In a warped version of a childhood game, Wren Silke is chased through the forest every winter. But the boys who hunt her are powerful judges who know nothing of her true identity. If they realised she was their sworn enemy, an augur, the game would turn deadly. Mary Watson’s debut novel, The Wren Hunt, tells the story of how Wren too, is on the hunt, sent undercover to the enemy HQ, the Harkness Foundation. Her family’s survival rests on finding a secret meant to stay hidden. As the enmity between two ancient magics reaches breaking point, Wren is trapped in the most dangerous game of her life. Part thriller, part love story, this is a most unusual tale. Bloomsbury, R175.