The Huntress by Kate Quinn was amazing! This was the first novel I read by this author and I can already say I’ll definitely be reading her other books. The historical backdrop of WWII was as vivid as it gets, and her portrayal of the Night Witches (all-female night bombers) was unforgettable. I love when historical fiction authors uncover the history of women and bring their war efforts and bravery to the forefront of a story. Kate Quinn did this beautifully. Jordan, The Huntress herself, and Nina were all complex characters and so well developed throughout the entire novel. I was perhaps more drawn to Jordan because of her pursuit of finding the truth. Nina was such daredevil, and I found her short comments to Ian and Tony so hilarious and real. Her story is one of constant hardship and her journey in overcoming each one of them. Her continuous losses throughout the book, yet her resilience for survival made me love her character even more.
I thought the narrative at times lagged a bit, and I found the story somewhat longer than it had to be. But I’m also aware that the details were most of the time relevant to the narrative’s bigger picture.
I do have to say though, I devoured this book in about three days. I consider myself a slow reader, but there was just something about wanting to know what would happen next that kept me going. For the last 200 pages or so I was over the edge of my seat, and the explosive ending was definitely satisfying. I did see some of the twists and turns coming, but they were, nevertheless, fulfilling.
I recommend this book to lovers of history (especially WWII), historical fiction, and women’s fiction. I gave this book 5/5 stars! An amazingly gripping story.