The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt

by Wendy Higgins

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Romance
Published: March 8th, 2016
by HarperTeen




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 Euronaβ€”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.


I’m not much of a fantasy reader. I like books rooted in realism and plausibility, and fantasy in general simply doesn’t do that. Yet, I found myself hooked by the premise of The Great Hunt and was curious enough to give it a try. And I am so glad I did because this is a thrilling and entertaining fantasy, with superb characterization and a satisfying dash of romance.

A strange beast is prowling the kingdom of Lochlanach, devouring and killing villagers left and right. In a state of frenzy, with no other options available, the King makes a proclamation: the person who kills the beast will be awarded his daughter, Princess Aerity’s, hand in marriage.

Aerity narrates the story, and her characterization is both impressive and realistic. Despite the awful circumstances she’s thrown into – being forced into a marriage to a man she’s never met – she keeps her chin up and is willing to make the sacrifice, seeing that it’s for the good of the kingdom.

Aerity is fierce and witty, intelligent and capable. She may not be the stereotypical kickass heroine that’s so common in YA fantasy, but the sacrifices she makes out of loyalty to her kingdom is more than enough to make me to want to root for her.

The romance comes in the form of the brooding Paxton Seabolt, one of the hunters who comes to compete in the contest for Aerity’s hand in marriage. The romance between Paxton and Aerity is beautifully written, and filled with tons of emotion and an extreme amount of swoon.

The ending I wasn’t completely sold by, and there is a tad bit of info-dumping here and there; but everything else is virtually perfect. I cannot wait to see what Higgins has in mind for the sequel.


42 thoughts on “The Great Hunt

    1. Yeah! So glad it sounds like something you’d like Hannah. I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did if you give it a try.

  1. Ooh, I had only heard vague things about this BUT NOW I DEFINITELY WANT TO READ IT FOR SURE. I also found it intensely funny that we have such similar bookish tastes and yet you’re not a big fan of fantasy and that’s my favourite genre. XD hehe ANYWAY. *dashes off to goodreads to add this book*

    1. BAHAHA. I hadn’t thought about it – that is really ironic, isn’t it? (And I guess that explains why the few books we do disagree on are usually fantasy – LOL). Glad this sounds like something you’d like though!

  2. Most of the reviews on this book that I have read so far weren’t very positive so I am glad that you were able to enjoy it and give it such high rating πŸ™‚ I love Sweet Trilogy by this author so I am very curious about this novel as well!

    1. There have definitely been some negative reviews about this, but hopefully you end up liking it as much as I did if you decide to read it.

    1. There have definitely been some negative reviews about this, but hopefully you end up liking it as much as I did if you decide to read it. Thanks Lucie! <3

  3. Wow, I’m astoundingly out of the loop on this. I didn’t even know Wendy Higgins was writing a new book, let alone that it was out. (Well, in a week’s time.)

    Where would I be without my blogging friends to keep me updated?

    (And I mean… I do love me some broody romantic prospects and some witty, skilled heroines. So obviously this is a must.)

    I love how you basically sell me on books within 2-3 sentences, Zoe. Such skill. <3

    1. This is why blogging buddies are the best. <33 And I am so glad to hear this sounds like something you'd like Lexie! πŸ™‚ And're so sweet! xD Right back at you!

    1. Yeah! So glad this sounds like something you’d enjoy Rebekah! <3 Let me know what you think of it if you end up giving it a try, okay?

  4. I’m really pleased to see you enjoyed this one, Zoe. I didn’t have much luck with her previous series, but this one sounds more up my alley. I especially love your description of Aerity! She sounds like a character that I would really connect with and root for. And of course, Paxton sounds amazing too as does his swoony romance with Aerity. I’ll keep in mind what you said about some info dumping here and there!
    Great review, Zoe! πŸ™‚

  5. Ahh, I saw some negative reviews about this but I am so pleased to see you liked it because I was really looking forward to reading this! From what you’ve been saying, I clearly need to get my hands on it ASAP! πŸ˜€ Great review!

    1. There have definitely been some negative reviews about this, but hopefully you end up liking it as much as I did if you decide to read it. Thanks Anissa! <3

  6. Oh man, it’s so good to hear that you enjoyed this one! I actually really enjoyed Wendy Higgins’ previous series- that was one good romance- and because I love fantasy, I was hoping I would enjoy this one too!

    It’s interesting that you mention you like your books rooted in plausibility- I actually think the best fantasy novels are rooted in the basic human struggles and emotions we all face, which make them very realistic. Just a random thought I had while reading your review!

    I love the sound of this romance! It sounds so, so good, as does this fabulously loyal main characters. It’s so great to hear that she’s still strong despite the struggles that she faces.

    Excellent review, Zoe! I will most definitely be picking this one up now. πŸ˜€

    1. I really hope you enjoy this one as much as I did if you decide to pick it up! And that’s such an interesting thought – but so true. If there’s a little bit of realism in your fantasy than it becomes much more believable and relatable. Thank you!

  7. Totally agree with you! I really enjoyed this one. Aerity was fabulous. I kind of liked that she wasn’t the stereotypical “badass”, she was so much more relatable. And Paxton, yeah, it was clear they had a chemistry! I am so excited for the sequel, I am definitely intrigued by where this is going to go. Fabulous review!!!

    1. THIS. I completely agree Shannon. I liked Aerity because she felt so relatable. So glad you liked this too! πŸ™‚

    1. It is definitely similar to Brave! And if you’re into fantasy, this is going to be right up your alley. πŸ™‚ Thank you Sophie! <3

  8. I’m very interested in this one! Plus you had me at extreme swoon. *sighs like the hopeless romantic that I am* oh and brooding, you had me at brooding. Wow, I’m silly! >.< But, really, I'm interested in the princess and her character, and how she's not the typical kickass of ya but still a sting character. She sounds compelling and a joy to read. Going to goodreads to add!

    1. Yeah! So glad this sounds like something you’d like! I hope if you do read it that you like it as much as I did.

  9. My TBR does nothing but grow. I love fantasy. I love well-written characters. And I just read the Goodreads summary and, apparently, this is based off a Grimm Brothers’ fairytale.
    *Runs to the book shop, waving her money above her head*

  10. I’M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS ONE ZOE. Seriously, this book definitely deserves the love I couldn’t give it (oops) lol. I guess my taste in fantasy is just a tad different, because I’m ALL ABOUT THE ACTION, and there wasn’t too much of that in this one. BUT I can see why you enjoyed it! Wonderful review πŸ˜€

    1. This is what I love about book blogging so much: we all have different opinions, but it’s so interesting to discuss and debate those thoughts with other people.

      I’m usually all about the action too, but for some reason I felt this was interesting enough without the action.

  11. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I did enjoy Wendy’s previous work. I’m glad you liked it, at least!I guess I’ll have to read it myself to come to my own conclusion

    1. There have definitely been some negative reviews about this, but hopefully you end up liking it as much as I did if you decide to read it. Thanks Shannelle! <3

  12. This is on my TBR, so it makes me happy to see you describe the characterization as realistic and the protag as being intelligent and capable—that’s my favorite kind of character! The romance sounds great too since I love emotion in books. I’m glad you liked it! Great review πŸ™‚

  13. Apart from the bits of blocky information, I’m sold. I struggle with fantasy too Zoe, but in the last year have been getting into it a little more. The mild, commercial type fantasy reads and this sounds perfect. I’m absolutely ready to swoon <3 brilliant review

    1. There have definitely been some mixed reviews on this, so I really hope you like it if you decide to give it a try Jeann. πŸ™‚

  14. I’m not a huge fantasy reader, either, but your review just convinced me to try and add this one to my TBR. I’m really excited to read about that character, and the romance, oh, it seems like the kind of romance I would love. Can’t wait! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah! I’m so glad this sounds up your alley. Definitely let me know what you think of it if you give it a try. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Rachel! πŸ™‚ I wasn’t crazy about her Sweet series either, but I really liked this one so hopefully you’ll feel the same way.

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