Saturday, 13 June 2015

Review: Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Release date: June 2nd 2015
Publisher: Angry Robot
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 421

Source: NetGalley

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…

Stolen Songbird was a great introduction to this series, and Hidden Huntress gets right into the plot from the beginning. This book was really quite long - even twice as long as some YA novels I've read - but it didn't drag anywhere and I felt everything in it was necessary for us to know.

Cécile is in Trianon, away from the trolls and desperate to find the witch Anushka. She's living with her mother and performing on stage like her mother always wanted, but she feels guilty for leaving Tristan in danger. But there's nothing she can do except try her best to find Anushka. Meanwhile, Tristan has his own plans to make things right in Trollus. But can Cécile use her magic and find Anushka before Trollus falls into ruin? And what will she do even if she does find the witch? She has a choice to make, one that will affect every human as well as the trolls.

The book is told from two points of view - Cécile's and Tristan's. This was a great idea, because the two of them are apart for most of the novel. And both of them have really interesting things happening to them, so the alternation between the two POVs kept my attention focused on the pages.

From the first book, we know that magic is new to Cécile - moreover, she's only just discovered that she has some of her own. In Trianon, she enlists the help of her friends Sabine and Chris to hunt down any witches in the area, hoping one of them will lead her to Anushka. I liked seeing Cécile's powers develop, and that she's getting used to being without Tristan, knowing he's in pain.

How I hate her mother, though. I honestly don't know how Cécile can live with a woman like that. Unnecessarily cruel and unkind even to her own daughter. She's such a bitch to everyone. No wonder Cécile's brother despises her. And it annoyed me that Cécile is still desperate for her mother's love and approval even though the heartless woman doesn't deserve a sweet daughter like Cécile.

And oh gosh, Tristan. I felt so terrible for him as I read about the condition he's in. And his own father doing those things to him... It's horrible. Pretty much all the trolls have turned against Tristan after the events of Stolen Songbird, and apart from his few close friends, he has no one to trust. But Tristan is smart and resourceful, and he slowly develops a plan to stop Trollus from getting destroyed thanks to his father's stupid orders.

There's never really a boring moment since something big is always happening, either with Cécile or with Tristan. What I didn't like was that the plot twists were so easy to figure out. Big ones as well as smaller ones - I basically knew it all before the big reveal, and it was ridiculous that Cécile is oblivious when things are so obvious even to the reader. There were just too many clues everywhere - anyone reading the book with a good amount of focus could figure stuff out.

Overall, an enjoyable book but with plot issues. And the length didn't sit very well with me, either. The ending was big, though, so I'm definitely looking forward to the third and final book in the series. I'm anticipating a lot of action and fighting and destruction!

*Thank you to Angry Robot for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5


  1. I didn't like this one very much at all. LOL. It fell flat for me, similar to what you're saying. I didn't really like Cecile, but I loved Tristan! Hopefully Warrior Witch redeems the series because this one got a big fat two stars from me D:

    Excellent review, Richa!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I loved Stolen Songbird but after reading a couple of negative reviews I becomes less excited about Hidden Huntress. It's nice to know you enjoyed it though! I think Cécile's relationship with her mother would really annoy me but I'll still be giving this one a try :) Great review!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf


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