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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, th
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Barbara
I was at the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)conference in November and was NOT one of the pucky people to obtain a pre-release copy of Huntress there although I heard the author speak and lusted after on. Two weeks later I went to the NCTE(National Cozuncil of Teachers of English) and snarfed up a copy the second I saw it available. I like books that are outside th normal fare. Huntress is not only different from Ash, it is different from any other paranormal or fantasy. It is o ...more
Asenath
I cannot comprehend why this book has so many high ratings. The writing was awful. There were so many point of view changes that I got dizzy. Seriously, there were POV changes mid-sentence. That is just bad writing. Also, I'm not sure why, but I felt like this book was written like it was published in the 1990's (I can't think of a better way to describe it.) It's slow, there are pages and pages of description/telling, and something about the wording just seemed off to me. And all the POV chang ...more
Katya
Whoo boy!

I gotta admit, I just finished reading this and... well, my brain's pretty much scrambled, folks. No getting around that. This novel took me for a ride in a world so full of fantastical imagery and imagination that it would take a while for me to enjoy another YA fantasy without comparing.

I loved this story. And I really, really wanted to love the book.

But the inevitable but comes to mind, so I'll just stop apologetically beating around the bush and say it - Huntress, while undoubtedl
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Logan (~Daeris the Shadow Elf Queen~)
First impressions: The world here was so different from any other book I've read recently. I couldn't put it down, because I was so curious about where this story was going. The first chapter is retrospective, so we see where things might end up, but not what has happened yet, and it is achingly beautiful.

Lasting impressions: Breathtaking. Grand. This fantasy was gloriously epic while still remaining a quick read and avoiding an overly complicated plot. This one is top notch.

Conflicting impressi
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Andrea for Book Chick City. 9/10 on the blog.

There aren’t enough young adult fantasy novels, so I was really excited when I received this book to review. For one, it looks like it could be just as at home in the adult section of a book store as it could in the young adult section, and secondly the blurb gave me enough information to be intrigued. I really was not disappointed in “Huntress”.

Taisin is a gifted student, studying to become a Sage. She has powerful sight and can see into
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Nikki
Huntress is a sort of prequel to Ash, but it is set a long time before it. If I remember rightly, this story is mentioned in Ash. Anyway, this story is about the journey of six people: Con, the son of the king; Taisin, a young woman who wants to be a celibate sage; Kaede, a classmate of Taisin's with no talent for the magic; and Shae, Pol and Tali, their guards. They have to see the Fairy Queen, during a period when nature has gone out of balance.

The story of the journey itself isn't really uniq
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Amanda
I wanted to love this book. Someone recommended it to me and it sounded lovely. Romance between two girls, magic, fairies, epic quest, lyrical writing style.... what's not to love?

Sadly, much. SPOILERS FOLLOW.

The POV kept headjumping, which is just about the worst thing you can do in a book. It was disconcerting and dizzying and I hated it.

Secondly, the lyrical style of prose was insufficient to carry the weight of the quest. Either we were supposed to read this as a real world adventure, in wh
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Fade
After loving Ash so much, I really and truly wanted to like this book. And maybe the problem was that I was expecting too much based on the previous book in this setting. Where the other book gave me a known story bent into a new and fascinating shape, where I wasn't quite sure how it would end, this one gave me a very straightforward quest. Instead of a close narrative from a single person's PoV, it was head-hopping casually in the middle of scenes.

But really, what frustrated me was the damn vi
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Carola
Ok, so, thoughts.

This book has a lot of flaws.

The proportions for this book are way off. The introduction of the quest is very short and we don't get much of an explanation. This will be more or less fixed later in the story (or the author tries, at least), but nevertheless... Then, most of the book tells of the journey the characters take to the fairy city Taninli. This easily takes up two-thirds or more of the book. By the time they reach the city, there is not much space left to tell the rest
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Alex
This book made me feel a lot of feelings. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. It was pretty delightful (except the ending which broke my heart into a million pieces and I was just like, "NOOOOO MY SOUL HURTS"). The BIGGEST thing that bothered me though was the narrator voice. I couldn't understand what was going on. Third-person limited??? Third-person omniscient? Sometimes I thought the chapter was third-person limited and ALL OF A SUDDEN, someone else's viewpoint would just be thrown in! Por ...more
Cinda
Lots of action, two heroines who are kick-butt in different ways, a star-crossed lesbian love affair, high stakes and fantastic world-building. I hope Lo will consider writing more in this world. One of the major conflicts in my Seven Realms series is the tension between politics and love. I had never considered how a lesbian character would be even more likely to be forced to make that impossible choice.
Anna
About two thirds of the way through this book, I put it down, and it was so hard from then to get to the end. I realised I just didn't care at all about the characters. The pacing of the story is awful - the two big adventures happen in the last 70 or so pages of the book, and the first 300 are just travelling. There's ideas raised earlier on that are forgotten about, and I found the romance utterly unbelievable - they go out of their way to avoid each other and not speak to each other, and yet ...more
Karissa
I loved Malinda Lo's first book Ash and was excited to about Huntress. I got this book through Book it Forward ARC tours. It was a wonderful book. The story was more complicated and expansive than Ash. It again features a romance between two women, there is also a lot of adventuring and some magic.

Kaede and Taisin are two girls in their late teens. Kaede is the daughter of a the King's Advisor and more knowledgeable in fighting and handcrafts than the magic at that the academy she attends. Taisi
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Angela
In Malinda Lo’s HUNTRESS, the human world has entered a period of never-ending clouds and rain. With crops dying and people starving, the Kingdom selects two girls to undertake an unprecedented and hazardous journey to find the Fairy Queen in hopes of putting an end to the natural devastation. As the search party travels north and encounters dangerous threats, feelings between the two girls, Kaede and Taisin, begin to grow. With attacks against their party increasing and stakes raised, Kaede and ...more
Janine
I really wish I liked this book more than I do. It has pretty much everything that I could ever want or identify with in a novel: queer characters, Asian characters, positive female characters, fantasy elements, worldbuilding. As a queer Asian-American lady, I can dig that! Positive media representation is fantastic!

But despite everything that should have made me fall in love so hard with this book, I just couldn't. Now, I realize that this is a YA novel. I realize I can't be expecting David Fos
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Kelly
Huntress is a prequel to Malinda Lo’s debut novel, Ash, though the two books can stand independently. Huntress takes place several centuries earlier, in a time when the country’s culture was more analogous to that of feudal China.

In the past few years, a shift in the weather has resulted in famine. Then the Fairy Queen, who has long been out of contact with humans, issues a surprising invitation to her city, Taninli. The King and the sages are sure the timing is no coincidence, and put together
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Nick
I didn't like it as much as I liked Ash. I was enjoying the first 3/4 of the book, although I thought it was a bit much that so much of the book was about getting TO the quest, and so little about the heart of the matter itself. I think that much of my disappointment had to do with the climactic scene with the Big Bad Evil Person, whose defeat depended on too many villain cliches. Then, not only was the climax rushed, but there was a painfully awkward anticlimax that just didn't feel right. It w ...more
Liz
Intrigued, I picked up a copy of Huntress. LGBT content and a fictionalized pseudo Asian world, what more could a girl ask for?

As it turns out, a lot.

The beginning of the book introduces the two main characters, Kaede and Tasin, two seventeen year old girls, are chosen to travel to the city of the Fairy Queen. The beginning of the book flies by to get the characters on the road, and it never seems to spend much time developing motivation or characters. We spend most of the book on the road, batt
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Steph Su
Malinda Lo’s beautifully written debut novel, Ash, was one of my favorite books of 2009, and I awaited the release of HUNTRESS with trembling anticipation. HUNTRESS turned out a little differently than I had hoped, but it was still a book that had me reading with bated breath and tearing up at the end.

The strongest part of HUNTRESS is, in my opinion, the romance between Taisin and Kaede. Their romance starts out hesitatingly: both girls are scared to acknowledge their growing feelings for each o
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Elizabeth
Pacing is your FRIEND, Malinda. The pacing in this is wildly off, with everything at the outset taking pages and pages of carefully delineated detail and then approximately 70% of the story crammed into the last thirty pages.

I can't point to what exactly gives me the impression that this is a book of telling, not showing, but something is; the emotions in Kaede and Taisin's relationship seem shallow, somehow, and I was totally unaffected by the various deaths.

And why, oh why, are the Xi seemingl
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Jamie
Can't even add this to the "you go girl" shelf because it was so boring and devoid of natural character development and not-what-I-was-expecting-it-to-be.

SWALLOW SADNESS.
Sara
Huntress is the story of two girls who are sent on a journey to the fairy kingdom. They have been sent to meet with the fairy queen to try to save their world which has become an eternal winter. The two girls face many dangers along the way and fall in love.



Huntress is set in a lush fantasy world and will be enjoyed by lovers of fantasy. The book was slow at parts as it was a long journey but the characters were well developed and interesting. The lesbian romance was sweet and matter of fact ins
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Ashley Chen
3rd POV! WOOT!

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 sensed! :) 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
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Jenna
I enjoyed Malinda Lo's "Ash" well enough to be excited for this companion novel. Lo only reuses the setting for this novel; it has nothing to do with "Ash" or any of its characters as it takes place long before.

"Huntress" has a lot going for it, since I enjoy reading YA, adventure, fantasy, magic, and LGBT characters/romance, I thought I would adore this book. Unfortunately, this book suffers from a lot of really amateurish writing flaws. The pacing was extremely off. It meandered the first thr
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Alienne
Jul 11, 2012 Alienne marked it as started-never-finished  ·  review of another edition
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Huntress is Malinda Lo’s second young adult novel. It is billed as a prequel to Ash, though the threads that tie the two books together are light; for example, the main characters do not overlap. In Huntress, we follow two young women, Kaede and Taisin, who learn that they must embark on a journey to the city of the Fairy Queen. Kaede, a warrior, does not feel confident in her own abilities, but she is chosen due to the visions of Taisin, a young but trust
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Avery
The plot seemed to be pretty decent in description, but upon reading I found it wandery and confusing. There were countless plot holes and loose ends; characters and situations were presented in such a way like a further explanation would be forthcoming, just to have them be ignored later on. The 'culmination' of the book was very disappointing, and then it went back and had yet another climax, which felt like the book was just dragging on.

The point of view hopped around, sometimes in mid-chapte
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Lindley Walter-smith
Two and a half stars, really, but I was just so disappointed with this book. I loved Ash, and I was expecting another spare-but-beautiful and emotional lesbian fantasy. I was excited about the Chinese mythological components, too.

Instead it felt a bit like something you'd read on Fictionpress when someone writes a better-than-average fanfic set in a Dungeon and Dragons world. A ranger, a mage, a warrior, a prince and some redshirt guards, who you don't learn much about because they are obviously
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Cyna
Hey, guys! We’re back, and with another generally engaging and rewarding reading experience, once again provided by Malinda Lo.

Thank you

A lot of what I got excited about in Ash has carried over to Huntress, which makes sense, given that Huntress is a companion novel/prequel, with the same world, same writer, etc. So once again I almost feel like I’m being spoiled with the abundance and variety of women, and the distinct lack of lady-hate and needless Alpha Bitches. Our lead characters, Taisin and Kaede,
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Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Huntress,
du bist schön, abenteuerlustig und mutig, so wie es sich für eine Jägerin gehört (na ja, gut, „schön“ müssen Jägerinnen jetzt nicht unbedingt sein, aber ich stelle sie mir gern wie wilde Schönheiten vor). Vor allem die zauberhaften Worte deines Prologs haben es mir angetan. Sie sind so gut gewählt, dass ich sie nicht nur vor Augen sondern auch in den Ohren hatte.

Deine Nationalität ist definitiv eine Seltenheit im YA-Genre. Nicht viele berichten so unaufdringlich und interessant v
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BIO: Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including the sci-fi thriller Adaptation; the sequel, Inheritance, will be published Sept. 24, 2013. Her first novel, A
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