Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins | Review

Title: The Great Pursuit
Author: Wendy Higgins
Pages: 512
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads rating: 4.11 Stars
Published: March 7th, 2017

Source: Ebook/From Author


Description:

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.



My Thoughts

*****If you haven't read The Great Hunt, this will have SPOILERS from that book!*****

Starting off exactly where The Great Hunt left off, we see Aerity newly engaged to Lief {who's a bit of a scoundrel, though he really, honestly doesn't even know any better, because that's how men in his country are expected to behave}.  She's coming to terms with being promised to him, when word gets out of more beasts, and Rozaria has begun demanding the Lashed be given the same rights as Unlashed or she will begin killing Unlashed throughout the kingdom.

While the king eventually gives in to Rozaria's demands, Paxton Seabolt is doing his best to get to safe area since he is now visibly Lashed {I told you, SPOILERS}.  While doing so, he unknowingly stumbles upon the one place he's trying to avoid: Rozaria's camp, filled with Lashed who support her in her quest for power.  With no way out, Pax decides the best way to help Lochlanach is from within the camp itself.

Aerity decides she must go find Pax if for no other reason then to really and truly say goodbye to him, which sends her all but careening into Rozaria's camp.  With the help of Paxton, she manages to get out, but that's just the beginning of her troubles.  With a kingdom to defend since her parents have been kidnapped, Aerity is finding herself in a slew of trouble and backed into a corner as Rozaria's plans for the kingdom of Lochlanach {and the surrounding kingdoms} become more and more despicable.

While this story mainly follows Aerity and Paxton, we still get a lot of Wyneth and Harrison, whom I just love {hey, Wendy, want to write a little story for them??}.  I love that the supporting characters in all of Wendy Higgins' books really support the main characters.  She has an enchanting way of writing that really makes you just love all the characters and feel for them.

It took me a while to get into this one {whereas I feel like I just devoured The Great Hunt}.  Granted, most of that is because this last month has been insane {we're moving}, and I've had very little time to sit and read.  That being said, when things calmed down, I was maybe 250 pages into the book and finished the other 250-ish pages in about 2 days.

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