on 2 May 2015
Title: Huntsman's Prey
Series: Kingdom (#7)
Author: Marie Hall
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: 11th February 2014
Challenges: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Danika's fears have come to pass, and Chrysalis' moon curse has come to pass. Now she has only one choice, to enlist the help of the Huntsman, Aeric, to track her down and save her. Aeric hasn't been to Wonderland in years, and is surprised how inept it makes him feel until he runs into Lissa. Lissa has a cat's curiosity about Aeric and he quickly finds himself equally as intrigued.
The first thing that I feel I need to say is hats off to Marie Hall, I thought she captured the spirit of Wonderland perfectly. I know it had been mentioned before in her other books, but in this one I just really noticed it. It was in the little details, and though it was clear that she was making it her own I thought the spirit of the original Wonderland was there.
Now there was a pretty big plot twist, which I started suspecting quite early on (and was happy that I haven't lost my touch with these things!) and I thought that it worked well. It actually took a long time (in terms of the length of the book!) for everything to come to head. One of the things I did wonder though was how things would work out between Chrysalis and Aeric (who were mentioned as being fated early on by Danika) but that all got cleared up!
Whereas most of the Kingdom books can be read as standalone, I really think that Huntsman's Prey is better read after Danika's Surprise and Moon's Flower. (Its also probably better to read Her Mad Hatter first as well for Chrysalis' parents story too!) I liked how the books twined together in this story.
I wasn't too sure how this would tie in with a specific fairy tale until finishing. Other than the fact the book was set in Wonderland (and Chrysalis' parents were Alice and the Hatter) there were some elements of Snow White, but it was defintiely its own story.
I love this series, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2014
I have been eagerly anticipating book 7 in the Kingdom series by Marie Hall and I can say it was definitely worth the wait.
I have really grown to love this series from the beginning and loved Hatter in book 1.
This book kept me guessing through most of the story until I started piecing everything together but the result is still a surprise.
Marie has written an intricately woven story throughout the series, to the point where you really start to feel for the 'bad boys' and grow to love them, and can almost see yourself there in Kingdom.
Well done, Marie, another huge success for you. I eagerly await the next installment.
on 14 June 2014
So far I have read every book in the Kingdom series and you would think that after so many books, the stories would get repetitive and lack creativity and originality. Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. "The Huntsman's Prey" is creative, original, breath-taking beautiful, full of fantasy and surprises and full of crazy. It is absolutely captivating. It is even more twisted than the other books in the series, but what would you expect from a book about the Hatter's daughter in Wonderland.
Just like the other books in the series, this one makes me want to move to Kingdom and to be part of this heart-meltingly magical world. A world in which nothing is impossible and fairy-tales are reality. But not all fairy-tales are just sunshine and rainbows.
This story is about Chrysa, Hatter's and Alice's grown-up daughter who has been cursed at birth and seems to go madder by the minute. Consumed by darkness, her loved ones not only fear for her sanity but for her life as she is on a path of destruction.
And the only one that might be able to stop and her is the Queen's huntsman, Aeric. Reluctant to follow Dannika's plea to help, he ends up going to Wonderland in order to capture Chrysa. But no trip to Wonderland is straight-forward or easy. There is nothing linear or logical about it and it definitely isn't boring. Instead there are adventures, illusions, traps and madness around every corner.
Aeric is lucky to have Lissa guide him through the madness, willing to help him capture Chryssa. Being a forest guardian she knows Wonderland like the back of her hand. During their travels, she quickly becomes attracted to him despite his gruff and distant demeanor. And he too can't stay immune to Lissa's innocent and wild charms. As the two grow closer, the darkness is still lurking and ready to destroy them. There are many challenges in their way and they have to remember that things might not be what they seem in Wonderland. Can they trust their feelings or is Wonderland playing tricks on them? And can their connection withstand the tests of Wonderland?
Trust me, it is worth finding out for yourself and be transported into a whole different world - full of magic, fantasy, sweetness, love and sexual tension.
5 mad-as-the-Hatter stars.
on 25 April 2014
I absolutely loved this book. I have been following Marie Halls work for a while now. I must say not one single book has been a disappointment.
This a series that will always be in my mind and the books kept for years and read over again and again, These books have everything you want if you want love to win despite everything that's thrown in the way. Even if those obstacles include the characters themselves of outside influences. I love the concept of all of the characters being from children's stories and turned and spun into adult versions with a twist. Absolutely fantastic writing talent and imagination. I am a Marie Halls fan for life :)
on 8 April 2014
fantastic book, i have read all of Marie Halls books, they are brilliant. i have just bought and reading. Alphas After Dark box set, Marie has a book in that. i recommend her books to every one including any box set with her books in them. shhe is a brilliant author.
on 27 February 2014
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)
Huntsman's Prey (Kingdom Series: Book 7) By Marie Hall is just as amazing as the other 6 in the Kingdom series.
Marie hasn't disappointed at all. The Huntsman is as yummy as the other bad boys. Complex, alluring & a bit of an annoyance with his stubbornness (in a good way). His charge is to capture Chrysalis the daughter of the Mad hatter & Alice who was cursed by the moon & currently causing havoc in Wonderland.
The story is very in depth, you can picture where you are & the characters with ease thanks to Marie's writing. This, like the others in the series is a definite page turner that once you pick up, you cannot put down. I love the twist at the end & I'm SOOOOOOOOO looking forward to Book 8!!!
Please don't ever stop writing about Kingdom as I may cry.