- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 26, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062740377
- ISBN-13: 978-0062740373
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 341 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Kate Quinn’s follow-up to “The Alice Network” is compulsively readable historical fiction…[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.” (Kristin Hannah, Washington Post)
“Quinn deftly braids the stories of a female Russian bomber pilot, Nazi hunters, and a young Bostonian girl staring down evil in the most unthinkable of places. The result is a searing tale of predator and prey, transgression and redemption and the immutable power of the truth. An utter triumph!” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Orphan’s Tale)
“Prepare to be spellbound! The Huntress masterfully draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Another brilliant work of historical fiction by the incomparable Kate Quinn.”
(Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven)
“The Huntress left me breathless with delight... Kate Quinn has created nothing less than a masterpiece of historical fiction.”
(Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Goodnight from London)
“[A] complexly structured saga delivers exciting aerial sequences and intrigue worthy of a Hitchcock movie. The book’s psychological and dramatic elements combine for a powerful and satisfying finale. To paraphrase one of the characters, Ms. Quinn’s book is “dynamite in print.” (Wall Street Journal)
“An impressive historical novel sure to harness WWII-fiction fans’ attention... Laced with Russian folklore allusions and deliciously witty banter, Quinn’s tale refreshingly avoids contrived situations while portraying three touching, unpredictable love stories; the suspenseful quest for justice; and the courage involved in confronting one’s greatest fears.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Readers should expect to give up weekend plans once they start this novel. A great choice for historical fiction fans, particularly of World War II–set novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina’s backstory... a fierce yet vulnerable antecedent to Lisbeth Salander. Quinn’s language is evocative of the period, and her characters are good literary company. With any luck, the Nazi hunting will go on for a sequel or two.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Quinn delivers a suspenseful WWII tale of murder and revenge. This exciting thriller vividly reveals how people face adversity and sacrifice while chasing justice and retribution.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Gripping historical fiction” (Good Housekeeping)
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In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted . . .
Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.
British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.
Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post–World War II Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear.
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Having read "The Alice Network" by the same author (actually my first but not last Kate Quinn book), i expected a more thrilling and fast paced read.
I absolutly adored "The Alice Network" because of it's two storylines told from flawed but interesting characters (read this book immediatly if you haven't read it already, it's a gem).
However, this book left me debating it's cons rather than pros.
The book is told from 3 points of view (Nina, Ian, Jordan), and their sections were no even in holding my interest.
The book is a mixed bag, with good and bad aspects to consider:
1. The book is so very long- A decent editorial work would have left out about 100 pages without omitting anything significant from the plot.
2. One of the main characters, Nina, is so coarse and cartoonish (and foul mouthed) that she is not beliveably portrayed.
I don't know how many Russian people have the author met, but i'm pretty sure that this one would stand out even among the most boorish Russian crowds ever gathered.
3. The character of Ian is so prim and proper, that his part of the story is simply not captivating enough.
1. The amount of research that went into this is probably staggering considering the difficult topic of the Night Witches the author chose to deal with. There are not many books translated from the Russian language, so finding documents, books etc. was probably very difficult.
2. The character of Jordan is very refreshing, as she is a modern woman struggling against social conventions and trying to seize control of her life following many dissapointments.
3. The LGBT topic is raised as part of the plot line, and interwoven in a clever way in the plot. I will not reveal how or between whom, but it adds a significant layer to the plot.
So, overall a good book for those interested in the Night Witches, hunt of war criminals in the U.S after the war, but misses the mark for those interested in more developed characters.
In Kate Quinn's new work of historical fiction each and every character has clearly defined enemies/fears. Weapons in their arsenals include a Russian female aviator's razor blade, an aspiring photographer's Leica lens, and a 7 year-old's musicality. They all provide security, survival options and maybe even vengeance, in different ways.
Ms. Quinn displays a masterful confidence in her readers' abilities to allow the plot to percolate, without forcing it, or dropping obvious (annoying) foreshadowing. This reader, in my eager anticipation of this new novel, actually heard a whisper of, "patience comrade", and was duly rewarded as the story spooled out. The author's male-female relationship development is the best in the business, and a welcomed continuation of her wildly successful "The Alice Network" character connectivity.
Shoutout to Mother Nature for providing a snowy weekend for me to devour "The Huntress" in large quantities.
This story weaves together three different timelines and perspectives as each character joins in on the hunt for dié Jagerin. I loved the amount of research that Kate Quinn put into making this novel accurate to the time period, while still creating an interesting storyline. My favorite storylines alternated between Ian and Jordan. I loved the fierce and protective love that Jordan had over Ruthie. While I enjoyed the history behind the Night Witches and the female involvement in WW2, I got bored really quickly with Nina’s sections.
The other thing that I did not like about this book was all of the romances, it seemed like every character had to have a romantic fling. In my opinion, this takes away from the story when it is focused on heavily and always knocks the rating down a bit for me.
Finally, the middle of the book was slow. Towards the end of part 1, I was considering taking a break from the story altogether. But I powered through and the last two sections of the book definitely picked up. I really thought the ending was well done.
**Note: This book covers many adult themes such as abuse, PTSD, war, sex. Please keep this in mind when picking up the book if you are sensitive to these topics.
Thank you William Morrow for my review copy in exchange for my honest review.