by MALINDA LO
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 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 their two 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/05/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781907411090
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Review by amberwitch
Huntress is a mediocre Japanese inspired fantasy, set in a preindustrial world. The world building is at best perfunctory, and uninspired. The characters are simplistic, and their interactions never more than approximations. The plot becomes increasingly unbelievable and immature, at the end it is remarkably bad.The start of the story seems interesting enough, and the lack of background is fine at first, making the book seem more mature than it is. Later on when it becomes obvious that the author is unable to provide any details or complexity to neither the worlds or the characters, it makes the ineptitude of the author obvious. The inner voice of all the characters are interchangeable, and the very occasional shift to a 3. Party is really not helping at all.The obvious Asian inspiration makes the book stand out from the gazillion European medieval inspired fantasy novels out there, as does the lesbian romance subplot. The vision that foreshadows the story, as the first violent encounter foreshadows the climax, is well done, but the last part of the book is truly atrocious.
Review by wyvernfriend
I found myself swept up and engaged in this story of two people who fall in love, despite themselves, almost. Kaede wants to be a celibate sage, wants this desperately, her dreams are filled with Taisin, who wants desperately to escape her life, to engage in relationships with women, to not marry the man her father has chosen to further his career and his family. They go on a mission to help restore the seasons, something is off, the faerie seem to be involved and the two of them are drawn to help. Along with Con and some soldiers, they have to fight their way and learn to work as a team to fix this.I liked it, loved the characters and their story, left wondering what was going to happen next with Kaede and Taisin and what would they do.