Review: Hunter

HunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

Beware, Spoilers ahead!

I received this arc copy via Disney Hyperion and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


When I got my netgalley account and was exploring the Disney Hyperion section and came across Hunter. I decided to request it because it sounded fairly interesting.

Until now I didn’t actually understand the term ‘info-dumping’. Info-dumping is when rather than the audience feeling the world building behind the book they are told so by the main character(s). The first chapter of this book is dedicated to that. In the beginning it was interesting to read about but then it quickly turned into boredom. The only interesting part of it was reading about The Hounds and same basic’s as to how their magic works.

The first begins with our main character Joyeaux aboard a train seemingly for a mission of sorts. She spends basically the whole chapter telling the audience how their world came to be. You figure out in the end of the first chapter that her uncle has summoned her.

I think that should’ve been revealed earlier in the chapter. While I was reading it I was constantly wondering where she was going and why was she the only one of her kind aboard the train to said mysterious location.

I decided to simply drop it as I didn’t see the point in proceeding forward.

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