October 3, 2016 by Zoë
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins is a retelling of “The Singing Bone.” A strange and terrifying beast has invaded Lochlanach and is causing havoc throughout the kingdom. Desperate, Aerity’s father the king decrees that any hunter who manages to slay the beast will be granted Aerity’s hand in marriage. Forced to agree in order to save her kingdom, Aerity agrees, though she is very apprehensive about the arrangement, having been raised believing that she would marry for love.
This was a fun little fantasy-world story based on a fairy tale. I like that. I also liked some of the hints of the world beyond Lochlanach, and hopefully that will be explored more in the second book.
Aerity’s favorite activity is, for some reason, aerial silks. I found this terribly anachronistic and distracting, to the point that I thought maybe I was missing something about Scottish history. But no–from a brief Google search it seems that aerial silks did not become a thing until the 1900’s.
There’s also definite instalove. I had no idea why Aerity ended up falling for the guy that she did, since he acted horribly toward her the whole time. I also don’t understand why he fell for her, since his narration clearly revealed no respect for her.
I enjoyed this book despite the whole aerial silks thing and the annoying romance. But I’m a sucker for medieval fantasy. If you are too, or if you’re looking to read all the fairy tale retellings ever, check this one out.
“I wonder what sort of queen you’ll be.”