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Hidden Huntress

Series: The Malediction Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (862 ratings)

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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. By day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for 500 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. The witch is a clever creature, and Cecile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.

©2015 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Very Young Adult Fantasy. could not finish it.

I read the first book and was interested but it was frustrating. The plot was thin, and predictable with all the staple fantasy character types. I was curious enough with the plot to start the second book but could not finish it. Definitely not a YA book that holds up for adults, After the first several chapters, I could not go on with the second book.

The characters are not really likable, they seem to walk into every situation with their eyes shut to every danger, and so much of the story is musings in the first person by the two main characters, usually berating themselves for doing something wrong. The premise was interesting and I really wanted to like the book, but could not. Several other reviewers stated they got frustrated when they had seen the solution or action and the protagonist could not. I agree and don't feel that wanting to yell at your main character is a good reaction to a book.

I really did not enjoy the readers either, I found their voices distracting and the French accents on the proper names but nowhere else just made me cringe. It would have gone better with a gentle French accent overall or just Anglicizing the French words just a little so that they did not seem harsh and out of place in the middle of a narrative in English. Several times the female narrator pronounced the same name La Voisine in different ways. It was distracting. Maybe one of those books that read better than listen. I would recommend for a younger crowd save for some very violent scenes.

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Plot twist

The only thing I have to complain about this book is when you realize the plot twist before the characters and it literally makes me go mad since its in front of their face the whole time. I like being able to follow along the the characters as they discover it or make my own assumptions, not being a head half way through the book. That just makes it feel like the book is being dragged.

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Not as good as the last.

This book bothered me a great deal with the many contrived reasoning why they couldn’t be happy with Tristan getting out. Example, not wanting to take off the manacles. Stupid they were killing him and thus her and if he was dead everything for the trolls is lost. However, he didn’t want her to take them off??
I knew the witch was her mother and how she was prolonging her life early on in the book and it was annoying watching the characters fumbling around trying to figure it out. There were several other illogical things that bothered me during this book so I am not giving it as high of stars as the others.

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Love this story but.....

I wanted to SCREAM at the characters for not figuring out the "plot twist" when I did. Seriously frustrating when you figure out what's going on half way thru the book and everyone else is clueless. With all that being said... I still do enjoy this story. Like with a lot of second books this one was a bit slow and felt like a really big build up for book 3. I will definitely be reading that when it comes out:)

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Loved it!

Even better than book one! Great story line. Can't wait until the third is released.

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Wonderful new series

I am always so glad to find a new author and this one is great. The two narrators are wonderful and really added to the enjoyment of the book. I am just sad I have to wait so long for the concluding book.

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Predictable, but entertaining

This review applies to both the first book in the series and this one, although the first is better. You kind of have to read/listen to this one after having finished the first, but you might want to stop after this one, the second.

It's kind of like Twilight, but with trolls instead of vampires. You know, the theme that the creatures of the night aren't bound to the night and aren't all evil, big, stupid and ugly like in the fairytales. If you liked Twilight, you'll like this. If you hated Twilight, you might find these books too annoying.

There is nothing new here and the book is way too predictable. But, even though I knew from the first chapter how the book would end, I still enjoyed the way there enough to finish it, albeit rather annoyed sometimes at how obvious the answer to the big question was.

Another thing bothered me: The troll prince, Tristan, seems way too mature and too know-it-all for his age, but thankfully, Cécile is not a helpless maid (which saved the book).

I did appreciated the respect Tristan showed Cécile. For the most part, considering the situation and his character flaws, their relationship was rather healthy and normal. There was no domination or stalker like behavior or anything like in Twilight.

I liked both of the readers' voices, but again, Tristan's voice seemed too mature to be 17, although it did fit the character had it been a few years older. I feel like the author decided on the age of 17 just because of the target reader, when in fact it wasn't necessary to disclose the age at all for the purpose of the story.

I don't plan on reading the third book in the series or the prequel, mostly because I think I'll know how it will end, so I'm just not excited or curious enough.

However, I do plan on finishing the next series, which starts with The Bridge Kingdom. I loved that book and it was not as predictable as these two and the world in it was more original.

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A bit long winded at times.

Always seem to be waiting for the characters to explain what they feel and what they think they know. Otherwise the story was great and I love the characters.

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Great Second Book

Where does Hidden Huntress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For a second book it didn't seem as un needed as some others that I have read. I'll be listening again and again

What other book might you compare Hidden Huntress to and why?

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Which scene was your favorite?

When the plot is finally laid out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I'm not very emotional

Any additional comments?

Very interesting listen. Kept me wondering about what was about to happen. I did guess correctly on who the villain would end up being but I couldn't figure out the entire plot.

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meh

Its okay. I dont feel like its written very well. I feel like she was coming up with ideas as she wrote and just through it all together.

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  • Crumble
  • 09-15-19

Wonderful

A great second book. Some second books in the series can become slow paced but not this one! So much interesting stuff happened and I loved learning about all the characters more :)

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  • Johanna
  • 09-14-18

Excellent

The magic felt so real that I had myself scared to look down dark corridors.

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  • Bridget
  • 04-24-17

Predictable but good

Called the plot twist pretty early but the actors were marvellous! worth a listen but maybe not a repeat.

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  • paige
  • 03-29-17

fantastic!

I have swiftly fallen in love with this series but now dread listeners to the final installation as it will be the last!
I did however guess who Anushka was right at the very beginning of the very first book, call it writers hunch!

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  • Lorna
  • 10-07-15

Loved it, can't wait for next book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Its just what they would like romance, danger and magic. Very well written and very well read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all the Characters, it's told from the two main characters points of view from the way they feel to the way they see the world around them.

Have you listened to any of Erin Moon and Eric Michael Summerer ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I loved Stolen Song Bird the first in the series, they read that the same way, very expressive you believe they are the characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beauty And The Beast have nothing on this love affair!

Any additional comments?

If you like magic and romance you will love this.

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  • Nina crause
  • 02-02-17

Some parts needed more

Not as good as the first book. I was disappointed that there wasn't more written about why anoshka? Had trapped the trolls.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-17

Frustrating

I will say before I start this that I'm 28 yrs old and haven't been a fan of YA fiction in a long time. 

Now. Let's begin. First, I enjoyed the first book and was drawn in to buy the other two. The second book got on my nerves and the final book was an great effort to finish. If you like books that are so frustratingly repeativiely melodramic and reflect the inner turmoil of teenagers, then this book is for you. If like me, you don't, don't read this. 

The main characters make ENDLESS plans that endlessly NEVER EVER work out!!!!!! And I mean never. The character monologue is repeative because the plot is repetitive. About the only good thing about the last two books was the ending of the third book because it was over but it also wasnt too bad an ending. 

So they're teenagers so maybe that accounts for the fact that NOTHING ever goes right in this series and they're ALWAYS repeating themselves, but from an adult's perspective enough's enough. 

I hope Tristan and Cecil are better concoctors of plans in eternity because I don't have the time to stick around to find out.

P. S. I understand that people have enjoyed this series and I'm being a fair bit melodramic myself, but I have been honest in my struggle to finish these books. My opinions about reviews is always to read less of them and go with what you like and enjoy. If you think you might enjoy these books, forget you read this and let the drama begin!!