely focus on one or two characters but yet several relationships are forming and they are all equally fascinating and mesmerizing.
Although there are several relationships building within this story....Paxton and Aerity are my favorite. Aerity is so innocent and full of heart and love ....and Paxton has such a rough exterior with a protected heart and will let no one in.
"Aerity was overwhelmed and could only cling to him, her eyes stinging with
emotion as she soaked in all he'd held back, all he'd tried to keep hidden. She
hadn't been a fool after all---he'd felt this thing between them as much as she
I absolutely loved the world-building..... the lush forests and surrounding waters that made me think of Ireland in the times of Kings and Queens.
The Great Hunt is such a fascinating story filled with magic and breath-taking romance. There are people throughout the kingdom whom are called "the Lashed" because they have magical powers which make them dangerous in the eyes of the King. The people of the kingdom that are "lashed" have to keep themselves secret in order to live within the kingdom and not be exiled.
The Great Hunt has it all......secrets, magic, royalty, betrayal, romance, and evil. I was completely and utterly obsessed with this book from the first page to the last. Wendy Higgins writing is so enthralling and beautifully written that I felt as though I was in the book living each moment with these fascinating characters!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on the conclusion and get all the answers to my questions!!!!
Where did this Beast come from? Who will kill him and win the Princess's hand? What are the secrets behind the mystery of the beast? Who will truly win Aerity's heart?