Blog Hop: Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey ~ Pros

I am excited to bring you a blog hop today with Take Me Away To A Great Read I will be bringing you the Pros of Hunter since I loved this book and they will be bringing you the Cons since they had certain reservation on this book. I loved this concept post that Disney asked us to do and we may try to do this again. Let us know what you think.

Hunter (Hunter #1) 


Hardcover374 pages
Published September 1st 2015 
by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Hardcover provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


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 of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures 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, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…


1. World building - Mercedes Lackey did such a great job creating a visual picture of this Apocalyptic world. I clearly was immersed in this world from the hidden and isolated mountains, to the poisoned land and mines, to the city protected by barriers in a very futuristic setting. Then you had the details from the fashion and hairstyles the Hunters had to wear to entertain the Cits to make them feel safe. Such details also as the food and how flavor had been lost due to cloning the meat to provide enough to feed the population. Mercedes even created the details of tattoos marking Hunters and how many Hounds they had would be imprinted on them. Then the political development in the world they were living in. This story had an insane amount of world building.

2. Character Development - I am not a fan of insta anything. Friendships and love all take time to build and that was something that Hunter really had. All the characters and the way they interacted was so believable. When Joyeaux enters the city she does not encounter instint freindships but her mentor and her soon build a trust and friendship through hunting and relying on one another. Then her and Knight develop a friendship when Joy shows she cares about people and the struggles out side the city. She gives Knight an option for his people to leave their poisoned land and join her people in the mountain. Also the relationship has what any relationship has it is not insta love and has some insecurities. She is not sure if he is honestly interested in her or it is a political advantage. She is a normal girl though who likes a boy and situations and trust build their relationship. Then their is the hate of the top ranking Hunter Ace who can not stand Joy, since she is a contender to take his #1 ranking. Their relationship has so much to it and Joy at times tries to placate him, but his anger and hate is real.

3. Creatures - So many awesome creatures in this one. I could describe them all but I do not want to ruin this for anyone. The Drakken were one of my favorites. So fierce, vibrant and deadly. Also the hounds that each Hunter has vary in shape size and features which was pretty awesome. Anything from mythology or to made up fairy tales has a twist in this world and there are so many creatures that you would think it would be too much but it works.

Now Hop over to  Take Me Away To A Great Read to get her take on Hunter

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About the Author:

Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

"I'm a storyteller; that's what I see as 'my job'. My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that's why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of 'story pill' -- they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief newsbringers. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.

"I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can't 'not' write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL ['There ain't no such thing as free lunch', credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the 'evil magicians,' something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.

"I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water:

"There's no such thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good -- they're the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race." 


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