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The great hunt, Wendy Higgins

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The great hunt
Title
The great hunt
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Wendy Higgins
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eng
Summary
When a savage beast attacks in Eurona, the king proclaims that whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter, Princess Aerity, but things get complicated when Aerity grows fond of a specific, royals-eschewing hunter, Paxton Seabolt
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  • Grades 9-12 Tension runs through the kingdom of Lochlanach: people known as the Lashed possess magical abilities and are subject to suspicion and, sometimes, violence. Despite this, Crown Princess Aerity lives something of a charmed life until a mysterious, seemingly unkillable beast begins a murderous spree up and down the coast. With resources stretched to the max, the desperate king sends out a proclamation: whoever kills the beast wins Aerity’s hand in marriage. For Aerity, always told she could marry for love, such a fate seems almost unbearable. But among the hunters who flock to their gates are two brothers—one of whom, the brooding, determined Paxton Seabolt, attracts her attention. This first in a planned duet is a high-stakes adventure twist on the Brothers Grimm story “The Singing Bone,” and it is as much about familial love as it is about romance. Detailed world building, a well-developed cast, and undertones of prejudice and intolerance propel the narrative forward and help make this a standout in the realm of fairy-tale retellings. -- Reagan, Maggie (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9, p76)
  • This tale of romance and duty, first in a planned duology from Higgins (the Sweet Evil series), suffers from an excess of repetition, marring an otherwise elegant landscape of imagination and wonder. Princess Aerity lives in a home surrounded by love in the magic-phobic kingdom of Lochlanach, protected as the king’s eldest daughter. Yet that tranquility is shattered when a mysterious beast rages across the land, killing indiscriminately. In an effort to save his kingdom, her father convenes a great Hunt, with Aerity’s hand in marriage the prize for killing the beast, a sacrifice Higgins emphasizes repeatedly. Paxton is a simple man who enters the hunt with a hatred of royalty and a desire to rid the land of the beast. He has no interest in Aerity until her enigmatic charm and unexpected compassion catch him unawares. The Hunt is complicated by the sheer number of hunters competing and their discordant viewpoints on magic. The overt object-lesson nature of the story is reminiscent of Grimm’s tales, though the magic-related subplot offers added complexity. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 4, 2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 01, p)
  • When a vicious beast threatens the land, the royal family must make sacrifices to defeat the menace and save the people. Something is rotten in the kingdom of Lachlanach. Tension simmers between commoners and the Lashed, who are barred by law from performing their magic. Birth rates around the kingdom are down. And, worst of all, a savage beast is making the rounds every night, killing all the men it encounters. In desperation, the king invites hunters from all neighboring lands to enter a contest—whoever slays the beast wins the hand of his eldest daughter, Princess Aerity, in marriage. But this hopeful solution grows complicated when Aerity grows fond of a specific hunter. The beast, too, is a surprise, as it turns out to be a different sort of creature than first assumed. Higgins has written a familiar yet compelling damsels-in-distress novel. A group of talented female hunters who are able to attract the respect of the men and the admiration of the women adds a welcome twist. The princess and her female relatives manage to exhibit a flare for coming through in emergencies, though they are perfectly willing to let the men do the heavy lifting when danger gets too close. As this book is the first in a duology, it fittingly ends with a cliffhanger. An enjoyable-enough fantasy with a healthy sprinkling of romance. (Fantasy. 13-17)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
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10473694
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Higgins, Wendy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
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HL750L
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fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
Series statement
The Eurona duology
Series volume
book one
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  • Princesses
  • Hunting stories
  • Princesses
  • Hunting
  • Fairy tales
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The great hunt, Wendy Higgins
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1519974
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780062381330
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062381330
  • (OCoLC)911191245
Label
The great hunt, Wendy Higgins
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1519974
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780062381330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062381330
  • (OCoLC)911191245

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