Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Review

The Iron Hunt
By: Marjorie M. Liu
Publisher: Ace Books
Publish Date: July 2008
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal
Series: 1st book of Hunter Kiss series
Recommendation: YES!!!
First Sentence:
When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw.
Book Synopsis:
Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities... tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.
I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.
By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own - demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. It's the only way to live, and the very way she'll die. For one day her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival 0 leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.
But such is the way of Earth's last protector - the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veil. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment - and one man - changes everything...
My Review and Summary:
I am not going to say to much on what happens in the book. I think the book synopsis does a very good job of that. So, I am going to try and stick to my thoughts on this review.
This book is a great beginning to a unique series idea. This book introduces you to all the characters and given what you need to love them, along with the fast pacing to keep you going. The book is VERY well written to make me love and hate the characters with Maxine as we go through the story. I loved how there are many different demons and creatures. By the end of the book, I felt I knew the characters well, but had many curiosities of them. My curiosities were not from a lack in the story, but more of my thinking on the characters afterward. Where they are from and what they could truely be capable of.
There are things here that Marjorie lays out for you to foresee in the story, but there are so many unpredictable happenings, and appearances as well. You get pieces of the plot to puzzle together as the story goes and it keeps you wanting more. I didn't want to put the book down. Another great book where I tried to make stopping points but just could NOT find one, I had to keep reading to find out what happens and what creature am I going to meet next.
I do have to mention the '80s references ~ on the radio and tv reruns. The references are in no way over done. I enjoyed the subtlety of them, since I too am an '80s lover.
One of my favorite characters in the book were the tattoos. I loved the WHOLE idea with/of them. The way they live, protecting Maxine both day and night in different ways. The way they help guide Maxine even when they are sleeping. This is an amazing creation that I look forward to reading more of.
The only thing with this story was I felt, in the first fifty pages or so, I had missed some information. Maybe I missed a story that preceded this book or maybe this is information that is left open to be discussed in future books. Either way it did not hinder the book in any way and keeps a little mystery in the book and future installments for me.
In the end, I loved this books' plot and the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone loving paranormal books.


Jessica said...

Great review! This book is on my TBR list and I've heard lots of great things about it so far. I'm really excited to read it!

Donna said...

Great review! I enjoyed this book a lot myself. The Boys are one of my favorite parts of this series. And M. M. Liu has such a beautiful writing voice. Wait until you read Darkness Calls - it just gets better!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jessica - Thank you for the complement. I hope you enjoy it. I really did and could not put it down which is always great to find in a book.

Donna - Thank you for the complement. I do like MM Liu's writing voice and style. Everything kept moving at a wonderful pace. I am getting ready to dig in to Darkness Calls tonight. I am really looking forward to it. And now more so with your recommendation. Thanks!

Ryan said...

Sounds like a good book and one that I need to pick up. The cover is really hot by the way.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hey Ryan! I think you do need to get this book. I think you would really enjoy it. It was a fast read for me so you should be able to breeze right through it. If you get to read it let me know what you think of it. I actually pulled the old thread over at B&N paranormal forum to comment on it. I look forward to seeing what others think in the future as well. That is the great thing on the threads being there for ever.

Alexia561 said...

What a great first sentence! And what a great review! Love the whole idea of the demon tattoos and not really sure why I haven't read this yet. Will have to remedy that soon. Thanks! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hey ALexia, I thought you would like this one. I am kind of surprised you haven't read it yet, you usually catch these books before I do. Glad I could introduce one to you. I hope you enjoy it!

Tracy Letts said...

Great review, this book sounds right down my alley! The only problem is I am trying to stop adding to my TBR pile! I have so many books I own that I still haven't read! Oh well, the book sounds too good to wait, will reserve it at the library immediately!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Tracy I soooo understand! I have to quit adding to my tbr pile and tbr list. I don't know if I will ever get to them all. lol. I will, it will just take me some time to get throught them all. I hope you enjoy the book!