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Huntress Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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About the Author
Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash, her first novel, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award. Huntress is her second novel. Visit her website at malindalo.com.
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Like in Ash, there’s absolutely stunning world-building in Huntress. The characters are beautifully written and they instantly worm their way into your heart, refusing to ever leave. I am convinced that the fantasy and magic described in the story itself are actually woven into the words on the page at hand.
Quite honestly… Malinda Lo has ruined me for all other new authors. Seriously. Where else can I go to find breath-taking, LGBT, feminist, sci-fi/fantasy coming-of-age tales??? POINT ME IN THE DIRECTION AND I WILL GLADLY DEVOUR ANY AND ALL OTHER STUNNING STORIES FROM OTHER AUTHORS! RIGHT NOW, I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR MALINDA LO, THOUGH!!!
While it's not in the same universe, I am looking forward to reading Adaptation ASAP! I just know I am going to adore everything it chooses to be. ;-)
PROS: Melinda Lo has an engaging writing style and makes use of artful description, striking a good balance between ease of understanding the world she has created, and creating mystery. She uses a somewhat unusual writing style of changing perspectives between characters, often many times within a scene, but I never had difficulty understanding who was thinking what, and this choice allowed me to get to know each protagonist, not just Kaede. I enjoyed that there were narrative elements that were concluded, while others remained open-ended, and I was glad to see that the characters experienced consequences of their actions, however necessary those actions might have been. Further, those who are familiar with Lo's work will know that she features GLBTQ characters, and one of good features found in this book is that sexual preference is largely a non-issue.
CONS: I would have enjoyed more insight into Taisin's backstory. I am sure that Lo intends to tell us more about Taisin as the series progresses, but while I felt a strong understanding of Kaede's motivations, I felt less certain about Taisin's--a look into her lifelong desire to be a sage would have made her anguish much more real to me. Likewise, I would have enjoyed a clearer understanding of how the antagonist's actions created the malevolent forces seen in the kingdom; I felt that some of the forces that seemed malevolent in the early chapters might, in fact, not have been, but I was not sure.
This book is a romance with the story being totally secondary to that fact, and unfortunately it reads exactly that way. I would recommend this book to others, but with ample warnings.