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The Huntress by Kate Quinn
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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, a well-placed Russian expletive, the batting line-up of 1951 Boston Red Sox, or the sensation of cutting through the clouds in the cockpit of a biplane, no detail is too small for Quinn’s discerning eye. I’m willing to bet there are many readers who won't care a whit that Anna can drop her R’s like a Bostonian and won't give two cents for the mythological symmetry in Quinn’s referenced lake spirits, but I find such detail truly appealing and think it contributes a great deal to the immersive quality of the narrative.

Thematically speaking, the Nazi hunters’ pursuit of justice is thrilling enough and might have proved captivating on its own, but Quinn’s decision to pair it with the emotional scars the war left on those who survived it took my breath away. Ian, Nina, and even Anna carry a great deal of baggage and I found something very raw and authentic in how each tries to move forward in the post-war years.

Though they are not called out in the jacket description, I feel the romantic elements of the story are worthy of note. Ian’s falling in love with his own spouse touched my heart, but it was the relationship between Nina and Yelena that captured my attention. The passion and dedication that brings them together are astounding, but I felt the course of their story deeply both perceptive and poignant.

In sum, Quinn writes on a level few can match and The Huntress illustrates it every way. Be it the audacity of the Night Witches, the unsung heroism of war correspondents or the boldness of those who sought to rectify injustice while the world tried to forget the horrors of WWII, this book touches it all. A fast-paced and thrilling tale that captivates from the first page to the last.
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Reading Progress

June 10, 2018 – Shelved
June 10, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 10, 2018 – Started Reading
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September 5, 2018 – Finished Reading
September 25, 2018 – Shelved as: historic-fiction-1900s

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T. Renee Wow. If I could review a reviewer Erin gets ALL the stars! Lovely.

Erin 😊

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Amy What you and about knowing you’re going to love a book before you crack it open? That’s exactly how I feel about Quinn’s books. Everything she writes completely draws me in and I can’t wait to read this one! Lovely review.

Erin Thank you!

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Kris Chrzan I’m reading The Huntress now-Yes, Yes, Yes, it’s everything I was hoping for! Just as in The Alice Network, I find myself hoping that my favorite characters are victorious and I’m on edge wondering what’s going to happen next! Great review, Erin!!!

Erin Thank you Kris!

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