Huntress by Malinda Lo

Title: Huntress
Author: Malinda Lo
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Source: Won*
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

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.

Huntress is a beautifully written story, overflowing with raw and poignant emotions and unforgettable characters. It’s not too long ago since I felt deeply attached to a story and/or characters on a book but I already missed the feeling and Huntress, unexpectedly, did just that and so much more. It stole my heart.
In Huntress, which is the prequel to Ash (which I still haven’t read yet), the story is told in third person in switching point of views from characters. I have no problem in third person story-telling. I actually liked it more because I get to know more the other characters’, besides the protagonists’, point of views. I love Malinda Lo‘s writing, she’s definitely a brilliant story-teller with a powerful and distinct way of effectively reaching to her readers’ heart.
While the story is filled with enrapturing magic, riveting action and unpredictable plot, it is the romance between Kaede and Taisin that intensively made an impact on me. To watch how their feelings grow and how they deny that feelings up until to where they finally stop fighting it and just accept it was so utterly beautiful and genuinely heart-warming. I honestly want to say more but the romance between the two is indescribable. I suggest you read the epic book and you’ll know (or feel) what I mean. What I also liked about Kaede and Taisin is that they both have strong and unique personality that complements each other. In addition, I enjoyed Kaede and Taisin’s companions on their journey, Con, Shae, Tali and Pol. They all have this distinct and solid character. I devoured this book so much that I didn’t want the story to end! The need to read Ash has definitely heightened!
Huntress, by the way, is my very first LGBT book to read and it was a refreshing experience for me. With its an astonishing adventure about bravery and unconditional love, this book is definitely on my all-time favorite books! I’m giving this 5 out 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone and while you’re reading it, try listening to this epic song.


*I won this book from a Twitter contest by Malinda Lo herself. I think she did like 3 ARC contest on Twitter and I was the 3rd winner. I desperately stalked her Twitter that time because I’m dying to have a copy of this (LOL) Thank you so much, Malinda!


  1. Elodie

    May 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Awesome review !! That really makes me want to buy the book. Thank you Mia 😉

  2. Two Readers Reviews

    May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Wow, great review! I have been wanting to read this, since reading Ash, and this review makes me want to even more so!

  3. Mia

    May 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Elodie: Thanks, Elodie! Yes! Go buy a copy it's worth every penny 🙂

    Two Readers Reviews: Thank you! I haven't read Ash but I'm SO planning to. Go buy and read Huntress, it's an epic read 😉

  4. Precious

    May 28, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Hi Mia! I'm glad you liked this one! I've had my eye on it for months. 🙂 And I didn't realize it's already out! Great review – I loved how you described the story.

  5. Bonnie

    May 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    This sounds like an amazing read. I haven't read Ash yet but this sounds like a series that I just must read. Absolutely wonderful review!

    Also, if you have time I am giving away a copy of Wings of Fate on my blog and would love for you to check it out!

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