Author: Danielle L. Jensen.
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.
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.