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Product Details

  • Series: The Dark Queen Saga
  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345490614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345490612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fun, intricately plotted and with lots of derring-do, Carroll's latest should be popular with fans of historical romance. With a temper to match her fiery hair, Catriona O'Hanlon leaves her liege, Ariane, the Lady of the Fair Isle, to locate a sorceress's daughter and bring her to the Faire Isle, where she can be protected from the Dark Queen and the coven of the Silver Rose. The girl's father, Martin Le Loup, is living incognito with his daughter in London as dapper Englishman Martin Wolfe. Martin's an agent for Queen Elizabeth's spymaster and is conflicted about his job to ferret out Catholic threats to her majesty. As Cat and Martin spar with and fall for one another, danger lurks in the forms of the coven and the Medici. Carroll strikes a balance between froth and craftsmanship. (July)
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Wrongly accused and exiled as a witch, fiery Irishwoman Catriona O'Hanlon, a true daughter of the earth, serves Lady Ariane, ruler of Faire Isle. When Cat and Ariane learn that the sinister coven of the Silver Rose has been resurrected, they fear that this return to the dark arts will threaten the stability of the thrones of both England and France. Determined to replace French queen Catherine de Medici with one of their own, the Sisterhood of the Silver Rose plans to kidnap the daughter of their foundress from her protective father. Equally determined to recover the cult's dread Book of Shadows, Catherine de Medici dispatches a witch hunter to infiltrate the group. Mired in the midst of all this treachery, Cat must summon all her mystical powers to foil the diabolical plots and protect the sanctity of Faire Isle. Fast-paced historical fiction with a supernatural twist. Flanagan, Margaret

Customer Reviews

So I eagerly devoured this book in one sitting last night.
Popsicle Toes
She finds Meg and much more as she learns of Catherine's plot to assassinate the Virgin Queen and falls in love with her natural enemy, Martin.
Harriet Klausner
Having read the previous books in the series and really enjoyed them, I was not disappointed with The Huntress.
Leslie Frates

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Popsicle Toes on August 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was very surprised (albeit pleasantly) to find out that Susan Carroll's latest novel is the continuation of her previous Dark Queen trilogy. I loved her story about the Chenney sisters but she left out a few things in 'The Silver Rose' unanswered. So I eagerly devoured this book in one sitting last night. I loved it! Susan Carroll is a very talented writer and one of her main strengths is her ability to draw complex characters yet appear very real.

Catriona O'Hanlon is a refreshing heroine. She's free-spirited, feisty, able to wield her sword and shoot arrows with the best of them, and always speaks her mind. Although she appears to be fearless, she's actually quite vulnerable and a bit insecure inside thanks to her past treatment by her family and clan.

The book takes place a few years after the end of 'The Silver Rose' so Martin LeLoup has gone through some changes, perhaps not so much physically, but his experience as a father to talented Meg and life on the run has made him very cautious, if not downright suspicious, to anything magic. Thus he wouldn't allow Meg to even mention anything magic related.

Meg is also a unique character and Susan Carroll manages to capture Meg's innocence, confusion, and fear as a child filled with knowledge and power of magic beyond her years without making her appear to be some sort of Messiah or irritating know-it-all brat. The dialogues she had with Cat in one of the scenes when she started to open up a little bit nearly broke my heart for the little girl.

As usual, Susan Carroll also manages to combine historical facts and fiction so seamlessly that the story flows smoothly and evenly paced.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Boyd on August 22, 2007
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I was so glad to find this continuation of the Dark Queen series. This novel is full of the same suspense and intrique as the other novels, but this one brings a new levity and sense of humor with it that the others lacked in. I hope that Susan Carroll will continue with the story lines of the characters introduced in this book, because while more of the Cheney loose ends were addressed, now there are a whole new set to contend with. Happy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret S. on March 27, 2008
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If you read the other books in the Dark Queen series you will want to read The Huntress. Alone, the book would not have a leg to stand on. The book follows the same plot lines as the previous novels in the series. The plot drags in a lot of areas and is very predictable. Cat, while interesting at times, could have been better developed as a character as well as Maegera. I also did not like when the book switched character point of views in some chapters.

Catherine's short appearances were another weaker point in the book. It did not add much in terms of plot development and the way she was written made her seem as threatening to the characters as a parakeet.

The Cheney Sisters were barely mentioned and Ariane only made a cameo appearance. Miri and Gabrielle, were absent for all of the book with a few short sentences making a few statements about Miri's life. Maybe the author is setting up for Book 5 by not discussing them in this book. Since the series is really about the Cheney Sisters I would have liked for them to be interwoven into the plot.

I have to be honest that I am a little surprised with all the 5 star reviews. The book carries a great deal of flaws. All in all a decent afternoon read but not a book I would recommend or give it a glowing review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rothwell VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
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I greatly enjoyed 'The Huntress'--the fourth book in Susan Carroll's Dark Queen series.
This novel successfully tied up any loose ends from the first three, but also had it's own captivating tale. I enjoyed the character of Catriona, and thought she added a lot to the group of women that we are beginning to learn so much about.
I also loved that this novel took place in London, and not Paris or Faire Isle, as it was interesting to learn about a different city.
I do miss Gabrielle though, and her absence from not only this book but also it's predecessor is a little disappointing.
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Susan Carroll is the author of the Daughters of the Earth series: The Dark Queen, The Courtesan, and The Silver Rose.

This series is set in France in the 1580s. This book is the story of Cat O'Hanlon, the assistant to Ariane Cheney Deauville. Cat, the Huntress, is skilled in warfare of all sorts, including swords, and longbow. Ariane, the oldest of three sisters, is a healer and leader on Faire Isle, off the coast of France, a haven for the Daughters of the Earth, sort of white witches.

There are evil witches, including Queen Catherine de Medici, and a group sworn to serve the Silver Rose, a witch whose destiny is to destroy Catherine and lead the Daughters to great power through her ability to decipher the ancient Book of Shadows. The Silver Rose is actually Meg, the young daughter of Martin le Loup. Martin and Meg are in hiding somewhere in England, and Cat must find them and protect them, and bring them to the Faire Isle for safekeeping. Martin is in London working in the theatre, and for Walsingham, the advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, as a spy.

It is an exciting time when men can make their fortunes through strategic alliances. Martin is devoted to his young daughter, wants to raise her as a young gentlewoman, and hopes to make her forget all memories of her witch mother, Cassandra and her knowledge of the Book of Shadows. Cat cannot make Martin flee to the Faire Isle, so she remains in their house to keep them safe. Cat also tries to help a very confused Meg, and to ignore her feelings for Martin.

Evil and dark events threaten both Meg and Martin, as minions of the Dark Queen, Catherine de Medici and followers of the Silver Rose both try to get to Meg and the Book.
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