The Wren Hunt

  • Title: The Wren Hunt
  • Author: Mary Watson
  • ISBN: 9781681198590
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wren Hunt 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
    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 undercoverEvery 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.

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    1. so this was like a drink that at first you don't like but then you keep sipping at it and then for some reason you can't stop and you are so thirsty and you're not even sure you like but it's so good and wow, there and gone, you've drank it all.i promise i'm not drunk.The premise is as magical as an enchanted potion in a deep dark forest in a land of elves. Basically, verryyyy magical. It is a tiny bit typical but it's about Judges and Augars and they're both magical but the augurs are more hips [...]

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    2. **4.5 stars**I loved The Wren Hunt because it was genuinely different to anything I had read before and written so beautifully that occasionally the prose practically sang an aria.The story itself was highly immersive – beginning with a chase and developing into a deep seated mythology that was beautifully layered and highly engaging. we follow Wren as she infiltrates the enemy camp so to speak in an attempt to steal the one thing that can save her family.The Wren Hunt is a very surreal read i [...]

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    3. This book is not something I read before and I loved it. It has many magical realism elements but still has such a romantic feel that it doesn't completely fit that genre. It just was an amazing book and I hope I'll read many more books like this one in 2018!The overall story was great! The ending came as a complete surprise for me. I never expected things to end like they did! It was all so original and creative. The magic was what took this book from being a good book to being a great book.Som [...]

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    4. This is the kind of book that you read, and then immediately want to reread because there's so much more that you could take in. I can't even believe how much I enjoyed it; it was sort of touch and go at the beginning because I had no idea what the heck was happening, but after about 15%? I was fucking gripped, my god.The PlotWren is an Augur, a once-powerful people who used to control a powerful kind of magic; but that power was taken from them by the Judges, who are determined to bring about t [...]

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    5. Trigger warning for physical and psychological abuse of the main character by a group of young men.I think I want to rate this 4.5 stars? But I'm not sure? My head is such a mess right now!Basically, this book was one giant mindfuck. At first, that wasn't in a good way, as there was a bit too much detail on the world and druid culture without explanation. I felt lost and confused for a while. BUT THEN it all very slowly started coming together, and I realised I was being played by the author. If [...]

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    6. I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.Oh wow. This was just not what I expected at all. And it is amazing. Fully deserving of the 4.5 stars I’m giving it. It’s a relatively slow book, but in a good way, as you learn things along with Wren and are never sure who’s lying and manipulating or what the truth is. The story behind the judges and the augurs takes a while to take shape, but that is amazing too. The only thing I didn’t really get [...]

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    7. 4.5 stars!Review to come

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    8. Was niet helemaal wat ik ervan verwacht had

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    9. The Wren Hunt, which draws heavily on Irish myth, begins on St Stephen’s Day – the traditional day of the wren, when masked boys chase a symbolic fake wren and are allowed to play tricks on their friends. Watson's protagonist, Wren, finds herself chased by such masked boys, but instead of being innocent fun, this hunt ends in violence, leaving Wren rattled and the boys’ tempers woken.Wren lives with her grandfather in the small Irish village of Kilshamble. They are augurs, or seers, able t [...]

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    10. "is lyrically written YA debut about feuding magical families is perfect for readers of Maggie Stiefvater." Say no more

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    11. -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --I had no idea what my reading was going to be like, and I must say that even after I finish, I still have many questions.The book begins in our contemporary Ireland, for centuries the Augurs and Judges have been in war, with the destruction of places of worship, harassment and others. The Augurs are in a bad position, but Wren our heroine is going to infiltrate the Judges in order to save her people from extinction. I think wh [...]

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    12. The hunt for the wren is a traditional Irish event, taking place in late December, which is thought to symbolise the sacrifice of the old year in readiness to welcome in the new. In this novel, an assured debut, we focus on the fight for survival of two ancient groups - augurs and judges - and the young girl born of both groups who is to decide their fate.Initially, I have to say this was a puzzling start. I was not sure who Wren was, how she was connected to events or even what kind of book thi [...]

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    13. is is that the final cover?

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    14. Thank-you to Bloomsbury for providing me with a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Despite having an proof copy of this book it took me ages to read it. However, when I did get to it, it only took me a morning to read it from cover to cover. The Wren Hunt was an adventure full of strange magic and forbidden love and CrAzY betrayals. I really hope that there is going to be a sequel but I don’t think that there is (Insert pained and disappointed sobbing).Despite being compl [...]

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    15. Full review up on my blog: chaininteraction.wordpressWhere to even begin with this book? Let’s start with Wren, our main character. Wren was an interesting one for me. In many ways she’s quite a ‘weak’ character, often doing what she’s told and being manipulated and used on all sides. Normally that’s something I can’t stand in a character, it just annoys me, but something about the way that Wren is written means her weakness never feels like a character flaw. She’s being used but [...]

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    16. DNF - I finished the first chapter but just felt like something was missing. Not my thing. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC

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    17. This was a good book it just wasn't a very ME book. I can definitely see why it's getting some very good reviews and I don't disagree with them but it just wasn't for me.Wren is an augur, one of two types of magical communities left in the world. The other half are judges and in the modern world they are the ones with the power. Every Christmas judge boys chase her through the woods near her home and every year it gets more and more sinister. But the augurs Wren lives with aren't going to stand [...]

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    18. Magical read. I wish this novel had been around when I was sixteen. But, even at forty, I am enchanted.

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    19. A folksy, dreamy story with a modern-day sharp edge. This has so many things I love, from magic to history to increasing mystery. There is something compelling about this book, and it starts with Wren. Why is she so significant to both Judges and Augurs? Every St Stephen's Day the Judge boys chase her through the village, and it is clear from the start that this is more than a childish game.Another thing which kept me reading was Wren and Tarc's relationship. Wren is warned away from Tarc. He is [...]

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    20. Going in to this novel you might feel that it will be a traditional fantasy, and whilst there are fantastical, magical and spiritual elements, it actually soon becomes a contemporary thriller. It is interesting to note that the wren hunt it still performed in some parts of Ireland today, although the wren is now a plastic toy and rather than a frightening and sinister ritual it is an event of celebration. In the setting of this town in modern day Ireland; however, the old druidic traditions rema [...]

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    21. This just wasn't for me, I'm afraid. Loved the concept of Augurs vs Judges and the Irish fantasy edge, but I struggled to connect with the characters, and couldn't manage to care very much about what was happening - which meant it was a bit of a slog to get through. It's not badly written in any sense, and I can see it being very popular, but it just did not click with me at all. I spent most of my reading time itching to get to the end so I could move onto something else.Too late, I've only jus [...]

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    22. As I start to introduce more young adult fiction into my reading, I am reminded of the sheer simplicities of reading when you’re young. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson was a slightly confusing, but overall well-written, enticing book. It follows in-line with many YA fantasies which focus on the fact that if this character wasn’t involved, the specific events of the novel would not have happened. The Wren Hunt will be published on 8 February 2018 by Bloomsbury.The plotSet in Ireland, The Wren Hu [...]

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    23. (originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest reviewI was really excited to see that I was approved for The Wren Hunt, as the premise (the summary on Netgalley was different than the one on btw) really intrigued me. I thought The Wren Hunt, where Wren is chased through the woods, would play a bigger part than it did and that there would be a lot more tension, deceit, suspense, plot twi [...]

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    24. I received this ARC for NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to Mary Watson and Bloomsbury Publishing!"My mother left when I was a baby. I was named Wren for the druid bird. My first memory is of trees. I am an auger with a spinny eye, which is a curse, not a blessing. I am here to steal from you. I love peanut butter and running in the woods, but never with the boys behind me"Overall this book did capture me into a world of darkness, magic, and treachery. Unfortunately, s [...]

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    25. Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods by her family's enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once  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  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 bet [...]

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    26. This was a slow burner for me and I struggled to enjoy the book until around half way through. The opening of the novel, where Wren is being chased by a group of Judge boys, was gripping enough, but I found the world building severely lacking. Why were they hunting her? It’s tradition- fine. But, why did it end in violence with a general undertone of threat and hatred? The augurs and judges hate each other (again, tradition. Again, fine), but there was no explanation for this. I really struggl [...]

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    27. The first half was a bit of a slog, and at times I really struggled to make my way through chapters and chapters of laborious explanations of Augur rituals and the history of the feud between Augurs and the Judges. The initial deluge of information about the magic concerned with the Augurs and the Judges was a bit overwhelming, and the plethora of terms, abilities and characters was hard to keep track of and to understand how much of the information was meaningful to the story at this stage.Ther [...]

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    28. Let me start by saying The Wren Hunt is a book pretty unlike anything I have read before, and I really enjoyed it.Within just a few pages I was quickly hooked on the unusual plot and I loved the opening chase scene, which created a thrilling entry to the mythological, magical world Mary Watson has so creatively invented in this debut novel.Set in Ireland, this wonderfully original fantasy story guides readers through the various struggles and adventures lead character Wren faces in order to disc [...]

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