Title: The Wren Hunt (The Wren Hunt, #1)
Author: Mary Watson
Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.
In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this novel. It is based on Celtic folklore, specifically revolving around Stephen’s Day, or Christmas. This was a classic Montague-Capulet rivalry, so if you’re down with that, this is the novel for you.
I would have to argue that I didn’t “like” the relationship between Wren and Tarc. Someone who trains his whole life to protect someone wouldn’t so easily fall in love with someone, especially an enemy. It just wasn’t all that believable to me. Now, if Wren and David fall in love, that would be diabolical and I think I would enjoy that very much. There is something hidden there.
Anyone else imagine the Blaithin to look like this?! haha
The ending was turn after turn after turn and I loved it! I just started Wickerlight and I am loving it so much more than The Wren Hunt right now. So much action right in the beginning! I’m hoping it explores the depth of the rivalry between the Augurs and the Judges, and possibly more of the history.