Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

21851568Beneath 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… – Goodreads

I just finished this book and my mind is reeling. In fact, I feel a little bit abused—do I really have to wait until 2016 until the third book comes out? Woe is me! This is a unique form of torture that only fellow bibliophiles understand.

Hidden Huntress is the second book in the Malediction Trilogy. You can check out my review for the first installment, Stolen Songbird, here. You may remember that I raved about it.

Though I still enjoyed the first book more, the second book was not a disappointment. It’s told in two points-of-view—Cecile’s and Tristan’s. This gives the storyline a well-rounded view for the reader, as well as a glimpse at what each one is feeling, thinking, and plotting. I think it works well because they’re bonded, so it gives you a small feeling of what that bond is like.

As with the first, Jensen’s writing style flowed beautifully, which really helped bring the magic to the story. I definitely found myself missing Trollis, though, as most of the story was set in Trianon.

I’d like to give a round of applause for the supporting characters. Though I wish Christophe had been fleshed out a little bit more (plus, is it weird that I picture him as Kristoff from Frozen?) I loved Sabine’s character during the course of the book. Many authors have a rough time constructing their supporting characters, but Jensen does not.

It did lose half a point for predictability, though. I knew from the beginning who Anushka was, and was desperately hoping that I would be very, very wrong. Nope. So that plot twist flew out the window.

The ending was definitely a cliffhanger, though, and I can’t wait for the third installment to come out. I rated Hidden Huntress a 4.5/5 on Goodreads and highly recommend the Malediction Trilogy to those with even a minor interest in YA fantasy!

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HUGE thank you to Angry Robot and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Hidden Huntress will be released on June 2nd, 2015.

 

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