Malinda Lo is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities and now lives in a small town in Northern. Huntress by Malinda Lo, out today from Little, Brown, is a prequel to her first novel, Ash (reviewed here by Elizabeth Bear), and is set in that. Huntress is the story of two girls: Taisin, a gifted student well on her way to becoming one of the best sages of her generation, and Kaede, her.

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When two women make the decision not to spend their lives together, but to choose their careers, it’s important that the audience see why they made that decision. View all 9 comments. It wasn’t a terrible book, but I was expecting more. As the story progresses, however, their romance blossoms into an innocent and utterly beautiful thing, what they aptly describe as a warm gift in the middle of all their danger and worry.

Review copy provided by publisher. And maybe the problem was that I was expecting too much based on the previous book in this setting.

Please provide an email address. I loved this story. It was of the “characters X and Y did something bad, so let’s atone for it by sacrificing an innocent bystander, to prevent the end of the world” variety. I didn’t feel like I knew these two girls at all or like I was invested in their relationship. In the past few years, a shift in the weather has resulted in famine.

The beginning of the book flies by to get the characters on the road, and it never seems to spend much time developing motivation huntresss characters. Worst of all, though, and what lost it an entire star, is the ending. When two women make the decision not to spend 3.

I personally enjoyed the ending, is wasn’t fairy tale happy but it was realistic and kept with the tone mainda the rest of the story. It borrows different elements from Mideval empires, such as the belief that the ruler’s body is yuntress the body of the country as in, what happens to the ruler happens to the country directlyand uses them for the benefit of the story. Kaede is high-born and her father plans a political marriage for her. The world here was so different from any other book I’ve read recently.



It w I didn’t like it as much as I liked Ash. Mini review to come. But this fantasy story tossing in a bit of girl on girl kissing just felt rushed. The two girls end up being sent along with the King’s son on a journey to visit the Fairy Queen in hopes that the Fairy Queen will be able to help them end the long winter that is gripping the land. Some of this article’s listed sources may not be reliable.

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To me, it seemed like Lo started writing the book at buntress own pace, but then was given a sudden deadline to reach hntress made her rush through the actual main part of the story. The land hhuntress two girls live in has fallen on hard times and the situation is dire if winter is not brought to an end. And I liked that the world was inspired by Chinese culture. Do we choose our own fate, or is our destiny set out for us at birth? No one ever hands Kaede and Taisin a convenient way to have everything they want without sacrifice.

Retrieved from ” https: Any book that can surprise me is on good footing already. As the search party travels north and encounters dangerous hujtress, feelings between the two girls, Kaede and Taisin, begin to grow. Anyway, this story is about the journey of six people: The writing style relies on head jumps, and while most are easy to follow, a few left me behind.


The ending left me lacking.

Lists with This Book. The story of the journey itself isn’t really unique, but the love between Kaede and Taisin is. Similarly, I enjoyed the expansion of the world we initially came to know in Ash.

It was disconcerting and dizzying and I hated it. It seemed to be that they fell in love for no reason, except maybe that they were fated to fall in love? No long journey so Kaeda and Taisin can get to know each other and actually fall for each other in a slow burn instead mwlinda a quick one.

Which leads me to my next point. oo

She enrolled at Stanford with the intention of obtaining a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology, but left with a second master’s degree. Oct 24, Kelly rated it it was amazing. Killing never becomes easy. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Passion You don’t have to but I have found reading Ash first laid some nice groundwork for Huntress. It is only loosly a prequel to Ash, they are both set in the same universe where fairies and other creatures co-exist with humans in a not to easy alliance.

The writing was awful. She’s a former sage who decided to walk a path of her own, and I really thought her introduction seemed too convenient not to be used as some sort of horrible plot twist.

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While Lo’s characters are amazing, in terms of character development Huntress is But here’s my problem: Yuntress yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. This holds true, too, for the struggle against the supernatural force that threatens the land. Later, the reader grows accustomed to it.