The Wren Hunt Book Review

The Wren Hunt Book Cover The Wren Hunt
Mary Watson
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Bloomsbury Publishing
February 8th 2018

Every year on St Stephen's Day, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers are judges – a group of powerful and frightening boys who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur – their sworn enemy – the game would be up. This year, the tension between judges and augurs is at breaking point. Wren's survival, and that of her family, depends on her becoming a spy in the midst of these boys she fears most and using her talent, her magic, to steal from them the only thing that can restore her family's former power for good. But Wren's talent comes with a price. The more she uses it, the more she loses her grip on reality and soon she's questioning everything she's ever known about her family, about augurs and judges, and about the dangerous tattooed stranger who most definitely is not on her side ...

Magical and gorgeous. What a book!

When I first heard about The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson, I was interested but not completely sold. However, during one of my many books hauls at Waterstones, I decided to pick it up. I didn’t know what to expect from it. I was so utterly surprised and mesmerized by this book!

The book is based in Ireland with the essence of magic realism that I adore. I loved reading and finding out more about the various different “groups” that are involved in The Wren Hunt. The Augurs and the Judges, both magical groups of people, and enemies. The idea of a children’s game on Stephen’s game being turned into a “witchhunt”. The boys in the village chase down Wren, the main protagonist until they catch her. It’s gripping and intense and gosh.

“We were always told: when something repeats, it gains significance. This is how a pattern is formed. And it felt like something was forming around me. Like I was being woven into something and couldn’t work my way out.”

Speaking of which, I seriously loved Wren. Her power of being able to read into things and seeing the future in patterns. She is also sent straight into enemy territory, into the Judges main building to work under the guise of apprenticeship for the Judge leader, Calista Harkness. Needing to uncover a secret for her Augurs family, Wren needs to be so incredibly careful and strong in order to do her job. I love how odd she is and her quirkiness. Throughout The Wren Hunt, she is so courageous even when things look bleak. I love her.

Forbidden love is the best love.

I also really enjoyed Tarc. A very mysterious character and I really enjoyed the Romeo/Juliet aspect between him and Wren. I always have a thing for “forbidden romance” in books.  Him and Wren’s relationship is a fantastical slow-burn romance which I was completely for!

Overall, this book is amazing and I loved it. Considering I went into this book with no expectations, I was blown away. The writing style of Watson is absolutely phenomenal, and for a stand-alone book, this is a good one! Good fast-paced action, an interesting magic system and loads of humor. Would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading about magic in the real world!

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