Dec 18, 2016
Author: Wendy Higgins
Format: eBookPublication Date: March 8, 2016
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”
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.
The Great Hunt had a lot of potential, and the world building was decent. The author used pretty rich descriptions which made the scenes and settings easy to visualize. Aerity was a hard character for me. I truly wanted to like her, and she wasn’t a terrible person by any means. It was almost that she was too perfect, I can’t remember a mistake that she made. She was kind and wonderful, able to tame the worst of men! And that is the biggest problem that I had with her. The side characters were more dimensional than she was. Her cousin struggled with matters of the heart although she’s a good person, her sister Vixie was a delight! Vixie was a rough and tumble princess, who cared deeply about her family, but not about making sure she was the “perfect princess”.
Granted I understand that Aerity is going to be responsible for the entire kingdom, but it would have been wonderful to see her flaws. Even the love interest in this book was more dimensional than Aerity and honestly that is the biggest let down of this book. I really really wanted to like her but I have flaws, and none of those are reflected in Aerity.
Aside from that the plot was well developed, and there will be a sequel which I am looking forward too. The story itself was intriguing and kept me invested. I am interested to see if this is the kind of story where Aerity has to discover who she is underneath the perfect princess veneer. I hope so, because I think this girl has unplumbed depths to her, and I want to know the REAL Aerity. Overall I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“If we act out of fear and hatred, then the enemy has won. Will you let your hearts be so easily betrayed by darkness?