Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
The Malediction Trilogy, #2
published on June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot Books
young adult | fantasy | romance
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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…
*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Thank you to Angry Robot books for providing me with an advanced copy for review.
This review is spoiler-free for both books in the trilogy!
Remember that time I cried for ages when Stolen Songbird ended? Good times, good times. Now I’m here to proudly inform you that Danielle L. Jensen has managed to make me curl up into a ball and bawl like a baby. Again. Repeatedly.
That being said, I didn’t love this one as much as the first. Don’t get me wrong–it was still entertaining and engaging, but I didn’t really feel like I was incredibly invested in the story this time around. Let me explain…
Hidden Huntress only less-than-half takes part in Trollus. Most of the book took place in Trianon, and honestly the human world isn’t as gorgeous as the world of the Trolls. I read fantasy to get out of the human world, and sadly Cécile was only in Trollus for maybe 2% of the book. Most of Tristan’s story was set in Trollus, but there was more plotting (Tristan trying to fix problems) then exploring.
Another thing I wasn’t too fond of was Cécile and Tristan themselves (individually–romantic assessment later), which is a shame because I adored them both in the first book. They both were just really hot and cold in this book and you couldn’t really tell what they really wanted half of the time.
I still LOVE the romance, though. Cécile and Tristan have such a strong bond, and when they’re together I just want to chain them to each other so that they’d never separate again. Their scenes together made me swoon, cry, and want to find my own man (preferably Logan Lerman) to smooch. Unfortunately I’m too young to do that.
I know Danielle left a few clues for us to guess things early on, but for some strange reason I wasn’t able to pick up on any of those and was actually quite shocked when the big reveal came on. Forgive me for my ignorance. Other people might find the twist easier to guess, though. Also, bonus points for giving the villain in this book a fabulous backstory. I love it when we get to know the bad guys, too.
What really made this still an enjoyable read for me was Danielle’s writing. It was so easy to read and everything flowed really nicely. POVs were easily distinguishable. The writing also had that fantasy vibe that I love so much.
OH, and the ending! Jesus, that was a glorious ending. It was full of action and much intrigue… There’s so much space for what could go on in book three (which I totally need RIGHT NOW PLEASE).
Overall, if you enjoyed Stolen Songbird, I highly recommend reading ASAP this book because lots of your questions will be answered. If you’re not too keen on it, maybe wait around for book three, but still read this eventually.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.