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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Review: A Wild Light

A Wild Light (Hunter Kiss, Book 3)Title: A Wild Light
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Page Count: 308 pages (pdf format)
Publisher: Ace
Genre: urban fantasy
Copy for review provided by Wunderkind Publicity in exchange for an honest review

50 words or less: Where is the line between darkness and evil? Maxine must unravel this mystery as she struggles to understand herself, fight demons, catch a murderer, and regain her sense of self.

I try to not make a habit out of reading a series out of order.  I find that, in a series I enjoy, I like to watch the world and characters develop from the beginning and see the forces that are at work and their origins.  There are a few authors, though, for whom I'm willing to make an exception if the opportunity arises, and this is definitely such a situation.

The Hunter Kiss series has been on my list of books to read for a long time, but, like so many other things, has fallen to the wayside.  Having the opportunity to review A Wild Light definitely jumped my attention and upon finishing this book I immediately requested the other two books currently released from the library, rendering my "no library books" pledge pretty much in tatters. 

Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter with some seriously badass body armor- tattoos that assume forms at night and then stand between her and peril.  Maxine is immortal during the day and defended by her armor beings at night, and the existence of a demon hunter is certainly a tough one, a fact of which Maxine is reminded when she finds her grandfather, Jack, murdered, and her own memories erased and in tatters.  These include the memories of Grant, the love of her life; thankfully he doesn't give up on her and instead tries to unravel the mystery of just what the hell happened while Maxine was unconscious.

What happens next is a deeper exploration of the supernatural goings-on in Maxine's world.  There are forces at work that even she never anticipated; history and ancestry play a huge role in determining her courses of action.  Furthermore, Maxine has to become comfortable with herself and who and what she is again; Maxine is a lot of things but a stone cold killer is not among them.

This story was certainly enjoyable all on its own, but I think the experience will definitely be enhanced by reading the first two books in the series first.  I fully plan on coming back to A Wild Light after I've read the first two installments for a deeper understanding of all the factors that are in play.  If you're looking for an introduction to the series then you certainly won't go wrong here; be aware, though, that this is a connected series and not a sequence of independent novels, so starting at the beginning wouldn't be a bad idea either.  You win either way!

Overall Grade: A-

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I think it's hard sometimes with a new paranormal series to start in the middle - mostly for a world-building type feel. If I read Kim Harrison's books out of order, I'd miss a bit of the backstory of the world and probably wouldn't get all the jokes. Like why humans can't stand ketchup... I would be like WHAT?

Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

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