Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#Wednesday Review - The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins #YALit #Fantasy @Wendy_Higgins @harperteen

Series: Eurona Duology # 2
Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

In The Great Pursuit, the dramatic sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Great Hunt, Wendy Higgins delivers another thrilling fantasy filled with dangerous enemies, political intrigue, searing romance, and a princess who is willing to do everything to protect her kingdom. 
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continues.
The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day.
Despite the king’s resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make peace with the Lashed, and though she’s accepted a betrothal to the man who took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who stole her heart and disappeared.
Aerity soon discovers that Paxton has joined Rosaria’s army in the war against her family. Though her feelings for him are still strong, her duty to her kingdom and her family is stronger—especially when her parents are kidnapped and she has to step up to the throne and once again put aside what’s best for her in order to do what’s best for her people. Paxton and Princess Aerity must fight to see what is more powerful: their love or the impending war between the magical Lashed and the non-magic humans. 

The Great Pursuit is the sequel to The Great Hunt, and the final novel in the Eurona Duology. To get through this story, you need to know that Higgins has chosen to tell her story through Multiple POV's. If you've read The Great Hunt, then none of the characters are new to you. Princess Verity Lochson has given up her happy ever ending in order to marry the person who killed the first great beast that terrorized her kingdom. Lord Leif Alvi. 

The second person of note is Paxton Seabolt. Paxton choose to leave Verity behind after he used magic to save his brother. Magic is the land of Eurona is illegal except in rare cases. The third person is Lady Wyneth, Verity's cousin who we found out has an interesting ability to control the beasts. Last, but not least, is Vixie Lochson, sister to Verity, and the character who just refuses to be kept locked up in a safe place while the others are out trying to save her kingdom. 

Eurona is a land that has quelled the use of magic in most kingdoms. There are still those called Lashed Ones who still use magic, including Lochlanach's Royal Lashed one. But, thanks to Rozaria Rocato, things are about ready to get to get even more deadlier than in the previous book. When when we last saw Rocato, she gave the King a demand. He can either do what she says, or face grave consequences. Plus, Rocato is not alone. She has a long game planned that pretty much means pay up or die for anyone who stands in her way. Can Verity and her allies stand fast and tall and survive the brutal twists and turns that will set Verity on a course that will force her to make life or death choices for her kingdom.

I really loved Vixie for so many reasons. She's brave. She's fun to read about, plus I loved her relationship with Tiern Seabolt. I dare anyone to stand in the way of what Vixie wants and not get an arrow in the buttock. I have come around with Wyneth as well. I never liked the fact that she and Lief had an encounter after she lost the love of her life. For me, Wyneth's only real choice that made any sense was Lieutenant Harrison. After all, Harrison stood in the shadows while protecting both sisters, and Wyneth from the villains and beasts. He also stood in the shadows after she fell in love with someone else.

Now, let's talk about Verity and her suitors, shall we? I am over the moon happy with the way this book ends. I respect the path and choices that were made in the final chapters, but most especially how happens to Verity, Lief, and Paxton. Verity has had a hard road since we first met her. She was asked and agreed to put her happiness and choices away for the good of the Kingdom. Now, she wants to do something for herself, her sister, her cousin, and yes, even Harrison since he joins her on a journey brings them face to face with danger and surprises. This book is filled with action, and suspense, and tragedy. It forces all of the main characters to grow in ways that set them on a course that will fundamentally change the Kingdom forever.

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