Review: Eurona Duology

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22428707The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

| ISBN: 0062381334 | Pages: 416 |
Publication Date: March 8 2016 | Source: Own
| Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars |

“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”
She could only stare back, frozen.When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. 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 knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger... until 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 the marrying type. 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—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.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, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

I have survived finals ( more to go but it's just a discussion)!! That means I have more time to read, blog, and just live. 😏 Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture of The Great Hunt and promised that I would have a review posted after finals so here I am. Rather than review each individual book, I decided to review the duology as a whole since I read the two back to back and they're kind of conjoined in my mind.

I've been super hyped about this duology ever since I finished The Sweet Evil trilogy because Wendy Higgins' books are just such fun reads. The Eurona duology was amazing in a different way from her previous trilogy but were still such addicting reads. The story takes place in Lochlachnah, a kingdom with a benevolent king and a race of people who are hated and feared called the Lashed.

The Lashed are a group of people gifted with magic and each magical deed they do is marked by a clear lash at the tip of their finger. After a rebellious leader seeks to overthrow the monarchy using dark magic, all the kingdoms have shunned the Lashed. In many ways, this can be read a social commentary as events nowadays are relevant to the events within the story. I wish we could have delved more into Lashed history and their abilities but since they were oppressed for much of the story, their stories weren't told.

Aerity...according to Goodreads, you either love her or you hate her. She's not the best representation of a strong independent character in your typical female protagonist way. As the eldest daughter, she's asked to give up the chance of finding true love for the safety of her kingdom. In many ways, she is a strong character, but she's strong in a sense that she knows how to depend on others when she needs to which sometimes characters forget. Paxton is such a great supporting character and the chemistry between the two are great. He does a lot of Aerity, especially in the second book, that really fleshes out his character more.

The story itself is really engaging and fast paced. There are some slow moments where nothing is really happening and there are certain reactions and twists that could have been developed better. The duology isn't perfect but it's an interesting story and I had a lot of fun reading it regardless so that gives the Eurona duology a thumbs up from me.


| ISBN: 0062381361 | Pages: 512 |
Publication Date: March 7, 2017 | Source: Own |
| Rating: 4 out of 5 stars |

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.
In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

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