Jul 28, 2016
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Overall: 3 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…
I’ve been a longtime fan of Mercedes Lackey, and I was so hopeful that this book would be reminiscent of her early Valdemar series. This book fell flat, it lacked the depth of character that I’ve always associated with Mercedes Lackey, and the writing wasn’t up to my expectations.
Through most of this story I felt like I was just getting everything told to me instead of shown. There were ALOT of explanations that could have been handled with more finesse. I didn’t need 3 paragraphs explaining what Joy knew, and because it kept going throughout the entire book it felt like she was kind of boasting about her knowledge but at the same time she’s supposedly super humble. Also, Joy is some kind of amazing person who is never flawed and never makes a poor decision. It makes it really hard to relate to her, because she somehow always instinctively knows the right thing to do. It just doesn’t seem like she’s a very deep character that will surprise me or keep me guessing. There is no hidden dynamic here, or shade of grey. Joy is good, and the things she thinks are bad, are BAD.
I did like the premise, and the plot itself really drew me in, but the lack of storytelling really threw me off. I did like the world-building, and that felt very thought out although I did notice there were alot of similarities to other books that Lackey has written. I also liked the idea of her hounds, they interested me, but they were also SUPER SPECIAL AMAZING, especially as she starts adding more to her ‘pack’. This lack of story maturity is not something I would say is common with a Mercedes Lackey novel. I am still interested in book 2, but don’t ask me why because I’m honestly not sure. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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