Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy Series #2)

Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy Series #2)

by Danielle L. Jensen

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Overview

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857664723
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 05/25/2015
Series: Malediction Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 189,744
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favorite genre, fantasy. Her debut novel, Stolen Songbird, was a USA Today Bestseller.

For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time. 

In June of 2012, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts English (Honors).

Stolen Songbird, the first book in Jensen's Malediction Trilogy, was published by Angry Robot in April 2014. Book Three, Warrior Witch, is scheduled for May 2016.

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Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I didn't find it as compelling as Stolen Songbird it was still good. I disagree with the previous poor review and look forward to the third book. This book relies on knowing the first so don't read them out of order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic series and more than 200 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book and sequel to Stolen Songbird. Some of the book was a little predictable but it is still great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists.
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
Hidden Huntress is book two in the Malediction Trilogy, and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than book one. Although I loved Stolen Songbird for introducing these amazing characters and the world of Trollus, I could see a difference between the two from the start! The character development is hugely expanded on, and in my opinion the strongest aspect when compared to plot and world-building. With all kinds of magic and witchery, this book embodies the title of “Hidden Huntress”. I first noticed the author is more comfortable with her fantasy world, and in turn the reader is drawn deeper into the characters. I loved that the POV’s were split between Tristan and Cecile! Usually I can’t stand this sort of thing, but it works really well for the book. The reader learns a lot more about what’s happening in Trollus as well as the human world – in particular Trianon. And a great deal of things are happening. Tristan is on the outs with his father & the half-bloods while his friends are being punished for his actions in Stolen Songbird. There’s no one Tristan can trust in accomplishing his goals. It was great being inside his head as Tristan combats these different issues plus we get a better understanding of Tristan as a character – more so than we did in Stolen Songbird. Minor and briefly-mentioned characters of Stolen Songbird are expanded on! My favourite examples were Chris and Cecile’s mother, Genevieve. Chris proves himself to be a valuable friend and ally. Even when his life may be in danger, he continues getting involved in Cecile’s search for Anushka. With Genevieve, there’s a lot of tension between mother and daughter. This showed an interesting dynamic because after many years apart, the two are forced to come to terms with each other. Furthermore, this benefited the plot [by moving it along], as it turns out Anushka has a deeper connection to Cecile, and her mother, than she realized. World-building. We get to learn about some of the politics of Trianon and how the rest of the Isle is structured leadership-wise. Cecile discovers the Regency – the reigning government of the Isle – has close ties with the trolls and Anushka. I absolutely loved all the plot twists Jensen had waiting for the reader, most were a complete surprise! However, I would have liked more world-building. It felt to me she only scratched the surface, and I had more questions for every answer provided. Witchery, grimoires, magic – all these things were manifested in Cecile and came with serious character growth. The magical side that she only discovered in Stolen Songbird, is put to good use in Hidden Huntress – for better or worse. Cecile dives straight into the dark arts and animal sacrifice, her love for Tristan and their friends a huge motivator. It was a fascinating turn of events, as Tristan seemed to go a more moral route. Cecile’s self-less nature drives her to do whatever it takes to find Anushka and break the curse. Overall, Hidden Huntress undeniably surpasses as a sequel to Stolen Songbird. Once again, SS was great for introducing this fantastical world of trolls & magic, but HH gives that bigger visual of the Isle, the world Cecile comes from and where she might have gone if the trolls hadn’t intervened. I was blown away by the ending and cannot wait for book 3! Danielle L. Jensen has shaped an underground city of magical creatures into one of my most valued book worlds – and that makes me extremely excited for future works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from my normal reads. 1-2 chapters put me to sleep each nite. Will buy book three for the sleep aide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving this series I stumbled upon. Great character and scene building.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great follow up from the first book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my new favorite stories to read. Exciting plots and twists, great romance and action. It makes you want to laugh, cry and scream when reading. You can't put the story down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed both books. Hopefully the next will be available real soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good...can't wait for the next book
susan2845 More than 1 year ago
This sequel was not quite as compelling as the first book in the series, but I still found it hard to put down. I enjoyed the continuation of the series and look forward to the next book. My biggest complaints are that the ending was something of a cliff-hangar and I have to wait until May 2016 for the next book! I will definitely buy the third book and will look for other books by this author.
mfu11 More than 1 year ago
A spectacular sequel to one of my all-time favourite books. With dark magic, a cursed kingdom, and a witch who doesn’t want to be found, Cécile seems to be in more danger outside of Trollus than she was trapped within the mountain. Her quest had me racing through the story and being back in this world made me so happy. And Tristan is as dreamy as ever. I absolutely adore this series.
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I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Cant wait for the next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved both her books!!! Can not wait for third book!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen Book Two of the Malediction Trilogy Publisher: Angry Robot Publication Date: June 2, 2015 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible. Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation. Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high. To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted… What I Liked: Well, that was disappointing. I didn't completely dislike this book, but I was very, very disappointed, to be honest. A lot of factors were at play - I think my expectations were very high after reading Stolen Songbird, but this book in general was just all over the place. And kind of bad. I can't even say that this book suffer from sequel slump because it's not like this book is boring or slow or could have been skipped altogether. No no - there were serious problems with this book (for me) that went beyond your typical "sequel slump" symptoms. In any case, this book is my Pili-Pushed recommendation for the month of April. To see all of the Pili-Pushed recommendations, like on the "Pili-Pushed" tag! It's unfortunate that I didn't like this book more, because I loved Stolen Songbird - it's my favorite Pili-Pushed recommendation to date! It's been two months since Cécile left Trollus, since she and Tristan have been separated. Tristan is a prisoner for conspiring against the king, and Cécile is trying to have somewhat of a normal life in Triannon as a singer. But she is not content with singing anymore - she wants to find Anushka and put an end to the curse. Separated but bound together, Tristan and Cécile must work from each of their worlds to find a way out, a way through, and a way back to each other, to find Anushka. But nothing is simple or easy, and Cécile and Tristan are in much more danger than they realize. I will say that I was never really bored while reading this book. It's loooooong, and there are times when I really felt the length, but for the most part, I thought the story had decent pacing and interesting events. The twists and turns were predictable (see below). But I couldn't not keep reading, as I wanted to know if my intuitions were correct (they were all correct, because the plot twists were obvious).  That was really the only thing that I really *liked* about this book - it kept me reading, I kept going. Oh and no love triangle. That's always a good thing. We get Cécile AND Tristan's first-person points-of-view, which is pretty cool, and different from book one. But most of my feelings towards this book aren't all that positive. Read on! What I Did Not Like: Seriously, what in the world happened to this book?! Stolen Songbird blew me away! This book lacked the spark and flare that its predecessor had. I'm honestly confused by the huge difference in quality of story, between Stolen Songbird and this book. Things I didn't like: Cécile's seriously passive attitude, the constant guilt-trip-woe-is-me-martyr episodes, the predictability, certain plot arcs in general, the lack of romance. The last one isn't a sticking point, but it didn't exactly help that the romance is pretty much nonexistent in this book. I'll start with Cécile. I really did NOT like her in this book. I liked her a lot in Stolen Songbird! But in this book, she complains a lot. She lets people boss her around, tell her what to do, tell her what's best for her. The very first few scenes features her mother harassing her into performing this or that. Or there was Chris, physically trying to prevent her from doing something, speaking over her, making decisions for her. This goes on throughout the book. Cécile's mother never stops controlling Cécile, and Cécile never stops her. Cécile goes along with it, though we know internally she gets irritated sometimes. Other times, she's all, I-love-my-mother-la-la-la-everything-is-fine. I have so many problems with this attitude! Cécile lets everyone tell her what to do, how to act, how to run her life. Does Cécile even WANT to be a singer in Triannon? It sure does NOT feel like that from the beginning of this book, yet Cécile doesn't try to do anything different. She doesn't stand up for herself at all. Sometimes, she gets mad internally (but does nothing), but most of the time, she doesn't even know that someone is owning her like that. SO WRONG. And tell me why she is blindly following her mother? A woman who hasn't been in her life for years? A woman who only cares about projecting her career goals on her daughter? It's obvious that Genevieve doesn't are about Cécile. Yet Cécile is constantly trying to please her, obey her, cater to her every whim. If this were MY estranged mother... please. That lady would have been shown the door. I don't tolerate people dictating my life. Not to mention the whole martyr thing got old real quick. Both Tristan and Cécile went through some serious guilt trips throughout the book. Tristan, I was more forgiving towards him, because his guilt made sense. With Cécile, I felt like her guilt was more misplaced, and it was more of her feeling sorry for herself. She did A LOT of moping and whining and complaining and feeling sorry for herself in this book. Lots of pity parties. This book was totally predictable. There were so many twists that you could spot from a mile away. There was a big one with Anushka that I knew from the beginning. FROM THE BEGINNING. Really obvious. This is the case with most of the "twists". There were a lot of plot arcs that I really just didn't agree with. To begin with, separating the two protagonists for 75% of the book? I'm not okay with that. But let's pretend that one is okay. The author does certain things to Tristan, and to Cécile, and involving Cécile's brother Fred, and a lot of these events got eye rolls from me, or pissed me off. Like, OF COURSE Fred is going to do this, because he feels this guilt about this and that. It's so frustrating! There are so many plot cliches! I can't say things specifically without giving things away, but you'll have to take my word for it. Last thing I'm going to talk about (there's more, but I'm tired) - the romance. It's basically not there. There's no romance, no chemistry, and little interactions. I don't want to spoil anything, but I was not happy with the romance. I was also not happy with the ending, but that had nothing to do with the romance. It's a bit of a cliffhanger, but that's not what is bothering. What's bothering me is Cécile's idiot brain that tells her to do stupid and to not do smart things. Ugh. No spoilers, but... ugh. Would I Recommend It: Eh. If you liked Stolen Songbird (like me), then you should give this book a chance. But if you haven't read Stolen Songbird, then don't bother. Not yet, at least. Stolen Songbird was AMAZING. This book? Not so much. Rating: 2 stars. This book could have been so much better. I had expectations, but this book didn't even come close to meeting any of my expectations... this book was such a disappointment for me. I've seen others enjoy it though, so perhaps I'm just too picky!
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