The Wren Hunt

Mary Watson


March 2018

$14.99 AU

408p pb

ISBN: 978-1408884935

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The Wren Hunt is a first-person story told from the point of view of a girl named Wren and what it's like to be an augur.  The theme of this book is fantasy with romantic hues, but it has its own version of classic magical things. There are people called “augurs” and “judges” who hate each other, their long history is explained throughout the book. I think the detail in this story makes it that much better. There is always something deeper happening under the scenes as well as hints of magic.

This story follows the journey of Wren and her finding out who she was while helping her family, as best she could. I loved the main character (Wren) and how we got to learn about who she was, and I also liked how the world worked around her; I felt like I was there with her. Wren and Tarc’s love interest gave the book another dimension and showed how complicated her life was. 

I really admire the way Mary W­atson writes, she knows how to create a relationship between you and the character, so you feel emotions for them; by the end of the book I felt I was a close friend of Wren. Also, she does a great job of creating an image, the way she describes and uses metaphors made me feel like I'm there seeing everything Wren sees.

I usually don't like fantasy novels, so I was surprised when I fell in love with this book. The beginning was a bit slow but once it got started I couldn't put the book down. The book was sort of like a roller coaster of emotions, and I love books like that, that make you feel something. This book is at the top of the list of my favourite books.

Isabella, age 13

Every winter, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. The boys who haunt her are judges, powerful and frightening pursuers, who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur, their sworn enemy, the game would turn deadly.

But Wren is on the hunt, too. Sent undercover as an intern to the Harkness Foundation – enemy headquarters – her family's survival rests on finding a secret meant to stay hidden. As the enmity between two ancient magics reaches breaking point, Wren is torn between old loyalties and new lies. And trapped in the most dangerous game of her life.

The Wren Hunt is a tale of misconceptions of magic and folklore and is set in Ireland, a country rich in myths and legends, however, The Wren Hunt is not set in the distant past, but in the present day, which I love.

At the beginning of the book, Wren is being chased by some horrible boys Ryan, Brian and David which gave me a bit of a thrill but was also suspenseful and scary.  I especially love how much of a quick thinker Wren is in stressful situations and when she uncovers secrets that have been hidden for so long.

I really enjoyed this book. It's very different from any other book that I have read, for example, there are old rituals such as the throwing of the stones to make the vital decision about who was going to Harkness House.

Si’an, Year 7

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