Trolls, witches, politics, music and magic
Series: The Malediction Trilogy
Author: Danielle L Jensen
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 2nd June, 2015
Stolen Songbird ended with a premise that had me panting for the second book. And Hidden Huntress does not disappoint. Cecile is in the capital city looking for Anoushka and living with her mother whom she despises. While she loves the singing and the stage, her search for the ancient witch gets riddled with hurdles. One meeting with the King of Trollus and watching Tristian being tortured, Cecile finds herself, under an oath to find Anoushka at any cost.
Told in dual points of views, this edition of The Malediction Trilogy, managed to show not only Cecile’s frantic search but also Tristian’s desperate attempts at keeping Trollus together. Unlike Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress had a different flavour to it. It feels like each book takes a different turn toward the ultimate goal. While in the first book, Cecile was trapped and looking for a way out, it was very much about the politics of Trollus and Cecile’s escape. In the second book, it was that and much more. We watch Cécile sinking into the depths of madness and Tristian torn between his wife and the plight of his own people.
Truth be told, this book was a slow starter for me. In fact I found Cécile’s POV less interesting while Tristian’s world filled me with intrigue and dread. However when eventually it all catches up, it is goes all out in a flurry of fireworks. Revelations and secrets out in the open, with Cecile and Tristian finally achieving what they set do, only to be forced to face an even greater foe.
I enjoyed Hidden Huntress immensely which delivered in every aspect as much as I expected. Thankfully it does not suffer the dreadful second book syndrome which Jenson beautifully crafted out the Trilogy, where each book feels like a new chapter in Cécile and Tristian’s lives. If I didn’t like Tristian before, I freaking loved him in this one and I’m sure you guys will too.
Review copy received by Publisher, Angry Robot Books, UK
Also check out my previous post where Danielle L Jensen talks about the French connections to her Malediction Trilogy