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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kill the beast. Win the girl.
A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. 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 understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when 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 keen on marriage. 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 and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.
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, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I have only one thing left to offer the man who kills this beast. I offer the hand of my oldest daughter in marriage.”
This was a YA fantasy story about a kingdom terrorised by a beast.
I thought that Princess Aerity came across as quite noble and mature in this book, giving up her future to marry any man who might slay the beast, even knowing that it could be someone she could never love. Paxton was likewise pretty self-sacrificing, and the two of them seemed to be a good fit.
The storyline in this was about a beast terrorising the kingdom where Princess Aerity and her family lived, and her father declaring that whoever slew the beast would win the princess’ hand in marriage. There was also a storyline about people known as the ‘lashed’ though, who possessed magic, which they were forbidden from using. The story did feel quite long though, and the pace was a bit too slow for me.
There was a little bit of romance between Princess Aerity and Paxton, which was quite sweet, but there wasn’t much of it really.
The ending to this left us with a new threat, and with things not looking too good on the romance front either!
6 out of 10