I’ve been anticipating Kate Quinn’s next book for so long now! Harper Collins Canada kindly sent me an advanced copy, and The Huntress will be coming out on February 19th. Kate Quinn’s last novel, The Alice Network, was a New York Times best seller, and the book that I told everyone last year to read. It was fantastic! So when news broke about her writing another novel, I think that all the bookworms in the world started to rejoice.
It’s 1950, five years since the wreckage that WWII brought upon the world, and the world is far from able to forget it as much as they try to. Told through the perspective of three different characters, you are first introduced to the past of Nina Markova from Soviet Russia. Nina is full of piss and vinegar. Actually she probably was the one that that saying was invented for. She dreams of being a pilot, which she becomes, and ends up on the team of all female night bombers in the war, infamously known as the Night Witches. But when her plane is downed in Poland, she meets the notorious Nazi murderess, known as the Huntress. Luckily, Nina survives this encounter. Flash forward to 1950, where Ian Graham who has abandoned journalism to become a Nazi hunter… and also has a little history with Nina… has one target that he is determined to find. The Huntress.
Nina and Ian become a team, travelling around the world on this hunt, that eventually leads them to a young Jordan McBride in Boston, whose stepmother is a quiet, German widow who Jordan has suspected since meeting her is hiding something. Upon some digging it turns out, the secrets will unfold in a dramatic, and thrilling way!
This novel gets a standing ovation from me. All the gold stars, and everyone will be sick and tired of me talking about how incredible this novel is. First off, in the historical fiction world it seems that World War II novels are extremely popular. But this novel is a book about what happens after the War, which in this case was a Nazi hunt. Because I loved SO many things about this novel and I could go on and on about it, I will leave you with a bullet list:
- Nina’s Russian accent. Kate Quinn captured this so perfectly! I actually found myself reading in a Russian accent. This is bullshit!! A line Nina loved, and I will never forget how well Kate Quinn translated this accent on the page.
- Salzburg, Austria. This is a place I hold very dear to my heart! First of all, the Sound of Music was shot there, and secondly I made my poor husband go there on our honeymoon and take a 4 hour tour. It’s a stunningly, beautiful town, and I was given all the warm, fuzzy feelings when this town was one of the settings.
- How the War lived on within these characters. I think for us to forget how the experiences of War are/were engrained in the brains of the people who lived through it. PTSD was something that wasn’t really a “thing” back then, but with our knowledge now, it’s pretty amazing that that generation moved forward.
- Lastly, the Night Witches. These ladies were badass, and most of the characters that Kate Quinn referenced were real women. They flew, navigated, and bombed the night skies. These Russian women were under slept, peroxiding their hair, and the only flight regiment of women.
Okay, enough of my raving!! Just read this book, it is going to be quite the ride. There’s historical fiction, romance, and tons of thrill.