Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Hidden Huntress
(Malediction Trilogy #2)

AUTHOR: Danielle L. Jensen
PUBLISHER: Angry Robot
PUB DATE: Jun 2 2015
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…

Source: Goodreads


"It seems to me, that no matter what we do, no matter what choices we make, there isn't a happy ending waiting at the end of the long road... But that doesn't mean we give up. It doesn't mean we stop fighting"

So much death! It hurts!

Danielle L. Jensen has baffled me once again! She came out strong with debuting Stolen Songbird last year and here she is again keeping readers hanging at the edge of their seats with Hidden Huntress.

Following shortly with the events that ended in Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress opens up to a whole new adventure for Cecile.

Cecile was a strong character during the first book, but I have to admit that book two gave me a different perspective on her personality. It may not have been a pleasing one, but it was understandable considering her situation. I can't blame her that desperation and longing might have tipped her off balance.

Tristan remains to be the ever heroic prince that he is. While circumstances from book one gained him more enemies than before, he redeems himself otherwise.

Plot-wise, Hidden Huntress is a solid and well developed story. You may make presumptions and guesses with the events that follow, but you'll never be truly sure what happens next. Ms. Jensen's writing makes it so that the story remains intriguing and unpredictable each step of the way. The pacing is much faster than its predecessor, although still keeps readers well informed. Be warned though, expect it to be a bit on the slow side. But do not fret, the story flows smoothly and progresses well albeit slowly, and I promise you the patience you draw out will be worth it in the end.

I really enjoyed reading Hidden Huntress and it pains me that I have to wait until next year for book three, although I shouldn't be surprised. Stupid sequels! I hate you! Okay I take that back, I love sequels, but the waiting just kills me!

*Thank you, Angry Robot Books and NetGalley for granting my request to view Hidden Huntress.

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