Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: April 5, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: 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 novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.
Review: Huntress is unique story which neatly pairs the I Ching and aspects of traditional fairy tales. Ms. Lo's writing style really brings you into the story as if you're within the pages along with the characters. In Huntress we find that the human world is dying slowly and three young people must make the perilous journey to the Fairy Queen's city after her invitation is extended. What they find along the way is peril and danger, but also hope, love, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Kaede and Taisin's relationship, while key to the story, is not brash and bold - it's quiet and patient. The fact that they're both women is nothing out of the ordinary - they love whom they love, just as we all do. Everyone along on the journey finds themselves in extraordinary situations with the Xi and other people and creatures they meet along the way and this showcases their strengths - and weaknesses. Ms. Lo's characters are wonderfully and lovingly created. I enjoyed her previous book, Ash, and Huntress is proving that Ms. Lo will never be a one-hit wonder.
By this Author: Ash, Huntress