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The Wickerlight

(The Wren Hunt #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Zara's family moved to Kilshamble for a new beginning. But everything changed the night her sister was found dead on the village green.

Two months later, Laila's death is a riddle that nobody wants solved. Where were her injuries? Why was she so obsessed with local folklore? And what does all this have to do with David, the boy who lives at the big house?

As Zara delves deep
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
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Bethany Young This was asked awhile ago so it may not be relevant any more but I’d read the wren Hunt first. Both books could be standalones but you’d understand th…moreThis was asked awhile ago so it may not be relevant any more but I’d read the wren Hunt first. Both books could be standalones but you’d understand the history of the characters a lot better if you read the wren Hunt first (less)

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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is definitely a magnificent read! I’m so happy that this book has David’s view because I have many questions about him, including the punishment he received from book 1. David surprises me because he’s a different person than I thought he would be and I like getting to know him. Zara’s view is interesting too because she’s an outsider and for her to dig around looking in and learning all that is different is exciting. I like Zara’s strengths and determination. Instead of accepting her ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I enjoyed this one, with its tangible Irish lore. Maybe I preferred THE WREN HUNT a smidgen more, but both books have such a lushly developed sense of magical fabulism.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the fact that this was written from the point of view of david makes me so insanely happy. It’s so interesting to see whats going on inside of him and why he makes certain choices.

The end of this book left me in tears, and everything was put together in such a beautiful way. I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It’s amazing.
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion.

Following on from The Wren Hunt, The Wickerlight takes on a slightly different cast of characters, this time following David – one of the antagonists of The Wren Hunt – and Zara, a new character. Zara and her family move to Kilshamble in hopes of a new start, but merely 10 months into the move, Zara’s sister – Laila – is found dead. Weird thing is, there’
The Nerd Daily
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

In this sequel to The Wren Hunt, Mary Watson continues to create this hauntingly addictive atmosphere that leaves me in awe of the magic that works in the town of Kilshamble. It brings together old characters and new, shows us new antagonists, and just how deep those still waters can run. Both main characters in this story are harbouring dark feelings underneath the surface, and it was fascinating to get to know them. If you lov
Cori Reed
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

I liked this one more than the first.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found The Wickerlight a lot easier to get into than The Wren Hunt and I really liked it.
It has the same dark, mysterious air to it which is one of the things I liked most about The Wren Hunt.

It was nice to have more of an insight into David and his life this time around. After disliking him quite a bit in The Wren Hunt, The Wickerlight showed a deeper, more sensitive side to him and the love he has for his brother in particular is very heartwarming. It makes him seem less of the monster that h
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another atmospheric and enchanting book by Mary Watson! I absolutely love the Irish folktales and culture in this book, and thank goodness for the glossary in the back so I can read the right pronunciations for some of the words. The setting, many of the characters, and the mood throughout the book are the same as The Wren Hunt. I only wish that I had read this right after The Wren Hunt to have some of that more fresh in my mind for The Wickerlight.

There's a lot of conflict and growth in this bo
Jane Kelsey
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Oh my goodness, loved this!!! You guys need to read the companion to The wren hunt. it was so good. [full review to follow]
Anna Bright
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, fantasy
mary watson has given me a book hangover. be prepared.
THE WICKERLIGHT is written in the same world as THE WREN (mary watson's 2018 title, set amid a war between the magical augurs and judges in kilshamble, ireland), but it levels up her already ambient world with even tighter pacing and structure and increeeeedibly rich characters. WICKERLIGHT is a dense one, full of language and worldbuilding, and i still devoured it in two days. (and now i'm miserable bc it's over. ye be warned.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
4.75/5 stars
I don't know what it is about these books but the magic feels so real and I feel like I'm really in the story and feeling what the characters are feeling (which led to some intense feelings and my mind being all over the place). It feels creepy and mystical and magical and I love it (though feel a bit misplaced in the real world every time I put down the book).
I enjoyed this one even more than the first book - I loved getting a POV from David, which I wouldn't have expected to enjoy
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This sequel to The Wren Hunt is from a different POV which can either be a hit or a miss for me. For me it was hit. This book gave the reader a greater insight into David which I super excited for because I love myself a bad guy with some family secret that makes him such a jerk, like Draco. Anyway it was good to see David back. Zara is the main character in this one and her discovering what the heck is goibg on was brilliant. This book was filled with all the brilliant urban magi. Of The Wren H ...more
han ✨
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, Mary... you have done it again
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars!
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The Wicker Light is the second book in the Wren Hunt Duology. The second book follows David, from the first book and a new character named Zara. I picked this up as soon as I'm finished with the Wren Hunt because It's David's book, and I wanted to know more about this bad boy. I'm glad that I've read it, but I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as the first book. While I enjoyed David's character, I can't say th
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Review will be posted on my blog on November 19, 2019**

Thank you to Bloomsbury YA and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

FYI: I did not read The Wren Hunt and I should have. Luckily, The Wickerlight is so good as a standalone I didn’t get totally lost. I wasn’t sure what to expect and when I first started the book, I admit I put it down for a few weeks because I had to let it permeate in my head. I picked it up again recently and I finished it in o
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow, okay. So The Wickerlight was just as interesting as The Wren Hunt.
Before I continue I just wanna say, if anyone's wondering if they should read The Wren Hunt before reading The Wickerlight - yes, you absolutely should. You won't be able to keep up with the characters and their relationships, and not only that, in almost every chapter MW references to something that happened in the first book, so without reading it you wouldn't even know what they are talking about, you probably won't e
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kat Mullen
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Like The Wren Hunt, this took me some time to get into. It’s like the book finishes as soon as it really gets going.

I liked Zara, but still missed Wren. I have a better grasp on how the magic works now, but still am a little confused with all the magic around Wren.

Did enjoy reading about Irish mythology though. Bloomsbury sent me an unsolicited copy.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, I loved being back in Kilshamble.
Rebecca Would
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got given this as a birthday present, and didnt realise it was book 2 of a series until about half way through. Regardless it reads well as a stand-alone, and I really enjoyed it. The slight crossover between fantasy and psychological styles endeared the book to me. Following the story from Zara and David, sometimes can seem repetitive, but it's good to hear their internal thoughts. I also loved David's growth even throughout just this book. Will happily recommend to anyone with an interest in ...more
Alyssa Grace
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical, fast-paced and a little bit horrible. More accessible than The Wren Hunt.
I enjoyed this one, and did understand the world and the magic system a little better this time around, but there was still just something missing for me. The book wasn’t able to draw me in as much as I would have liked, and I found that although we already knew a lot of these characters going into the book, we didn’t really know much about them coming out on the other side.

All in all an enjoyable, if not a little confusing, Irish fantasy.
3.5/5. I received an ARC from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. I liked this one better than the first book, but there were still a few things I wasn’t too keen on. My full review can be read here: ...more
Kasey Giard
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the book THE WREN HUNT, the story follows Wren, a young Augur who’s caught in the middle of the war between her people and the Judges, her enemies. THE WICKERLIGHT is told by two people: one of the Judges who hunted Wren named David (and get ready, because there’s so much more to this guy than you thought there was in the first book!) and an outsider named Zara who simply wants to know what happened to her sister.

I had a much easier time connecting with the story this time through– I think ma
Viki Holmes
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I loved this. It's always interesting to see how a sequel gets on when it adds new characters and takes a new perspective (or in this case, two), and I must admit there was a small amount of gritting my teeth at my old YA nemesis: first person present tense continuous. BUT! The new PoV characters really work, and are every bit as exciting as Wren in The Wren Hunt! Not to mention they add an entirely new perspective that contradicts all you thought you knew in the first book. not to discount ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Weird, wonderful, beautifully written. In conjunction with The Wren Hunt, it’s a great example of how what’s considered good and bad depends on the perspective of the narrator.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fully prepared to dive into the Wickerlight, having just finished The Wren Hunt and I ended up liking this one even more. An unusual thing when it comes to sequels. I found the concept of an outsider perspective in Zara and a voice to Wren’s nemesis, David provided a much better balance and understanding of the story this time around. The Wren Hunt had a lot of internal struggles between the judges and the augurs that was so rooted over generations that it made somewhat difficult to follow ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary Watson hits it out of the park again with this companion to The Wren Hunt. I just hope she'll give us another installment; I want to stay in this world forever!

Zara knows that despite her sister’s death being ruled an overdose, it was just too suspicious to accept it as such. Zara retraces her sister’s steps and finds herself caught between two worlds. David, the next door neighbor, is determined to keep her out of this but he’s also got his own stuff to deal with like his father’s expecta
Let me start this review off by saying that I didn't realize this was a sequel - The Wren Hunt #2. I also read it as an ARC that I received from a fellow book reader.

That being said, that lends my review a unique view, so I'm going to proceed with writing the review.

Quick note: this book contains triggers of torture and what could be perceived as needless violence/blood shed.

Being the second book in the series makes so much sense, because it felt like there was a decent amount of knowledge the r
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