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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    I really enjoyed Lo's debut book Ash. So, when I saw this one, I knew I had to read it. I knew it was a prequel, and I was excited to step back in the world that had been created.

    The time frame is a bit odd. I don't think I was able to every pinpoint exactly when this story was taking place in regards to events in Ash. It was just safe to assume, it was a number of years (if not centuries) before. The world felt the same though. Only we learn that they fey don't have much of a presence in the human world. They're a legend told that no one is really sure to believe. Until an invitation comes from the Fairy Queen that the human King can not ignore.

    Enter in Kaede and Taisin. What's funny, is these to girls actually reminded me a lot of Ash and Kaisa. I wish we actually learned more of Taisin. She seems like a very powerful girl who is just learning how to harness her powers. Because of this, I think we as the readers are never fully able to understand what she can do. She's quiet, but the Fey especially never underestimate her. I also liked Kaede. I don't think she fully understand herself. All she knows, is that she refuses to be a pawn in her father's political schemes. She doesn't want to accept the role presented to her. Which was another point of the story I found interesting. Typical female/male roles aren't really seen. The guards sent on the mission aren't all male, the cook is male instead of female, the prince is in love with the guard. And most important, marriages aren't always arranged between males and females. It's just the way of the world.

    I actually found the story to be slow moving but beautifully constructed. We spend half the book journeying to the Fairy Queen's castle. The descriptions of the journey, the woods, and the Fairy city itself was great. But, I had a really hard time changing pace when we reached this point. All of a sudden we're off on an assassination mission to the ice island. Which is the source of all that is off in both the human and the fairy worlds. And then we're back in the fairy city, but things have gone from bad to worse and we need to go hunt down a unicorn. It was way to fast after the slow build up. But, I really enjoyed how Kaede's involvement is what lead to the creation of the Fairy Queen's Huntress. She was the first.

    I'm curious to see if the story can continue from here. I would like to see what happens to Kaede and she becomes the hunterss. It seems she's had to give up a lot to get there. Which brings us to the last point. Lo is know for the LGBT tone in her novels, and this is no exception. It doesn't feel out of place at all, but almost like a point she's trying to make. That the herione of the story doesn't need to fall in the love with the prince to make a picture perfect ending. And, I'm totally ok with that!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    A great and fun read! Highly recommended!

    If you have read Ash, the first book by this author, I would definitely read Huntress. In my opinion, her writing style grew so much. You get to see into all the characters. I love her choice of descriptive words. They really moved me. The story gets right into the problem and throws you right in.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    First of all, 3rd POV! WOOT! LOVE LOVE LOVE! The cover reminded

    First of all, 3rd POV! WOOT! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    The cover reminded me of a Japanese Mulan. Also I ADORED how every chapter, the first letter is intricately decorated. The map is beautifully drawn with great details but was also the simplest map I have seen. All the other maps I've seen always confuses me but this one actually made sense! :) WOOT! This book started out great because of how the parts were separated by a quote from The Book of Change. This totally reminded me of The Relic Masters series (and I LOVED that series) so Huntress had a fantastic start. If you love The Seven Realm series and the Grey Wolf Throne series, you will love this.
    I love the writing style of Malinda. The words just form in such poetic way. It is so magical and captivating. The story is magical and mystical. The words seem to hypnotize me and dragging me deeper into the book. The world building is just amazing. I love how this book ultimately is a fantasy adventure book but there just a hint of romance. I think these types of book are my all-time favorites. It totally reminded me why I love the fantasy genre. The chapters are divided into little chunks that I adore. When I read, I read in small chunks. The mystery of the whole thing keeps you within the book. The creatures are like the Spiderwick Chronicles. The weirdness like the experiments from Fullmetal Alchemists. I love the Chinese and Japanese traditions in the book.

    I love the development of the characters. Taisin, and Kaede's relationship grows at a sweet gentle pace. I wish all romances in books can develop so nicely. Most books just rush at the romance but leave everything else hanging. This book is just perfection. Taisin and Kaede's personalities are different but they cohere together very well. They are like a pair of duel blades, together in harmony, one without the other.

    Shae, Con, Tali, and Pol were well developed. Shae and Con were strong and intelligent, and I ship them! They looked so cute together, a prince and a king's guard. <3333 OTP!

    I get the feelings while reading this book. Yes, those! It is similar to the ones when I watch FMA/ FMA:B. *shivers*

    The one thing that stopped me from giving this a 5 out of 5 is because there were parts that I didn't like reading some parts. It was weird because moments ago I loved the story then I was bored. Those parts reminded me of the Iron King by Julie Kagawa (which I only thought was an okay book).

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    Huntress is a page turner with rich characters. They all have personalities and something to bring to the table.
    I like the differences between Taisan and Kaede's voice, and what they bring to their party. It is also really cool to see how they fall in love and what brings each to their love and admiration. I like how the relationships all defy the norms, and everyone is okay with it.
    Huntress always has something going on, and things that make me ask questions. I like the visions in this book, it's interesting to guess and then actually read which decisions and actions end up leading them there.

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