Huntress by Malinda Lo

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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 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 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.

About Malinda Lo

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Malinda is the former managing editor of, and an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. She studied X-Files fan communities when she was receiving her MA in Anthropology, which is where she got the inspiration for Adaptation. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash was her first novel, and received many accolades and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, Norton Award, and Morris Award among others.
Published April 5, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 380 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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14 & up) Pub Date: April 5th, 2011 ...

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The journey to the city of Taninli, home of the Fairy Queen, is treacherous, and along the way Taisin, Kaede, and their travel companions face many dangers and tests of their abilities, not least of which are Taisin and Kaede's growing feelings for each other.

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Huntress

Huffington Post

So this list contains books about lesbians, bisexual girls and boys, gay boys, transgender teens, and queer and questioning teens.

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For a young queer girl reading this book, I can imagine how great that would be to see: these two strong, independent, capable girls, who love and are loved, having adventures together.

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Night Owl Romance

Frost started doing her spinoff books from the Night Huntress series, I was excited and really enjoyed First Drop of Crimson, Spade's book.

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WAPL Teens

She knows she was chosen for the quest because Taisen saw her in a vision, but Taisen knows she cannot tell Kaede how she felt in the vision - as a sage, Taisen will not be allowed to fall in love or marry.

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Lambda Literary

The same questions apply to Taisin’s love for Kaede: Did Taisin’s vision open her heart to the possibility of love with Kaede, or would she have developed those emotions regardless?

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