When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.
Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.
I didn’t like it as much as I thought, but honestly I had very high expectations. I LOVE retellings! So I just really, really wanted it to be an amazing book. Overall, it was written very well, and the characters were very enjoyable. The only thing that brought this book down for me is how slow it went.
They are hunting the beast in the forest. Then hunting the beast in the forest. And sure enough, they are hunting the beast in the forest. It just got boring after awhile. Not sure if it really needed to be a duology, but I can’t really use that against the book until I read the second one. I just really hope that there is more action, and that it moves at a faster pace.