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The Hidden Goddess (Veneficas Americana #2)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  945 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
In a brilliant mix of magic, history, and romance, M. K. Hobson moves her feisty young Witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City, whose polished surfaces conceal as much danger as anything west of the Rockies.

Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is
ebook, 360 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 30, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you may have seen, my review of "Native Star", the first book in this series, was a big rave, and the world-building here continued to shine in this next book. Emily continues to be a wonderful heroine, and the story of her family and the secrets of her past were very engrossing and paid off very well. This is a great magical/steampunk/turn of the century world. I could definitely read lots of stories set in this alt-NYC. Very fun.

I guess I had a bit of a problem with the Big Bad of the plot
May 18, 2011 Linsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
M.K. Hobson, I want my twenty dollars back. Ten for the first book and ten for the second. Maybe even some extra for the time I lost reading these books.

Needless to say, I was very disappointed with this book. For 3/4 of it I readily accepted Stanton's absence, the slow plot, and a kind of "where the fuck is this going?" feel. Hobson's writing style kept me interested, even though some of her descriptions can get tiresome after a while, and I was eager to find out more about Emily's back story.
Sep 10, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I was expecting. With Dreadnought about to be invested as the Institute's Sophos, there was little chance of him and Emily getting together. It's this separation that allowed for a lot of discovery. This second book brought me back to what I loved in Native Star: adventure and a peculiar mix of magic and fantasy. It was a little heavy on the true love stuff. BUT as both of them discover, sometimes that just isn't enough. It's that last bit that had me reading on.

There are so m
Wiebke (1book1review)
This book disappointed me more from the reading experience than the context. I enjoyed the first in this series mainly due to the fun atmosphere and light romance.
This book recreated this same feeling of joy whenever the two main characters were together. Unfortunately they rarely were.
The story itself was okay, but not captivating enough for me to keep reading, so it took me very long to finish.
May 10, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. This book is just plain AMAZING.

I read THE NATIVE STAR and adored it, yet I think THE HIDDEN GODDESS manages to be even better. Emily's history is fascinating, and the continuation of the "End of the World" plot from book 1 culminates into such a thrilling, unpredictable ride!

The most amazing part of this book was how well Hobson employs "resonance". Little things mentioned in passing or trickled throughout the story all come back into play at the end. Everything intertwines, leaving yo
Tim Hicks
This only just made it to three stars.

So ... blah, blah, Stanton's not here in six different ways ... many nasty people are paraded onto the stage ... Emily has increasingly nasty flashbacks.

Puase. I've read too many books lately in which the protagonist has serial flashbacks to Something Too Horrible To Remember. Getting tired of it. It's moving up in the annoyance scale to the knocked-out hero who wakes up and ALWAYS asks, "how long was I out?"

Several hundred pages of Emily being dragged ar
Erica (daydreamer)
M. K. Hobson doesn’t fail to shine in this sequel to The Native Star. The Hidden Goddess was just as brilliant and intriguing and incredible. Hobson is a brilliant author. She skillfully weaves history with magic, suffusing brilliance into every intricately worded page. Once again I was astounded at the storytelling, and the research that must have gone into writing this piece of fiction set in New York in the 1870’s.

This book is just so enchantingly real. The characters, the setting, the plot,
Jun 05, 2015 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This suffers from "sequel syndrome" where it's not as good as the original story. There is not as much of what made the previous book enjoyable - magic, for example - and too much of other things that don't set the story apart, such as spending time in New York society of the late 1800's. And I think I have definitely had enough of the angsty main character "I'm grumpy that things aren't working out for me as well as I want and I'm going to spend pages and pages obsessing about it until somethin ...more
Wendy Cantu
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So, as I was sitting in my bath thinking about what I thought about The Hidden Goddess and not finding the exact words, I realized the best way to describe it was like lukewarm bathwater. It had its hot moments, but it was so diluted with bland characters and unnecessary diversions that it came out being irritatingly tepid. I felt like a book I might’ve very well enjoyed had been wasted.

All of the plots had potential. If they were introduced graduall
This book had a pretty rocky start for me, mostly because I couldn't remember the first one very clearly but knew if I kept putting it off, I'd never get this one read. Fortunately, though, this book is fairly self-contained, so even though it references earlier events, I was able to follow it pretty easily without having to reread its predecessor, The Native Star.

Strangely enough, although the book repeatedly comes back to the concept of "true love" and whether or not it exists at all, our prot
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
This book was very frustrating. Or, rather, the people within the book were often frustrating and I was annoyed with them.

So, anyway, picking up pretty much directly where the first book lets off, we find Emily trying to make nice with Stanton's family and learn to pass in society. And, ya know, this part was kind of fun and I was enjoying it - not to mention expecting it, since it's mentioned on the book cover - but it doesn't really last that long until the adventure kicks and the story shifts
Jun 16, 2011 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has spoilers from the first book.
The Native Star was on my favorites list for 2010. I absolutely adored everything about that book. So could The Hidden Goddess live up to it? Well, no. I still like The Native Star better. BUT I still loved The Hidden Goddess. It was different, it was certainly a different story and it was much darker. But I still loved the characters the same and watched them both grow a bit.

Emily and Stanton's relationship is so sweet. In the first book they fought
Jan 11, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013booksread
I gave the first book in the series 5 stars, and I was debating whether to give this 3 or 4. 3.5. I don't remember much of the first book other than I really, really liked it, so I went back to read my review to see what was different from this second book. I adored the characters in the first one, but I really kinda didn't in this one.

This book just doesn't really hold up to the first in plot or character moments. It's a fairly unpleasant book, in that the characters are unhappy and things are
On the whole I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as "The Native Star", and at the end I was left feeling rather melancholy because the series seems wrapped up now. It's got a "happily ever after" feel to it, which for some reason I found oddly dissatisfying (even though I'd been rooting for Emily and Stanton to finally get to be together through the whole book). I liked this universe and was looking forward to getting to explore it over the course of 3 or 4 books, but instead it all wraps up in ...more
Sep 21, 2011 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for the most part though it and its predecessor have a few flaws. That being said, I really liked the main character - she's real and natural. Unfortunately the double deus ex machina kind of ruined the story for me.
I thought this was an excellent sequel. I kinda had a complaint about how some things seem to resolve a little too quickly in the end and I wanted a little more Dreadnaught, but as a whole it was a really fun read.
Sep 28, 2012 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, this book was very, very enjoyable (just like the previous one). Truly excellent world-building and great female characters.
The sequel to M. K. Hobson's The Native Star, it blends fantasy, adventure, and romance. The magic system has a unique but plausible feel--particularly the credomantic aspects--and the story answers questions about the characters' pasts. In fact, the past has a long reach, and threatens to destroy the present and future of Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton, as well as the rest of the world. I think the weak point of the story lay in the romance, given that Emily and Stanton spent so much tim ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, romance
After enjoying the first book so much, I looked forward to this second one. And while I liked this one too, I have to give Hobson credit for not trying to stretch her story out into a trilogy. "The Hidden Goddess" picks up the story of Emily and Dreadnaught and gives it a very satisfying ending.

In the last book, both characters were dragging around luggage from a mysterious past. While they ended up engaged, things start going badly because they find themselves in new positions, and neither quit
All Things Urban Fantasy
Despite the happy ending of THE NATIVE STAR, Emily and Dreadnought definitely have a lot to overcome from the first page of THE HIDDEN GODDESS. From her ivory prosthetic to her disdain for polite tea room conversation, Emily is a woman out of her element. Even worse, she endures all of this for the sake of true love, the conspicuously unavailable Dreadnought Stanton.

As Emily tries to make it through the public spectacle of Dreadnought’s Investiture towards her marriage, it is difficult to see a
Emily Park
Aug 22, 2011 Emily Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Hidden Goddess continues the story that was started in The Native Star. Picking up only a few weeks after the first book left off, we start the story by getting an idea of how much Emily and Dreadnought's lives have changed since the events in The Native Star. Emily is trying to make the transition from rural small town witch to the world of high-society New York City ladies. Her fiance, Dreadnought Stanton, is being groomed to take over the leadership
K. Lincoln
Oct 01, 2011 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton have come a long way from the backwoods of Wild West California and their start in the first book of the series, Native Star.

Now they are the toast of New York, with Stanton's coming investiture of the head of the credomancy institute, and Emily cast as his virginal fiancee.

The problem is, Emily not only isn't quite what the institute, and her minder, Ms. Jeszenka would like to make her into, her long-lost memories of her biological father and mother hold a
Oh, this book.

I desperately wish I could give it five stars. Maybe after I have finished processing everything I will be able to but my current feelings won't let me...

After finishing The Native Star (which--by the way--left me dying for more) I ordered The Hidden Goddess immediately. And it didn't take me long to finish reading it.

Hobson's writing is so nice its like that extra special dessert after an amazing dinner. But while her prose is lovely I always felt like something was...missing fr
Maile Murphy
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A quick light read with a little mystery, adventure, and chaos.

A bit of a slow start, in true Victorian style, with Emily meeting family in New York and suffering through droll poetry readings. But after a quick trip back to San Francisco, talking to Pap, encountering the Russian magic-user-eradicationist group, (the Sini Mira), and going through Mr. Stanton's (I mean - Dreadnought's) Investment at the Institute, then finding Emily's family, then discovering the - well, the pace definitely pick
3.5 stars. Oh you tricky little book! Making me think all the fun of Native Star was stubbornly refusing to show up in the sequel. Beware: the first half of The Hidden Goddess is pure hair-pulling frustration--full of interrupted scenes, unfinished sentences and forced separation between important characters. Everyone is confused, no one is sharing information and the reader is harshly weaned off of Native Star's sugar high.

To me, a lot of what made Native Star so fun was Emily and Stanton's od
May 22, 2011 Dorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton are preparing both for marriage and the Investment ceremony that will formally make Mr. Stanton the Sophos of the Institute. A quick trip to visit her adopted father in Lost Pine results in Pap's confession that he performed magic on her as a child that removed her memories. He gives her a bottle containing her memories before the age of five, both the good and bad. Throughout the book Emily uncovers not only dark secrets about her fiancée, but also about Em ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Wise_owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed the first of M.K. Hobsons books of Victorian Magic, I have to say I was more impressed by this second outing. Building on the rather interesting world-building of the first, this second book builds on the themes of the first. The complexities of social life, the idea of a form of Magic that is based around belief and what that would actually mean, these resonant as well as the other two kinds of magic her world has; that of 'traditional' earth-based magic, and Blood-Magic. Each h ...more
Michelle Cummings
May 22, 2011 Michelle Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
More like 4 1/2 stars - really enjoyed this almost as much as the first book in the series. Although the two main characters from the first book are here, Emily and Dreadnought, it is (almost) entirely set in New York. We don't see the cross country travel adventures from the first book, but more of a character study. Emily is learning about her past, which is very fascinating, and Dreadnought is learning how to run an Institute. Emily is trying to navigate New York and magical society, even tho ...more
Kim Aippersbach
Sep 15, 2013 Kim Aippersbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different from the first book in setting and character development and adds umpteen more layers to an already convoluted plot, but she kept my attention riveted. I think it's a worthy sequel. And it's not a trilogy. Yay!

Emily has to figure out who she really is and where she belongs and whether love is enough, so I felt that the somewhat simplistic romance of the first book got deepened. The multiple players in the political/magical society get a little hard to keep track of, but I liked that e
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M.K. Hobson recently decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off all social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.
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Veneficas Americana (4 books)
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“Credomancy may seek to exploit the human desire for a tidy narrative where an unblemished romantic hero vanquishes all obstacles, but such ideals have very little to with reality. Reality requites pragmatism and compromise. Men fail. Women fail. There are no heroes, only human beings who somehow find the strength to behave heroically, no matter how many times they have been unable to do so in the past. If you understand that, Miss Edwards - if you truly and deeply understand that, then you will understand the most powerful thing anyone with a heart can understand.”
“And what’s that?” Emily said softly.

“That love is not enough. But it’s a start.”
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