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…
Well, Stolen Songbird was one of my top favourites of 2014. And now, Hidden Huntress has reached equivalent levels for 2015! It's definitely one of my top one read as of 2015! I just enjoyed it that much! So good!
So I was waiting for this book to be put up on NetGalley (I wasn't totally sure that it would, what with all the stuff with the publisher) and the hope that I'd be approved for it. So when I saw that it was up, I pounced! And after I was approved (happy dance!) well, it was open right away!
I stayed up till about 1 A.M. to read this book. I was just sucked in! There was the start of chapter one posted, and I had read it multiple times (wondering things like did her mom know that the scar was there, and the implications if she did, but still did that!) so then to be able to read past that, so awesome!
Just about the only thing that would've made this book better, would be having the gang all together, kinda like they were in Stolen Songbird, but not trapped in Trollus. Because after the ending of Stolen Songbird, Cécile is out. So there wasn't any scenes with the whole gang, which is too bad, but after the ending of this book, well, I'm betting for a reunion scene!
The hunt for Anushka, gave Cécile some more knowledge into witches and their magic and power, and we got to see more, which was really great! Like the location spell, and how that lead to a vital clue (and having read the ending before that part, made perfect sense to me!) Yeah.
It was really great to again have Cécile and Tristan's POV's, since they're separated for this book, though early on there was a meeting because of his dad, which did not end too well for either one of them! Left her with the wrong impression, that he thought the worst of her, basically, when those feelings that she'd seen were self-directed. Yeah.
So there's the big thing that is going to happen in the next book, which hinged on the ending (which was just so good! But I'm leaving out, like, the second half of the book so not to spoil things.) And then there's the mentions of the favours/deals that Cécile and Tristan have with the two sides of the Fae that we know about in this world, the Summer, and the Winter. So that's probably going to play out in the 3rd book!
Favourite lines: to be added after publication and I remember to add them!
Yeah, I just enjoyed this book so much, watching these characters again (oh, I'd missed Tristan's way with words!) and now the wait for the 3rd and final book, oh, main, it'd better be on NetGalley, because I don't think I could wait for over a year to see how it all ends!
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #2
Read: March 17th, 2015
Reason Why: I just loved Stolen Songbird so much, and it's a Historical Fiction 2015 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book, Reward Challenge Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a future WoW Book!
Publisher: Angry Robot
Expected Publication: June 2nd 2015