The wran, the wran, the king of all birds,
On St Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Her clothes were all torn, her shoes all worn,
We chased her all night, right through until dawn.
Wren has become the stand-in bird in a warped version of her village's tradition. Every St Stephen's Day, a group of boys chase her through the forest; each year, the chase has become more brutal - and would be more so if these boys- Judges-realised Wren was an Augur- their sworn enemy.
As the Judges grow in power, buying up land containing special sites of Augur magic, Wren is chosen to infiltrate the house of the most powerful Judge in a last ditch attempt to uncover their secrets and reclaim Augur power. However, she will need to avoid David- ring leader of the boys who pursue her- and resist the attraction she feels for the mysterious Tarc, who also works there.
'The Wren Hunt' is set in Ireland and is lyrical with that mystic land's Celtic mythology. It is beautifully written and compelling, offering a love story, thriller, adventure and mystery in one fabulous story.
The book is full of strong characters, each well developed. Wren's narrative is honest and she is determined and loyal, courageous and smart. My dislike for David remained throughout whereas my feelings for other characters changed as the story progressed!
This is definitely one for older readers- perfect for those who like folklore and magic, yet are looking for something a little different which will keep you on your toes! Brilliant stuff!
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1408884935
Published 8th February