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, Romance

Reviews The Wren Hunt

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    My Experience: I started reading The Wren Hunt on 7/30/18 and finished it on 8/8/18. This book is fantastic! I like the Ask and its unique rituals to make a fair decision. I like following Wren’s point of view. She’s a quick thinker under stressful situations. I like the slow burning forbidden romance and their flirts makes me smile. I like the mystery and secrets. I like the centuries old stories set in Ireland, especially the meadowsweet. T...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    I’m never going to be able to accurately describe this book. It’s so unique and different from everything else out there. I feel like it’ll be a divisive read, but I really enjoyed my time reading it. It had the creepy magical atmosphere I absolutely love to find in books.
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wren is being hunted by the people who hate her the most - the Judges. Bound every year to be chased, Wren faces the difficult decision to undertake an undercover assignment to change her families fate. The opening scenes were very confusing. Nothing is really explained at first, meaning for a good 30% of the books opening I had no clue about what was going on and what kind of world...
  • 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...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    ↠ 4.5 starsThis is a very "me" book. Kinda bizarre but also cool, aspects of fabulism, trees and nature lore, Irish myth, slightly dark and creepy and doesn't always entirely make logical sense but that adds to atmosphere instead of being weird af. Anyway, so at first this book opens up with a group of boys chasing the heroine which they apparently do every year in a twisted imitation of tradition. The heroine is an "augur" and the boys are "ju...
  • ambsreads
    thanks Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy of The Wren Hunt in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my ownFIND MY REVIEW FOR THE WREN HUNT BY MARY WATSON ON MY BLOG @ AMBSREADSThe Wren Hunt was a book I was pretty excited for. Unfortunately, I hadn’t read the blurb and had no idea what this book was about. Or maybe I had and my view simply got warped way off track of what this book actually is about. The Wren Hunt is a book ful...
  • 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...
  • Rae
    The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson is a magical story about two groups of people, the Augurs and Judges, who battle for power in Ireland. Wren, raised and loved by a family of Augurs, is caught in the middle of a game she doesn’t fully understand.This book was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, it was entertaining. The pacing was good, and it had enough interesting elements to keep me fully engaged. On the other hand, I felt like so much didn’t get e...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceWren hates Christmas time. Every year she gets “hunted” down by the boys that live in her Irish village because of her name. However, there’s a deeper meaning to their hunt. You see, Wren is an Augur—a group of people who are able to discern patterns in order to use their talents. However, Wren’s people remain in hiding because of the Judges, people similar to the Augur...
  • 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 ...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    3.5 stars I really enjoyed the end of this book. However leading up to that end was a bit painful and disjointed at times. I’m conflicted on how to rate this one. RTC.
  • 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...
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    The Wren Hunt follows, well, Wren as she navigates subterfuge, magic and increasingly fracturing loyalties.Wren is an augur, one of the draoithe, but the sources of the augur’s magic are losing their strength and the judges are tightening their hold on the nemeta that are left. If the judges have their way there will be no augurs left. It is Wren that is sent to infiltrate judge headquarters to find the map that will lead the augurs to the ston...
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    I’m mostly confused.
  • Mavis Ros
    Surprised Thriller of the Year. The Wren Hunt is the type of book that you would not want to read by so quickly. I highly doubt that this is a book that everyone would love and enjoy. Considering that it can easily be “dnfed” if readers can’t survive within the first hundred pages of its info dump.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy • A Magical World of Words
    My blog: A Magical World Of Words4.5 stars. (Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.) Wow. Wow. Wow. In all my life I have never read a book like this one. To say it's left an impression on me is an understatement. I just can't stop thinking about it.Please, please read it.The writing is exceptional. It's literal magic - raw talent running with dark imagination. Watson is an incredible writ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kerran Olson
    3.5/4* I was a little confused towards the beginning of the Wren Hunt because at first I thoughy it was a more historical tale, it definitely has a kind of folk-tale vibe and just the setting of the woods and the characters descriptions had me picturing a quaint historical village. And then there were phones and heroin addiction and modern pop culture references so that surprised me a bit. Once I got used to that I really enjoyed the book, I like...
  • Kathleen
    Was niet helemaal wat ik ervan verwacht had...
  • Lauren [DontGoBrekkerMyHeart]
    2.5I really enjoyed the mystery and intrigue that surrounded this world. I was constantly guessing and wondering the intentions of all the characters and that is a really nice aspect to a book. The Irish mythology was all around enjoying too. I’d never really read anything with their mythology before, so it was interesting to read about. My main issue was that I wasn’t invested in the characters and story. Loving a character is such an impera...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    Tl;dr: A fresh, exciting contemporary/historical fantasy novel aimed at young adults but good for adults as well.The Wren Hunt is so good! The first few chapters might be a bit confusing for those unfamiliar with Irish/Celtic mythology as Ms. Watson starts the novel with a (literal) chase and doesn't let up the pace at all-- rather than going for the typical " here's all the info!" dump found in so many fantasy novels, you're left, much like Wren...
  • Jeanna
    Wow! This intricate story is one of my new favorites!The Judges have been stealing Augurs’ land and taking it for their own, stealing their magic and making the sides unequal in nature’s balance. It is time for Augurs to fight back. Wren, an Augur who can foretell the future, goes undercover as an intern to find a hidden map that will lead her family to the magic they so need. Working for the Judges, Wren discovers more than maps and her loya...
  • 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...
  • Shelby (shelbyymay)
    First book I read in 2019 (Wooo!), and it was a pretty enjoyable one! It's YA, but not the fluffy kind; funny, magical, otherworldly, homely, flirtatious, and gripping.The blurb describes this book as being a romantic thriller. Yeah, no, it's not really. It's certainly a book of magical realism and superstition, and there is a cheeky love element, but the story most of all, really reminded me of Spellbook of the Lost and Found (a brilliant 5 star...