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The Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Sunday, September 20, 2015

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.


Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…

Goodreads Summary

If you liked The Hunger Games, and Divergent trilogies, then this is another book that will be right up your alley. You have Joy, a strong and resilient female lead that really knows how to kick butt when she needs to. She is very good at working the political system in place and know very well when to play dumb to get the ball rolling. Then you have the hunters, which find and take down the monsters. 

What I found so awesome about this book, was the rich blend of cultural diversity that the author weaves into so much of the story. You have European, Aztec, Asian, and even some elements of American thrown in to create a world where the differences create some great strengths and insights unique to each hunter in the book. One thing that did bother me about this book, was the deliberate mis-spellings of certain words. I understand what the author is doing with creating her own world, but the spelling differences did get to me at times. Other than that, the characters are compelling, the monsters are scary and well described, and this book overall is awesome!

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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