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The Heartless Hunter

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A steamy game of cat and mouse between witch and witch-hunter, played out against a backdrop of opulence, secrets, and bloody history.

On the night Rune’s life changed forever, blood ran in the streets. Now, in the aftermath of a devastating revolution, witches have been diminished from powerful rulers to outcasts ruthlessly hunted due to their waning magic, and Rune must hide what she is.

Spending her days pretending to be nothing more than a vapid young socialite, Rune spends her nights as the Crimson Moth, a witch vigilante who rescues her kind from being purged. When a rescue goes wrong, she decides to throw the witch hunters off her scent and gain the intel she desperately needs by courting the handsome Gideon Sharpe – a notorious and unforgiving witch hunter loyal to the revolution – who she can’t help but find herself falling for.

Gideon loathes the decadence and superficiality Rune represents, but when he learns the Crimson Moth has been using Rune’s merchant ships to smuggle renegade witches out of the republic, he inserts himself into her social circles by pretending to court her right back. He soon realizes that beneath her beauty and shallow façade, is someone fiercely intelligent and tender who feels like his perfect match. Except, what if she’s the very villain he’s been hunting?

Kristen Ciccarelli’s Heartless Hunter is the thrilling start to a romantic fantasy duology where the only thing more treacherous than being a witch…is falling in love.

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Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
HB&W Rating: 4
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I really liked this book! Sweet, swoony, slow burn, enemies to lovers, morally grey characters, forbidden magic, sigh. 

I am not ready to leave these characters. I’m so glad there’s a sequel already planned and set to release….in almost a whole year from now! I will have to console myself with a re-read. 

There isn’t a whole lot of world building. Sometimes I think we are dressing and acting like the regency era, but then she rides in riding leathers and walks around in leggings or wearing sundresses. But I hardly noticed because the characters were great!

Rune isn’t your typical fantasy rebel character. She’s not in your face with her rebellion. That’s actually the entire point. Hers is a quiet rebellion, constantly walking a fine line between safety and death. She has to be cunning and clever. We are told a lot of this and shown some of it, but I would like to have seen more of her cunning. That said, she is a very likable character.

Gideon is the tortured hero, damaged by his experiences with witches that has caused him to lump all witches together as evil, no exceptions. He feels the world would be better off without them and has dedicated his life to that pursuit. I look forward to his character growth in the next book.

Until next time,

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