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Malinda Lo
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5. Mai 2011
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 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 their two 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...

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atom (Time Warner Books Ltd) (5. Mai 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1907411097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907411090
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 254.141 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Malinda Lo wurde 1974 in China geboren und wuchs in Amerika auf. Sie war gerade zwölf Jahre alt, als sie ihr erstes Gedicht an eine Zeitschrift verkaufte. Malinda Lo studierte am renommierten Wellesley College, in Harvard und Standford. Später arbeitete sie als Lektoratsassistentin bei einem großen amerikanischen Verlag und als Journalistin. Malinda Lo hat in Boston, New York, London, Peking, Los Angeles und San Francisco gelebt, bevor sie sich mit ihrer Lebensgefährtin in einem kleinen Ort im nördlichen Kalifornien niederließ. ASH ist ihr erster Roman.

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Malinda Lo is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities and now lives in a small town in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash was her first novel.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Gute Nacht Geschichte 24. April 2012
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Nach Ash hatte ich mir einfach mehr erwartet. Die Story war schwach und der Hauptcharakter erst recht. Ich bin ja ein Fan von weiblichen starken Charakteren, die die Männerwelt aufwühlen, aber die zwei da? Hmmm ... schwach, leider. Etwas kritisieren muss ich auch dass Malinda Lo gleich mal alle Männlichen Nebenrollen sterben hat lassen. Es gab 3 Frauen und drei Männer, überlebt haben ALLE Frauen und ein Mann (der Prinz des Landes sollte nicht gekillt werden, war klar). Fand ich irgendwie seltsam. Mann hätte einfach mehr rausholen können! Ich hab mich bei fast jeder Seite aufgeregt, weil einfach jeder Part geschwächelt hat. Ja der Ausdruck war ganz schön, aber was brinngt einem eine schön geschriebene Müllgeschichte? Ich wundere mich jetzt noch, dass ich das zu ende gebracht habe.

Fazit, zum Einschlafen in Ordnung, aber bitte erwartet euch nicht zu viel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful tale of adventure full of lush description and beauty 1. April 2011
Von K. Eckert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I loved Malinda Lo's first book Ash and was excited to about Huntress. I got this book through Book it Forward ARC tours. It was a wonderful book. The story was more complicated and expansive than Ash. It again features a romance between two women, there is also a lot of adventuring and some magic.

Kaede and Taisin are two girls in their late teens. Kaede is the daughter of a the King's Advisor and more knowledgable in fighting and handcrafts than the magic at that the academy she iattebds. Taisin is a progidy at the academy and has a vision involving her and Kaede and a castle of ice. The land the two girls live in has fallen on hard times and the situation is dire if winter is not brought to an end. The two girls end up being sent along with the King's son on a journey to visit the Fairy Queen in hopes that the Fairy Queen will be able to help them end the long winter that is gripping the land.

This book is written much in the style of Ash; so if you liked that book I think you will enjoy this one. Lo writes at a deliberate pace with beautiful descriptions that create lush images in your mind. The romance in the book is keep somewhat innocent and sweet, as it was in Ash. The two characters that fall in love are both women, but it isn't the same sex issue that makes their love star-crossed, it is more an issue of class and occupation. Lo gives us a wonderfully sweet and adventurous story that features these two women, each strong in their own way, and doesn't really make a big deal about their sexuality...which is how it should be.

There is a lot more action in this book than there was in Ash and a lot more adventure. Rather than being blunt about magic this book has more a tone of magical realism about it. This book is supposed to be the prequel to Ash; but, although the world is the same, the customs of the characters are distinctly Asian and the cultures have a very different feel to them. You definitely don't need to read Ash to enjoy this book.

Both Kaede and Taisin are admirable characters, they are strong and yet have a lot of moments where they doubt themselves. I enjoyed reading about them and found them likable. I love Lo's writing and while the pacing is slow at some points, especially when the characters journey through the Woods, I think that the pace is appropriate in that it helps the reader get a sense of their grueling journey.

The book ends well, although I think some readers will be a bit bothered by it. I personally enjoyed the ending, is wasn't fairy tale happy but it was realistic and kept with the tone of the rest of the story.

Overall a wonderful new book from Lo. I will continue to read Lo's works. Lo gives us deliberately paced novel, with beautiful description, heart-pounding adventure, and a sweet romance. If you loved Ash you will love this book. Fans of classic fantasy adventure with a thread of romance through it will find lots to love in this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Smooth writing but slow plot 22. März 2011
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In Malinda Lo's Huntress, the human world has entered a period of never-ending clouds and rain. With crops dying and people starving, the Kingdom selects two girls to undertake an unprecedented and hazardous journey to find the Fairy Queen in hopes of putting an end to the natural devastation. As the search party travels north and encounters dangerous threats, feelings between the two girls, Kaede and Taisin, begin to grow. With attacks against their party increasing and stakes raised, Kaede and Taisin realize that their new bond may be tested and ultimately destroyed if they are unable to complete their quest.

After reading Lo's Ash last year and being impressed with her writing, I was eager to read this prequel novel, HUNTRESS. The author's clear and descriptive writing provides a palpable sense of place and mood throughout the story, especially in the scenes where the characters are travelling through the forest and encountering the Xi. Another strength of the book is its blending of elements from multiple traditions, including the Chinese I CHING and British fairytales. Similar to her first book, HUNTRESS also presents LGBTQ relationships in the context of the story as normal and not worthy of fanfare. The novel also concludes with a finished, complete ending that was unexpected but that showed the depth of understanding and love between the characters involved.

Like my experience with ASH, however, I never found myself invested in the characters of HUNTRESS or their struggles. The relationships were so understated that I never got caught up in them. The prologue also ruined much of the story for me, because I knew from the opening chapter which characters would survive to a certain point and how their relationships would evolve. Because of this, events in the plot lacked immediacy or tension; this was especially true for the relationship between Kaede and Taisin. Due to the significant foreshadowing from the prologue, the pacing also seemed slow, because I was anxious to read ahead to a part where I didn't know what would happen.

Even though I didn't overtly enjoy HUNTRESS, I do appreciate the strong LGBTQ and Asian voice that Lo brings to young adult literature through her writing talents. I hope that this book and its predecessor find a warm reception with other readers.

Note: This review refers to an advance reader's copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Loved This One So Much 5. April 2011
Von DAC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a prequel to Lo's debut Ash. I enjoyed Ash, loved Huntress. Kaede and Taisin are students at the same Academy. Though both 17 yr old and started at the same time, they don't share any classes. Taisin is a very advanced sage in training, skilled at seeing into the future. Kaede is the daughter of the King's Advisor, a talented fighter but not a great student.

The two are suddenly brought together after Taisin has a vision. In it Kaede's life is at risk and the Taisin in the future is in love with her. These feelings disturb the Taisin of now because a sage must take a vow of celibacy. Taisin wants to avoid Kaede but it can't be done.

The Kingdom is in trouble, crops are dying and people are going hungry because of the unchanging weather. The King has been sent a very rare invitation by the Fairy Queen. Everyone believe the Fairy Queen can explain what's going on with the weather.

The King can't go and sends his son Con in his place. Taisin and Kaede must go as well. The kingdom is in turbulence, the three must travel with guards for their saftey.

Kaede and Taisin's characters were very well drawn. Their personalities shine through and I like that they come from different backgrounds. Kaede and Taisin could be romance is at the core of this story but the author never forgets the adventure.

Huntress has a great balance of action, danger and love. I absolutely loved Lo's writing. Sometimes author's drag out an inevitable relationship, and as a reader I am screaming just get together already. That was not the case with Huntress. The author's transitions from the potential relationship to the mission were clinic good. In doing so Lo kept me very much interested in both aspects of the story. Taisin and Kaede's first kiss was worth the wait.

Huntress is one of my favorite books of the year, inside and out (gorgeous cover)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen How do you make a lady into a killer? 26. März 2012
Von Heidi Waterhouse - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the prequel to Ash, which I have shorthanded as "the bisexual Cinderella story". My mental title for this book was "Ask More Questions".

We have two viewpoint characters: Taisin, a farmgirl with magical talent, and Kaede, a nobleman's daughter fighting against her conventional marriage-of-convenience fate because she is not attracted to men and because she wants to decide her own destiny.

They set off on a journey to meet the Queen of the Fairies and try to save their world from an endless killing winter. The quest narrative rolls on, but there are some unexpected turns. They lose members of their party. Kaede, in particular, has to come to terms with her calling to kill fae. She is a reluctant killer, and it bothers her, but I think the book could have benefited from Kaede deciding whether she was going to be used for other people's purposes, or because she is making reasoned decisions. She seems unduly trusting of the Fairy Queen's word about what's going on in the world. She never seems to want confirmation that the people she is sent after need to be killed.

There is a sweet star-crossed lovers romance, and I applaud Lo for not going with some lazy love-conquers-all ending. There are more complications than that, even though both women acknowledge they love each other. They are not having problems because of some contrived miscommunication, they have real and legitimate conflicting interests. I like how they appear to be resolving it.

In the end, Kaede goes on a quest with the Queen's Huntsman. I wanted to know more about the Huntsman, and how he came to love the queen, and what he thinks of his job. One of the problems with YA is that there is not usually room in the books for three extra chapters to develop a minor character.

I thought about Robin McKinley while I was reading this book. I thought it shared some common flavors, while going in a different direction. I think if McKinley had written it, there would have been only one viewpoint character. I don't know if that would make it less rich or more direct.

There is a lot of room in this story for us to write our own outcomes, and the world, although lightly sketched, is a place that seems easy to populate. I like books that don't answer all the questions.

The world is a tiny bit asian-flavored, instead of being vaguely medieval-european. They cook rice while traveling, and the important mythical animals are phoenixes and unicorns, not lions and dragons.

A special note on the cover: As opposed to Ash, which had a very vulnerable-looking girl on the cover, the cover for Huntress delights me. It is fierce, direct, strong. I assume it's Kaede, and she looks ready to take on all comers.

Read if: You like a good quest story. You are tired of relentlessly heteronormative stories. You enjoy watching people play with fairy tale tropes like Legos.

Skip if: You like your protagonists wary. You like your endings tidy. You are looking for an in-depth interrogation of fairy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Elegant and bittersweet 19. April 2011
Von Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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_Huntress_ is a prequel to Malinda Lo's debut novel, _Ash_, though the two books can stand independently. _Huntress_ takes place several centuries earlier, in a time when the country's culture was more analogous to that of feudal China.

In the past few years, a shift in the weather has resulted in famine. Then the Fairy Queen, who has long been out of contact with humans, issues a surprising invitation to her city, Taninli. The King and the sages are sure the timing is no coincidence, and put together a delegation. Among those chosen to undertake this hazardous journey are Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls growing up in the sages' Academy.

Along the way, the girls begin to fall in love. There's no stigma attached to being a lesbian in the world of the novel, but other obstacles loom. Kaede is high-born and her father plans a political marriage for her. Taisin has planned all her life to become a sage, and sages are required to be celibate. The theme of forbidden love is picked up in a secondary couple, too, and in a folktale told around the travelers' campfire. Seen from a certain angle, even the backstory of the villain's origin is an extension of the theme of "love thwarted by an accident of birth."

The best thing about _Huntress_ is that nothing in it is a cop-out. Anytime there's the possibility of an easy way out, that's not where Lo takes the story. No one ever hands Kaede and Taisin a convenient way to have everything they want without sacrifice. This holds true, too, for the struggle against the supernatural force that threatens the land. The threats cannot be handily dehumanized. Killing never becomes easy. This lack of cop-outs makes _Huntress_ stand out against a number of books that foreshadow difficult choices but don't follow through; against any book where the bad guys are made of cardboard; and even against Ash, where the solution was something of a loophole.

Don't think, though, that this is a depressing book. _Huntress_ is filled with noble characters, beautiful imagery, and selfless love; and left me feeling uplifted after I finished it.

At the end, we also see the implied founding of the King's Huntress position that Kaisa, from Ash, will later hold.

Lo's prose feels more assured this time around. It's less ornamented than that of Ash, but also more seamless. There are fewer passages that jump out as "Here be pretty words!" -- because it all flows together as a whole, elegant in an understated way. I usually read quickly but slowed down for Huntress, so I could "hear" the words spoken in my head.

The only aspect of the prose that seems flawed is the occasional head-hopping, and I can't even say for sure that it's a mistake. In the early chapters, it's distracting. Later, the reader grows accustomed to it. Then, when the characters reach Taninli and walk out into the sunshine, Lo uses the POV-jumping to show us each character's initial reaction in a single paragraph. It works perfectly, serving both to illuminate differences between the characters and to give the reader a multisensory experience. I have to wonder if Lo seeded the head-hopping early in the novel so it wouldn't jar us when she did it purposefully here.

My metaphorical hat is off to Malinda Lo for this bittersweet tale of love, heroism, sacrifice, and coming-of-age. (And also for proving to jaded old me that I can still enjoy the quest structure if other elements of the story are fresh.) I highly recommend _Huntress_.
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