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The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2008
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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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There are 5 books in the Hunter Kiss series, and they are all genius. Maxine is a woman who takes us on an unforgettable adventure through demons, love, loyalty, faith, and humanity. And world domination. You might think you know about them all, or have answers to a few, but I guarantee that Marjorie M Liu will blast light where you thought none was needed.
The Hunter Kiss series is one of the smartest things I've ever read. Really.
Marjorie M Liu hit my radar with the release of her new comic book from Image, collaborating with Sana Takeda, called Monstress. It has quickly become one of my favorite comic books and prompted me to investigate Marjorie Liu, whose bio indicated that she was a novelist. I discovered she has been dating Junot Diaz since 2011, an author I discovered after the publication and winning of the best novel Pulitzer Prize for The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
I found that Monstress was not Marjorie Liu's first comics work, and in fact, I had read some of her previous work and just not noticed. It also has not escaped my notice, Mom, that you and her share the same first name.
So, I acquired her first Hunter Kiss novel The Iron Hunt.
Apparently, there was a short story in an anthology that serves as a prologue to The Iron Hunt. I have downloaded it and will read it after I finish The Ballad of Black Tom, which is what I am currently reading reading (as opposed to reading listening).
I knew I was going to like the book when it started with the line: "When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw."
I am very big on first lines of stories, and this first line is an excellent first line.
Liu is a skilled writer, whose lean though colorful prose is a delight to read. The writing is strange, poetic, and darkly beautiful. As I read over reviews on various sites, some people love the writing and some hate it. Some cannot seem to accept the prose style, which often works in fragments and phrases. Likewise, I saw comments in which people thought the book was too long, and others who thought the book was too short.
The premise is interesting. The little girl lost to zombies by her mother is Maxine Kiss, a hunter like her mother and her line of mothers dating back in time. In Liu's world created for this novel series, there is a boundary (the veil) that separates our world from a demon army that would invade and wreak havoc if the barrier were to fail. And it is failing. Maxine's family is the last of the wardens to protect our world from these powerful demons, the worst of the worst, who were imprisoned thousands of years before.
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This was not an easy quick read for me. It took concerted effort to continue reading as keeping everything straight is more complicated than in other urban fantasy/paranormal type books I've read in the past (except maybe Kim Harrisons Witch series). Maxine is defying the odds and fate - chosing to try and settle down and build a life rather than continue to pursue a solitary life demon hunting. She's the last you see and the veil is getting weaker - between our world and the other. Grant, her significant other, is also a player although this book does not go far into exactly what he is.
My favorite character in this one has to be Tracker. He's not only strong, physically arresting and compelling but he's a hoot to boot! I enjoyed his dialogue and his actions. I hope there is more of him in the next two books.
Other than the above it's pretty standard fare. Yes the concept that Maxine wears demon (or whatever they really are) tattoo's that protect her and make her invincible during the day is cool. The only one that I really cared about though was "Zee" and he's clearly the leader of the pack. There appears to be a lot more to him. He can sure keep a promise.
At the beginning I would have said this was a 2 star book - after downloading the short story and reading it this jumps to 4 stars. That is how CRITICAL I feel the short story is to setting up the story. I liked the characters, the plot was solid, and the word building was fine. As with others Maxine's very abrupt and distant way of speaking is sometimes hard to read with a voice in your head (I don't think I'd like her much in person really). Also I was a bit underwhelmed by the fact that nearly all the characters introduced ended up being something that was not apparent. No normal folk amongst them. Still it was a good read - to me deeper than this genre can be - but not quite what it has the potential to be. Even if you don't like hunting THE IRON HUNT will keep you solidly in its grip until the last page is turned.