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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  344 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Ash Lenthard doesn’t call herself a vigilante. She’s merely prone to random acts of derring-do, and occasional exhibitions of tomfoolery. Her friends, the Huntsmen, have never stepped over the line while patrolling the streets of Luinhall.

That was before the murder of Ash’s beloved guardian, Genevieve.

Now, Ash Lenthard is out for blood and even when the hunt sends her to t...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published April 5th 2013 by Andrea K. Höst (first published April 4th 2013)
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Apr 05, 2013 Andrea added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, fantasy, high-fantasy, ya
"Hunting" was written in response to my extreme frustration with Georgette Heyer's Regency Buck. Much as I love Heyer's books, on occasion she takes a promising young lady, and just...foils her at every turn. My need for a heroine capable of getting herself out of her own scrapes produced Ash Lenthard, who does not so much kick ass, as tap-dance across the heads of her enemies...
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I loved this book. It was fun and interesting, well paced and unpredictable. I really like the way this author portrays young people as competent and resourceful in her books. I liked the main female character, Ash, very much. Her resolve to find her benefactor's murderer at the same time as hiding from her past, making a new life, not getting killed and saving all and sundry from harm, made her a very busy girl indeed. The addition of horses into any story always add an extra d...more
I just finished my latest re-reading of Hunting tonight, so I thought I'd try to write a bit about why this is one of those books I can go back to time and time again. This book is such a comfort read for me. It features one of Host's completely enveloping worlds, a place I can sink into while I'm reading it. The people who live in this world are intelligent, subtle, witty, and civilized and the narrative is compassionate in that all characters' points of view are considered by the author. Thoug...more
Jacob Proffitt
Höst does it again. And makes it still harder to decide which of her novels is my favorite (if I were required to do so).

The world building is characteristically cohesive. The religious background has an intriguing conflict where the prior deity of light attacked a fellow god out of jealousy and rage. As a result, that god was replaced by another and thrust out of the heavenly conclave. Since deities pretty much are the heavenly bodies, that means a former lunar satellite came crashing to earth...more
Not flawless, but a completely delicious read - masterful world building with an original cosmology, an extremely resourceful and likeable heroine, a magical murder mystery and a satisfying romance made my one or two minor quibbles feel quite negligible.

Melissa Proffitt
I really ought to give this book four stars because I think it has a few problems. But it was so intensely, viscerally satisfying I just can't bring myself to. Höst writes books that are exactly the kind of fantasy I love, and while I think I liked Medair better, it's a really close call.

Ash has been pretending to be a boy for eight years, "adopted" by an herbalist named Genevieve. Now, someone is murdering herbalists, and when Genevieve is killed, Ash takes up with a nobleman named Thornaster t...more

After letting this simmer for awhile I decided that I was a little critical of this story. I still have some of the same complaints but still, this book is so much better that most of the tripe I've been reading lately, and Host is my author! I can't leave her out to dry with a three star review. So I upped it.
I liked Hunting, I really did.
I loved Ash, she was strong, funny and smart. I liked Thornaster. He was a good hero, and I enjoyed their back and forth banter the whole way through.

I don
Lina (From the Verge)
This book opens up when Ash Lenthard's guardian, Genevieve (a herbalist living in Luinhall), has been brutally murdered. Ash finds herself in a predicament, by wanting to find her murderer and being forced to move into the palace to train as a seruilis -a sort of squire- for the foreigner and investigator Thornaster. Her life is even more complicated, as she has been disguising as a boy for the past 9 years.
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What an interesting treat. I have been eagerly waiting to read a new story from Andrea....more
Ornella (Nyx)
I love love Host's writing. I just love it. So when I found myself in a reading slump, yet again, I decided to pick up one of her books in the hope that it would help me get out of this slump. And it did.

I adored Ash, just adored. Major girl crush going on. She was just so awesome and kick ass. We aren't told that she is smart and can kick ass, like so many books out there and then just left wondering when this supposed genius and kickassery comes in. No, we are shown steadily throughout the wh...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at Novel Idea Reviews

RATING: 4/5 Stars

This isn’t just a fantasy book. It’s a fantasy murder mystery. How do you resist?? I mean, it has roof running, tree climbing, strategic gossip, undetectable poisons, shapeshifting mages, secret identities, and VENGEANCE. I can’t imagine what else you might want, except maybe an amazing female lead… WHICH IT ALSO HAS. If you’re not sold yet, I have no idea why. Hunting contains everything I love about Andrea K. Höst’s fantasy novels, from i...more
Pauline Ross
Fantasy Review Barn

Now here’s a thing: a book by Andrea K Höst that doesn’t set me on fire. It’s a perfectly fine, entertaining read, you understand, a solid YA fantasy with a little romance, but it just doesn’t quite have that extra something that normally lifts the author’s writing out of the ‘good’ column and into the ‘awesome’. That makes me sad.

It starts badly. The first few chapters are a blizzard of names and titles and nicknames and throwaway references to customs and ideas that the aver...more
"A ribbon so you know I'm here"

What the summary doesn't tell you is that along the way Ash saves half the cast from dire straits at various points (in person's case twice!) because she can not because anyone particularly tells her to. Seriously, she even says she can't help herself it just kind of happens. A lot. (to be fair she also is laboring under a pretty intense case of regret because of Genevieve's death).

Höst says that Hunting was in response to Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer, a story a...more
This is certainly up there with my favourite YA fantasy stories - I have a soft spot for the girl-in-disguise plot and am always up for a sprinkle of romance in my fantasy. I loved the underlying theme of female empowerment (and yay for a female BFF who is really a BFF). Minor niggle: the various titles used for the aristocracy had me confused at the start, but I eventually got there...
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
"Ash Lenthard doesn't call herself a vigilante. She's merely prone to random acts of derring-do, and occasional exhibitions of tomfoolery. "


Hillary Hunt
This was a fun mash up of fantasy and mystery. 4.5 stars is a more accurate rating for me, but with this being a self-pub that surprised me with its quality and originality, I'm rounding up.

The highlight of this book was the world building. It was so intricate and imaginative, it charmed my pants right off. I liked how the celestial Gods influenced the structure of government and the disbursement of magic. The magic wasn't cartoonishly portrayed and stayed secondary to the characters regular sk...more
Hunting is actually more of a two star book for me, but I just can't bear giving such a low rating to this author. I think Andrea Host is such a talented Indie author, and I'm totally rooting for her and her million dollar movie deal, but unfortunately I thought this book was a fumble instead of a touchdown. Bummer!

First, some good: Once again AH has created interesting, quirky characters. The dialogue is clever. The world building is decent. I liked the bit about how people and rulers are magic...more
Dave Versace
Hunting is a standalone young adult fantasy novel by Andrea K. Höst [1]. Ash Lenthard is the street-smart young heroine who has disguised herself as a (slightly younger) boy and apprenticed herself to a herbalist in order to escape from an unfortunate previous life. When her guardian is murdered, she finds her desire to return to life on the streets thwarted when she is warded to the Investigator appointed by the king to look into the serial killing of herbalists. With no choice but to maintain...more
Apr 13, 2013 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of kingdom-level intrigue and totally competent women
Recommended to Estara by: I like all I've read by the author so far
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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The Story
The story is about a last named Ash. She ran away when she was younger, and Genevieve took her in, becoming her guardian. Right before Ash turns twenty-one, her guardian is killed. Since Ash is hiding from her past, everyone thinks she is a seventeen year old boy. So, a foreign, handsome, investigator named Thornaster takes her in to be his…servant. He knows she's out for blood, and he'll help her get it. But of course, he doesn't know she's a girl. Someone is killing the herbalists, an...more
Tsana Dolichva
Hunting is Andrea K Höst's latest release. Unlike the earlier books of hers that I've reviewed in the past (And All the Stars, The Touchstone Trilogy), Hunting is definitely fantasy, not science fiction. The blurb was what really got me keen to read this one.

I have to say, when I first started reading, I was a little bit disappointed. Not because it was bad, but because it wasn't as funny as the blurb sounded like it would be. Mostly, this is because things start on a sombre note, with Ash's aun...more
I would rate it 4.5 stars if I could, but I enjoyed myself so much reading this book that I'm rounding up instead of down.

I bought Hunting on sale ($0.99) and it was more than worth the money. The world is inventive and feels fresh, the characters are generally well written, and the dialogue is funny.

I have a few quibbles with the book, one being that the motivations of the antagonists feel a bit murky to me, even after finishing. I don't quite follow the logic - and that's even more frustrating...more
Apr 26, 2013 Tiff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: e-book
3.5ish Of the stories I've read by Andrea K. Höst this has been my least favorite. I think some back-story or explanation of the society would have helped me a lot because I never felt like I quite grasped some of the social elements. I also found the cast of characters and who was male or female to be confusing. I think if I chose to read the story a second time more of that would become clear but I also don't think a story needs to be read more than once to grasp these types of things. I do lo...more
I loved, loved, loved this book.

It was a nice blend of fantasy and romance. The world was interesting and you found out little bits of it in appropriate places as you read, instead of a big info dump. There were interesting tidbits about the culture's relationship with the gods that made me want to learn more about it.

Ash was smart and competent without being perfect. Thornaster was interesting, a little too sure of himself, but willing to laugh at himself. Their relationship was great.

The only...more
Another fabulous story from Andrea! She has become my favorite author and I wait for every new book.

Ash is a girl posing as a boy and living with her "aunt" Genevieve. Genevieve is murdered by the mysterious killer who is killing all the herbalists in town. Ash is determined to find the killer and is willing to do just about anything to reach that goal

Andrea has a true gift in world building. She throws you into a story and immerses you in the rich details and idiosyncrasies. Her heroines are st...more
Well i LOOOVVVEEEDDDD Ash. She was so smart and strong. She knew how to adapt to any situation, always making sure she was in control. Definitely, a role model. What I could understand of the story I liked a lot. But the problem was, I didn't understand most of the story :( I still don't understand half the terms that were used or who the various deities are and what they did for the people. This is a book that definitely would have benefited from a glossary. Being confused in the entirety of th...more
Loved the book - Host reliably delivers entertaining, engrossing reads and this is no exception. I gave it a 4-star because: 1) it's not necessarily as unique of a premise as her other works (granted, she does say it was written in response to frustration with the treatment of female 'heroines' in some other works, so it makes sense that its not AS far out her backlist); and 2) it fits more into YA than most of her other books. Which is not bad (again, loved the story), just means the story seem...more
Andrea Höst has the most intense ability to imagine worlds into existence. She complements that with her character-building, her ability to create believable people with whom we can thoroughly empathise. This is a beautiful, touching story, with threads of Georgette Heyer and Orson Scott Card running through it. I hope this world prospers, as it has the makings of another Touchstone series, or more.
Brian Jaybush
Delightful tale; delightful character, pleasantly reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's Alanna. The book is supposedly a stand-alone; I can only hope that turns out not to be true. Höst has created a fascinating world here; quite apart from our hero/heroine Ash (who I'd love to see more of as well), the possibilities for stories in Ash's world are immense. World building seems to be a specialty of this author: first Caszandra's unique universe of planets, corridors and weird space, and now Ash's lovely...more
Good fun read, would like to see more in this universe.

Strong main leads, interesting plot -- world was intricate (although could use a bit more detail on how it worked -- but that's a personal preference). Would recommend.
I really enjoyed this book it is a complete storyline. I would not mind this book having a sequel or becoming a trilogy.
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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
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