Waiting on Wednesday – The Hunters by David Wragg

Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy.  I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings.  Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.  In this latest Waiting on Wednesday, I check out a fun sounding upcoming fantasy book with The Hunters by David Wragg.

The Hunters Cover

Book Depository

A few years ago, I grabbed a copy of a very entertaining and compelling fantasy novel from a new author, The Black Hawks by David Wragg.  An excellent novel that saw a desperate young noble and a cowardly prince get rescued/kidnapped by an eclectic band of dangerous mercenaries who drag them into a series of deadly encounters across the lands.  Fast-paced, action-packed, and loaded with funny and memorable characters, The Black Hawks was a pretty epic read and I really enjoyed how the excellent story played out.  I had a lot of fun with The Black Hawks and I was really impressed by Wragg’s writing and storytelling ability.  While I haven’t had a chance to read the sequel to The Black Hawks, The Righteous, yet, I have been keeping an eye out for more books from Wragg and I was intrigued when I heard the premise for his next book, The Hunters.

The Hunters, which is currently set for release in July 2023, will be the first book in his Tales of the Plains trilogy.  Set in the same universe as The Black Hawks, The Hunters will be only loosely connected to Wragg’s first two books, with a mostly standalone a plot.  As such, I am very interested in checking it out, especially as the plot synopsis below sounds extremely fun.  The Hunters will follow a violent woman and her niece as they are hunted through the wilderness of the realms by several bands of mercenaries for unknown reasons.  Sure to be loaded with action, adventure and some crass by clever humour, The Hunters is bound to be one of the most exciting fantasy novels of 2023 and I am really keen to check it out, especially after all the fun I had with The Black Hawks.  I might also try to read The Righteous in advance of The Hunters coming out, but even if I don’t this book remains one of the top upcoming fantasy books that I am looking forward to this year.

Plot Synopsis:

Ree is a woman with a violent past – a past she is eager to put behind her. After years of wandering, she and her niece, Javani, have built a small farm in mining country, at the edge of the known world, and Ree is keeping her head down.

But one day two groups of professional killers arrive in town, looking for a young girl and an older woman. A deadly chase through deserts, mountains, and mines begins. And Ree will have to discover her former self if she is to keep them both alive.

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