Song of the Huntress

Lucy Holland

21 March 2024
432 pages



'Magic, myth, political intrigue, and a fierce and unique love story . . . I devoured it'
– Cassandra Clare, author of Sword Catcher

A must-read for fans of Circe, Song of the Huntress recasts the folklore behind the Wild Hunt into a dark, feminist fantasy set amidst the legends and beauty of ancient Britain.

Britain, 60 AD. Hoping to save her lover and her land from the Romans, Herla makes a desperate pact with the Otherworld King. She becomes Lord of the Hunt and for centuries she rides, reaping wanderers’ souls. Until the night she meets a woman on a bloody battlefield – a Saxon queen with ice-blue eyes.

Queen Æthelburg of Wessex is a proven fighter, but after a battlefield defeat she finds her husband’s court turning against her. Yet King Ine needs Æthel more than ever: the dead kings of Wessex are waking, and Ine must master his bloodline’s ancient magic if they are to survive.

When their paths cross, Herla knows it’s no coincidence. Something dark and dangerous is at work in the Wessex court. As she and Æthel grow closer, Herla must find her humanity – and a way to break the curse – before it’s too late.

'Striking, bold and beautifully written’ – Angela Slatter, author of The Briar Book of the Dead

In Song of the Huntress, Lucy Holland deftly weaves together magic, myth, political intrigue, and a fierce and unique love story — no small feat! I devoured it over the course of several late nights and enjoyed every moment
Holland’s debut, Sistersong, gave us a beguiling blend of Dark Ages history, strong heroines and magic. She’s gone and done it again, but even better. Two women warriors — one a cursed British immortal, the other a Saxon queen — must find common ground to fight a growing evil. Captivating
Striking, bold and beautifully written Song of the Huntress is a feast for readers. Holland is a powerful writer and this, a propulsive tale, a brilliantly woven tapestry of folklore, fantasy and history. Epic and wild