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Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316040075
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm.
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 14.0 143524.
Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.6 21 Quiz: 53779.


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RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "'Huntress' is a GORGEOUS book. It’s beautifully written and exciting and magical. However, romance fans should know that the ending is bittersweet, and while I can accept a bittersweet ending in fantasy (this is marketed as fantasy, not romance) it felt unfinished. I keep looking for a missing chapter, or, better yet, a sequel."


Jun 26, 2016

This was a very quick read for me in a genre I mostly do not read but I found it enjoyable though a bit too explicatory and fantastical for my tastes. Loved the comments below and agree the world needs more lesbians of color stories however they are written and whatever genres they span. Glad the Huntress found me.

Nov 01, 2015

A stunning, gripping tale that never let go of my intrigue. Beautifully executed, complex and interesting relationships, and god knows every book needs more lesbians. Every single character had their own story/identity and I could totally get behind every ship presented. The world Lo created was engaging and complicated, much like the customs of our reality. Very, very good.

Jul 07, 2015

This book was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters.
I only had a problem with the ending...but I am a sap for happy endings and when it wasn't really what I had hoped for, I was a bit disappointed.

Jan 30, 2015


Dec 13, 2014

This book was good from beginning to end. I especially loved how the author dealt with death, she never made murder seem nobel, just necessary. It was very realistic.

Oct 12, 2012

I absolutely adored Ash, and while I enjoyed the Huntress, as well, It doesn't seem as entertaining and fast paced. Maybe I've just grown up since then and have read better books, but overall it's still a good read. As a fantasy book I would give it 3 stars, and as a lesbian romance novel I would give it 4.

Jul 28, 2012

Malinda Lo is my writing hero. This is a prequel/companion book to 'Ash', and in my opinion is the better book. The writing is fantastic, its refreshing to read a fantasy that isn't Euro-centric, and I loved the characters.

Ashley Chen
Jul 19, 2012

First of all, 3rd POV! WOOT! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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 sense! :) 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 Huntress had a fantastic start. If you love The Seven Realm series and the Grey Wolf Throne series, you will love this.
I love the writing style of Malinda. The words just form in such poetic way. It is so magical and captivating. The story is magical and mystical. The words seem to hypnotize me and dragging me deeper into the book. The world building is just amazing. I love how this book ultimately is a fantasy adventure book but there just a hint of romance. I think these types of book are my all-time favorites. It totally reminded me why I love the fantasy genre. The chapters are divided into little chunks that I adore. When I read, I read in small chunks. The mystery of the whole thing keeps you within the book. The creatures are like the Spiderwick Chronicles. The weirdness like the experiments from Fullmetal Alchemists. I love the Chinese and Japanese traditions in the book.

I love the development of the characters. Taisin, and Kaede's relationship grows at a sweet gentle pace. I wish all romances in books can develop so nicely. Most books just rush at the romance but leave everything else hanging. This book is just perfection. Taisin and Kaede's personalities are different but they cohere together very well. They are like a pair of duel blades, together in harmony, one without the other.

Shae, Con, Tali, and Pol were well developed. Shae and Con were strong and intelligent, and I ship them! They looked so cute together, a prince and a king's guard. <3333 OTP!

I get the feelings while reading this book. Yes, those! It is similar to the ones when I watch FMA/ FMA:B. *shivers*

The one thing that stopped me from giving this a 5 out of 5 is because there were parts that I didn't like reading some parts. It was weird because moments ago I loved the story then I was bored. Those parts reminded me of the Iron King by Julie Kagawa (which I only thought was an okay book).

Jun 26, 2012

High fantasy has distinctive trademarks, and description is one of them. Malinda Lo takes it to the extreme by opening each chapter with a setting descriptor, which gets old quickly. An omniscient point-of-view with repeated diving into various characters’ heads is another hallmark, and again, the frequency of Lo’s deviation is extreme, so that three characters may be processed in a single chapter. Though sometimes it works, most times it’s just disconcerting.

While we’re still on the subject of writing style, the number of names beginning with T and containing an a, i or both letters proliferated with alarming, near-exponential regularity. And Taisin’s bland name matches her character: we see little development in her character, and as she starts off as somewhat timid, it’s good that Kaede’s physical strength and more reliable confidence in herself helps to counterbalance Taisin.

The journey-to-discovery trope works well in Huntress despite the randomness of attacks and troubles the group faces. An excellently built confrontation with the villain is led up to neatly through Taisin’s visions, enough so that one wishes for a longer battle versus Ms Evil Bad Guy and less of a twist-tacked-on-to-make-the-book-longer.

With the romance between the leads well constructed, Huntress falls in neutral-to-good territory. A worthwhile read for high fantasy readers, but this novel won’t be the one to convert non-fantasy-lovers.

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Jun 26, 2016

Once our people mingled with each other. We live so many generations longer than your people do. Some things that we remember, you forget. We could not coexist without misunderstandings with each other." (Fairy Queen to Kaede, Taisin, & Con)

Jun 26, 2016

She did not answer immediately, and when she did speak, her words were measured, 'Every story, I think, has a grain of truth to it. But sometimes, people are misled by what they believe, and they see what they think they should see, not what is actually there." (Shae to Kaede)

Jun 26, 2016

That is a choice you will make later, when you are ready. You are not a full sage yet. Now you have a different path to take. Don't let your fear of the future overshadow your existing in the present. You must remember that." (Sister Ailan to Taisin)

Jun 26, 2016

"Making a decision isn't about knowing every potential consequence. It's about knowing what you want and choosing a path that takes you in that direction." (Finn to Kaede)


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whiteshadow13 Apr 03, 2012

Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.


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