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Heart of a Hunter (End of Ever After #5) by E.L. Tenenbaum

Updated: May 18, 2020

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The last installment of the End of Ever After fairy tale retelling series!

Daimyon was raised with one purpose: dedicate his life to his queen and kingdom by becoming an elite Huntsman. It's all he's ever wanted, and, under his father's tutelage, he commits himself body and soul to achieving it. Soon, Daimyon becomes the youngest-ever Huntsman and begins his service with the certainty that his life is just as it should be. So, when he's called before his queen and given a direct order to kill a traitor to the Crown, he has no reason to suspect he won't carry out his mission quickly and quietly.

Then Daimyon learns the startlingly truth of his target's identity and can't bring himself to kill her. With this unintentional rebellion, Daimyon has no choice but to go on the run from the queen he's given his life to serve. The queen, however, intends to finish the job he couldn't and exact revenge on her disloyal Huntsman.

Fearful for the lives unintentionally tangled with his, Daimyon must now determine what's more important to fight for, the oath he swore to his queen or the princess who caused him to break it.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Heart of a Hunter is the fifth and final book in the End of Ever After series of fairy tale retellings. Told from Daimyon's perspective, you find out the story of Snow White (Lyla) and what happened after.

One thing I love about E.L. Tenenbaum's stories is how they all interact with each other. This is most definitely Daimyon and Lyla's story but you hear about Azahr and Kiara, Alex and Ella, and others are mentioned in passing. How she manages to keep it all straight, I'll never know but I admire it nevertheless.

The story itself was a brilliant one. I loved reading about Daimyon and his father. I was upset when the queen found out about Daimyon's betrayal and what she did next. I enjoyed reading about what he did for the next few years and the gifts he left. All in all, this was a great read that I thought finished off the series perfectly.

The only problem I have found with this book is I now have the incredible urge to re-read them all - starting from End of Ever After. I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment and have no hesitation in recommending it but PLEASE read it from the beginning. You will miss out on loads of fantastic fantasy if you don't.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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