I received this book for free from HarperCollins International, HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Series: Eurona Duology #1
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: HarperCollins International, HarperTeen
Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is 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 secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.
“The Great Hunt” by Wendy Higgins was amazing. I thought it started out slow first but I was definitely surprised at how much I loved this book. Princess Aerity grew up believing that she could pick her husband just like her father picked her mother to marry. Love is a grand thing to get married for right? When a terrible beast plagues the land, Princess Aerity loses this privilege. Now whichever hunter kills the beast will win the Princess’ hand in marriage.
Princess Aerity is a very strong princess. She gives up everything she believes in and everything she wants in order to save her kingdom. No longer can she have the freedom of love. I really loved Princess Aerity. I thought she had a lot of spunk for a Princess. She showed plenty of strength, grace, and compassion to the hunters. She cared for their well-being as they were hunting for the monster.
I know that this story is based on the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” but I can seem some resemblance and other things are completely different. It could be loosely based off of it. I am wondering how book two will go. Higgins definitely has me hooked. This was my first experience with her writing and now I can’t wait to dive into her other books. I love how Higgins writes. I feel like the writing is just so magical across the page.