Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Huntress by Malinda Lo

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 Taninli, 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 exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo’s highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance. [summary from Malinda's website]

The cover to Huntress, Malinda's second novel, which I have been eagerly waiting for ever since I read and fell in love with Ash, was just revealed earlier this week. Can I just say that I got tears in my eyes when I saw this? She is so very clearly badassedly Asian, and you all know by now how I feel about publishers' representation of minorities on YA book covers. Add to that the incredible synopsis, and the fact that encountering Malinda's writing is like reading the open face of beauty itself, and this has stolen my heart.

Huntress will be published in hardcover by Little, Brown on April 5, 2011.

16 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I loved Ash and am looking forward to reading this one too. :)

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  2. The cover is gorgeous! And interesting premise!

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  3. AWESOME!!! I had not seen the cover reveal and I literally gasped when I pulled up your WoW post!! So excited for this one!!

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  4. OMG, this is going on my TBR pile immediately! I love that the huntress is depicted in practical fighting clothing rather than a skimpy dress
    and of course, Asian faces on covers is always a plus~

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  5. very excited! and nice cover...which I expected after that fantastic cover on Ash.

    ~L

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  6. This was so nearly my WoW pick today, but I decided to save it for next week. I'm literally desperate to read this, and I think the cover is completely amazing. This is so high on my wishlist it's not even funny. :D

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  7. The cover is amazing. I need to read Ash!

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  8. I shared your almost-tears over the cover actually depicting a bad-ass asian girl. That is such a lovely thing to see after all these white-washing incidences.

    And great pick -- Malindo Lo's books sound great. I'm definitely adding them to my wish list :)

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  9. Wonderful-ness sooo excited!! Haha. I loved Ash too...so now I really want to read this one :DDDD And yes, I agree so totally badass-ed Asian...it def makes the cover amazing...and woohoo CHINESE!!!!!

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  10. I didn't know this series had Asian influences! If I knew that I would have picked up Ash long ago. Now I have to go get that one so I can read this one. And I LOVE the cover woot for minorities!

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  11. I agree with Dazzling Mage. Beautiful cover. I almost wish the designer had used placed the title around the staff in the illustration to make the staff part of the T in Huntress.

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  12. I've seen this one a few times today. Looks interesting, so I added it to my list.

    ~Pixie
    Our Wow

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  13. I LOVE THIS COVER. It screams power and beauty.

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