The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson Review


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Release date: 6th March 2018

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 Plot

Wren 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 the end of the Augurs. In order to save her people and her family, Wren is given the dangerous job of infiltrating the house of the most powerful and influential Judge, Cassa Harkness. And so begins Wren’s dangerous dance of lying and stealing, all the while trying to prevent a war between the two peoples.

(There is one other element to the story, in that Wren is chased through her village every Christmas by a group of boys (who happen to work in the Harkness House. There’s some deep meaning about the wren that Wren is named after and also running for her freedom, but I didn’t really understand it so let’s just skip that, yeah?)

Like I said earlier, it did take me a while to get into Wren’s world. For some reason, I was expecting her to live in a fantasy land, but then she kicked a Coke can and her neighbour berated a Kardashian for her marriage choice, and then I was sort of confused. Are we here and now? Is this based on real Irish mythology? I was confused (but in the best possible way because I love this book).

The Characters

The characters are all deliciously 3D. There’s seriously nothing worse than a flat, pancake character, you know? But there were so many layers to all of the characters in The Wren Hunt. The story is narrated by Wren, and I loved her! She was so snarky and brave, but there was also a sense of vulnerability that you got from her.

I went into this book not really expecting to come out with a new book boyfriend but then Tarc came onto the scene and just…just take my heart, Tarc. Just take it.

The Writing

Okay, the writing worried me at first because I’ve seen this book being compared to The Raven Cycle (I fucking hated The Raven Cycle). But I needn’t have worried! While I thought that The Raven Cycle came off as a little bit pretentious, it wasn’t the case with Mary’s writing. It’s lyrical and beautiful and sometimes there were things that took me about 4 pages to fully understand, but I loved it. It’s enchanting and rich, and I couldn’t help but be drawn in.

The Verdict

I have now added 6th March to my calendar so that I can buy a physical copy of The Wren Hunt because I fucking loved it and I need it on my shelf. Like, yesterday.

I highly, highly recommend giving this book a look. It’s so beautiful but so creepy as well, and there just aren’t words to give this book justice. It’s one of those books that you just have to read for yourself.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book*

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