Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: fantasy, retelling
Series: The Great Hunt #1
Published: March 8 2016
Source: publishers via edelweiss
Kill the beast. Win the girl.
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 Eurona—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.
Paxton is not keen on marriage. 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 and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.
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, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.
I should make a new kind of review to demonstrate my apathy on The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. I really do not have enough thoughts on it for a two-minute review; a thirty-second review maybe? Anyway, like the two other Harper fantasy retellings out this year I that have read, I had a hard time with this novel. I just... have even less to say about it the third time around. But, to put it most succinctly: a blah, boring, predictable, and uninspired adaption of a Brothers Grimm tale.
I am not a fan of how "winning" Aerity is the main drive of the novel. I understand this is a retelling from a less feminist era, but damnit, a woman is person and not a prize. Listen to Jasmine, damnit. My feelings on the rest of the novel are in the same disappointed vein: the characters are blah (unless they're complete jerks), the storyline is overly convoluted, and it feels too long 200 pages in, and that's with 200+ left to go. The romance is tepid and provokes no emotions, probably due to the lack of depth on the part of the characters.