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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To Slay A Demon...

Title:  The Iron Hunt

Author:  Marjorie M. Liu
Publisher:  Ace

4 stars 

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man— changes everything. 

Maxine Kiss lives in a world where being alone is not only the best but expected of her.  As the last of the mortal demon hunters she has trained her entire life to destroy the evil that threatens the world.  Her only friends the demons that protect her.  By day the demons, or "the boys", cover her body as intricate tattoos that they form to cover her as if being encased in steel.  By night, they are her personal body guards, doing everything in their power to help her fight the ones that threaten her and her world.

After losing her mother Maxine decides she wants more than the lonely existence her heritage has bestowed on her.  Grant, the only person who knows her for her true self, is the person Maxine does not want to give up.  Grant has a few tricks himself, like the ability to use music as a tool that can shape and mold the emotions and desires of those around him.  What Maxine sees in him is an amazing person who wants to change the lives around him for the best.

Now Maxine has come up against a situation that leaves her looking for answers in unsuspecting places.  The veil, or the layers and boundaries that have been in place for centuries to keep the demons out and the humans safe, is weakening.  With the help of Grant, "the boys" and a few bizarre alliances Maxine is on a mission to carry on her legacy and fight the battles as they come.

Marjorie M. Liu has a unique style of writing that unfolds the plot in a way that has you wanting more but keeps dangling just enough in front of you at a time so that it isn't an overwhelming amount of information at once.  The plot for THE IRON HUNT is filled with twists and turns and the world is nothing like anything else I have read thus far.  I am looking forward to picking up the next in The Hunter Kiss series, DARKNESS CALLS, and the upcoming release of the third book, A WILD LIGHT, coming out in July 2010.  I truly enjoyed the main character, Maxine, in seeing both her strengths and her vulnerabilities.  Her story is one that makes you want to cheer her on I know I will definitely be moving on to more of the series.

Read an excerpt from THE IRON HUNT here.

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A Simple Love of Reading said...

I love, love, love Marjorie M. Liu (I am a huge fan of her Dirk & Steele series)! She was my first Urban Fantasy book and I am so grateful because without having looked in the Fantasy section for the Hunter Kiss series, I never would have found Patricia Briggs and Rob Thurman!

Great review!

Hell Kat said...

This was the first time I have read her work and I loved it! I am looking forward to the next books in the series for sure once I get through a few more I have to review =) Thanks for coming by!!!

Marc said...

I haven't read any of Ms Liu's urban fantasy yet but she wrote an X-Men novel called 'X-Men: Dark Mirrors'. It was an excellent read and also highly original. Will have to check out more of her writing soon.

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