This week, I'm waiting on...
The Great Hunt
by Wendy Higgins
Expected publication: March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy; Retelling; Young Adult
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.
High fantasy? And it’s a retelling? And a Grimm brothers retelling at that?? I don’t really need much more convincing… I need to read it! I’m going to keep my expectations in check, though – I think most of us been bitten by the hype bug at least once – and hope that it’ll be awesome. Oh! According to the author, there will be maps. Maps! Seriously, there should be some sort of law stating all fantasy books should have maps! I’m very guilty of just staring at them forever, and even stopping reading so I can picture where each location is in relation to everything else… *cough* What?? I’m a geography geek, it’s like a natural reflex, okay!?!
What do you think? And what new releases are you anxious to read?
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