Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cecile 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 Cecile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.
Description taken from Literally. I received an advance copy of this book, released June 2nd, 2015, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
There were two major things going through my head in HIDDEN HUNTRESS, and those were YES THIS and ahhh Second Book Syndrome strikes again. First, the good.
The good was mostly plot line and characters for me. I liked Cécile finally having to think for herself and get out in the world in order to save the world kind of thing. It was wearing, eventually, but I enjoyed having to see the characters by themselves. I also thought that it made sense considering the ending of STOLEN SONGBIRD. Both Tristan and Cécile got themselves into messes connected to the same ultimate problem, and I thought that Jensen did a great job handling that.
As for plot line, the life Tristan lives isn’t easy. He’s basically been banished to being a prisoner now, and we find our heroes pretty much in Troll Tartarus, if you get what I mean. Lots of iron and all that goodness.
So everyone’s suffering, evil is winning, you get the gist. The situation is pretty simple. What wasn’t simple was Tristan. Tristan has all these grand plans to get out of his current situation, and I think that I learned a lot about them through this part of the story. Things get really, really complicated, and I didn’t think it had to be, but I did really enjoy Tristan showing off this mad planning skills without Cécile to mess things up (though I do love Cécile).
Another thing was supporting characters. Personally, my favorite character is Marc. Always has been, from the very beginning. Readers really get to have a feel for the world that Cécile left behind, and the world that Tristan has always lived in, through HIDDEN HUNTRESS.
For those reasons, I loved HIDDEN HUNTRESS.
The main aspect to the Second Book Syndrome piece to all this is the romance. Shippers, you do get some pretty sweet scenes (and heartbreaking ones, be warned). However, you should go in knowing that this book is probably not all that you wanted ship-wise. It’s pretty awkward.
Another quick thing. Pacing. Book really didn’t need to be this long. And while I did love the plot, there were a lot of “twists” that I kinda saw coming.
Overall, I did enjoy this story–and it’s one that I love partially because I loved STOLEN SONGBIRD so much. Would I say I enjoyed it as much as SS? No. Would I say that I would still read the next one? Definite yes. I really hope that the ship gets back on track, because it pretty headed for the iceberg on this one. All in all, a good read. 3 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 464
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #2