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A Wild Light (Hunter Kiss, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2010

Book 3 of 5 in the Hunter Kiss Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019014
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


Liu's books are kick-ass reads Kelley Armstrong --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is a very fast paced book, a lot of information to take in.
Avid Reading in NV
New characters are introduced and it's not apparent if they're trustworthy - but there is a bit of help from them.
I can not wait to read the next book to see what happens to Maxine, Grant, and their makeshift family.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on July 27, 2010
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My experience to date with the Hunter Kiss series has been hit or miss. While I greatly enjoyed Hunter Kiss and The Iron Hunt, I fought to finish Darkness Comes over a period of several weeks. Perhaps exacerbated by how often I put it down and picked it up, I found the book confusing and I had a hard time keeping track of Maxine's progress. In preparation for this review, I reread all the Hunter Kiss short stories and books. When I reread Darkness Comes over the course of a weekend, it became apparent to me that the confusion I had experienced on my previous reading was a critical part of the story. Maxine herself is being thrust into a confusing swirl of multi-dimensional events and time periods, and Marjorie Liu manages to convey those emotions without losing the reader entirely. I'm glad I revisited Darkness Comes, if only because it further heightened my enjoyment of the book that followed. A Wild Light is one of my favorite books this year, and the entire Hunter Kiss series has been bumped up to my top ten list.

As stated in the book description above, Chapter 2 of A Wild Light opens with Maxine standing over the corpse of her grandfather with no recollection of what took place. Furthermore, it is soon revealed that she has no memories of Grant, the love of her life. While amnesia gambits are among my least favorite literary devices (Why not just tell the reader you want a "do over" on your back-story?), in Liu's hands this opening unfolds to become an integral part of two of my favorite facets of the book, the first being the long overdue courtship between Maxine and Grant.

Maxine's relationship with Grant Cooperon takes place largely "off camera.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MelHay on July 27, 2010
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It's Maxine's birthday. Her and the boys are on their way to perform their special ritual, no one knows of, to celebrate her birthday and the death of her mother ~ as they are the same day. Then off to her party with her family, even her thousand million year old Grandfather is excited to celebrate a birthday with his grand daughter. Zee warns Maxine there are whispers of troubles to come. Then, Maxine wakes the next morning before dawn feeling every fiber of herself exhausted and weak. Curled up on the floor and blood around her with the dead body beside her... With loss of memory and an empty feeling in her heart, Maxine needs to solve the mystery. Along with the loss of memory of how this person died, she had one important person erased from her memory... Why? All this with the weight of the failing veil on her as well.

This is another great installment to the Maxine Hunter Kiss series. Marjorie is great at starting a new book with the new story, mystery, and dropping you right into the plot. She adds in through this story history to refresh your memory of the past happenings and relationships, but she doesn't reiterate completely to bore you or retell the previous. She brings you in quickly to a new story and dedicates the time to it.

You don't have to read the previous two books to read this one, but I would say you should. You do get brief refreshers on what you need to know had happened to keep you up with the happenings. But I found them great memory joggers to remember the happenings in more details.

I enjoy this series with the strong character Maxine is and the boys at her sides. Maxine is also joined by a few other strong characters. Maxine is a character with weaknesses, and flawes, but she makes it through a stronger person.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mardel on August 14, 2010
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I wish sometimes that we could give books 6 stars. There are some books that are better, deserve an outstanding - even more than I loved it. This is one of them.

This is the third full length novel in the Hunter Kiss series. It's intense. It's Lyrical. It's poetic horror and dark fantasy. It's great.

Maxine Kiss wakes up in a room, feeling like something is wrong. Slowly, things come to her, the smell in the room, the dread feeling, then she sees her grandfather. He's dead. Her demon protector "boys" are all there and behaving erractically - stressed out. They don't remember or won't tell her what happened. She doesn't remember what happened. Then someone walks in that she doens't recognize...

That's just the beginning (not a spoiler since the back of the book tells you this happened). This is an amazing, intense wonderfully written addition to the Hunter Kiss series. If you've read the other two books, you will recognize the returning characters. Byron, Jack, Killy, Father Lawrence, Mary, Grant.....and you will meet some compelling, dark characters.

There are answers to questions raised in the first two books. But...more is going to happen. I look forward to reading more of these novels.

It's possible to read this book and enjoy it if you havent' read the first two - but it's better to read them in order. Ms Liu gives you just enough information in each book that you can read it as a single book, yet I don't feel like I'm suffering from information overload, aka info-dumps.

The veil is weakening even more, more things are escaping the veil prison. Maxine is suffering some memory loss. The ring that we are introduced to in Iron Hunt grows - traveling up her wrist and becoming a little bit elaborate.
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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.

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