Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publication: June 2, 2015
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 know I have already reviewed the first book in the Malediction Trilogy, but I am going to take just a moment to further gush. I absolutely adored Stolen Songbird! When the book ended on such a momentous cliffhanger, I was near frantic knowing that I was going to have to wait another year to find out would become of Cecile and Tristan. Le sigh...the time went by so slowly.
But finally, Hidden Huntress, made its debut! Time certainly got away from me this summer and it is only now that I am finally getting a chance to read and review it.
So here it goes…I sadly did not enjoy the second book nearly as much as the first. A vast majority of it was like the first chapter of the Stolen Songbird where I was thinking that I had made a mistake in picking the book with the beautiful cover. It made me remember that I was not that big of a fan of pre-Trollus Cecile.
Ah yes, Trollus…my beloved Trollus…it was really only in about 5% of the book. I just wanted more! And of course the human city of Trianon just could not compare. I can’t quite fault Jensen for not being able to make me fall in love with the real world after giving me a taste of the beauty found beneath the mountain…but alas, I still shall sulk.
I missed the witty dialogue and the wonderfully evolving characters from the first book. I had a few moments to swoon during certain scenes between Cecile and Tristan, but it seemed like it was a very hot and cold connection between the two. However, I still cling to my love of all things Tristan as I found myself rushing through Cecile’s POV to get back to him.
3.5 quills to Hidden Huntress. The writing was beautiful and I don’t want anyone thinking that I hated this book. I just didn’t fall in love with it. I have no doubt that the final installment, Warrior Witch, will have me just as anxious for its release because I am still pulling for Jensen to create another stunning piece of work.
Tori is a 24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.