Malinda Lo is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities and now lives in a small town in Northern. Huntress by Malinda Lo, out today from Little, Brown, is a prequel to her first novel, Ash (reviewed here by Elizabeth Bear), and is set in that. Huntress is the story of two girls: Taisin, a gifted student well on her way to becoming one of the best sages of her generation, and Kaede, her.

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But she hungress wants a future with the huntress she now loves. Instead of a close narrative from a single person’s PoV, it was head-hopping casually in the middle of scenes. And I liked that the world was inspired by Chinese culture. Taisin is a girl that can see into the future and she vision Kaede being there with her.

No trivia or quizzes yet. A lot of things were left hanging, or just felt useless. There was no apparent attraction between them.

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Once to their the Fairy Queen they are told what they are to do. She enrolled at Stanford with the intention of obtaining a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology, but left with a second master’s degree. Despite some broad strokes one is a peasant and scholar, the other a vaguely rebellious noble oo they never really develop distinct personalities, or behave in sympathetic or even logical ways.

Kaede is at the school because her powerful father wished her there, but she is not magically gifted.


I enjoyed malindda about them and found them likable. The characters are diverse and the places they travel to on their journey are full of atmosphere and mystery. It was nice to see Lo drawing inspiration from traditional myths of Asia, rather than those of Europe. So she jumps at the idea of this quest to keep her away from her father and the unknown future husband he has chosen for her, at least for a time.



And why fantasy continues to be my go-to genre. Read more on my blog Skyscapes and Bloodstains May 03, Cyna rated it liked it Shelves: The beginning of the book flies by to get the characters on the road, and it never seems to spend much time developing motivation or characters.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Hnutress, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, th Nature is out of balance in the human world. All romantic relationships are treated equally, and Lo is clearly comfortable writing both gay and straight characters, lending an authenticity to both the characters and the world they inhabit. Lo at the Texas Book Festival.

There’s ideas raised earlier on that are forgotten about, and I found the romance utterly unbelievable – they go out of their way to avoid each other and not speak to each other, and yet About two thirds of the way through this mailnda, I put it down, and it was so hard from then to get to the end.

buntress And also for proving to jaded old me that I can still enjoy the quest structure if other elements of the story are mzlinda. I love Lo’s writing and while the pacing is slow at some points, especially when the characters journey through the Woods, I think that the pace is appropriate in that it helps the reader get a sense of their grueling journey. By the time they reach the city, there is not much space left to tell the rest Ok, so, thoughts. However, because of the girls lack of chemistry, it was hard to care.


Be the first to discover new talent! It felt more fleshed out this time, albeit differently. Maybe Taisin fell in love because she’d had a vision about it? Lo described the land ravished by hunger and natural disasters in a surprisingly poignant way, and against this apocalyptic backdrop the characters well and truly bloom.

I love Kaede and Taisin and Shae. I can only surmise that she meant to be third-person omniscient, but the consistency is questionable, and for the most part the only two perspectives we get are Taisin and Kaede.

I did, and it was completely understandable. Taisin already has visions, which she cannot parse. LGBT content and a fictionalized pseudo Asian world, what more could a girl ask for? Do I have to read this before I read Ash? The story of the journey itself isn’t really unique, but the love between Kaede and Taisin is.

But it wasn’t a wow moment and I would had loved to seen then 2 girls fall hard for one another. I loved the world-building. Even after the mage-type character explains she is dedicated to celibacy, the other girl just kisses her and then is “oh, wow, wonder why she ran away?

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At the same time, the road towards the climax provided llo opportunity for the characters and world to be developed. Romance between two girls, magic, fairies, epic quest, lyrical writing style It’s also easy to read, a quick read, and the situations and emotions ring reasonably true.

Or it’s supposed to be a metaphorical fairy tale, in which, the metaphors shred under the weight of even a second glance.