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Hunt by Alexandria Warwick – ARC Review!

Deep within the frozen tundra, darkness is stirring. Nanuq, master of all polar bears, seeks a terrifying power that would grant him control over all who inhabit the North—both animal and man. Slowly, he builds his forces. Slowly, he moves his pawns.

Salvation lies with young Apaay. After being separated from her family, she finds herself deep in enemy territory, navigating a world of violence and cunning. But her quest for truth is only the beginning. The path laid before her will test her loyalties, beliefs, and even her own identity. For if Apaay is to live in a free world, she must embrace a destiny greater than anything she has ever known.

Thank you to the author for gifting me a free copy for review. I can confirm all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please note this review will contain spoilers for books one and two of the series. You can find my reviews for those linked below.

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Night

My Review.

I cannot tell you how much I love this series. Hunt took everything great about the first two books and made them bigger, bolder and a little smuttier. After finding out the truth of her heritage, and being betrayed by someone she trusted, Ila is alone but not afraid. When Tulimaq takes her to the work site where Wolf Unua are used as slaves, Ila realises that she can escape, but first she needs to accept who she truly is. After saving Numiak from Kenai and Yuki, Apaay now has to get him to Nigun where the sacred waters can heal his poisoned wounds. Although, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. There is something dangerously wrong with the Caribou Unua and Apaay must figure out what if she is to save the infuriating Face Stealer. War is brewing in the North, sides have been chosen, though there are still some secrets that, if brought to light, could change the war completely.

Hunt is told from three POV’s, Apaay, Ila and Kenai, and the character growth, especially for Ila and Apaay is off the charts. Apaay is still struggling with her feelings for Numiak, she hasn’t forgiven him for his past actions, but more and more she starts to feel something other than anger when around him, something she isn’t willing to admit. Though she is still recovering from her time in Yuki’s prison she has decided to fight, she will not let Nanuk and Yuki win this war and endanger the life of her family and friends. But there is a secret still being kept from Apaay, one that has the power to end the war.

Ila is still shocked over learning that she is not only Wolf Unua, but in fact the heir to the throne. Taken prisoner by Tulimaq, someone she classed as a friend, she knows that if he takes her to his father Nanuk, death will surely await her, but Ila is not one to back away from a fight. When their journey takes them to a work camp filled with Wolf Unua Ila knows this is her chance to escape, she just has to be willing to accept her heritage first.

Kenai is still under Yuki’s thrall, he would do anything for her, even betray his own kind, but the more time her spends with her the more he realises that he has little worth in the future both Yuki and Nanuk envision. Knowing he needs to prove his worth, he hatches a plan, but the more time he spends away form Yuki the more of his past starts returning to him, and the more he wonders if he made the right decision all those years ago. As well a the three POV’s, Warwick gives us a fantastic cast of side characters, most of which we have already met from previous books Numiak, Kaan, Ro, but we also get some new additions who add extra depth to the story.

Warwicks foreshadowing is amazing, the more I read the more little hints from previous books start to make sense and when we get to the big reveal at the end I literally screamed ‘I KNEW IT’ at my kindle. There were plenty of plot twists that took me by surprise, and the ending of the book broke me! I won’t say anything but prepare yourself for some emotional torture because this author sure knows how to punish her characters and readers. Her writing style makes for a fast paced read, I finished this in one sitting, and the mixture between travelling, action and storytelling scenes made sure the story flowed without any lags.

The romance really picks up in Hunt. In Night we saw the relationship between Apaay and Numiak start to change and the sexual tension and flirty scenes in this book were off the chart. I knew it was heading that way, but she sure made it a fun journey full of misunderstanding and mutual distrust. If you’re a fan of slow burn (and I mean Sloooooow) enemies to lovers with a bit of idiots in love thrown in for good measure then I highly recommend this series. The progression of the relationship is really natural and never feels forced and with Hunt were treated to a few scenes on the smuttier side.

One of my favourite things about this series is the world building. Warwick uses Inuit mythology as well as other tales and brings to life a frozen tundra world filled with mythical beings called Unua. Unua can shape shift into animals, Seal, Wolf, Polar Bear, Owl and Caribou and these form the factions of the ‘North.’ With each book we learn a little more about the different Unua and with Hunt we get introduced to the elusive Caribou Unua for the first time. I never get tired of learning about the different people’s living in Apaay’s world and Warwick gives us just enough information to ensure we have all the knowledge we need without overloading us.

The North series is one that keeps getting better and better with each book. Perfect for readers who enjoy mythology and romance with their fantasy and don’t mind authors who torture their characters… I’ve already emailed Alexandria to scream about the ending and to make sure I’m on the list for an early copy of book 4 because I NEED to find out what happens!

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