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Iron Hunt Mass Market Paperback – 24 Jun 2008

3.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (24 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016068
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,994,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Liu writes a gripping supernatural thriller."

First in a stunning new urban fantasy series from an author who "Never Ceases to Amaze."

"Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now."

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A hugely compelling new urban fantasy series set in a mesmerising, darkly disturbing world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Am reading a lot of new material now while waiting for the 'next in the series' for Kim Harrison, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs to name a few, and have come across books where I've had to skip sometimes to the last page. But I am glad I finally tried one of Marjorie Liu's many books. I understand what one of the previous reviewers said about it feeling like a sequel itself as a lot happens before, one thing being her man is already established in her life from page 1 where normally this is included as part of the plot, or there are flashbacks to fully explain their past. However, interesting characters appear towards the end, can't wait to see how her relationship with Tracker develops. Won't go into details as this was covered very well in another review. It is a journey of discovery for our heroine and a great buildup to what I imagine/hope will be another great series and another frustrating wait for me. Those who want explicit, detailed sex scenes will be disappointed - it is not Knight/Kresley/Ward, but try it if you are looking for good, tight writing and strong characters.
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By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2008
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Maxine Kiss is the last Demon Hunter on Earth, a hereditary position passed from mother to daughter when the mother (always violently) dies. Although Maxine hunts and destroys demons which infest humankind, she is also protected by these creatures. During daylight hours she wears her own five demons as tattoos, markings covering most of her body which protect her to such a degree they can deflect bullets. Yet when the sun sets, her demons known affectionately as "the boys" painfully peel themselves from her body to assume physical form; leaving Maxine at her most vulnerable until dawn when her demons again affix themselves to her skin.

I read the prequel to this book over a year ago; "Hunter Kiss", found in the anthology "Wild Thing" and couldn't wait to get my hands on the first full length novel in MML's new and certainly dark, urban paranormal "Hunter" series. Yes there is great character development and certainly plenty of action and some extremely imaginative and clever ideas, but on the down side the plot is chaotic, jumbled and definitely confusing in places. This may be deliberate to emphasise that Maxine is on a voyage herself, learning more of her hereditary skills and her connections to the other supernatural beings she meets throughout the course of "The Iron Hunt", and perhaps further answers will be divulged in future books; however this approach does not make for an easy read. Written in the first person; Maxine's inner dialogues, her search for answers, her confusion over her "Hunter" role and her frustration when an array of individuals able to answer her questions continually fob her off are all overly emphasised and leave the reader equally frustrated.
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I write this partly in response to the reviewer who placed a 1* review after stating that s/he only read the first line of the book before stopping becuause it was in the first person. I dont' think you can write a review based on one line of a book.
Yes, this book did make you work, as you were made to puzzle out with Maxine (the first person author) what was going on in her life as a demon hunter. But that didn't make the journey any less interesting or worth the wait. Maxine and her friends and enemies make for interesting characters in a Seattle-based world only slightly different to our own. The fact that the friends and enemies turn out to be not so black and white is particularly handled well. The role of the demons in this world reminded me of Jenna Black's Morgan Kingsley novels (demons with human hosts) and I found it credible. I found Maxine's relationship with Grant intriguing, particularly as he is not an Alpha male; he is a human with a disability as well as some as yet unexplained musical talents. The best thing is The Boys, Maxine's living tattoos who protect her from bullets, speeding buses and from being drowned. That they are also demons with their own personalities and secrets is very well handled. Finally, although this book appears to be the first of several in a series, it is a stand alone novel - always important to me. I recommend trying this book if you like Jenna Black, early Laurell Hamilton, Jeanne Stein and Elaine Cunningham.
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Before reading this book it is better if you have read the prequel in the Wild Thing anthology - otherwise Maxine and Grant are already together and I think the reader would be less involved in their relationship not having seen it from the start. Maxine is from a long line of women whose bodies provide host to the boys, demons who exist as tattoos on skin during the day and peel off at night to take on their own personalities and help Maxine destroy demons that take over humans. During the day Maxine is invincible as the tattoos provide an impervious layer protecting her from harm. At some Maxine knows the boys will abandon her for her daughter and at that point the demons she hasn't killed will kill her. The idea of a heroine battling forces of evil knowing that her days are numbered and she like all her female ancestors will die before her time - well its a bit like Buffy! Not really. Rather a different world and minimal sidekicks. The relationship with the boys is great - they are her family - they will protect her with everything and be the constant in her life until they abandon her. Makes for an interesting set up. Also enjoyed the sequel Darkness Calls
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