Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Review: Hunter, by Mercedes Lackey

I felt the tension slowly mounting as I read Hunter. The premise may not be particularly unique, but the story is still a good one.

Since the Diseray (which seems like nuclear armageddon) many years ago, monsters, or "Othersiders," from another dimension have been showing up on Earth.  They come in all shapes and sizes. Some familiar (such as Vampires) and some not (like Gazers.) They are all out to kill. Society has slowly been rebuilding and people have gathered in cities that are guarded by walls and shields to keep the Othersiders out.

There are Hunters who have special magical powers, each a bit different.  These Hunters can summon their own Hounds from the Otherworld that help them fight the monsters.  The Hounds also all have unique magical abilities.

Joy, our main character, has been called to Apex, to be trained as a Hunter to defend the city. The government and army in Apex don't know about the monastery where Joy has been that train their own secret group of Hunters.

Joy's uncle is the Premier of Apex, and when she arrives he secretly conveys to her that all is not what it seems.  She needs to be careful.  Something is going on.  He also can't show any favoritism towards Joy, so she's on her own.  Not only does she have to adapt to her new home, but it turns out that Hunters are like rock stars.  They each have their own TV station and are in a competition for ratings.  It's more than she can handle.  Fortunately, she makes some friends who help her.  Good thing, because there are enemies too.

Joy is a very good Hunter and soon moves up the rankings.  However, someone is after her.  She doesn't know who or why.  And she doesn't have very many people she can trust.  There is also a bit of a love interest, but it is a small part of the story.

Hunter is the first in a series.  The second, Elite, is already available.  I'm hoping to get to it soon. My book club read Hunter, and they all enjoyed it very much.  It's easy to read and keeps you turning pages.

Published by Disney-Hyperion, 2015
Copy obtained from the library
374 pages

Rating: 4/5

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