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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Call of the Huntress by Stacy Bennett is the second novel in the high fantasy Corthan Legacy series, preceded by book one, Quest of the Dreamwalker, and a companion novella, Tales of the Archer. The book revolves around several point of view characters, but the three primaries are made up of Cara and Falin, the former being a girl whose gifts were exploited and the latter being a huntress; two young females who must learn to live conjoined lives in an actual literary twist of soul dualism. Then there is Khoury, a male warrior the two believe to be dead but is very much alive. Cara and Falin are on a journey for the promised Ironwood Sword but, more so, they are coming to terms with a terrible new reality that is a journey in and of itself. Khoury is also on the move with companions of his own in a journey toward sanctuary that is fraught with challenges, giant battles that arise both within and around him [bad pun regretfully intended].
It took me a couple of chapters to find my Call of the Huntress footing as I had not read Quest of the Dreamwalker, something I rectified quickly because Stacy Bennett is an incredible author and the quality of the work deserved it. I'm absolutely hooked now. The Cara/Falin construct is a new deal to me but makes for fantastic character development. Two who are so different in every conceivable way being thrust into the same mind resulted in a whole lot of “holy moly-isms” from me. Khoury is also completely fleshed out and feels like a truly living, breathing individual. I loved Archer and was happy to ride along as he and the sweetly named Maura O'Mara had some blossoming of their own to do. The battle scenes are exquisitely executed and the tension from book one keeps barrelling through book two, but it is the emotional toll that plays out that is the star of this installment. The book ends on a cliff-hanger but not the kind that makes you want to scream and throw your e-reader. Hopefully, the agony of a wait to book three, Hound of Barakan, doesn't last long. Until then...very highly recommended.