Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reviews: The Huntress by Malinda Lo

Huntress by Malinda Lo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Format: Hardcover , 384pp

Book Blurb (from

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo's highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.

With this being the prequel to Ash, Malinda Lo brings onto us the beginnings of the first Huntress.
While I feel that Ash had a better flow and character flow and dialog, the Huntress brings to it the tale of its beginning.
With the pages filled with amazing world building, and character descriptions and their internal conflicts; and amazing story unfolds.
You do not have to read Ash first, since in essence it is a prequel, but having read The Huntress I have a better understanding of the history of the Huntress that was portrayed in Ash.
I loved the characters.
I loved the quest.
Their interactions were interesting and well described.
There was a lot of internal growth and deciding the fate of the land, which was interesting.
On a whole, I love these books that Malinda Lo bring to us.
I love the relationships the characters are finding themselves about.
This is a great new expanse in the genre and I applaud the efforts in bring out this amazing series of books that are filled with same sex relationship characters and great heroins. I feel that it is bringing a whole set of books to a group that has been held back from good books relating to them, and working great for everyone.

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