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The Great Hunt

(Eurona Duology #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  6,829 ratings  ·  1,066 reviews
“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: th
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Emily May
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
“Everything will be all right, Mama. Father will figure something out.”

Yikes. I really didn't want to write another 1-star review for a highly-anticipated YA fantasy/retelling, but this book takes a dark, twisted fairy tale and turns it into a romancefest with some of the weakest female characters I've ever read about.

The Great Hunt is based on the Grimm Brothers' tale "The Singing Bone", which is about a vicious beast that terrorizes a kingdom, and the darkest side of sibling rivalries. And
Wendy Higgins
Jun 05, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
So…Aerity's hair color on the cover is not her hair color in the book. Aerity's hair is actually strawberry blond - a light, golden-hued red. Just wanted you all to know that I do know the difference between red and strawberry blond, so please don't hold it against me, haha. Some things are out of an author's control.

This will be a 2-book duology.

There will be a map in the final book, but it wasn't ready in time for ARC printing. If you're reading an ARC, you can see the maps in this blog post
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
In his eyes lived something deep, dark, and untold. Something that frightened her.

But it didn’t scare her enough to make her want to stay away from him. Not nearly enough.
Oh god. I wouldn't recommend this book to the girl who ratted me out to my crush in 9th grade.

If you love love, and if you think being the helpless damsel in distress is THE GREATEST THING EVAR!!!11ONE!, then you may enjoy this book. Me? Not so much. Oh, and the "princess willing to risk all to save her people" thing in th
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast paced with beautiful writing and filled with romance, fantasy, action, and magic. This was such an enjoyable read!

I should probably include a disclaimer where I let you know I have never read the Grimm Brothers’ story “The Singing Bone,” so I had no prior experience with the tale that inspired the author to write The Great Hunt. This may have made the story feel a bit more fresh than it may have for someone who really knows the original story. I’ll be reading the original later today since
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Stars

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would.

The story and characters were very underdeveloped and the romance was too insta-love for my taste...and basically non-existent. The heroine was kind of bland and the "hero" was the typical aloof prick who is known to snag all the ladies and treats the heroine like shite - so, of course she digs him.

Something that made me also doubt the depth of the characters: the book begins with one of the supporting characters (the heroine's best frien
Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, dnf
DNF @ 26%


I don't recommend this book.

And I don't usually use quotes in my reviews, but I will here.

This is a fairytale retelling of a fairytale I haven't heard of. The story is about a princess named Aerity who is the prize for killing a horrendous beast attacking the land. A bunch of hunters come out to try to kill it and whichever macho guy wins gets to marry the princess. There's also some vague suggestions of magic, but only some people possess the magic powers. There
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
Such a great book... SO good... until the ending. I don't know if I want to be lenient (because I know there will be a sequel) or harsh (because that ending gutted me).

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Book One of Eurona Duology
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, full-lengths
Fear was a dangerous and unpredictable weapon

This book is inspired by "The Singing Bone" written by two of my most favourite writers, Grimm Brothers. I read that fairy tale and found out this book. I liked that tale or thought I would like this book too.

Name of the world; Eurona
Divided into; 5 kingdoms
Name of each:
Lochlanach, Ascomanni, Toresta, Zorfina and Kalor.
Each kingdom is different from other and has its own unique language and culture.
The world is divided i
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, romance
3,75 STARS!!!

The kingdom is petrified with fear.

This beast. It's too strong, too vicious. The man say their war cries only taunt it. My girl... I'm frightened for what's to come.



I have only one thing left to offer the man who kills this beast. I offer the hand of my oldest daughter in marriage.


I am big fan of The Sweet Trilogy , so when I heard there will be a new book by Wendy Higgins I pressed the button without reading the plot. The Great Hunt wasn't great, but it
The Great Hunt starts with a ferocious beast terrorizing the land of Eurona, with little options the King makes a royal decree: Whoever kills the beast will win his daughter, Princess Aerity’s hand in marriage. Hunters and villager’s from all over the kingdom travel to Eurona to compete in this competition to one day become royalty.

Aerity was a likeable heroine, I never got the spoilt princess vibe from her and when she was dealt a bad hand, as in her father marrying her off to any stranger who
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I have only one thing left to offer the man who kills this beast. I offer the hand of my oldest daughter in marriage.”

This was a YA fantasy story about a kingdom terrorised by a beast.

I thought that Princess Aerity came across as quite noble and mature in this book, giving up her future to marry any man who might slay the beast, even knowing that it could be som
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Maybe I should have noticed that the last time I read a book by this author, I only liked it because it was the stupidest thing I've ever read. I remember it was about sexy sexy leprechauns, and the poor lone leprechaun that was too tall, and therefore an outcast. It was freaking hilarious. Hilariously bad. But, damn, I didn't notice and thought this book sounded like it had a good premise.

Good ideas are one thing -execution is another.

holy hell!! Kill it, quick!!

This book has a very simple pre
Victoria Scott
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely, positively Higgins' best book to date. It has everything you want from one of her stories plus a whole new world, a smexy love interest, and action galore! I loved, loved, loved this book! ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Could not for the life of me connect with the story or the characters. It was just so... bland?

DNF at about 30%

Do you know what is the surest way to make readers dislike a book? To dedicate it to stupid, petty, cardboard, misogynistic, too-perfect-it-makes-my-teeth-hurt characters. Right. There's really nothing wrong with The Great Hunt besides characters being unbearable to read about.

Trait #1: Her hair is the wrong colour *gasp*

Aerity’s hair lacked the bright curls of Vixie’s. She’d inherited her father’s nearly straight, strawberry blond strands. She often felt left out as the

Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
My Thoughts:
OOOOOOH man. I can already see that I am going to be an unpopular opinion when it comes to this book…

This book had a hard time pulling me in, and when it finally did, I was wishy-washy with it because it just lacked for me.

The idea of the story is fun and I love a good mystery and this has plenty of it. I did enjoy the hunt aspect and the fact that the princess was the prize for the man to kill this beast. Makes for a great story! I had no problem with the idea of this story or the w
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was... exhilarating.

I'm not one to get excited about fantasy romance, or paranormal romance - or most of types of romance, really. I tend to approach books that revolve around love and romantic relationships with a healthy dose of skepticism and distance. I really do, because most of them end up disappointing me. And I'm even more picky when it comes to fantasy books - I'm usually either bored out of my wits by the heavy world-building and overwhelmingly huge cast of characters, or very
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***4.5/5 Stars***

The Great Hunt was absolutely enchanting! I became addicted to the story-line, infatuated with the characters, and I was reminded yet again why I love Wendy Higgins' books. And while I thought I had it figured out, oh how wrong I was. Tears fell down long after I finished that last page. So I definitely can't wait to see how it all ends in the final book!

She knew she should say something, but words . . . there were no words. Her life, as she knew it, was over. Her future, an
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Higgins writing after her very first book and that love only grew as she series did so it was without the slightest hesitation that I picked this up and dove right in.

I was hooked and sucked right into the very heart of the story after the very first chapter.

A horrible beast, hell bent on devouring those around it, how could I not be? And while there were some slower moments after that riveting introduction, I still left this was a good feeling and a satisfaction that Higgin
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I freaking loved this! I really think this is Wendy's best book so far! I knew about the Grimm fairytale "The Singing Bone" (if you haven't read it and want to go here- that the story was based off of so I kinda knew what to expect going in but, I didn't expect to love this so much! Wendy took the story and completely made it new! It still has the basics, kill the beast and win the princesses hand in marriage but that's where it ends. Wendy has built a wh ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was really excited by the premise of this and couldn't wait to get started.

I loved Aerity. She might have been a little sheltered due to being a royal, but she's fiercely loyal to her family and her kingdom. I really enjoyed reading her strength and grace while she was put in such an odd situation. Paxton and his brother Tiern were interesting. They couldn't be more different from each other and the brotherly banter was fun. There are a lot of other great characters {especially Aerity
Merphy Napier
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Rereading this was amazing. I remembered the plot but getting to experience the characters personalities again was so wonderful! It's difficult to give this book five stars because it does have several flaws but there are so many unique and wonderful parts to this book that I haven't seen anywhere else that I can't give it anything lower!

I am so excited to finally move on to book 2. One thing I will say is that I'm not yet sold on the love interest. I liked Harrison :)
Frankie Lovely
2 stars
Review to come

Well, that was actually sort of boring :(
Honestly, I came back to my list of "ratings to come" and was like ... The Great Hunt? Wait ... what was that about again? (I finished this book 3 days ago)
It had potential... so much potential! But it was flat and one dimensional and just boring most of the time!!!
You can find this review at One Way Or An Author!

Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Collins for providing a review copy!

It took me almost a month to read this book, not because it was long but because every time I tried to pick it up, I had to force myself to keep reading. The thing is, I think it’s only because this book is just not for me. If I weren’t so primed for adventure books maybe, or if I could appreciate more romance in my stories. In any case, I really do think readers who enjoyed Higgin
Feb 02, 2015 marked it as to-read

I mean, a retelling high-fantasy book OMG








I love Wendy Higgins.
I really do.

She's one of the nicest and most approachable authors out there. Plus, she's also a very talented author. I loved the first book in the Sweet Evil trilogy. I haven't gotten to the other books yet because I couldn't get a copy. But I will. No doubt about that. I mean why wouldn't I? DEVILISHLY HOT KAIDAN IS ON THOSE BOOKS!!! To be honest, I'm not sure why I haven't read the next
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: THRONE OF GLASS and SHADOW AND BONE fans

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, w
Martina Boone
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is my favorite of all of Wendy's books. There's complex and wonderful world building, great storytelling, and tension that keeps you hunting for more time to read, but it's the Aerity and Paxton are what elevate this book into something great. Paxton is Wendy's trademark brooding and sexy hero, but with a complexity that makes him stay with you as you fall asleep. Aerity is a fantastic and unusual heroine in her own right, but Paxton complements her perfectly, and you end up rooting for the ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

When I heard that Harper360 were publishing this book, I was intrigued. I had heard really good things about it by American bloggers, and immediately thought this would be a book for me, and I was right.

In The Great Hunt, Princess Aerity is the Crown Princess of her kingdom. Unfortunately, said kingdom has been suffering from attacks recently, and no one, not even the best hunters have been able to capture, subdue, or slaughter the 'great beast'. There are a few different kingdoms within Eurona,
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahhhh, The Great Hunt. Was it good? Yes... but not "sell out my family to the White Queen" good.

Look, I won't bore y'all with a long-ass review, aye. But I will share some of my thoughts on this book.


It was fun! Nothing original, though. It's your generic "princess's kingdom is under attack by something evil and a bunch of dudes/commoners come to her rescue and save the kingdom" type of book.

Now, I'd be a complete liar if I didn't tell you all that I. Am. Trash. For. Tropes.™ (hmm, t
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Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN trilogy.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school Eng

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