Hunter By: Mercedes Lackey
Hunter is about a young girl named Joyeaux Charmand or Joy for short. Joy is a Hunter that has been living in a tight-knit mountain community of Hunter’s since she was a young child. It’s a Hunter’s job to protect, every citizen, or “Cit,” without magic, from dangerous Othersiders, creatures and monsters of the otherworld like vampires, werewolves, demons, dragon-like beasts and of courses elves, mages, and warlocks. Joy’s life is simple, the mountain is sustainable on its own and all the monsters can’t stand the cold and snow keeping the mountain relatively safe. Joy loves her life on the mountain but then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are sent to protect the most important people. Joy learns that the Cit’s have no idea the dangers that are in their enclosed community. They see the Hunter’s as stars, famous gladiators and their only concern is the latest fashion. Completely different then her life on the mountain, Joy must navigate this new “famous” hunting style. Pretty soon, Joy finds herself on an extraordinary adventure with sabotage, conspiracy, politics and dangerous encounters. After a horrible murder, deemed an accident for political reasons, Joy learns that there are some things in life that are worse than monsters and she must figure it out and stop them before more people get hurt and her time clocks out.
Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors, and I loved the storyline of Hunter. I like how Joy is quiet and lives a simple life. I love the dogs concept (basically all Hunters have dogs, wolves, lions, etc. that are bonded to them from the Othersiders. These animals are the good guys and help the Hunter, along with the Hunter’s magic, to kill the bad and dangerous monsters from the Other Side.) I really did enjoy this story BUT I was also slightly disappointed…there was a lot, and I mean a lot, of information dumping going on. I’ve never read any book from Mercedes Lackey where she info dumps at all and my only theory is that she deemed that was the only way for her to express that amount of information on this new world she has created. Either way, it made me disappointed that the info was just dropped in lumps when it could have been dished out and elaborated on. Although this is the first book in the new series, my only hope is that the second book won’t have any, or at least not as much, information dumping.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars (docked a bit for the overload of information). Keep in mind that there are religious and political elements to this book so keep an open mind.
Have you read Hunter? What did you think of it?