Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.
So it was really fantastic to read this book! It gave a deeper look into this world, because this is a companion book to Ash, set way in the past, and it's the reason why the Huntress position was set up in Ash, and has the first person who occupied the role in this book! So great!
So things are pretty darn bad! And they've had enough, they're going to do something about it! I loved the gang that came together to do this, Kaede, Taisin, the prince guy, and some guards. From everything that went on, this book was so great!
The world was pretty different in this book. We got a whole lot more details, because they travel across a lot of it. And things with the Fairy's, well, it's pretty different too, because it's this book which changes things until they're like they are in Ash!
This book was also sad. Because Kaede and Taisin couldn't be together, because of their positions, it would be forbidden. Which just makes the relationship in Ash all the better, and this one, all the more sucky! But it was great that the prince married the guard lady because they were in love, that was really sweet!
And yeah, this book inspired me to read Ash again, so I'm going to have to do that! I can't wait for it!
Author: Malinda Lo
Read: October 11th, 2012
Reason Why: Loved Ash, and it's a YAHFC Book!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: April 5th 2011