Hidden Huntress: Malediction Trilogy Book Two by Danielle L. JensenHidden Huntress: Malediction Trilogy Book Two by Danielle L. Jensen

Hidden Huntress: Malediction Trilogy Book Two

byDanielle L. Jensen

Paperback | May 25, 2015

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Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favorite genre, fantasy. Her debut novel, Stolen Songbird, was a USA Today Bestseller.For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time. In ...
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Title:Hidden Huntress: Malediction Trilogy Book TwoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.74 × 5.12 × 1.16 inPublished:May 25, 2015Publisher:Watkins MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0857664727

ISBN - 13:9780857664723

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel I really enjoyed this book but it felt slow for the first half of the book and annoying that it was so obvious who Anushka was she just couldn't put it together. I loved the second half though & I'm looking forward to the third.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Sequel Definitely an epic and romantic adventure with many twists and turns. The story was told from two different perspectives and both stories were well paced. There were a couple things I wasn't clear on, but I can't really complain because the story tied together so nicely and was just so GOOD! Everyone, even the villains, showed another side to themselves, which usually added another complication to the story. There were some surprising reveals, and while the biggest one was one I saw coming, I nevertheless was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Tristan and Cecile are fantastic characters and their choices definitely affected one another (Cecile made some stupid ones, but I still love her attitude), though they always managed to come through for one another in the end. The ending left on a bang, so the opening of the final book will begin with an explosive start, and I can't wait to see how everything wraps up. Check it out!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed I did like the story, but the plot line was predictable. Good job in the writing, felt like I was there
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing ! Another exciting story that kept you guessing right up until the end. I can't wait for the last installment
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Title truly embodies the book! Hidden Huntress is book two in the Malediction Trilogy, and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than book one. Although I loved Stolen Songbird for introducing these amazing characters and the world of Trollus, I could see a difference between the two from the start! The character development is hugely expanded on, and in my opinion the strongest aspect when compared to plot and world-building. With all kinds of magic and witchery, this book embodies the title of “Hidden Huntress”. I first noticed the author is more comfortable with her fantasy world, and in turn the reader is drawn deeper into the characters. I loved that the POV’s were split between Tristan and Cecile! Usually I can’t stand this sort of thing, but it works really well for the book. The reader learns a lot more about what’s happening in Trollus as well as the human world - in particular Trianon. And a great deal of things are happening. Tristan is on the outs with his father & the half-bloods while his friends are being punished for his actions in Stolen Songbird. There’s no one Tristan can trust in accomplishing his goals. It was great being inside his head as Tristan combats these different issues plus we get a better understanding of Tristan as a character - more so than we did in Stolen Songbird. Minor and briefly-mentioned characters of Stolen Songbird are expanded on! My favourite examples were Chris and Cecile’s mother, Genevieve. Chris proves himself to be a valuable friend and ally. Even when his life may be in danger, he continues getting involved in Cecile’s search for Anushka. With Genevieve, there’s a lot of tension between mother and daughter. This showed an interesting dynamic because after many years apart, the two are forced to come to terms with each other. Furthermore, this benefited the plot [by moving it along], as it turns out Anushka has a deeper connection to Cecile, and her mother, than she realized. World-building. We get to learn about some of the politics of Trianon and how the rest of the Isle is structured leadership-wise. Cecile discovers the Regency - the reigning government of the Isle - has close ties with the trolls and Anushka. I absolutely loved all the plot twists Jensen had waiting for the reader, most were a complete surprise! However, I would have liked more world-building. It felt to me she only scratched the surface, and I had more questions for every answer provided. Witchery, grimoires, magic - all these things were manifested in Cecile and came with serious character growth. The magical side that she only discovered in Stolen Songbird, is put to good use in Hidden Huntress - for better or worse. Cecile dives straight into the dark arts and animal sacrifice, her love for Tristan and their friends a huge motivator. It was a fascinating turn of events, as Tristan seemed to go a more moral route. Cecile’s self-less nature drives her to do whatever it takes to find Anushka and break the curse. I did have some issues with the writing. There were times when I liked it, and times when I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. I encountered this with Stolen Songbird, but definitely feel it has since improved. This could just be a style thing, but I’ve never been so conflicted about the writing in any book I’ve read. In addition, I found the first 30% of the book to be very long. It was almost a chore to get through. I find the author uses a lot of adjectives, so her writing is visually beautiful, but sometimes it’s too much and hard to understand what is going on. If a few less words were used I don’t think I’d have found it so long. Overall, Hidden Huntress undeniably surpasses as a sequel to Stolen Songbird. Once again, SS was great for introducing this fantastical world of trolls & magic, but HH gives that bigger visual of the Isle, the world Cecile comes from and where she might have gone if the trolls hadn’t intervened. I was blown away by the ending and cannot wait for book 3 - which is even harder since I read book 2 before it was even released! Danielle L. Jensen has shaped an underground city of magical creatures into one of my most valued book worlds - and that makes me extremely excited for future works. I received a free e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic, witchery & all kinds of intrigue! Hidden Huntress is book two in the Malediction Trilogy, and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than book one. Although I loved Stolen Songbird for introducing these amazing characters and the world of Trollus, I could see a difference between the two from the start! The character development is hugely expanded on, and in my opinion the strongest aspect when compared to plot and world-building. With all kinds of magic and witchery, this book embodies the title of “Hidden Huntress”. I first noticed the author is more comfortable with her fantasy world, and in turn the reader is drawn deeper into the characters. I loved that the POV’s were split between Tristan and Cecile! Usually I can’t stand this sort of thing, but it works really well for the book. The reader learns a lot more about what’s happening in Trollus as well as the human world - in particular Trianon. And a great deal of things are happening. Tristan is on the outs with his father & the half-bloods while his friends are being punished for his actions in Stolen Songbird. There’s no one Tristan can trust in accomplishing his goals. It was great being inside his head as Tristan combats these different issues plus we get a better understanding of Tristan as a character - more so than we did in Stolen Songbird. Minor and briefly-mentioned characters of Stolen Songbird are expanded on! My favourite examples were Chris and Cecile’s mother, Genevieve. Chris proves himself to be a valuable friend and ally. Even when his life may be in danger, he continues getting involved in Cecile’s search for Anushka. With Genevieve, there’s a lot of tension between mother and daughter. This showed an interesting dynamic because after many years apart, the two are forced to come to terms with each other. Furthermore, this benefited the plot [by moving it along], as it turns out Anushka has a deeper connection to Cecile, and her mother, than she realized. World-building. We get to learn about some of the politics of Trianon and how the rest of the Isle is structured leadership-wise. Cecile discovers the Regency - the reigning government of the Isle - has close ties with the trolls and Anushka. I absolutely loved all the plot twists Jensen had waiting for the reader, most were a complete surprise! However, I would have liked more world-building. It felt to me she only scratched the surface, and I had more questions for every answer provided. Witchery, grimoires, magic - all these things were manifested in Cecile and came with serious character growth. The magical side that she only discovered in Stolen Songbird, is put to good use in Hidden Huntress - for better or worse. Cecile dives straight into the dark arts and animal sacrifice, her love for Tristan and their friends a huge motivator. It was a fascinating turn of events, as Tristan seemed to go a more moral route. Cecile’s self-less nature drives her to do whatever it takes to find Anushka and break the curse. I did have some issues with the writing. There were times when I liked it, and times when I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. I encountered this with Stolen Songbird, but definitely feel it has since improved. This could just be a style thing, but I’ve never been so conflicted about the writing in any book I’ve read. In addition, I found the first 30% of the book to be very long. It was almost a chore to get through. I find the author uses a lot of adjectives, so her writing is visually beautiful, but sometimes it’s too much and hard to understand what is going on. If a few less words were used I don’t think I’d have found it so long. Overall, Hidden Huntress undeniably surpasses as a sequel to Stolen Songbird. Once again, SS was great for introducing this fantastical world of trolls & magic, but HH gives that bigger visual of the Isle, the world Cecile comes from and where she might have gone if the trolls hadn’t intervened. I was blown away by the ending and cannot wait for book 3 - which is even harder since I read book 2 before it was even released! Danielle L. Jensen has shaped an underground city of magical creatures into one of my most valued book worlds - and that makes me extremely excited for future works. I received a free e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense, Thrilling and Not-to-be-Missed! Any fan of The Malediction trilogy would not want to miss out on this exquisite continuation to Stolen Songbird! Now back in the human world, boundaries are tested and emotions run amok. With the politics pushing and pulling on both sides the stakes are as high as ever. I had the hardest but most wonderful time reading this book because All. The. Feels. So let's just get one thing out of the way - yes, Hidden Huntress is a chunky book. The pacing was slow but honestly there's nothing I would want to have taken out. Every part of the story felt essential to how the plot came together at the end. I wanted all the details and that's what I got. I read the book slowly in increments just to make sure I didn't miss out on any clues no matter how minuscule it may be. Danielle seriously does a seamless job weaving all the parts together. Picking up from the last book, we see Cécile finally made it to Trianon to sing on stage. I didn't enjoy seeing how much control her mother had over her. Genevieve spoke caring words to Cécile, but it was more than obvious she did not genuinely care for her daughter. It more or less, among other influences, affected Cécile's decision-making ability leading her to making some poor choices. Some of the things she ends up doing were awful but I could really sense her desperation. I would not want to be put in her spot. Tristan and Cécile were destined to walk a hard path but that didn't stop them from trying to hurdle over every obstacle in their way. They were separated for half of the book but I had no problem with that. Sure I missed seeing them together but I also really loved seeing them work hard by themselves towards their own goals. Neither were truly alone as Cécile had Sabine and Chris and Tristan had Marc and the twins. The unlikely friendship, or should I say banter, between Chris and Tristan was especially adorable. Cécile and Tristan's pretense was also noteworthy and deserve applauses ;) Props to Danielle for the twists and turns. We get clues sprinkled here and there but nothing was solid until those final moments. Every realization had my head spinning and doing double takes to make sure I was reading it right. The mystery to who Anushka was kept me on my toes. I had my suspicions because of the odd behaviour but I wished my prediction was wrong. It's so tormenting to find out I guessed right :( I felt the heartbreak for all. Sorry but I'm trying to stay vague so I don't give anything away. The ending was epic and I demand more!! I cannot wait learn more. A lot more!! The last instalment is going to be insane but for now, buckle up and be prepared for all the feels because there is no shortage of it in Hidden Huntress.
Date published: 2015-06-05

Editorial Reviews

“Love, adore, heart-to-freaking-pieces. This kind of book is why, why, why people need to look more closely at YA fantasy if they don’t already. Let Jensen show you how it’s done. Topping Stolen Songbird was always going to be a difficult task, but naturally Jensen manages it. The bar was set and so she vaulted over it, off into the sunset to a fanfare of praise.”– Jet Black Ink“This is a wonderfully written story, and as the second novel in this series, it perhaps even supersedes the first as it morphs in to entirely new directions.”– Quirkathonic“I would highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s action-packed, full of magic and has great characters.  My only regret is that I’ll have to wait such a long time for the third book.”– The Fictional Reader“This was an absolutely fantastic YA fantasy novel. There is a ton of wonderful magic and intrigue in this book. I love the chemistry between Cecile and Tristan and how they are both striving to make the kingdom a better place for all involved. I really enjoyed this book a ton and am very excited to see how the story wraps up in the final book of this series. This series is highly recommended to fans of intrigue heavy fantasy.”– Hidden In Pages“This book is everything I wanted and more, I can’t wait to see how this author will conclude this, so far amazing, trilogy!”– Zach’s YA Reviews“Hidden Huntress is a solid and well developed story…Ms. Jensen’s writing makes it so that the story remains intriguing and unpredictable each step of the way.”– The Blair Book Project“My heart soars and breaks at the same time just by thinking about this book. This awesome, stunning and wonderfully written book. Hidden Huntress was epic & such an exciting adventure into a world filled by magic so dark and beautiful. It made me smile, it made me grieve, it made my heart pump faster than ever before, and impossible as I thought it was, it made me fall harder and deeper in love with this series.”– The Writer & The Chef“Hidden Huntress is just as good, if not better, than Stolen Songbird. Let me tell you, this book has no hint of Middle Book Syndrome, which usually plagues trilogies. So much important stuff happens that I couldn’t even begin to summarize it, and I’m not going to try. Because Hidden Huntress is too good to spoil!”– Leeanna.me“Hidden Huntress does not disappoint!  This story is told with a confidence earned through vivid scenery, bright characters, and a theme that holds everything together like steel wire.”– Cowering King“Hidden Huntress is the sequel to Stolen Songbird, a book I loved and adored and encouraged everyone of my acquaintance to read. I’ll have to adopt the same tack with this worthy follow-up, because Danielle L. Jensen’s emotional resonance game is strong, strong, strong.”– In the Forest of Stories“Any fan of The Malediction trilogy would not want to miss out on this exquisite continuation to Stolen Songbird!”– Book Cat Pin“I devoured this book.”– Akosimayeee“With all kinds of magic and witchery, this book embodies the title of Hidden Huntress. Danielle L. Jensen has shaped an underground city of magical creatures into one of my most valued book worlds – and that makes me extremely excited for future works.”– Adriyanna K. Zimmermann“Hidden Huntress definitely does not suffer ‘Middle Book Syndrome’. It is full of action and gives us what we long for too. I am even more in love with the series than after finishing the first book!”– The Reading Nook NZ“Overall, Hidden Huntress undeniably surpasses as a sequel to Stolen Songbird. I was blown away by the ending and cannot wait for book 3! Danielle L. Jensen has shaped an underground city of magical creatures into one of my most valued book worlds – and that makes me extremely excited for future works.”– Life Writings of a Reader“The book was suspenseful, nerve-racking, drama, mystery, romance, and everything good rolled together and I experienced an onslaught of emotions to the point were I needed to take a break or I wasn’t going to be able to deal. I honestly can’t wait for the next book. Seriously, I need a copy, a clue, a hint of something right now because after that ending I just don’t know how I’m going to survive.”– Musical Bibliolater“Hidden Huntress was everything and more that I wanted in a sequel! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved Stolen Songbird, so I had some pretty high expectations for this book and it totally delivered. The pages are full of action, mystery, romance, and a very intriguing plot!”– Dark Faerie Tales“After having LOVED Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress had some big shoes to fill as far as expectations go. And I am happy to say that Danielle Jensen did not disappoint. Although Hidden Huntress was a different kind of story, it was every bit as exciting and wildly imaginative as its predecessor.”– The Quiet Concert“I loved this book so much. There were so many different elements at play that came together to make an excited, riveting, infuriating and suspenseful tale that kept me mesmerized from cover to cover.Danielle did a wonderful job of making sure all of the pieces to this story had a purpose and that they all came together seamlessly in the end. The mystery, danger, suspense, political intrigue, family ties, friendship, treachery, betrayal, power and love. It all was just so good!”– A-Novel-Ty“Hidden Huntress was a solid second book to this series, the plot developed quite a bit and set itself up very nicely for the final book in this series. I CAN’T WAIT! There are so many different things that could happen in the last book and I’m excited to find out If you’re a fan of YA romance/fantasy, I highly recommend this series!”– These Paper Hearts“Hidden Huntress opens up the world, simply put. It felt bigger and more encompassing, upping the ante for all involved. The pull of the story was irresistible, given how so much more now rests on the success of our protagonists. Everything that the first book set us up for comes to fruition, complete with welcome twists and unexpected surprises…that incredible ending sure has me eager for book three.”– The BiblioSanctum“Hidden Huntress is suspenseful, romantic, and will have you at the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.  If you loved Stolen Songbird, you should read this one immediately!”– Books Without Any Pictures“I enjoyed Hidden Huntress immensely which delivered in every aspect as much as I expected. Thankfully it does not suffer the dreadful second book syndrome which Jenson beautifully crafted out the trilogy, where each book feels like a new chapter in Cécile and Tristian’s lives.”– Escapism From Reality“Beautifully written. This book continues the story from Stolen Songbird, but it is it’s own book with it’s own focus.”– Follow the Yellow Book Road“The Malediction Trilogy is hitting the ground running in my little world. All the fairytale feel, with a totally fresh and original story line!”– Book Frivolity“A spectacular sequel to one of my all-time favourite books. With dark magic, a cursed kingdom, and a witch who doesn’t want to be found, Cécile seems to be in more danger outside of Trollus than she was trapped within the mountain.Her quest had me racing through the story and being back in this world made me so happy. And Tristan is as dreamy as ever. I absolutely adore this series.”– Kate Ormand“I can’t believe how amazing this series is! Jensen’s writing has left me astonished! Hidden Huntress was entertaining, thrilling, and incredible. I loved Stolen Songbird so much and Hidden Huntress did not disappoint.”– Extreme Bookworm“Hidden Huntress is a brilliant addition to the Malediction Trilogy; it is a really strong second book, and it pulls the story to new dramatic heights, leading me to be looking forward to the final book. If you have enjoyed the previous book then I highly recommend that you continue on the series with this book.”– The Flutterby Room“The way all the events unraveled and the secrets were revealed left me speechless. The cliffhanger even bigger than its predecessor!”– Boricuan Bookworms“I liked this book a lot, and I definitely think it had the same charm found in book one.”– Chased by My Imagination