Book Review: Heartless Hunter by Kristen Ciccarelli

My book review of the Heartless Hunter by Kristen Ciccarelli. An intense story of love, betrayal and sacrifice.


Title: Heartless Hunter

By: Kristen Ciccarelli

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 416

Release Date: February 20th, 2024

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 fa├žade, 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 falling in love.


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I fell in love with this story and the characters within. There was so much color and depth to this world, I could see it clearly in my mind as I read each word. A wonderful place that would be hard to forget.

The story of magic woven throughout the pages is wonderful. I've never heard a tale like this. Witches are forbidden, if discovered they are put to death. A fate of many women and girls. Rune has managed to slip through the fingers of the witch hunters, but at a great cost. She has found a way to hid any trace of her blood magic.

Of course, any good fantasy isn't complete without a well strategized love triangle. I really couldn't tell you how many times I wondered how this story would end. Which brother would Rune end up with, or would the whole thing fall apart. A poorly written love triangle can ruin a whole book, but this one was amazing. Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you. You will have to read it for yourself.

This book has gone on my favorites shelf. It was wonderful. I couldn't put it down and devoured it within one day. A must read for spring.

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