Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source; Netgalley (to review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description: 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…
My thoughts: I was very excited when my request was approved by Netgalley to read this book. I loved Stolen Songbird and couldn't wait to dive into the second book. Now I have to wait for the third. (sigh)
If you have not read the first, this review does contain a few spoilers. You may want to stop here. :)
Tristan and Cecile are fun characters. Both are headstrong and fiercely loyal to the other. For the majority of this book they were apart, but their bonding keeps them aware of the other and they are never completely separated. I did miss they way they play off of each other thoughts and feelings in this book. Their interaction was not lively. Their relationship as husband and wife does progress, most of it is fade to black, but does not make it clean for younger readers. There is also some swearing.
It was frustrating that Cecile didn't actively pursue a way to find Anushka. She seemed passive for missing her husband until she agreed to the Troll King's compulsion, the book picked up the pace from that point.
I enjoyed all of the political intrigue, from Trollus to the human world. There were many plots that were all slowly unraveling and being revealed in this book. Danielle Jensen placed several huge hints that made it so I could figure out what was going on, but it took Tristan and Cecile a while to figure it out.
The book finished on a big cliffhanger. I will anxiously await the third.