The Wren Hunt
Every winter, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. The boys who haunt her are judges, powerful and frightening pursuers, who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur, their sworn enemy, the game would turn deadly.
But Wren is on the hunt, too. Sent undercover as an intern to the Harkness Foundation - enemy headquarters - her family's survival rests on finding a secret meant to stay hidden. As the enmity between two ancient magics reaches breaking point, Wren is torn between old loyalties and new lies. And trapped in the most dangerous game of her life.
Part thriller, part love story, this captivating debut novel will leave readers spellbound.
The most superb collection of character and fantasy and love and landscape I have read since Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights (Hilary McKay)
A modern day fairy tale. Throwing romance, magical visions and gruesome rituals into the pot, this is a thrilling and otherworldly depiction of Irish culture (Sunday Times Magazine)
The Wren Hunt rings with ancient, subtle magic, masterfully transmuted into words. A tale that gets into your bones (Samantha Shannon)
Beautiful, eerie, dark and dreamy ... An absolutely stunning mix of myth and legend and family saga. I haven't stopped thinking about it (Melinda Salisbury)
Beautiful ... This YA novel draws on folktale and myth to weave a story that melds reality and fantasy almost perfectly . Heartfelt, deeply spiritual; we look forward to seeing more books from Mary Watson in the years to come (SFX)
Zara’s family moved to Kilshamble for a new beginning. But everything changed the night her sister was found dead on the village green.
Two months later, Laila’s death is a riddle that nobody wants solved. Where were her injuries? Why was she so obsessed with local folklore? And what does all this have to do with David, the boy who lives at the big house?
As Zara delves deeper into her sister’s secret life, she becomes entangled in an ancient magical feud. All too unwittingly she is treading the same dangerous path that led Laila to the village green …