Welcome to the blog tour for Hunter by Mercedes Lackey, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! This is an extreme honor for me to be part of this tour, I must admit. I have been a HUGE Mercedes Lackey fan for ages and I couldn't believe my luck when I found out I got to participate in this tour and read her newest, Hunter! Not only that, but there are some amazing reviews and interviews and guest posts and, let's just say, I'm having a blast! Also, many thanks go out to Disney-Hyperion for sending me an advanced copy of this anticipated book! So are you ready for fun? Let's get started!
by Mercedes Lackey
Published: 1 September 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Provided for tour in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4/5 (...maybe more like 4.5!)
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.
There's just something about diving into a book and being wowed over and over again by the wonder of it all! Now, granted, this one started out a little slower. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, quite the contrary. I like the slow build, the getting-to-know-you part of the story, so this didn't bother me in the least. In Hunter, you jump right into the world; how they speak, grow their food, live, fight, you name it. Our main character is the amazing Joyeaux (Joy) Charmand. As the reader, we get to experience everything with Joy; the new, the exciting, the terrifying, the sad. She's a strong, independent, talented, smart young lady. For me, it was easy to like her. She had a real sense of calm about her that helped exhibit the way in which she was raised in her mountain home. She thinks. Some characters these days rush around without so much as a clue into what they should do, or knowledge of what's going on, it's hard to believe they can accomplish anything! It's really refreshing to see someone like Joy calculating risks and figuring out what the best way to handle something is. On the flip side, she's also a very quick thinker, which is amazing if you have to deal with creatures such as Gazers (giant, mind-melting flying eyeballs... ew), Tommyknockers (I'm still trying to figure those ones out) or the ever-frightening Folk (don't worry, you'll see).
Joy is an amazing heroine, and lucky for her, she finds some pretty great people to surround herself with in her new home in Apex city. One of my favorites is a fellow Hunter known as Knight, or White Knight. He is such a strong person, with strong convictions, and he's an amazing Hunter. He comes into Joy's new life within just a few days, but he quickly became someone I adored. I could mention more about Knight and the others, but I feel I'd much rather talk about the hounds. The Hounds! Oh my word, they are seriously the coolest creatures! They're smart and loyal and brave and strong and insanely amazing. Joy has seven hounds that came to her when she was young and they have built up a bond that is quite heartwarming. I particularly like her relationship with her Alpha, Bya. Hounds pick their Hunter and come to them from the Otherworld, where they mostly reside, except for when the Hunter calls them. No two Hunter's hounds are the same, and no two Hunter/Hound relationship is either, which is fascinating. It's quite difficult for me to describe them, but they do vaguely resemble canines. Some look like shadows, some kind of lion-esque with wings, some multi-colored and huge! The idea that these creatures come from another dimension, so to speak, to help these special people fight and protect, well that's awesome. AND not only do they help Hunters fight, have some kick-butt fighting skills of their own, and enhance their Hunter's power, but they have their own special powers and they can change their shape! Honestly, amazing.
The world in which this all takes place is a futuristic version of ours. There is a lot of history and new lingo, which can get somewhat confusing and/or frustrating at first for those who don't like that sort of thing. For the most part, I was able to figure out what these foreign words or concepts were. Even the ones I hadn't a clue about were explained before too long, so no need to worry there. I did get a little annoyed by some of the alternate spellings of familiar things, but I learned to get over that quickly. It makes sense that, over time, people might change and evolve what something is called. Along with a lot of familiar objects, there are some new things. The buildings are more of a futuristic, utilitarian build, for example. They don't have cars, but go around in (sometimes driverless) "pods." Hunters are considered a sort of celebrity, so they have floating cameras that video their every move to play on television for people to watch. I mean, it's familiar, but also so very foreign! Again, Mercedes Lackey has proved to be a master worldbuilder, in my opinion!
Gah! There is so much I want to share and talk about, but I can't seem to get it all together in a manner that makes sense (and excludes spoilers). I think it best for you to read it for yourself. There are to be more books following this one and I simply can't wait to read them! Hunter is a wonderfully inventive and magical novel that is sure to excite those looking for a great adventure!
Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.
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