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Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

August 31st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

My Review

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series is one of my favorite series ever and I’ve read them over and over and over. When I saw Hunter it sounded close enough to it to sound like a world I could get immersed in so I jumped on it when it popped up on Netgalley. I will admit that it took awhile to get into the story and I kept picking it up and putting it down. The beginning was slow as Lackey built this world, introduced the characters and set the stage for the rest of the series. Maybe about halfway through it picks up and really drew me in. I really liked Joy’s character and the mix of her being a “turnip” or country bumpkin yet she had really sharp mind. The supporting characters haven’t been as fleshed out yet so I am not totally invested in any of them but hopefully in future books we will learn more about them. By the end of the book I was thoroughly involved in the book and couldn’t wait to read more. This looks to be a bright start to an amazing new series.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy

2 Responses

  1. Kate @ Ex Libris

    I have this on my reader and it looks good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to see what the next book is like.

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