Review: Lord of the Hunt (Court of Annwyn #2) by Shona Husk

January 18, 2014 Review 0

Review: Lord of the Hunt (Court of Annwyn #2) by Shona HuskLord of the Hunt by Shona Husk
Series: Court of Annwyn #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 7, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Several sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

She Wasn't Cut Out for His World...

The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they're sure to die. And to get to the King, she'll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt...

He Can't Imagine Life Without Her...

Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever...

From the moment that we were introduced to Verden in THE OUTCAST PRINCE, I knew he was a character I wanted to see more of. And in LORD OF THE HUNT, the second book in the Court of Annwyn series, Verden doesn’t disappoint. Between having tall, dark and handsome down to a science, and being one of the most powerful people in the court, he was a hero I was drooling over from page one.

Taryn, on the other hand, comes off as a bit young and naive, which, I suppose makes sense, since she hadn’t grown up in Annwyn with the fairies. She at first comes across as a novelty to Verden, as somebody who will be honest and open and not just looking for some personal gain from him like all the other fairies at court. While their romance is sweet and there is chemistry when they’re together, the general premise is a bit frustrating. First off, Taryn is at court to get a pardon for her father - because if she doesn’t, he’ll be stuck in the human world and will die - but she nearly immediately falls into some guy’s arms. Then, there’s the issue that Verden is so much older than Taryn. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, but Taryn seemed so young, she felt like she was fresh out of high school, and I almost couldn’t believe she’d have the personality to stand up to the court Hunter, since she did know what his rank stood for, even if she wasn’t from court. Plus, the ending was a bit ridiculous, with how the barriers to their being together were removed. The choices were almost made for them, and it seemed that they were forced into a happy ever after, even if that’s what they wanted - they didn’t make the conscious decision or work toward a solution together, it was just fixed for them.

Picking up LORD OF THE HUNT, I barely remembered all the myriad details of the fae politics from THE OUTCAST PRINCE, but that was fine, since enough was brought up to jog my memory. The politics and the fae world are fascinating, and I wish that we had the chance to get to know other characters outside of Taryn and Verden better, since I feel that would have added more to the book and may have given the story a bit more depth. The things we do see, like the midsummer festival, and the hunts, are lovely little tidbits of culture that Husk throws out that make the world feel fuller.

LORD OF THE HUNT follows in THE OUTCAST PRINCE’s footsteps - while not amazing, it kept my interest and I did enjoy it. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the Court of Annwyn series, To Love a King, because I am very curious about Felan and his happily ever after.

Series Titles:
  1. The Outcast Prince - 3/5
  2. Lord of the Hunt
    2.5. The Changeling Solider
  3. To Love a King
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