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Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is a huge name in the fantasy word, and I'm ashamed to say that I've never read any of her work. When I saw the cover for Hunter, I couldn't resist. Isn't it beautiful?!




Title: Hunter

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Disney Hyperion via NetGalley

Release date: September 2015

Pages: 384



stars lazyload 45



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.




Joy has been raised in a monastery far away from other communities, using her abilities to hunt to protect the innocent people from the monsters that have invaded their world. Each area is supposed to send anyone with the ability to fight monsters to Apex City to train. After years of avoiding being sent away, Joy is finally ordered to go to the city and train, but she quickly learns that Apex city is not what she's led to believe. Political agendas and conspiracies soon threaten to tear her once simple life apart and destroy all hunters in the process…leaving the monsters to take over the world.


The beginning of the book started so slowly, with so much information dumped in the first few chapters, that I had my doubts about the story. Then the action began to pick up, and I couldn't put the book down! The world building was fascinating, but it was the characters that captivated me. They felt like really people, and that we were getting a glimpse into their lives. Joy really kicked ass, her resourcefulness and determination to keep others safe immediately enduring her to me. I loved the variety of monsters introduced, not to mention the hounds and their unique abilities to hunt. The battles were mesmerizing, the defeats just heart-wrenching, and I enjoyed watching Joy grow up and become her own woman. I adored the dystopian feel to the story, and I really hope there will be a book two in the future. This is a great addition to the dystopian genre if you can get past the first third of the book.


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Jennifer Bielman @ Bad Bird Reads
Jennifer Bielman @ Bad Bird Reads
8 years ago

I keep hearing bad things about this one but happy to see someone liked it. I want to read it for sure!

Stacey Brutger
Stacey Brutger
8 years ago

The beginning is really bad. If this wasn’t a review book, I might have put it down like everyone else. If the story and writing hadn’t improved, I would’ve given the story only 1 star.

It was the last half of the book that I fell in love with.

If I didn’t do the review right after I read the book, I would’ve given the book a lower rating just for the beginning alone.

If you can stick with it and keep reading, I think it’s worth it. 🙂

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