The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

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 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 Harkne...

Details The Wren Hunt

TitleThe Wren Hunt
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

Reviews The Wren Hunt

  • ilsa ➹
    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...
  • Liz Barnsley
    **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...
  • Kelly
    4.5 stars!If I had to pick five words to describe this book it would be these:Gorgeous. Lyrical. Magical. Unique. Enchanting.The Wren Hunt took me a little while to get into and I’ll happily admit that I read the first few chapters and really didn’t have a clue what on Earth was going on. (So if you do pick this up and feel the same, trust me when I say you should push on through because it will be worth it.) But it didn’t take long until I...
  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    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 boo...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    I received an ARC of this book from Bloomsbury Publishing in excahnge for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I have to admit I was a little scared to start The Wren Hunt – being chased through the forest by a bunch of guys as a “game” was terrifying to me haha. I am a complete chicken; I cannot do scary.However, thank goodness – it wasn’t as terrifying as I had imagined it was going to be.The synopsis of this novel is not wrong ...
  • Karen ⊰✿
    You know those books that seem to sound like something you would be interested in, and then you start reading and just feel like something is completely missing? That is The Wren Hunt for me.The start is really confusing and I couldn't actually work out what was happening. Even by 30% I still wasn't engaged with the story and found it really difficult to keep reading.I've seen so many positive reviews and so I am really glad this book obviously r...
  • Kelly
    Actual rating- 3.75 stars, because I'm awkward and couldn't quite decide on 3.5 or 4 stars. The premise of the story really interested me. It starts off on Wren Day/St Stephens Day which is the 26th December. Wren is our main character whom represents the wren of the above celebrated day.I'm going to try and put this into a list of positives and negatives where I can, because I've left this review a couple of days and I'm still not sure how I fee...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    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...
  • Nikki
    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 ...
  • Kathleen
    Was niet helemaal wat ik ervan verwacht had...
  • S.A. Partridge
    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 villag...
  • Lulai
    -- 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 or...
  • Karen Barber
    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...
  • Siobhan Bejr
    Actual rating 3.5 stars.I thought the Wren Hunt overall was a good book and had an enjoyable story line. I wasn't impressed with the beginning of the book. I couldn't understand what was going on, whether it was historical fiction, mythical, plain fiction or fantasy. I first thought it was a little historical fantasy with the names of the groups and everything else but then Wren revealed her Mum was a heroin addict and I was just so confused.Afte...
  • Judith Moore
    Full review up on my blog: 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 we...
  • Gemma F
    3.5 StarsFull review on my blog:
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  • Juliana Davis
    (may have slight spoilers)I enjoyed the Irish mythology aspect of this book, but that was about it. I didn't hate it at all, I just wasn't invested much in the story or the characters. I was slightly bored with it, I felt like I never really got to know any of the characters beyond the surface. The romance (if you want to call it that) felt empty/forced and I didn't feel any sort of anticipation or excitement towards their moments together. I rea...
  • Jess Crafts
    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...
  • Karina Szczurek
    Magical read. I wish this novel had been around when I was sixteen. But, even at forty, I am enchanted.
  • Louise
    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 ...
  • Pauline
    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...
  • Sarah
    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 coul...
  • Sophie Eminson
    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...
  • Michelle
    (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 Goodreads 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 th...