Huntress by Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release date: April 5, 2011
Summary: Kaede has been chosen, along with sage-in-training Taisin, to journey to the land of Taninli. There they will find the Fairy Queen, a mysterious creature who has called to them for assistance. The world is deteriorating, and Kaede must be brave enough to do what needs to be done to stop the world from dying.
My thoughts: I must admit—I have yet to read Malinda Lo’s debut novel, Ash (it’s always checked out from my library, which really speaks to its popularity). I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Huntress, but I’m incredibly glad I gave it a shot. As with most high fantasy stories, Huntress starts off gently, introducing the world in which the story is set and developing the characters. About halfway through the book, things really start to pick up, and the last hundred pages or so flew by at lightening speed.
It was easy to invest in Kaede and Taisin. Both are likable characters, but together they truly shine. Their relationship builds slowly and sweetly—the way I think relationships should develop (no insta-love here!). Both girls have completely different personalities, and their strengths and weaknesses were believable and well thought-out.
I only have one complaint about Huntress, and that is the narration style. The perspective jumps erratically between all the characters, which quickly becomes annoying. Still, the writing is otherwise fantastic: Malinda Lo’s words are full of imagery and beauty.
Overall, Huntress is a lovely high fantasy. The Asian-influenced world that Malinda Lo crafts is stunning, and her characters are just as intriguing. Even more noteworthy is the journey that Kaede and Taisin embark upon; they encounter many obstacles, all of which leave the reader breathless. Huntress is an excellent addition to the fantasy section of YA, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in an introduction to the genre.
At the moment I am thinking about what to read next, do you have any ideas, guys? If yes, let me know in the comments below where you’re welcome to leave your opinion as well. Have any of you read it, guys? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion in the comments below! I’d gladly discuss this book with you personally.
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