Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2016 Wendy Higgins (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
The book was beautifully read and performed. Yet the story was somewhat lacking in the relationship between the two main lovers. He was a rude, insolent jerk. Other than physical attraction, there is no explanation for why Aerity falls for him in the first place. In particular there were a couple scenes between them that I find his behavior offensive. In short, the main romance was poorly developed. If you can overlook that deficiency, then the story is entertaining enough.
Could not stop listening once I started. Aerity is a likeable and strong heroine. Great cast of characters and good storyline. Really enjoyed the interactions between Aerity and Paxton. They had great chemistry but circumstances and secrets keep them apart. I found myself laughing at times and also shed a fear tears. If you like high fantasy with princesses, hunters, monsters and magic, it will be worth a credit. Had action and suspense. This is a duology, book 1 of 2. Well written and excellent narration.
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I absolutely LOVED this book. Better than I expected. Great narration by Saskia Maarleveld. She brought many interesting voices and attitudes to the characters that livened up the atmosphere (not to mention in a sucker for that kind of accent). As for the story itself, I will admit I did expect a lot out of this. And in most areas, it satisfied. However, I did wish for more violence and gore. Perhaps because I just finished another audible with a lot of vivid fighting and was still in that general mood. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, both its story and narration. It really made me excited to get back to it. Also, the switching between character in chapters was very clean cut and fluid. Not once was I confused on who the chapter was about. As for the characters themselves, I enjoyed them. The main protagonist, the Princess Ariety, was probably my favorite if I had to choose. Wiggins didn't overplay her as the strong and snappy princess that knew everything like some authors do. She actually exposed a lot of her vulnerable side (without making her helpless and weak minded) which was, oddly enough, one of Arietys strengths. And as for the ending, I wished for a better cliff-hanger, one that left me with me anger and strife, but I'll take what I can get. But see for yourself! This one I highly recommend! And looking forward to the second one.
I had to force myself to finish it. The narrator was fine, the story was just awful. Boring. Slow and boring.
Loved the narrator, enjoyed this production thoroughly. The book was quite wonderful. Ready to enjoy the next book for sure!
Excellent narration! I really enjoyed this one, I just wish it had been deeper. I know it is a duology, but I feel like it could have been more in depth and not so rushed. Which could be an argument that I really loved it and just wished it lasted longer?! However, none of that stopped me from finishing it with a smile in one day! Will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the sequel!
just remember this is a YA and big on adventure & many different relationships but light on romance.
the performance was fantastic! it made the story come to life even more, I was in love the whole time. listened to it all in 1 go.
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