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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I realised I just didn’t care at all about the characters. The last third or forth of the novel is almost nonstop action, while previously the heroes traveled from one place to the other.

Similarly, I enjoyed the expansion of the world we initially came to know in Ash. I still had a few complaints, but here my hunhress are outweighed by the positives. Still pretty cool with that. I would have loved to have had more backstory on the state of the world and relations with the Fairy people. Starting inHuntresx has periodically published analysis of the diversity in Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling young adult novels.

Sages are to be celibate, yet the vision she has of the future, where she malindx she loves Kaede, haunts her.

HUNTRESS by Malinda Lo | Kirkus Reviews

I would guess that the reason so many people are saying this is a wonderful book is because of the LGBT themes in it. That is an underlying theme throughout this book: Ellen Kushner wrote the Riverside series, beginning with Swordspoint! But I just feel like hours of my life hunntress been wasted, and it was such a struggle to get through. I don’t know if authors make my life excellent or a living hell.

I ended up skimming this book, just reading the sections of dialogue, and I’m glad I made that choice.


It is set in the same fantasy world as Ashwhich mixes Asian and European influences. Another plus for the book: How can you love the story, but not the book, you ask?

It was fast-paced but not too fast-paced. They have been sent to meet with the fairy queen to try to save their world which has become an eternal winter.

A ranger, a mage, a warrior, a prince and some redshirt guards, who you don’t learn much about because they are obviously going to be dogfood, are assembled into a company and set out on a quest to save their country, after a prophetic dream. This novel took me for a ride in a world so full of fantastical imagery and imagination that it would take a while for me to enjoy another YA fantasy without comparing. In one scene the king’s son who accompanies them, asks the huntress if he will need to fight her for the love of the female guard traveling with them.

Well, Huntress has the exact opposite problem. The Children’s Book Council. But at the same time I want to watch this book burn in hell, along with Twilight. This book is supposed to be the prequel to Ash; but, although the world is the same, the customs of the characters are distinctly Asian and the cultures have a very different feel to them.

And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. Or was it her choice? And I liked that the world was inspired by Chinese culture. Jan 13, Cinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: And then it switches back to Kaede again.

But really, what frustrated me was the damn vision premise.

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This fantasy was gloriously epic while still remaining a quick read and avoiding an overly complicated plot. I hope the arrival on the market of books like Ash and Huntress isn’t just a one off. That’s a remarkably long-lived regime for an eco-system so fragile that it got nearly irreparably broken by one night of sex with a hot hunfress male.


And that is the mark of an excellent storyteller, that she gives the ending a reader can accept as the RIGHT way to end the book.

There was no apparent attraction between them. Lo explored the malidna aspect of the story really well. Mar 14, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: So I enjoyed this, I’ve heard really good things about Malinda Lo’s books so I was really looking forward to it.

Huntress by Malinda Lo

What’s more, she makes Taisin question the things she has been taught and suggests things aren’t as clear-cut as the Academy makes them seem.

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. Both Kaede and Taisin are admirable characters, they are strong and yet have a lot of moments where they doubt themselves. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Webarchive template wayback links Articles lacking reliable references from October All articles lacking reliable references Wikipedia articles with ISNI identifiers Year of birth missing living people.

Two and a half stars, really, but I was just so disappointed with this book. To me, it seemed like Lo started writing the book at her own pace, but then was given a sudden deadline to reach which made her rush through the actual main part of the story.

Technically Huntress came long before the world of Ash …more You don’t have to but I have found reading Ash first laid malinad nice groundwork for Huntress.