Series: Hunter #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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.
One Sentence Review: I loved this book!
I am a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey. I’ve read her 500 Kingdom’s series, The Elemental Masters, The Obsidian Universe and, of course Valdemar. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, then you have probably at least heard of Mercedes Lackey because her work is ubiquitous in this genre. That being said, I thought Hunter was completely different than anything of hers that I’ve read before. Its not too often when a book blindsides me the way that Hunter did. It was such a pleasant surprise!
This book really blends genres.; its ya, its fantasy, its cyberpunk, its dystopian. It has so many things going for it! When the book opens, it starts out with the main character, Joy on a train. She’s traveling from her tiny, mountain town and she’s been summoned by her uncle to the city to join the Hunter Corps. She isn’t ready and she doesn’t want to leave but she has no choice. She’s only calledÂ to enter the Hunter Corps because she is theÂ chosen companion of otherworldly hounds. Every Hunter works as a team with their hounds. Joy and her hounds work together to protect the people still alive after the Diseray from evils that cross through the barrier between the worlds.
First of all, let me assure you, this book does not end in a cliffhanger ending. I know that bothers a lot of people and it’s the new in thing. However, there were tons of unanswered questions. There is plenty of room for a sequel and I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next. I also loved the ending. From the beginning I thought I had it all figured out. I was predicting the ending in my mind from the very start and I was wrong! Imagine my surprise when the story went a completely different direction at the end.
Highly recommend this book! If you like fantasy or dystopian, you should check it out!