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The Wickerlight

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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 deeper into her sister's secret life, she becomes entangled in an ancient magical feud. All too unwittingly she is treading the same dangerous path that led Laila to the village green.

432 pages, Paperback

First published May 30, 2019

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Profile Image for Jasmine from How Useful It Is.
1,296 reviews341 followers
July 21, 2019
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 sister’s death, she goes and explores until she finds what causes it. Both main characters are very likable and I enjoy following them. The supporting characters are great as well like Oisin and Sibeal. I like Sibeal’s calm especially under stressful situations. FYI: quotes from beginning of Zara’s chapters are from her sister, LAS is Laila A. Swart.

This book is told in the first person point of view following David, 18, a trained soldier from a family of ruthless Judges. The story started from 10 years ago when David first met Wren who he believes she is a danger to him. The story goes into details about his family, his expectations, and the rituals of the Judges. The second point of view is Zara, 17. Her family moved to Kilshamble from the city after her mom, doctor, caught her dad, university professor, having an affair. Then her older sister Laila, 18, died suddenly and now Zara is working to uncover her sister’s secret life before she died. This book continues with Wren, 18, as the girl of leaf and petal, Keeper of the Forest, who may bring silver magic to the Judges and is living among the Judges. Her character as well as Tarc play a small role in this book. The main point is the sleeping war between the Augurs and the Judges and how Laila’s death affect it all.

The Wickerlight is very well written and an exciting read. I love the dual perspectives and how the author gives both views at each encounter so readers could see what both characters are thinking. I love the mini cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I love the mystery to Laila’s death and how info slowly reveal as Zara investigates. I find the story in this book much more interesting than the first book. There are more humor, mystery, and adrenaline rush. I also love the bit of romance too and reading the guy’s perspective when comes to romance is cute. From the first book, I thought Wren’s friends – Meave’s family are good people but with this second book, Meave’s family shocked me. I wonder if there will be a third book to this series even though the ending seems definite. I highly recommend everyone to read this series because it’s fantastic!

Pro: fast paced, page turner, magic, Irish rituals, humor, adrenaline rush, light romance, family relationships,

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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453 reviews6,964 followers
May 17, 2019
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’s no apparent cause of death. By all tests and records, Laila was in perfect health…but she’s not. With no cause of death to be found, Zara starts digging, and the mystery soon turns a lot darker when she discovers Laila’s involvement with the local folklore…

So this book threw me right back in with the shock factor. Right from the prologue, you’re forced to change the mindset built up in The Wren Hunt. Not much can be said without giving spoilers for the first book, but if you’ve read The Wren Hunt then you might suspect what I mean. Even so, it goes so much further beyond that. While this world is familiar and the majority of the characters are recognised, this book feels almost like unstable territory. You enter this book right in the throes of a mysterious death, and that uncertainty can really be felt.

With such a death so early in the plot, I feel like this book is tinged with sadness. While The Wren Hunt is dark through and through, this book has the offset of grief. And one thing I really appreciated was how well Mary Watson writes grief. Having experienced grief and loss myself, I feel like Watson really captures the overwhelming and persisting nature of it. The way it’s always there, at the forefront of everyday life. The way it changes everyday and hits with entirely new force each time. And while this is something that can’t be ignored, it doesn’t dampen the book in a weighed-down kind of way. It’s there – it’s very much there. It doesn’t conveniently become forgotten about when more interesting things arise. And for that, I’m glad.

An interesting change made was the perspectives. Not only do we follow one new perspective…we follow two, the perspective switch not being something that happened before. I was hesitant, and had to wonder why. I think it worked though. I didn’t get quite as invested with the narrators Zara and David as I did with Wren, but that could be down to two things. One, I feel like Wren’s reactions were similar to my own and so I connected to her story easier. Two, as I said, the perspective is split between two people, and so less time is spent with each character in comparison. While this may have been a slight downfall, I also don’t think either of the characters’ stories would have merited a full book. So where’s the compromise? I think for the change in characters, this really was the best situation and it worked well.

It was so so intriguing seeing how the plot unravelled. Not only is the mysterious death an element, but more and more questions arise on every page. The two stories of Zara and David become entwined with what we already know, creating this intricate web of folklore and history. The folklore inspirations are very much there, and learning about new kinds of magic was fascinating to me. Of course, I adored the tie between nature and magic (because when don’t I?), and once again I just found myself so caught up in this book.

Mary Watson is amazing at writing fantasy stories that feel both contemporary but folkloric in their ancient ways. The Wickerlight proved to be just as addictive as The Wren Hunt, and I already want more books from her.

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238 reviews190 followers
July 21, 2019
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.
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720 reviews345 followers
November 30, 2019
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 loved The Wren Hunt and want to continue your journey, you should definitely pick this up. I’ve read so many books this year, but none quite like this one. There’s something that inexplicably draws you in…nothing big necessarily. Usually it’s a small action. Something you don’t quite think about until pages later it comes up again. Then you’re urged on by this sense of unease you can’t shake, that you need to finish this story in order to find that missing piece. It’s a truly spellbinding story.

In this second story, we follow Zara, who’s recent move to Kilshamble was supposed to be a new beginning. Unfortunately, that new beginning was destroyed when her sister was found dead on the village green. Two months later, Laila’s death is a mystery that no one in town seems to want to solve. Questions like where her injuries were, why she was so obsessed with the local folklore, and how is this all connected to the boy that lives in the big house go unanswered. As Zara begins delving deeper into the secrets that her sister was keeping, she too will become drawn into the same magical feud that drew her sister in. She just needs to make sure she’s not the next victim.

When I first opened this book, I was surprised to see who the narrators were. We have Zara, and then there’s David. Who (SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE WREN HUNT) was sort of an antagonist for Wren in the first book. If you’re wondering if we’ll get to see what happens after the first book, you are indeed correct. He suffers the consequences of his actions and we also get to see a deeper dive into his personality. I loved seeing what drove this young man to do the things that he did. Not only did I grow to love him toward the end of the story, I’m pretty sure all readers will too. Zara is also fascinating. Despite still grieving her sister’s death and puzzled at the secrets her sister kept from her, she’s also keeping some of her own, particularly regarding her family life.

Let’s be real, the magic system at work in this story is truly fascinating to see. I love seeing all of the little rules and things that come up as you’re reading, as well as the little tidbits that Zara finds out along the way. Getting that outsider perspective really helps drive the story along, particularly in regard to the feud. Each chapter progresses in a way that leaves readers on edge, unsure of what to expect in the next chapter.

Since this story is told in both David and Zara’s perspective, I liked getting to see how each one was thinking, especially when it came to thinking about each other. I wasn’t expecting their romantic development to be as sweet as I found it to be, especially considering some of the circumstances they’re in. There’s nothing sweeter than relationships founded on mutual respect and understanding.

The grief experience is something that we see tackled repeatedly in The Wickerlight. We see the invasive nature of grief and how it can affect families and daily living, along with how it can drive the actions of people, just like it did for Zara. Ultimately, this story is about finding some sort of closure over the death of a family member, but becomes a transformative journey that affects the heart and soul.

I’m not sure how I got through this story in just an evening, because it certainly felt longer than that. The pacing of the story is just right, with enough momentum to catapult the reader right into the next chapter without looking back. I think part of what kept me going is that building anticipation that makes it near impossible to put down. While the ending of this story felt very definite, I hope that we might get to see another story set in the town of Kilshamble. I would love to see what happens with these characters.

It’s definitely a 10/10 for me. You should pick this up if you’re looking for a fall/winter read with a dark and haunting atmosphere. Come for the Irish magic and stay for the soft and sweet romance between two life hardened characters.
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311 reviews47 followers
June 3, 2019
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 he sees himself as.

Overall I preferred this to the first one but they’re both really interesting, atmospheric reads and I would recommend them.

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367 reviews3 followers
November 1, 2019
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 book, and I love that a lot of it stems from the characters wanting to create their own path and work through their past and their grief. It complemented the magical aspects of the book so nicely and helped ground it and make it more relatable. Seeing things from David's perspective was a real treat, and I also enjoyed Zara's POV as an outsider.

I'll definitely be adding this book to my collection and giving the duology a few rereads.

*I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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958 reviews65 followers
May 23, 2019
Oh my goodness, loved this!!! You guys need to read the companion to The wren hunt. it was so good. [full review to follow]
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Author 4 books727 followers
October 27, 2019
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.) #hallowreads
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70 reviews14 followers
April 25, 2019
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 given the limited things we know about him from the Wren Hunt, but I loved reading his parts! I also loved Zara as a character because we got to see the magical societies from an outsiders point of view, and she felt like a very real person.
I thought the writing was brilliant - I usually prefer third person but this first person felt natural and read really well - and I couldn't stop reading once I neared the end!
I really hope we get more of this world because there's so much unanswered and I just want to know more more more!! (and more David (and Oisin!!) pleaseeee)
Profile Image for Camilla (thecrazyreader).
772 reviews145 followers
July 17, 2019
2.5 stelle!

Lo stile di scrittura della Watson mi ha così coinvolto che dovevo andare avanti a leggere finché non sono arrivata alla fine.
Però il libro è molto confusionario, certe volte non capisci cosa succede o passi da una scena all'altra quasi senza motivo. Mentre ho un po’ accettato questo fatto nel primo libro, da questo mi aspettavo molte risposte o development, cose che sfortunatamente non ho trovato.
Solo verso la fine il libro comincia a dare delle risposte, ma troppe poche.
Pensavo che questo fosse l'ultimo libro, ma adesso credo che ce ne sarà un altro.
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247 reviews95 followers
September 26, 2019
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 Hunt. Loved it really.

Oh I will say that I have read that it can be a stand alone. I absolutely don't think so. If you haven't read The Wren Hunt you will be confused.
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761 reviews226 followers
March 18, 2021
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 the same for Zara. She wasn't as good as Wren. I really missed her in this book.

Zara and her family moved to Kilshamble for a new beginning but everything falls apart, when her sister Laila was found dead in the village green due to drug overdose. Her death was a riddle and no one seems to have answers for it. When Zara discovers her sister's strange fascination with the local folklore, and how it was connected with her death, she sets out to find the answers and her first clue was David, the guy Laila frequently visited. During her investigation, she gets tangled in the war between Augurs and Judges. If she wasn't careful, she'll end up with the same fate as her sister's.

I've mixed feelings about Zara! I found her character little annoying and too naïve. I was frustrated with some of her stupid decisions in the second half. I loved David's character. He's a complex guy who's fighting his own demons. He wants to prove to his jerk of a father who always saw him as a disappointment. We finally get his backstory when he was very young and the reason behind his hatred towards Wren. He was kinda lonely guy but everything changes when he meets Zara. He's intrigued by her, but he can't bring her into his life. He's determined to keep her out of their world, but the stubborn Zara keeps coming back. The romance between Zara and David was sweet, but honestly I didn't feel any sparks in their relationship. I really missed Wren and Tarc in this book! They didn't get much page time especially Wren. She's barely there in the plot. They're more like cameo characters.

 The plot was a mix of murder mystery, myth, magic, and forbidden romance. As expected, there's lots of lies, secrets, and betrayals. This book was a bit more darker than the first book. The riddles were interesting, but sadly the story didn't captivate me enough. It's not that bad, I just felt something missing. The writing was pretty good though. I enjoyed David's perspective more than Zara's. As usual, loved the creepy atmosphere and the woodsy kilshamble setting. We get more info on the lore and the magical elements but some parts still left me confused.

Overall, it was an okay-ish read for me! Even though it's not my favorite read, I'm glad the author wrote David's story. I really loved his character development. It's honestly the best part in this book!
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666 reviews
November 27, 2019
**Review will be posted on my blog http://pastmidnight.home.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 one night. That was totally unexpected.

In The Wickerlight, we get to know this Irish town of Kilshamble, and wow, it is dark, mystery, mystical and magical but not in a happy glittery way. This story is told in dual POV. We meet Zara who’s sister Laila is dead and Zara wants to know how and why. Then there is David, who is a judge (no not the kind with a gavel), he is part of this magical world where augurs and judges are enemies, and there is a silent war between them. I missed a big chunk of David’s background by not reading The Wren Hunt, so read that first. Zara doesn’t know what she’s stumbled into when she digs for clues about Laila’s death, but soon it’s too late to turn back. Zara is learning that maybe Laila was right about magic.

What I Liked:

*I loved learning about the druids and Irish folklore in this story. We learn about the Augurs and Judges who basically hate each other – they have a complicated history.

*This story is set in a modern world but the magic is so subtle that it fits so well, I love how it came together seamlessly. We are Zara, learning about the secrets of this town. Most of the magic is not as powerful as it was long ago but it works in the modern day world of this story. It’s nature, earth magic. Also the folklore stories about monsters in the forest – gives us a creepy background for this setting. 😳 I enjoyed the dark, eerie tone in this story!

*The mystery of Laila’s death really kept me in this story. We stumble into this strange magical world that exists in Kilshamble. I love how Zara peels a layer slowly to find out something else about Laila. Laila’s words at the beginning of each chapter adds to the mystery as well! I wanted to find out what happened to Laila for Zara and her family’s sake. Their grief is palatable and this family has crumbled, it wasn’t tight to begin with but Laila’s death has basically broken their family apart. I felt for Zara and her mother. 🥺

*Zara and Laila’s stories of the Horribles. I freaking loved it because it was their thing together and the stories made it perfectly okay to not be good and perfect all the time as long as you are not cruel, mean or hurtful. The Horribles were their shadow family and a coping mechanism I think because of their family situation.

*David and Zara. David sounds like he was a jerk in The Wren Hunt and in The Wickerlight his character is fleshed out. He’s not a saint, his life is about pain, and feeling pressure from his dad. As for Zara she feels out of place in this new town, her family life wasn’t perfect to begin with and she carries guilt from Laila’s death. Her choice in the end was unexpected! And I really like their slow burn romance.

Things That Made Me Go Hmmm:

*Obviously if you didn’t read The Wren Hunt like me…well I was a little lost in the beginning and thank goodness for the glossary in the back of the book. I had to learn about the Augurs and Judges and once I did get settled in, it was smooth sailing from there.

*There is a scene where David gets tortured – so trigger warnings: cutting. It’s not a trigger for me but even I got squeamish at the visuals of the scene. But this book IS dark, the judges do not mess around when it comes to discipline. 👀 The augurs have their own form of torture, but it didn’t involve cutting, just mind bending/mind control.

*The business about hoarding words to make a law (like a spell) at times confused me, especially when it is introduced into the story. I think the idea is so poetic and the story is so lyrical that it went over my head at first. But then the practice grew on me, the way words are precious and how different words call to a person. I especially loved when David was hoarding words, haha, I mean that boy felt it!

Final Thoughts:
The Wickerlight is an intriguing, lyrical, deliciously, darkly magical, unique story. It starts with grief and pulls you into the mystery of a death and this world of old magic. Definitely read The Wren Hunt first and then come lose yourself in The Wickerlight like I did.
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Author 3 books64 followers
December 23, 2019
Na rozdiel od predchádzajúcej knihy mi tento príbeh nerozprávala len Zara, ale aj David. Vďaka tomu som oboch mohla spoznať na trochu inej úrovni, doslova som im videla do hláv a mohla som ich pochopiť. Ich životy boli v niečom veľmi podobné a obaja mi niekoľkokrát zlomili srdce, také smutné sa zdali byť ich osudy.

Dej bol v mnohom tak trochu pokračovaním predchádzajúcej knihy – ubehol medzi nimi relatívne krátky časový úsek a jednotlivé udalosti na seba nadväzovali a hlavne sa v tejto knihe vysvetľovali okolnosti niektorých udalostí z The Wren Hunt. Čo sa mi nesmierne páčilo, nakoľko mi niektoré vysvetlenia skrátka chýbali a takto som sa k nim predsa dostala, aj keď trochu sprostredkovane.

Dej bol ale predsa len o niečo iný, akýsi temnejší. Tentoraz síce Zaru nikto nenaháňal v napodobenine starej slávnosti, ale aj napriek tomu bola vo veľkom nebezpečenstve. Ako obyčajné dievča, ktoré náhodne vpadlo do sveta mágie, ju mohlo zabiť prakticky čokoľvek alebo ktokoľvek. Augurovia boli vďaka udalostiam predchádzajúcej knihy o niečo zúfalejší a ako sa hovorí, zúfalí ľudia roba zúfalé veci. Okrem toho strácali aj zábrany a neštítili sa urobiť prakticky nič, čiže dej bol vďaka tomu nielen temnejší, ale aj napínavejší.

Nebezpečenstvo číhalo na každom kroku a Zara nemohla veriť prakticky nikomu, dokonca ani sama sebe, čo knihe pridalo trochu žalostnosti. On príbeh sám osebe bol už dosť smutný, nakoľko Zara sa snažila zistiť, čo sa stalo jej mŕtvej sestre, no prispievali k tomu aj ľudia, ktorí sa nebáli ísť doslova cez mŕtvoly, aby z ískali to, čo chcú.

Čím autorka krásne vystihla ľudskú prirodzenosť a vytvorila tak kontrast k mágii a mytológii, ktoré tvorili veľkú časť deja. No zatiaľ čo v predchádzajúcej knihe som sa veľa dozvedela o fungovaní mágie augurov, tentoraz som lepšie spoznala sudcov a veľmi som sa tomu potešila. Navyše autorka necítila potrebu zbytočne mi opakovať to, čo mi prezradila predtým, vďaka čomu som naozaj mala pocit, že čítam úplne samostatný príbeh a navyše som nebola zbytočne zahltená.

Kniha sa mi čítala dobre aj vďaka autorkinmu lyrickému štýlu, ktorý ma vtiahol do deja od úplne prvého slova. Podarilo sa jej vďaka nemu vytvoriť neopakovateľnú magickú atmosféru. To, v spojení s jednotlivými dejovými líniami, vytvorilo čarovný zážitok. Pričom Davidov a Zarin osud sa preplietal a dopĺňal, pričom nie vždy bolo jasné, čo sa odohráva kedy, takže som bola o to napätejšia, aby som sa dozvedela, čo sa vlastne deje.

Takže som rada, že tá tajomnosť v príbehu ostala. Tiež som sa tešila, že autorka sa rozhodla opäť sa venovať morálnym témam a nútila ma zamýšľať sa, tentoraz to bolo tak trochu na hrane noža, nakoľko mi ukázala, že všetci po niečom túžime, no niekedy na ceste za svojimi snami prídeme o samých seba. Vo výsledku som v rukách mala nesmierne melancholickú, tajomnú a hlavne čarovnú knihu, ktorej čítanie som si nesmierne užila.

The Wickerlight je o niečo odlišná od knihy The Wren Hunt, čo je však jej výhoda. Autorka sa rozhodla dej rozprávať očami dvoch rozprávačov, vďaka čomu sa jej podarilo dej o niečo viac zamotať a poprepletať, čiže ma neustále držala v napätí. Jej krásny lyrický štýl si ma získal od prvého slova a ja som sa do čítania úplne ponorila. Svoj priestor opäť dostala netypická mágia, ktorá príbehu vdýchla trochu originality. Ale aj bez nej by táto kniha bola odlišná od iných podobných z tohto žánru, čo ju robí výnimočnou.

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94 reviews80 followers
January 27, 2020

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 even realise you're missing something, but you'll miss out on a lot.

Now about the book. Loved it! Not as much as The Wren Hunt, Wren and Tarc are still my favourite and I really hope we get another book about them! But The Wickerlight was just as interesting and Tarc and Wren are mentioned a few times which was awesome.
I really loved the dual POV in this book and the change we see in David eventually. I had a lot of questions about him after the first book - from his punishment to the whole reason he was bullying Wren - and I think all the questions I had were answered.
Zara, who's the second MC in this book, was an interesting character. She's strong and determined, an outsider and she's not connected to magic the same way the other characters are, which makes everything feel different, new and exciting.
The fast pacing is, again, wonderfully done and the magic is still there.

I'm praying to every goddess that we'll get another book about Wren because I need to know what's going on!!
Altogether, I loved The Wickerlight, can't wait for more!!
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119 reviews28 followers
April 22, 2020
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.
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622 reviews20 followers
January 27, 2022
I really hated David in The Wren Hunt but wow did he surprise me in this sequel! This series is one of the most unique and interesting I've read. No group is truly on the "right" and they both use vicious methods to get what they want.
54 reviews
February 7, 2022
read it in one day it was so good. It gives a redemption arc to the bad guy in the other book and it wouldn’t work except for the fact he’s a teenager and a boy. Romance was good in this one aswell loved it
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61 reviews
November 4, 2019
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 reading magic and family feuds.
203 reviews8 followers
July 16, 2019
Magical, fast-paced and a little bit horrible. More accessible than The Wren Hunt.
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274 reviews38 followers
May 15, 2020
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.
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163 reviews13 followers
June 13, 2021
I feel this one is better than the first book, but maybe it is better because of the first book and how after that one, this one makes me feel like my world has been turned upside down, in a good way.
Amazing what a change of POV could do to a reader's feeling. This was a great read to me. An exciting adventure in two little books. I still have questions and I wonder if there will be a third book or will we just have to make do with our own imaginations? :)

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Author 1 book55 followers
January 20, 2020
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 maybe because I was already a bit familiar with the story world. I also LOVED getting to see a whole different side of David, who was in the first book. And seeing the community from an outsider’s perspective also gave the story a lot more intrigue, too. Right off the bat, the reader knows so much more than Zara does, and it added a lot of tension to many of the things she did, because we knew the danger she was placing herself in, even when she didn’t.

Some of the other characters from THE WREN HUNT appear in THE WICKERLIGHT, too. Cassa Harkness, Wren, and Tariq all appear on the page here and there. It was cool to read about them again and find out what had happened to them since the end of the first book.

Would I read a third book in this series? Um. YEAH. Especially after the way THE WICKERLIGHT ends, yes, yes, YES! Please tell me more. I can’t wait to dive back into this really delicious, dark Irish storyworld.
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338 reviews91 followers
November 22, 2021
The Wickerlight
Mary Watson

She doesn't remember that first time we met, down our feild where she played her game of sticks and stones.

Zara and her family are pretty new to Kilshamble, but when Zara's sister Laila is found dead with no reason to how on the village green.

Zara and her family have no idea what happened, and Zara is determined to find out.

When Zara finds a Savanger Hunt in her sisters belongings, she takes it upon herself to follow it and find out what happened.

David is an Judge, a Judge in the running to be the War Scythe.

But when his brother Oisin is kidnapped by Augurs and loses the Eye Of Badb; David must try and find it before his brother gets punished.

What I Liked.
Once again I love the storytelling of this; it feels real.
It's magical and spellbinding.

Just eugh I can't get enough!

I very much I liked that when I started The Wren Hunt I thought one thing about the characters, and throughout the book my opinion slowly changed, then by the end of The Wickerlight I changed like 90%, this really makes it unique.

What I Didn't Like.
Not much.

Very, very much enjoyable. Definitely worth a read.

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