REVIEW: Huntress by Malinda Lo

The Blurb: 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.

The Short Stick: Adventurous, proper and studious.

The Goods: This book is great for the younger generation and also for those still interested in epic fantasy, I mean the older style epic fantasies. I found that the journey itself was daunting, adventurous and gruesome at times. I felt like the characters went to the extent of their potential and I felt like the romance was there, it was perfect for the type of book it was.

The Not So Goods: I have to say I was wrapped up a lot in the writing style and then I got lost with all of the third person omnipotence. Can’t say I’m a fan of that style, especially since I got criticized for using it myself. It’s really jarring to be in one character’s head and then another and another, all the while following along with the action. I found that a lot of the stuff about the world they live in was convenient, I even misunderstood a lot of it, and some of the gestures and conversations between characters didn’t ring true for me. I dunno, I wasn’t swept away with this one, and I mostly read it while plodding along thinking it has to get better, and then it didn’t. Not for me. The romance was so so, it wasn’t satisfying and the journey was typical.

Rating: 2/5

Other Stuff:
Pinocchio Factor: Fail
Jace Factor: Fail
Bella Swan Factor: Pass
Potter Factor: Fail
Primrose Factor: Pass
Bible Factor: Pass
Cheese Factor: Fail
Temperature: 50 degrees

Recommendation: If this is your first journey into epic fantasy then sure, pick it up, but if you’ve already read Terry Goodkind, J.R.R. Tolkien, and well any of the various faery series out there by Moning, Kagawa, Marr or Livingston then you can skip this one.