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The Huntress

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  68,866 ratings  ·  7,487 reviews
From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

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ebook, 560 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Christine Brett Do you mean the love affair between women? My parents who served in WW2 RAF told me these were common. So why should it be different for Russian women…moreDo you mean the love affair between women? My parents who served in WW2 RAF told me these were common. So why should it be different for Russian women? I did not know about the night witches fascinating and brave women. (less)
Cavak The Huntress is more about the characters' arcs and sticking to the narrative. There are moments that explain history, but they're not Tolkien-like ta…moreThe Huntress is more about the characters' arcs and sticking to the narrative. There are moments that explain history, but they're not Tolkien-like tangents that take multiple pages to do so. Historical observations are always laced with a character's thoughts on the topic too.

Quinn adds a lengthy author's note explaining her creative choices and historical inspirations at the end though. That might tickle your history buff buttons to a degree, and might increase your enjoyment of the story in retrospect. (less)

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Emily May
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Chelsea Humphrey
There’ll be a chance, Nina Borisovna, her father had said. Don’t ask, when you see it. Just fucking take it.

4 1/2 stars. I love historical fiction that introduces me to little areas of history that school lessons and history books never taught me about. Fiction is my passion, but I love it even more when it uncovers oft-buried truths. Here, Quinn blends fact and fiction to tell a story about three women: a murderess on the run, an aspiring photographer who may be in danger in her own home, a
chai ♡
“Building a generation is like building a wall—one good well-made brick at a time, one good well-made child at a time. Enough good bricks, you have a good wall. Enough good children, you have a generation that won’t start a world-enveloping war.”

If ever a standalone novel cried out to become a full-fledged series, The Huntress is it. Quinn’s storytelling is suffused with grace, dazzle and heart—not to mention a sharp, saw-toothed edge of darkness. Telegraphed in clipped prose and dialogue th
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher
"They called her die Jagerin-the Huntress. She was the young mistress of an SS officer in German-occupied Poland, the hostess of grand parties on the lake, a keen shot. Perhaps she was the rusalka the lake was named for-a lethal, malevolent water spirit."

Here lies Chelsea, dead from a book slump brought on by The Huntress, because for once the hype lived up to my expectations and the book's execution. I'm not an avid reader of historical fiction, and in the past year I decided that I was taking
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This was going to be a 4+ star read until the ending, wow that bumped it up to 5+ stars!!! The authors notes at the end of the book are just as interesting to read as the book. Knowing that much of the book is based on actual events and real people made the book come alive for me that much more.

From the blurb you know that there is a team that is still hunting Nazi war criminals even after the Nuremberg trials. We are now in the late 1940’s and it’s gettin
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2 stars. I simply couldn’t connect with this book.

This novel revolves around a Russian female bomber pilot and a British war reporter who work together as Nazi hunters. Their main goal is to track down “The Huntress” a notorious Nazi war criminal who is said to have taken on a new identity living in the USA.

I am the outlier with my feelings on this novel. I had the same disappointment happen with the author’s previous book, The Alice Network. My biggest issue was the characters - they lacked au
Mary Beth
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up!

Ian, Tony, and Nina join forces to track the Huntress. Nina was a Russian Bomber Pilot. The Huntress was a Nazi War criminal. In the aftermath of the war Hunter becomes the hunted.

Nina gambled everything to join the Night Witches, which is an all female night bomber regiment wrecking havoc on Hitler's eastern front. But when she is thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

Jordan McBride is seventeen yea
Angela M
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this because I really enjoyed The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. I loved reading about the women of a spy network, who played important and dangerous roles in WWI that I had never heard about. These women were not in my history textbooks. In this novel, Quinn has given us another story of courageous women, this time depicting the role of the Russian women flyers, known as Night Witches who flew planes and bombed Nazis during WWII. I had no knowledge of these courageous women eithe ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I had such a hard time with this novel, kept putting it down, picking it back up, finally finished with mixed feelings.

What I liked:
All the parts that pertain to Nina, she was by far my favorite character.
Reading about the Russian women and their piloting adventures.
The amount of research that went into this book, which is detailed in the authors note.
Also appreciate said note, telling the reader was was factual and what was not.

What I had difficulties with.
The present day story, Jordan and he
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Quinn writes the finest in historical fiction in her well researched blend of fact and fiction, based on real life characters in this vibrant and thrilling novel set in the post-WW2 era of the 1940s and 1950s. Quinn illuminates the little known bravery, courage and fearlessness of what the Nazis referred to as The Night Witches, the all Russian female night bombers who managed to wreak devastating damage behind German lines. Nina Markova, a fiercely strong, independent, larger than life, fr ...more
Holly  B
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first novel by this author and I can see why she is a popular author. The research she did is evident and she included a very detailed account of the "Night Witches", an all female group of pilots who flew for Russia. 

 The bomber pilot is Nina Markova , she teams up with Ian who is a journalist who is out to catch a Nazi war criminal, known as "the Huntess". He has personal reasons for wanting to bring her to justice.

Jordan is a seventeen year old living in Boston, who gets entangled
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bestof-2019

Kate Quinn knows how to do historical fiction. The Alice Network was one of my favorite reads of 2018. And this book matches it. Five big stars!

I want a book that explores unknown areas of history. Here, it is the Nazi hunters, those that track down the villains of WWII. In this case, the hunted was once known as The Huntress. She was the mistress of an SS officer who took her own delight in killing Jewish women and children. She’s tracked by a former newspaper correspondent and a female Russian
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This is my first book from Kate Quinn, and it definitely will not be my last!

Nina Markova. Wait until you meet her. She is born in Soviet Russia, and she’s fearless. When World War II is looming and about to knock on her front door, she joins the Night Witches, a group of all-female bombers.

Nina is shot down behind enemy lines and crosses paths with the Huntress, a Nazi with the worst reputation for murder you can possibly imagine.

Ian Graham. He’s a British war correspondent present from Omaha
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Harper Collins ad
5+++ stars

Well, I have my first serious contender to The Heart’s Invisible Furies as my book of 2019. I loved Ms. Quinn’s The Alice Network, but The Huntress is simply brilliant!

Three alternating narrators tell the story. We have Ian Graham, a troubled British war correspondent who after the war turns his mission into bringing war criminals to justice. Then there is Nina Markova, my favorite character by far. Nina is a lost soul until she fights her way into becoming a member of the Soviet all w
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A journalist, a lawyer and a Russian woman pilot are teaming up to find the one of the ruthless, dangerous Nazi war criminal Huntress to bring back the justice. This is breathtaking, compulsive, fantastic journey with amazing and memorable characters.
My all time favorites are Nina Markova curses like a sailor, flies like a bird in the air, powerful, vivid, feverish, fearless pilot. She is a great portrait of a night witch hunter!
And Jordan, young but so smart, talented photographer,50’s version
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most engrossing portion of this novel centers on Nina who is one of the Soviet Night Witches during WWII. The Night Witches is a moniker for the 588th Night Bomber Regiment consisting of all female members. Since their planes only held two bombs, these night flyers flew more than eight missions per night to harass and precision bomb the German military. Riveting stuff. Nina has a potentially deadly encounter with “The Huntress” and eventually winds up pursuing her with dedicated Nazi Hunters ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
A trio of Nazi hunters, a lethal Nazi murder, a Russian bomber pilot and a gentle and quiet family where something just doesn’t seem right.

The Huntress is a suspenseful, exciting, compelling vividly written story that explores justice with a hint of romance to warm your heart. The hunter becomes the hunted in this.

Kate Quinn does a fantastic job here weaving three storylines together and throughout the story, my favorite changed as I read each one. A trio of Nazi hunters are on a search to captu
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Warning: before you start this book, you need to clear your calendar and turn your phone off. You will not want to be interrupted until you get to the end. This book has it all - fantastic characters that you care about, a plot that will keep the tension high, some laughter and even more tears.

This book takes place in the early 1950s with some flashbacks to WWII. The war is over but everyone knows that there are still former Nazis hiding all over the world. Ian, a British war reporter and his fr
Natasha Niezgoda
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD YES! 5 STARS! A perfect blend of historical fiction and crime solving.


Synopsis: Ian Graham used to be a British war correspondent. But after 15 years of writing, he needed to “do” rather than tell; so he started an independent business hunting Nazi leaders and bringing them to justice. His most elusive target remains. She’s known as the Huntress. And he has a personal vendetta against her.

Then you have Nina who, unfortunately, witnessed the Huntress’ lethal crimes. She barely survive
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Is it ethical to kill a killer? Does survival trump morals? Is there a difference between justice and consequence?
My interest was compelled during the beginning. The first hundred pages or so are great. The mystery is built up colorfully, but then begins to drift about halfway in. The style became routine and tiresome. I did not find myself aching to finish this story since the plot had hit a stalemate. But, I did…after taking breaks.

The chapters alternate between Nina, Jordan, and Ian. Nina’s c
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever picked up a book and known before even cracking it open that you’re going to love it? That at some point, you’re going to fall through the pages of the text and be lost in the imagination of truly gifted storyteller? That’s how I feel every time I acquire a novel by Kate Quinn and The Huntress was no exception.

Be it the functional operation of a camera,
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
What attracted me to this book were the two areas the author explored, that of the men and women who devoted their lives to hunting down war criminals, commonly called Nazi Hunters, and the Russian female fighter and bomber pilots nicknamed by the Germans, ‘Night Witches.’ As a fan of historical fiction, there’s so much to be mined and in this one I was once again panning for gold, but ended up with dust bunnies instead.

There’s a certain predictability to the storyline as we are introduced to th
Susan Meissner
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct pleasure of reading an early copy for a cover quote and I was taken in from page one hook, line and sinker. Expertly researched, perfectly constructed, this is a riveting dual-time periods read. Kate Quinn excels in transporting the reader back in time, without so much as a bump or wrinkle or awkward yank. She's one of the reasons why so many people love historical fiction. If you loved THE ALICE NETWORK, you'll want to grab this one when it hits bookstore shelves.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ignoring the fact that the character represented by the title was perhaps the least developed character in the book, I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Huntress in question is not someone whose motivations or personality we ever really get to know on a deeper level, which was a little bit disappointing. But this book had three narrators/storylines and I don't know which one I liked best - Jordan the aspiring teenage photographer, Ian the journalist turned Nazi hunter, or Nina the fight ...more
Pam Jenoff
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early read of The Huntress, which is sure to be one of the biggest books of 2019. In it, Quinn weaves together the stories of a British Nazi hunter, a Russian female war pilot and a 17 year old American girl who quickly realizes her stepmother isn't who she claims to be, in a hunt for one of the most ruthless women of Nazi Germany. Original and suspenseful, the Huntress is, dare I say it, even better than Quinn's epic hit, The Alice Network, so race to get it when it ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-borrowed
Scene: Fictional situation

Me: Oh my goodness! I just read the most wonderful book!

Friend: Would I want to read it?

Me: Yes! Read it! A long time fan of Kate Quinn, all of her books are worth your time. Emperors of Rome, the Borgias, World Wars, not to mention some great collaborations with other historical fiction writers- she's great at it all!

Friend(eyebrows raised) : What's it about?

Me: This one is narrated by a Russian bomber pilot who was part of the female regiment coined by the enemy
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
THE HUNTRESS is the story about Nina Markova, an female Russian bomber pilot that has joined forces with Ian Graham an English journalist to hunt down a deadly Nazi murderess known as the Huntress. The Huntress managed to get away after several heinous deeds and both Nina and Ian have personal reasons for hunting her down. But how will they find someone they don't even know the name of or have a picture of? Meanwhile in Boston, Jordan McBride is getting to know the woman her father is planning t ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stand alone novel by Kate Quinn published 2019.

This is my second Kate Quinn book and I have to say that they have both been exceptional reads. Kate Quinn has made the ‘women at war’ genre all her own.

The story fluctuates between the 1940s and the 1950s.
As the title would imply this is all about a hunt. A hunt for a woman whom, during the war, committed some very cruel and unnecessary executions, execution makes it sound better than it was; it was murder, plain and simple.
So now a British rep
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! An obsessively readable historical novel told in three storylines about courageous women who dare to break the mold of what is expected of them. I loved the characters, the story, learned a lot, and overall just great reading and could not put this down. Even better than The Alice Network. 9/10

The Good: This novel is told in three storylines and focused on the time before, during, and after WWII. At the center of “The Huntress” is Die Jägerin, a woman accused of commi
I love Kate Quinn’s masterful pacing in ‘The Huntress.’ A suspenseful page-turner seeped in the accounts of Nazi hunters and Russia’s Forty-Sixth Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment (The Night Witches), this novel is a historical fiction lover’s dream. Quinn very skillfully lands hooks at chapter ends that draw me forward, wanting to know more. She uses third person narrative voice to switch between three main characters, stitching her stories and timelines together seamlessly. Nina Bori ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a nailbiter! I fell in love with Kate Quinn’s writing back with “The Alice Network” and was so eager to read this one. Told in dual timelines, we are treated to the perspectives of Nina, one of the Night Witches, a group of elite Soviet air force pilots—I actually had no idea women got to fly during WW2, Jordan, a teenage girl living in the US who loves photography and has concerns when her father remarries to a German woman who doesn’t seem to be entirely trustworthy, and Ian and Tony, ...more
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Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network”, “The Huntress,” a ...more

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