I really enjoyed Malinda’s first book Ash, a clever retelling of the Cinderella story, so was excited to pick up her second book Huntress which is set in the same world as Ash but many centuries earlier. Like Ash, Huntress is a fantasy YA book which takes place in a world where magic is normal and fairies exist.
Huntress tells the story of two girls Kaede and Taisin who are fated to undertaken a dangerous journey to the city of the Fairy Queen in order to save their own world. Both girls are burdened with their own secrets which threaten to tear them apart.
What I love about this book is it treats both heterosexual and homosexual relationships equally and no big fuss is made out of either. This is extremely refreshing in a YA book as YA fiction tends to make a big deal out of the Gay. The fact that the book cover doesn’t even mention that it contains homosexuality is amazing and perhaps shows that the literary world, at least, might be growing up in this respect.
Whilst the majority of the book was great, unfortunately the ending felt rushed and unfinished. I’m hoping that this is because the author is planning a sequel rather than she ran out of ideas. I guess only time will tell on that front. Still I recommend it for folks out there who love fantasy books with strong female characters, like I do. I can certainly think of worse ways of spending a couple of hours.