by Marjorie M. Liu

July 2008
ISBN: 978-0-441-01606-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Ace Books
Mass Market Paperback

Author Marjorie M. Liu has a devoted fan following. Bursting onto the scene with her acclaimed Dirk and Steele series, she has pushed beyond the boundaries of standard paranormal romance with every new book.

Now, with The Iron Hunt, she shifts her focus to urban fantasy, and constructs a world where zombies and demons walk among us, held in check by one young woman covered in living tattoos.

Maxine Kiss is a Hunter, as were her mother and grandmother, and who knows how many other generations before them. It is her task to eradicate zombies and demons who prey on unsuspecting human hosts. She is a skilled fighter yet she rarely fights alone. The “boys” are always with her, living tattoos that adorn her skin by day and roam the streets at night while she patrols.

As the first novel of a series, it is an ambitious book. There is a mythology to establish, characters to introduce and lest we forget it, a plot to hold readers interest. There were some awkward moments when I had to reread a few lines because I had missed something important, but for the most part, The Iron Hunt is a good start. I am especially intrigued with the introduction of secondary characters who play more of a role at the end of the book than I think they started out with. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? They just take over and change the direction the author had in mind, and in doing so make the book stronger.

I cannot wait to see where The Iron Hunt leads, and marvel at Ms. Liu’s fertile imagination.

Reviewed in June 2008 by Paula.

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