Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey


Hunter (Hunter, #1)
(Hunter #1)
Mercedes Lackey
Published: September 1st, 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

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.


HUNTER was another one of my many anticipated books of 2015. So when I received an ARC in the mail, I about jumped for joy. But sadly after reading HUNTER, it turned out to be another one of the many let downs I've read this year!

HUNTER had serous issues, and I have to say the worst was the author steering the plot more towards the TV Show aspect, and further away from the actual interesting plot I was hoping for. This book had a variety of deadly monsters, fierce hunters with epic powers, hounds that fought along side their Hunters, and a great world building, but a terrible plot, and flawed (not in a good way) characters. And that ruined a lot of this book me.

Like I said above, I did enjoy the backbone of this world. I thought it was dark, yet the author didn't take this novel down that dark, horrifyingly creepy road. Even with it's creatures and many kills, it didn't seem heavy or thick with evil. I guess that's because of the TV show angle the author took with the HUNTER. Which in my opinion ruined most of the story. If the author would of focused more on the creatures and the true problem, and of course added in betrayals and all that fun drama, this book could of been beyond amazing! But either way, the actual world was fascinating. I loved the concept of the hounds, and how they lived in the otherworld and were called through the tattoo imprint on the Hunters hands. And how they would fight to the death to save their Hunter. And some of the creatures were pretty badass too. The creatures were different then anything I've ever read, and their was many different kinds too. From the fierce deadly kind, to the nuisance, little annoying kind. I also enjoy the post-apocalyptic state of this world, and how it's twisted into a dystopian-like world, yet not quite either. I guess it kinda fell somewhere in between, and I liked that about this book.

I also liked some of the main characters personalty traits. Not all of them, but some! She was strong, deadly, and a very skilled and gifted Hunter with extraordinary powers. Yet she was more concerned with keeping the peace among Hunters then actually standing up to the arrogant and idiotic Hunter that kept taunting her. She had the power and strength to put him in his place, but she in-a-way belittled herself to be less then what she really was. And I HATED that about her. Though by the end she definitely showed him up and twisted his vindictive game upon himself. And I was finally able to start respecting her in that aspect.


Joy Charmand is a powerful Hunter living in the mountains and supporting her people by keeping the Cit's (Civilians) safe from the horrifying monsters that have broken thorough from the Otherworld. She has been blessed with powers no normal Cit has, and also gifted magnificent hounds that are also from the the Otherworld, but came to her when her powers manifested and bound themselves to her as her protector.

Joy's content living her little life on her mountain with her masters and Cit's, working with fellow Hunters to keep their mountains secrets hidden, while keeping their people safe from the monsters lurking in the shadows. But when her uncle, the Prefect and top command of the Hunters calls Joy to join her fellow Hunters in the big city, Joy is reluctant to leave her people behind. But if she doesn't want to expose the truth of what's hidden on her mountain, then she has no other choice but to leave the comforts of her mountain and people behind and venture to the big city. But what Joy finds there is enough to shatter her world and more...

The otherworld creatures are little more then entertainment to these city people, and the Hunters are their means of sport. All their Hunts are televised and broadcasted on every TV, and bet upon and favored while being charaded as little more then fun. Joy is horrified at this turn of events and is quickly sucked into a world of hidden secrets that hide amidst the jealously, deception, betrayals, and ultimate murder.

Joy must stay one step ahead of her enemies while hoarding off the viscus daily attacks of the otherworlds, while evading the numerous murder attempts on her life, and sedate a vindictive Hunter out for her blood. One slip, one misstep, one un-evaded attempt, and she could lose all she's been fighting for, and that is something Joy is not ready to give up.

Overall, even with it's flaws I still enjoyed some of this book, and that's why I ultimately decided to give it a three rating instead of the two I was leaning towards. I had my ups and downs with HUNTER but I'm still curious to see where it goes next, and if it steers away from the TV aspect and more towards the interesting creatures that I'm dying to know more about. I would recommend reading HUNTER if your interesting in it, but if not I would just skip it.

NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Disney Hyperion for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!


Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.


  1. Noooo.... No! No, no, no! I am so sadly disappointed that this was not good for you. I am so upset, because I have such high hopes. Still going to give it a shot, but not going to go into with such high expectations

  2. Too bad, the premise sounds like it would be a great read...great review..very thorough!!!

  3. An author I've always been meaning to read, but this book doesn't sound like on of her better ones. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. I might still read this since I know the library has it.


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