Huntress

Paperback | June 12, 2012

byMalinda Lo

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Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo's highly acclaimed novelAshis overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by theI Ching, and is filled with action and romance.

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Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous...

Malinda is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, and an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. Malinda graduated from Wellesley College in 1996 with a BA in Economics and Chinese Studies, and she worked with Joe Blades at Ballantine. She earned MAs from Harvard (Regional Studies--East Asia) and Stanford (Cultural ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316039993

ISBN - 13:9780316039994

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! The forbidden (and not because its queer) romance between Kaede and Taisin was absolutely the best part of this book. It develops slowly, in a acquaintances-to-lovers fashion, and is definitely heartbreaking. I liked that queer romances were acceptable in this world. The worldbuilding is decent and the character growth is good. The magical system made sense and was well thought out. The book itself was well-written and lushly descriptive. Overall, I enjoyed it!
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I think my feelings are kind of pulled in many different ways for Huntress. And not necessarily because the characters were worth feeling for. I apologize that this review is going to start so negative. I was just so disappointed. From the start I was kind of feeling the book. Lo introduces you to Kaede (one of two main characters, but obviously the main main character), and I thought she'd be a really interesting character. And then you meet Taisin, who doesn't seem as interesting, but I was waiting to see what Lo did with that. And then she did nothing. And nothing. And kind of more nothing. I know that might seem unfair, as she does give you more information on them as you read on, and so you technically do get to know about them better, but you don't get to have more of a feeling of them. Very rarely in this entire novel did I really care if the characters met their goal or if they ended up with their love interests. There was a good reason for this - their love stories never seemed believable. Even "love at first sight" types of stories are more believable. This disappointed me because I love seeing positive gay relationships in fantasy novels. And the relationship was positive. It was just boring. Often the characters just kind of had their feelings blossom before their eyes, but the passion of this kind of love was never communicated. I was just supposed to believe it because it was what Lo told me, not because of what the characters communicated to me. The writing style was not one of my favorites. I don't like when perspective shifts between paragraphs. I think it is a lazy way to tell a story, and makes it harder to know who is giving you information. Now to some positives: I love that the character's queerness was not a concern of any of the characters in the story. I love that it was not viewed as abnormal. It was a very positive representation of queerness. I loved that Kaede and Taisin were strong not because of their physical strength, but because they were able to make decisions for themselves (even if I did not care about their decisions). Some of the scenes did make me care what was going to happen, and I did rush through a few chapters to see what would happen next. I wish this whole book had been written more like that.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Malinda Lo's Huntress I think my feelings are kind of pulled in many different ways for Huntress. And not necessarily because the characters were worth feeling for. I apologize that this review is going to start so negative. I was just so disappointed. From the start I was kind of feeling the book. Lo introduces you to Kaede (one of two main characters, but obviously the main <i>main<-i> character), and I thought she'd be a really interesting character. And then you meet Taisin, who doesn't seem as interesting, but I was waiting to see what Lo did with that. And then she did nothing. And nothing. And kind of more nothing. I know that might seem unfair, as she does give you more information on them as you read on, and so you technically do get to know <i>about<-i> them better, but you don't get to have more of a <i>feeling<-i> of them. Very rarely in this entire novel did I really care if the characters met their goal or if they ended up with their love interests. There was a good reason for this - their love stories never seemed believable. Even "love at first sight" types of stories are more believable. This disappointed me because I love seeing positive gay relationships in fantasy novels. And the relationship was positive. It was just boring. Often the characters just kind of had their feelings blossom before their eyes, but the passion of this kind of love was never communicated. I was just supposed to believe it because it was what Lo told me, not because of what the characters communicated to me. The writing style was not one of my favorites. I don't like when perspective shifts between paragraphs. I think it is a lazy way to tell a story, and makes it harder to know who is giving you information. Now to some positives: I love that the character's queerness was not a concern of any of the characters in the story. I love that it was not viewed as abnormal. It was a very positive representation of queerness. I loved that Kaede and Taisin were strong not because of their physical strength, but because they were able to make decisions for themselves (even if I did not care about their decisions). Some of the scenes did make me care what was going to happen, and I did rush through a few chapters to see what would happen next. I wish this whole book had been written more like that.
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced adventure At first I thought the story moved a little too quickly, and that there could've been more elaboration on things, such as the magic characters used and creatures encountered, but I give 5 stars because at the end I felt like I literally had just finished an adventure :) Also, great to see an LGBT heroine in a teen book!
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous! 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).
Date published: 2012-07-20