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.