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.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! Filled with fun characters, action and intensity, and surprises around every corner, The Great Pursuit was a great finale to a solidly plotted duology.
♥ Review: There’s really not much detail that I can go into about this novel because so much that I have to say/want to flail about revolves around the characters and the plot would spoil so much for other readers. I will say that I think Higgins does an exceptional job of delivering fully fleshed characters from the most important people down the those with the most minuscule roles in the story, and man do I appreciate that so much. Characters can either make or break a book for me, and hers certainly made this book all the better. I loved discovering the quirks and flaws of our main characters and villains, all with their own strengths and weakness. (Man, did I ever appreciate that even the vilest villains had their own vulnerabilities/insecurities. Brava!) She even gave a personality to a beast of an adorable character known as Furball, and I kind of want one of my own.
Aside from the characters, this book was certainly filled to the max with tension and surprises, and the climax of the story that lead to the battle had me up pacing the floors while holding my kindle and setting it down for tiny little breaks so my heart could regain its natural rhythm. All in all, it was a solid read that I basically finished all in one sitting aside from taking breaks to feed my children so they didn’t stage a revolt of their own. I was very pleased with how the author chose to wrap up this book and this duology; job well done!
With that said, I’d have to say the thing that affected my rating the most was more blame on me than it was any true fault of the book. I don’t know why it’s so, but I just have more trouble focusing on books that are written in third person with multiple perspectives. I think the jumping around from one POV to the next takes me out of the story for how ever the briefest of moments, and then when I finally settle back in again, it’s already shifting to the next perspective. It breaks down the pacing, in my opinion.
♥ Teaser Quote:
“…You are a queen, Aerity. You were made for this, and I believe the seas have breathed their blessing over you. You may not feel strong inside, but I promise–to the people, to me–you are the very picture of might.”
–quote taken from the eARC of The Great Pursuit at 64%
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♥ Rec It? Likely! If you loved the first installment, The Great Hunt, you’ll definitely find yourself even more in love with this sequel. Even if Higgins didn’t totally win you over with it, I’d say give this one a shot. I was definitely pleased with out the story played out.
♥ A very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
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