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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016068
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Liu is one of the best new voices in paranormal fiction." ---Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.

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Marjorie Liu is an attorney and novelist, whose paranormal romance and urban fantasy series have made her a New York Times Bestselling author. She writes for Marvel Comics, including Dark Wolverine (with Daniel Way), Black Widow, X-23 -- and most recently, Astonishing X-Men, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its "outstanding representation of the LGBT Community". Marjorie divides her time between Boston, Indiana, and Beijing, China.

Customer Reviews

Just a little too confusing also.
Mkath
I wasn't sure if some of these questions were hinted at or answered in the short story, and again just felt like I was missing something.
loonigrrl
I highly recommend The Iron Hunt to anyone who likes urban fantasy, tough female characters, and unique prose.
Kelly (Fantasy Literature)

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
During the day Maxine Kiss is covered in black tattoos, even her nails. The only part of her body that is not covered in markings is from the top of her neck to her hairline. Maxine keeps all the markings covered - always. During the day those same tattoos are her armor. Nothing can harm her. She is invincible. At night the tattoos peel from her skin to take on forms of their own. No one would ever have imagined an army of demons living on one woman's skin. When "the boys" peel off of her skin, Maxine is human - vulnerable. But the demons are the best little bodyguards on earth.

Long ago a prison had been built out of air, a prison made of layers and rings and boundaries. The worst demons were sealed in the prison. Yet now, ten thousand years later, the prison is beginning to fail. However, even way back then, someone knew it would eventually happen. That someone created the Wardens, men and women with the speed and power to guard this world against a break in the prison veil. The Wardens were humans constructed to fight those demons that manage to slip through the veil. The Wardens are all dead now. The women in Maxine's family are the last.

Someday, just like her mother before her, Maxine will raise and train her daughter. Then "the boys" will abandon Maxine for her daughter - leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies. This, for Maxine, is normal. It is the way of Earth's last protector. It is life with no love, reveling in death. Enter the one man who just may change everything.

**** This story is nothing short of bizarre. I was well into the story before everything began to make sense. Zee, the only one of Maxine's demons which actually talks, loves to speak in riddles.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By loonigrrl on June 25, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
****SPOILERS****

I bought The Iron Hunt without realizing that there had been a prequel story in the Wild Thing Anthology. As I was reading it, I was often confused. It almost seemed like I had jumped into the second book of the series, and I kept checking the introductory pages to make sure this was the first one. When I couldn't find anything about another book, I just assumed the author wanted to start the story right in the middle of all the action. Unfortunately, some of this did hurt my enjoyment of the book, but not enough to stop. I'll be picking up the anthology next, and will most likely continue on with the series.

Maxine Kiss was born to become a Hunter, just like her mother, and her mother's mother, and so on. She is Earth's protector against the demons on Earth and the demon army waiting impatiently for the veil to fall. The story begins when a private investigator, whom she doesn't know, is found dead with her name on his body. Maxine begins searching for answers and finds several people along the way, all of whom may be or may become very important to her.

I very much enjoyed the world that Liu had created, particularly the characters and their relationships. All of Maxine's Demons were so . . . well, lovable and cute, even when they weren't supposed to be. Maxine's memories of her mom and grandmother brought me to tears and the other characters and their various and complicated relationships with Maxine kept me wanting to know more. The book also took a few surprising turns- I was amazed by all Maxine had to go through in a single book.

Most of my difficulties with this book stem from not having read the short story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By conejito asesino on July 9, 2008
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If you are looking for a soppy supernatural romance with a bitchy heroine and a alpha male love interest don't get this book! You, like some of the other reviewers, will be dissapointed.
I've read all of M. Liu's books and have always found her prose beautiful. This one took my breath away. I read it in one sitting. Unlike her other books, which bordered on romance, this one strays much more into the horror arena. The first person viewpoint is intense and startling. It's IS a little confusing, but it's meant to be. The reader must put the pieces together just like the heroine does. And this is no swooning heroine. She's not looking for a prince charming. She's got the world on her shoulders and demons at her back and she knows she'll win simply because she must. The description of the demons and other supernatural characters are guttural and poetic. Think more Dante's Inferno than Anita Blake.
If you're tired of bland prose and want something more etheral, more guttural. If you're tired of flighty heroines whose only determined quest is to sleep around. And if you're tired of heros who are full of the same annoying, macho blandness then you will like this book.
Be aware though... it's more epic poem than bodice ripper.
And that's a really good thing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mali on January 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the kind of book I have been searching for for a long time. Book/series are very hard to find now in the supernatural genre that aren't stuffed full of the erotic romance aka book-porn that dominates and mars otherwise good reads. I have been disappointed enough in the past to resort to getting books from the library instead of buying them, but I will buy this series to add to my bookshelf.
Everything unnecessary to the story is tucked away or skimmed over in a classy way.
The heroine is strong and competent without being cocky, masculine/tomboy, or whiny and annoying.
The story: Maxine Kiss is the last in a line of chosen women who fight evil and darkness -mainly in the way of zombies who take on a new role here as being attractive and intelligent predators -with the help of fierce but cuddly dragon guardian demons who fight with her at night and imprint themselves onto her as invincible tattoos by day. Zee is one of the adorable dragons that can speak English and he's very likable. The job has been passed from mother to daughter throughout history. Maxine shows fear, personal growth, and loyalty all the while keeping herself alive. Her enemies include the Zombie Queen as well as other demons trying to break through the veil into humanity.
There was a short story introduction prior to this book which I admit left me a little confused in the beginning, but you catch on as the story progresses. I thank Ms. Liu for having the foresight to make a new supernatural series with a story and no erotic breaks in said story.
I will pick up the other books in the series ASAP. Highly recommended for fans of the Buffy series, Greywalker, Rogue Angel, and Christopher Golden novels.
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