Sunday, September 4, 2011

Book Review: Hunter

Hunter

By:  Skyla Dawn Cameron

Publisher:  Mundania Press LLC

Publish Date:  August 2011

Format:  ARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd Book in Demons of Oblivion series; 1st Book ~ Bloodlines

Recommendation:  OH HELL YES! An Urban Fantasy read to enjoy and get the old mind to thinking in the end.  There is a bigger story here, as it all starts to come together.

Book Synopsis:
Sometimes natural predators need to be kept in check, and for that, there's Ryann David.  Orphaned as an infant and raised by an exiled branch of the church to become a warrior for God, she and her fellow members of Venatores Daemonum have trained all their lives with only one purpose: destroy all demons in the mortal realm.

But when Ryann and her team are sent to hunt down a vampire who has killed one of their own, a new world of danger, betrayal, and conspiracy greets her.  Allied with an irreverent psychic detective and the very monsters she was raised to kill, Ryann will risk everything - her life, her faith, and her heart - in pursuit of the truth as the black and white existence she knew turns a murky shade of gray.

First Sentence:
Ave Maria, gratia plena...Dominus tecum.
The house seemed empty.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Ryann is training to be a Venatores Daemonum ~ Demon Hunter.  Taking her final exam Christian, Ryann's lovely mentor, and Grace, Christian's girlfriend which is forbidden in the church, think she should pass and give high recommendations.  Ryann is Christian's star pupil and Ryann feels he is a close friend.  Father Matthew points out all her flaws, showing she doesn't follow the rules and goes on her own.  Passing Ryann on Christian's recommendation, their best Hunter, Ryann passes and starts on her first case....one that could change her views and life forever.  Grace was murdered by her assignment and now Ryann and five others go after this cold blooded Vampire assassin, one known for killing several people about 5 years back in a big battle and even friends for money.  Who is it?  I think you can guess. ;)

I have to say Skyla has a way with character growth!  Skyla is talented at setting up characters to be ones readers may not like then bring them to a point where you worry about them, even cheer for them.  Surprisingly like them.  Can I say that is a sign of great writing?  Ha, I think I did.  We start off with Ryann just graduating from school.  She's new and young.  She has strong beliefs that things are white and black.  Ryann has spunk too.  She talked back to the Father about her test, though kindly, and stands up to a bully.  But he has her strong opinions of Demons and anything of "powers" (lets mention psychic as an example) as it comes from evil.  I have to admit Ryann struck me as a perfect christian girl and I didn't know why, but I didn't much care for her in the beginning.  She was perfect, written as she should be to make me feel the way I did just so she could grow and come to be a character I really enjoy.  Ryann learns first hand there are many things NOT taught in school, and she adjusts easily.  She is one to NEVER give up or complain.  She just keeps getting up every day going on doing whats right, even if she has to accommodate and change to get there.  And change is just what she does.  Ryann grows by leaps and bounds in this book, and starts to see there is gray in the world.  And somewhere in here I started liking her, and even by the end worrying for her.

Skyla also has an amazing talent for story lines.  The book starts off seeming so easy, but by the end there is so much there you just didn't see it all until you where done.  And Malice, the short story at the end, multiplies the feeling 10 times.  The story seems to start off slower as we build on the new characters and how they come to their beliefs or changes in the end.  But this book comes full circle and this information is needed to see the big picture.  This beginning is needed to instill some gray thoughts to Ryann and drop hints for later in the book.  This is what I enjoy in books!  To get you thinking about all that you read, even back from the beginning to piece it all together for so much more meaning.  (another sign of great writing? I think so.)

Okay so to some of the characters.  We get a whole new cast here.  The Hunters Ryann knows in school and on her mission.  Christian sounds like a nice character, and would like to see more of in the future.  Even Abigail who only appears briefly.  Now Ellie...  Loved this character!  I loved meeting him too. ha ha!  When we first met Ellie he and Ryann started on the wrong foot and he was a little annoying, but I loved his comments and jokes.  He just ended up stealing my heart in this book.  But boy he can really get under Ryann's skin but they make a great team, they just don't know that yet.  Our Zara Lain... She does make an appearance in this book.  But we see her from Ryann's view point of the church and Demon Hunter.  Which I think is a great way to show the opposite side regarding Zara, what others think of her from the view they see.

This book has a different feel than Bloodlines.  One I think the readers should follow through with.  You will learn so much more about where the series is going.  So much more added to the pot here!

Malice

I'm going to make a HUGE suggestion here.  If you are reading this series on ebook, GET it at Mundania Press.  Here's the reason, the short stories are in the books but the ONLY Ebooks to have the short story are at Mundania Press.  AND YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS.

Malice is the short story in which Skyla gets the brain turning.  This is what I love about her stories.  This is what I look for.  Malice helps tie in a few pieces from Bloodlines and Hunter to give a growing thread of connection and future threat.

This short story is after Hunter and in Zara's view.  Which I might add sheds a whole new light on a few things.  Yeah, you have to read this one if you are enjoying the series.

Zara has a quick fight scene with a half-demon, reason becomes clear here.  Zara is keeping a close eye, er ear, on Father Matthew and a Hunter spy on her side.  What till you see who. ;)  Possibly their is something...special... with Ryann and Zara is watching for that as well.  We also learn of the importance of Nicolette to Zara.


I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review from the author.


This book qualifies for Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge, hosted by Book Chick City.

16 comments:

  1. It says that this is book 2 in the series, can this be read on it's own or does a reader have to read book 1 first?

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  2. Cherry - With the way the narrator is a different character with her own story here, I think you could read this one on it's own. Reading this one wont spoil the first book at all. But I would say get book one too. You will start to see a bigger picture of the series with the short story at the end. And it's a wonderful read as well.

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  3. You sure like her books :) Just like it should be.

    Awww I love books! Lol, yes I know, but good books make me so happy

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  4. Oh how interesting! Malice sounds very interesting as well. I love it when the brain gets going.

    Oh and I love characters with growth. You know you have me put all her books on my wishlist. Now I only need more reading time. :)

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  5. Enjoyed your review! Haven't read this one, but it sounds right up my alley. Will add to my wishlist! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  6. That "OH HELL YES!" is getting me all stirred up for this book. Can't resist that unqualified enthusiasm.

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  7. OK! Fine! I will read it! Its on my tbr pile! :)

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  8. Oh, oh, oh! I want to start this series! Sounds like it's right up my alley!
    A tad bit like Nancy Holder's Crusade series but a lot different, too!

    Consider me smitten already!

    FanFaeryTastic review, sistah!

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  9. Glad to hear this was a winner, thanks for your review.

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  10. Blodeuedd - :) I think you would enjoy these books too. ;D Thank you for stopping by!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, I think you would love these books! I know what you mean about the reading time. I think we should lobby for an extra hour or two a day that is designated for just reading! lol. or other fun things. :)

    Alexia - Hi! :) Thank you. So glad you liked the review. And the sounds of this one. I hope you give the series a try one day. I think you would enjoy them. :)

    StephanieD - lol. So glad you liked that. ;D Thank you for stopping by!

    Mflick1 - he he. So glad you enjoyed the review. :) Thank you!

    Kristi The Book Faery - Oh, you just might enjoy this series. It is so much fun. I really have enjoyed it. :) Thank you!

    Petty Witter - thank you for stopping by!

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  11. the synopsis sounds great ! I haven't read the first one yet, but I hope soon ! Thanks for your review !

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  12. Melliane - Thank you for stopping by! I do hope you get a chance to give this series a go, it really is a great read and fun too. :) Thank you! And glad you enjoyed the review.

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  13. A 'OH HELL YES' is a pretty big recommendation, but being Mel (and Skyla!), I feel pretty safe admitting Hunter is firmly on my TBR. (What? Yes, I know it came out months ago. D'ya know how long some titles have been on my TBR? I'll get to it, oh hell yes! :p )

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  16. Rissatoo - lol! What can I say, I've enjoyed the reads. ;D lol. We'll get you to reading this one, one of these days here. :D Thank you!

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