Narrator: Amy Landon
Series: Hunter #1
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 01 September 2015
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: AudioBookJukeBox.com, Publisher, Submitted
They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.
Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.
To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.
Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in - to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them.
©2015 Mercedes Lackey (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey is the first in a series by the same name. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the barriers separating the Earth from the supernatural world of monsters were broken. These monsters descended onto to humanity to murder for the essence, or manna, that all beings contain. A small population of humanity began to be born with the powers to do magic and help humanity fight back against these monsters. Humanity created closed communities to be guarded by these humans, or hunters. Joyeaux Charmand has been living away from the major city, Apex, in small mountain community where she became a competent hunter among a community of hunters. Called to Apex City to serve, she has to leave her secret hunter community to help in the protection of this large enclosed city. Joyeaux is quickly immersed into the intrigue and politics of Apex City and she must navigate this new world to protect herself and the citizens of the city.
I really loved this book. It took me a while to get into the story because I couldn’t tell where it was going, and there is a lot of explanation. This explanation continues throughout, but which somewhat disruptive in terms of the plot, it is necessary because the author is trying to set up a world for the reader. Joyeaux’ transition from the mountain community to that of the city as an important figure has the same kind of backbone of some other novels in this genre. I liked it and it mixed in the horror of the life with normalcy. The plot is fast paced and covers a lot of ground in this first novel. Joyeaux is a well-developed and thoughtful character. She makes you want to root for her. The other characters have depth as well and their interactions are believable and relatable. The fight against the monsters and the monsters themselves seemed unique to me. I thought the idea of each hunter having a pack of supernatural hounds to help them fight the monsters was really great. Not only was it unique, but it changed a lot of how individual humans were described as fighting the monsters. Variation in fight sequences is always a plus. I also especially enjoyed the commentary on the media, whether or not the author intended it to be that way. I’m interested to see how Joyeaux changes in the next novels as the types of challenges she faces change.
The narration by Amy Landon was excellent. Her voice sounded deliberate in tone which I liked for the characters in this novel. Once in a while I couldn’t tell when Joyeaux was thinking and when she was speaking, but other than that Amy Landon did a great job. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes strong female characters, young adult fiction, and post-apocalyptic novels. I’m really looking forward to reading the next in the series.