Maxine Kiss is the last of a long line of Hunters, women who exorcise parasitic demons from possessed humans. And by her side are faithful demons of her own: her family. Hypocritical perhaps, but she has long accepted that it takes a monster to beat monsters. The past few years have seen her odd family grow, and for the first time she has felt not just a sense of purpose, but also of contentment with simple, happy things––like a birthday pie baked by her grandfather. Yet what should be an affirmation of peace proves once again the monsters are never far away, and when she wakes up the next morning in the pool of his blood, she wonders if the darkest monster of all actually lies within. This pivotal book in the Hunter Kiss series (Iron Hunt, 2008; Darkness Calls, 2009) proves Liu’s dark side is a haunting place to be as she pushes Maxine to the brink as a sharp-witted, uncompromising defender, not immune to self-doubt but tempered and made stronger for it. --Nina C. Davis
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.