Once a year, Wren is chased through the woods near her rural Ireland hometown in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers belong to the judges, a group in control of an ancient, powerful magic they stole from her own people, the augurs . . . but they know nothing of her real identity. If they learned the truth, the game would surely turn deadly.
Though she knows the risks, Wren also goes on the hunt, taking a dangerous undercover assignment as an intern at enemy headquarters, the Harkness Foundation. If she can uncover a long-buried secret, she can save her family and end the judges' reign once and for all.
But as the web of lies, deceit, and betrayal thickens around Wren, she hurtles toward a truth that threatens to consume her and reveal who she really is. Not only has she come to the attention of powerful judge Cassa Harkness, but she is also falling dangerously in love with the one person she shouldn't. And she may need to decide which she'd rather lose, her heart or her life.
This spellbinding YA debut from Mary Watson is part thriller, part love story and entirely captivating.
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The Wren Hunt was such a unique book. I loved the mythology, the long-standing feud between the two magical factions, and the juxtaposition of magic and the modern world. The Augurs and the Judges were both intriguing, I liked that the author delved a bit into the history of the conflict and explained more about each side. There were also some great family dynamics. I enjoyed seeing how the relationships between characters developed and changed over the course of the book. However, the ending felt a little rushed and incomplete to me. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions about the world and how certain aspects of the book tied in. Although this is a standalone, the ending really felt more like a setup for a sequel. That being said, The Wren Hunt was still an overall enjoyable read. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Wren Hunt is such an interesting and captivating read! Told through the eyes of Wren, a 17 year Augur old living in a small town, we begin the story at the time of the annual hunt. While it may be a fun hunt for other neighborhoods, Wren's small town is bloody and causes her pain. There are the Judges, the Augurs, and Bards that categorize the people in this world. The Bards are extinct, leaving the Judges and Augurs to have tension throughout the years. The Judges are ruthless and monopolize lives around town, while the Augurs lay low. I enjoyed Wren and who she is as a main character. She's a great heroine to look up to, and I really loved getting to know her. She's witty, and smart, and quick. This world is so intricate and enigmatic that I can't fully express how much I enjoyed the magic system, the detailed world, or these wonderful characters. It feels like magical realism, but the soul of this story feels historical and established. I specifically enjoyed the details surrounding the Daragishka Knot, a magic to help Augur's causes. I enjoyed every moment of it, and I think you will also. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
The Wren Hunt is a book about magical beings in our world, but I was totally unconvinced. It took me a long time to figure out where the setting was and even then I wasn't completely sure. I had a hard time juxtaposing T.V's and cans of Coke with the magical characters. They just didn't seem to mesh well together, despite the authors best efforts. I'm not expecting to everything about the magical world or how it operates but we weren't given enough throughout the beginning for me to really understand what was going on or how their world operated. We open to a scene where Wren is chased through the woods by boys from the rival magic gang(family?). Apparently this happens every year and a trophy is taken. It's unclear as to why they chase her and don't celebrate the Wren Hunt like the rest of the world. It's never mentioned why they don't go to the police about the chase or why it even happens at all. I'm not sure what the Wren Hunt is even about. I don't sympathize with Wren nor connect with her. I don't with any of the characters for that matter. I'm not sure what I was hoping to get from this book, but I certainly didn't get it. There was nothing that really stood out for me about this book and I spent most of the time confused and not really enjoying what I was reading. *Thank you to Netgalley for this review copy*
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars This is exactly the type of atmospheric novel that I love. Rich with Irish mythology but set in present day, THE WREN HUNT is written with a lovely lulling prose and a subtle uneasy air that will have you holding your breath as you turn the page. It was like nothing I expected but rather far more captivating than I could've hoped. The characters are slow unwinding riddles, the plot is not as it seems, there is darkness and action as well as laughter and light, but overall the story is something told over a midnight fire, found in a long lost journal, or whispered in the forest while you walk alone. Such a unique read!