Review 230. Danielle L. Jensen – Hidden Huntress.

21851568Title: Hidden Huntress.
Author: Danielle L. Jensen.
Pages: 427.
Published: June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot.
Sort: The Malediction trilogy #2.
Part 1. Stolen Songbird.
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath 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.
Rating:

I had high expectations for Hidden Huntress after falling in love with Stolen Songbird and Danielle did a great job. This book doesn’t suffer from the dreaded second-book-syndrome. I didn’t love it as much as Stolen Songbird, but it was an engaging story . There are mild spoilers for Stolen Songbird.

This book picks up a few months after Stolen Songbird. Cécile lives with her mother in the city of Trianon, while Tristan is suffering for his betrayal in Trollus. Cécile’s mother is trying to make her a star, but all she can think about is saving Tristan and her friends. To do so, she must find the witch who cursed them under the mountain: Anushka.

It is written from two POV’s: Tristan and Cécile. This was a great decision, because we get to see both their stories and what is going on in the human – and Troll world. Tristan has been locked away, but after Cécile’s promise to find Anushka, they release him. He still has to weir his shackles to prevent him from using magic, but he can finally get in contact with some of his old friends. We get to see more of his father and the reasons behind all his decisions. It was interesting to see more of the villain, because it gave him more complexity.

Cécile’s story took some time to start. This made the beginning of the book a bit slow and I felt a bit disconnected from her. This changed halfway and this was the point I was sucked into the story. I love her strong personality and her loyalty towards Tristan and her Troll friends. She was naive when it comes to her mother, but at the same time I could understand her feelings.

There were some nice twists in this story and some of them became obvious, but I’m still impressed with the build-up and conclusion. The ending is mean; the story in the book is wrapped-up, but it leaves on a part where you just want to continue! So, despite the initial slow beginning, I quickly fell in love and I highly anticipate the third book.

15 comments

  1. I still haven't had a chance to dig into my copy of Stolen Songbird, but I really wanted to know how you made out with the sequel. I'm thrilled that it doesn't suffer from second-book-syndrome, because that's always such a letdown. I do wish it would have captivated you at least as much as the first one, but if you still loved it, I'm good with that :) Lovely review as usual Mel! ♥

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  2. Oh yay more Tristan, he is my absolute fave! <3 <3

    I was going to ask you about the twists I've heard of, I feel like I've guessed most of the twists when I read Stolen Songbird. Haha, can't wait to get into this one!

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  3. From all the reviews I've read of this one, people seem to prefer the first book. Tbh I wasn't much fussed on Stolen Songbird. I know I know, I am totally in the minority there, but for some reason I just didn't fall in love with it in the way that I wanted to. In saying that, though, I still do plan on reading this one. Also I'm glad to hear we get more the villain--complexity in them is very important. :)

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  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this series, I mean just the trolls and the slow burning romance sounds great! Glad you ended up getting sucked in despite the slow start!

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  5. I have read mainly mixed reviews about this one, it is an amazing series though. I loved Stolen Songbird and the romance aspect was adorable with those trolls I have yet to read the second book but hopefully during the weekend I can dive into it.. Beautiful review :)
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  6. Okay, I'm seeing this book EVERYWHERE. I haven't read the prequel so I have no idea what you're talking about, lol, but damn I really want to pick this up now. It sounds wonderful in so many ways. Lovely review, Mel :)

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  7. I really surprised myself with not being in love with Stolen Songbird! It had, like, everything I usually love in a book! CLEARLY IW AS HAVING A WEIRD DAY. But I'm still tempted to try this one and I'm glad it didn't have an horrific second-book-syndrome-ness (that's totally a word XD) and I do so love the reds and browns of that cover.

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  8. I liked Stolen Songbird a bit more - I felt like this one really dragged, especially in the first half, but it's still a decent follow up. Loved Tristan's point of view, and I liked the romance once we actually got some. :P
    Great review, lady!

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  9. Yay :D So glad you loved this book Mel. <3 I must read book one soon. Hopefully very soon. Yay for loving that it has two point of views :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it sweetie. <3 So happy you weren't disappointed by it :)

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  10. Yes yes yes to Ruin & Rising. I would love to have an alternative book with the ending we wanted!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  11. I loved loved loved this book, but i'm not sure I loved it more than Stolen Songbird either. And I agree that the second half was better than the first but I was engaged the entire time. THAT ENDING THOUGH. The next book is going to be EPIC!

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  12. I loved this book, but I think Stolen Songbird has the edge on it (just for Cecile and Tristan getting to know each other alone :D) but this was a fantastic second book so I'm glad you enjoyed it overall. I was so satisfied/devastated by the ending - you are so right that it ends just when you really want it to go on!

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