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The Wickerlight

(The Wren Hunt #2)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In this lush, magical thriller for fans of the Raven Cycle and The Hazel Wood, one girl's murder investigation leads her into an ancient magical war.

It's been two months since Zara's sister Laila was found lifeless on the village green of the small Irish town Kilshamble, not a mark on her. Vicious rumors circle that she died of an overdose or committed suicide--but an
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: November 26th 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…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
Nora
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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*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 anFiction
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Kayleigh
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
AHHH I really hope this is what I think it is! Either way, Watson beautifully intertwines magic and nature and I’m so excited for this
Rachel
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 growt
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Jane Kelsey
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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]
Elinor
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 expect
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Anna Bright
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites, fantasy
oooooooooooomg.
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. y
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Jodie- Readthewriteact
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
Elizabeth
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucie
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Kasia
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding, I loved being back in Kilshamble.
Alyssa Grace
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical, fast-paced and a little bit horrible. More accessible than The Wren Hunt.
Shelby
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cued-on-kindle
Special thanks to Bloomsbury YA and Netgalley for the opportunity to review a copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

So, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a sequel to The Wren Hunt, but maybe more like a companion novel, if that makes sense.

This book is unique in that it parallels timelines and events from the first book, but this time we get to see everything from David’s point of view, and also we are introduced to a young girl named Zara whose recently deceased sister played a
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Molly Mason
**Thank you to Bloomsbury YA, Netgalley, and Mary Watson for providing me this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

The Wickerlight picks up where The Wren Hunt picks up, just not focused on Wren and Tarc. This book focuses on Zara, who's sister was found dead during Wren's ritual to turn into the flower woman in the first book, and David, Wren's tormentor. You get a peek behind the curtains into David's motivations and desires, and it helps turn him a bit into a redeemable charac
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Traveling Cloak
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two months after moving to Kilshamble to star over, Zara's sister Laila is found dead. As Zara begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unexpected tragedy, she finds herself in the middle of an ancient war between the augurs and the judges. Who are these people and what is that buzz she feels whenever she is around them? Kilshamble and its residents are full of mystery, but that is not going to stop Zara from finding the truth about what happened to her sister, no matter how dange ...more
Night-Mere
I HAVE BEEN AWAITING THIS SINCE I FINISHED READING THE WREN HUNT LAST YEAR!! Set not long after the close of The Wren Hunt, we find a new family has moved to Kilshamble and one of them has stumbled upon a deadly secret. I love everything that is fantasy and set in Ireland, so it was no surprise that I loved this as much as I did. It was equal parts mystical, dark, and beautiful. Chock full of Irish mysticism with a little South African detail!! I highly enjoyed that Mary Watson utilised her own ...more
Lea
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know when you think a book is really good, but you don't really know why?
Well this is one of those books for me.

I think it might be the combination of characters that are not overly cliche and the slowly (even though I finished in three days) building climax via a murder mystery.

The change between perspective, from the new MC, Zara, who's sister recently died, and David, the mean asshole from the previous book is great. You get a real indsight in Davids life and
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Megan
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is dark, intriguing and you never know who to trust or consider “good”. This is a true sequel to the story started in the Wren Hunt and you must read it first to understand the happenings in the second book. Even thought the characters POV are all new in The Wickerlight it continues to build on the story and is tied into events set in motion in book 1.

While this book as a little slower than the first I enjoyed it even more due to all the set up that was in place from the fi
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Nicole
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is like slipping into another world that's dark and earthy and magical. It's a little bit unsettling and utterly gorgeous. I didn't want to leave, and I read the last few chapters slowly to savor them. I loved THE WREN HUNT and wasn't sure this could top it, but it did. As always, Mary Watson's prose is exquisite and spare, the worldbuilding is lush and immersive, and the characters are incredibly compelling. I went from hating David to fully understanding him and his past. I c ...more
Tanya Batchellier
I picked up this book without realising it was a sequel and so although some of the complexities of the ties to the first book were lost on me, I was still able to enjoy this as a standalone.

It took me a while to get into this book as I picked my way through understanding the characters and the augur vs judge battle that is central to the plot. It felt like it took such a long time to link the two narrators stories properly and I was constantly thinking what has Laila's death got to
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CR
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was very well written and had a great pace. It was exciting from start to finish and the dual POV worked out very well. This one will get your heart pumping as each chapter ends with a cliffhanger. So fair warning you will want to murder this book by the time you have finished. The mystery in this one was done so well. Were given this slow reveal as the story progresses then it all comes together in a great story! The story is told though mystery, humor, and a lot of action and those ...more
Victoria Masters
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'd totally give this book 4.5/5 stars if I could! I liked the Wren Hunt, but I loved this book. I picked up a signed copy by the author when I was in Galway earlier this year and I couldn't be happier about it. The shortcomings I noticed in the Wren Hunt were almost completely resolved in this book. Mary Watson has such an interesting writing style, and the judge world really comes intricately alive in this book.

Getting to see into David's mind was EXCELLENT. It opens up such sympathy and u
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Zaide
Poetry isn’t limited to words. Poetry is when human experience, emotion, impressions, moments, are exquisitely distilled and perfectly organised.

This book was absolutely beautiful. I adored The Wren Hunt, the world that Mary Watson created was uniquely magical and it took my breath away, so when I found out there was going to be a sequel I was dying to return to that world.

The Wickerlight takes place not long after The Wren Hunt and follows Zara as she attempts to discover what led to her si
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Kat
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the wonderful opportunity to read and review The Wickerlight by Mary Watson.
I feel in love with her writing reading The Wren Hunt. I had seen this book pop up on NetGalley and requested it immediately. I am privilege to say that this book is better than her first. I love the setting with the lush and vivid feel it invokes. I like reading David's perspective. I feel like I'm being enchanted when I read Ms. Watson's books. They are romantic, mystical
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Kat
Thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the wonderful opportunity to read and review The Wickerlight by Mary Watson.
I feel in love with her writing reading The Wren Hunt. I had seen this book pop up on NetGalley and requested it immediately. I am privilege to say that this book is better than her first. I love the setting with the lush and vivid feel it invokes. I like reading David's perspective. I feel like I'm being enchanted when I read Ms. Watson's books. They are romantic, mystical
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Rebecca Would
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leah
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-2019
Another book where I probably shouldn't have started with #2, huh? I wonder if the magic system/history would have made more sense and seemed more interesting had I read the first beforehand - not to mention the relationship between Wren and Tarc, which tipped me off to the fact that I was reading a sequel. The writing was solid, sometimes even a little more, and the characters were fine, although I did find myself wishing that much of the supporting cast and their relationships with Zara and Da ...more
Finn Longman
I really liked this! Even if I didn't remember nearly as much about the first book as I thought I did, haha. I liked that we saw things from a very different perspective to book one, which meant getting a totally diffrent angle on the magic. Also enjoyed how unapologetically the book uses Irish terms for stuff and doesn't mangle them into something palatably English-seeming. Not 100% sold on the romancey elements but they were a fairly minor part of it all in all so we're good.
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