I remember thinking it was fate, that day a few months ago when I finished The Wren Hunt, logged into NetGalley, and saw its sequel The Wickerlight available for request. Obviously I Hulk Smashed that request button, and here we are!
(Also, I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
It’s been two months since Laila was found lifeless on Kilshamble village green, not a mark on her. Rumour says she died of an overdose. Or maybe it was suicide? The autopsy found nothing, but somebody must know what happened.
Now Laila’s sister Zara is ready to pick up the trail. But retracing her sister’s footsteps takes her to David, a Judge at the dangerous heart of an ancient magical feud. All too unwittingly, she begins to tread the same path that led her sister to the village green .
Mary Watson’s sequel to The Wren Hunt is an eerie, magical thriller about a dead girl, her sister and the boy who can unlock the truth of what happened the night she died.
Wowza did I enjoy this book.
Like The Wren Hunt, The Wickerlight is brutal, atmospheric, and magical. The characters are multidimensional and the folklore is fascinating.
I absolutely loved getting David’s point of view, and I really want to go back and reread The Wren Hunt to really see how much his character developed between the two books and within The Wickerlight. Zara’s status as an outsider helped her ground David and I loved how these two helped each other grow.
The unknown circumstances of Laila’s death adds mystery to the book and helped draw me into this world once again. I do wish I had read this closer to finishing The Wren Hunt so I wouldn’t have to try so hard to remember some of the details about the secondary characters and could delve into this world more easily. Regardless, the author wove old Irish folktales together with present-day magic to deliver a truly beautiful book.
Not only do we get a book about magic and folklore, but we get a book about grief, growth, and strength. Each of the character loses something in the book but finds hope elsewhere, and I loved the message that things that are broken might be whole again in their own unique way.
I’ll definitely recommend this duology to anyone who wants a slightly creepy, dark, magical story. Now, please excuse me while I go for a reread.
Have you read The Wren Hunt and/or The Wickerlight? What did you think?