The Great Hunt, by Wendy Higgins | Book Review #159

“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to 22428707sacrifice 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.”

I honestly had such high hopes for this novel and mentally compared The Great Hunt to Higgins’ Sweet Evil trilogy before actually reading The Great Hunt. That, my friends, was a huge mistake, and my ultimate downfall of expectations for this novel.

The Great Hunt is a loose retelling of beauty and the beast. While featuring multiple points of view in this book, we read from Aerity’s view, who is the main character in this novel.

So…the start of the book was quick, and everything that happened seemed to have happen so quickly, like bam-bam-bam. There was always one thing after another, but then the story just…slows down. I’ll give the plot some leeway and say that there’re moments when the plot picks up again, but the whole plot in my mind is just like a never ending see-saw. We read the book, and then the story’s pace moves a little faster, and then it’ll slow down to a screeching halt. Over and over again this happened, and I was getting frustrated with it.

The Great Hunt was entertaining, but it didn’t hold my interest as much as I hoped it would.

I’m just really glad that libraries are a thing. I didn’t like this book at all really. There are some moments in the book that I will cherish for a long time. Like the romance some characters have with other characters. But aside from that, I absolutely hope that the second book to this duology will be better.

The Great Hunt is the first in the Eurona Duology. I still have no idea if I’m going to read the next book The Great Pursuit…but I hope to have forgotten why I didn’t like this book by the time The Great Pursuit is published.

I ended up giving The Great Hunt 1 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read The Great Hunt before? If you have, did you like it? Were there any faults in this book?

Happy Reading!

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