Hunter (Hunter Series #1)

Hunter (Hunter Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey


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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 monsters 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 corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484725436
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Mercedes Lackey's Hunter Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 91,541
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling American fantasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

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Hunter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting new book from Mercedes Lackey. I really liked and respected Joy - she is not the typical teen heroine depicted in many of today's novels. She is strong, very smart and even has a sense of humor! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Mercedes Lackey's thinly veiled contempt of Christianity you'll love this book. If you thought titling her book Screw All the Christians amd Other Tales of Valdemar just wasn't going far enough you'll love this book. If your most ardent literary desire was to fall into a world with Lackey's lovable characters engaged in well written plot intrigues set in a world where Christians have completely abandoned all of the teachings of Christ to become insular venomous scumbags that nuke the planet then you will DEFINITELY love this book. I'm a Christian and I've always done my best to overlook this in the past but in this story she pulls the gloves off and shows us how she really feels. In spite of this I couldn't help but re-read this book 3 times when I first got it. It's a good read to start with and if you can identify where the anti-Christian rants are and skip them you'll enjoy the ride. Lackey took her time entering the popular dystopia genre. It's clear this is her response to "Strong Female Lead Fighting For Her Life in Post Apocalyptia." It takes her a while to set up the world and the attempt at Hunger Paganism falls a little flat but she starts abandoning the attempt at the genre and just lives in the world she's made. That's when things really take off :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sup, yall! Its fairy girl, here to give you the run-down on an awesome book! Everyone meet Joyeaux Charmand, resident of the Mountain, and your friendly neighborhood Hunter. Also niece of Apex Commissoner Charmand. She lives in a post-apocalypic world, where the stuff of imagination and legend and nightmares are real. And out for human flesh. Thats where Hunters come in. They protect us from those beings. Joy has been called from the Mountain to Apex, the post-disreay version of NYC or LA. When the train shes on is attacked by an intellegent being called a Folk (not my names. Sorry.) she instinctively jumps into action. What she does not know is this makes her quite popular amongst the Cits. And why on earth are they so happy to be attacked? As Joy learns the awnser, shes not so sure she likes what she hears. When a sabotage attempt on Joy has some unexpected consequences, she KNOWS theres something wrong. Ss
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book was great! I ended up reading the next two also and have reread them twice they were so good!
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It was a very engaging plot with a down to earth main character
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can always depend on Mercedes Lackey for a good story. The world she created in this book (series) has lots to be happy about: magic, mythologic characters as the bad guys, good guys (hunters) with their own magic, psionic powers, a world recovering from world destroying events, political groups fighting behind the scenes. I loved it and can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new trilogy from a truly great author. I loved it as expected. In fact I reread it when I had the final 2 books so I could enjoy the full story start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Mercedes Lackey!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what I expected in a Mercedes Lackey novel.
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
Main character is super OP, which distorted everything. What little I could get beyond that was an interesting world and a good plot for a more normal-powered character. I might continue with this series but I'm going to wait for more reviews. Full review at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I'm the beginning a plot line was introduced then briefly mentioned later, but nothing ever came of it. That would be my biggest complant. Otherwise, great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The build up of the world in which joyeaux lives is very thought out. The field was left open so the story can go many different directions. I love that in a series . Will definitely keep an eye out for more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first book of the hunter series. Fast paced and interesting characters. Plenty of description without making things drag. Great new series and I am getting ready to buy the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful premise and story . Captivating and very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vintage Lackey . Can't wait for the next book .
Nightwolfemp More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I've read it more than once already and find new details each time. Looking forward to a sequel.
MadelineEM More than 1 year ago
{I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.} They are going to take away my Fantasy Fan membership card when they find this out: Hunter is the first Mercedes Lackey book I have ever read. I think I always intended to read a series by Lackey, especially way back when she started collaborating with one of my absolute favorite Fantasy authors, Anne McCaffrey. Hunter is set in a dystopian society where, after a nearly apocalyptic event, magical beings (Othersiders) are terrorizing humanity. Joyeaux Charmard is sent off from her secluded home to continue her training as a Hunter in the capital city. Hunters are a class of people with magical powers who fight the Othersiders. It turns out that in the training headquarters, Hunters are part defense force and part reality show entertainment for the residents of the capital. Some of the writing in Hunter felt a bit teeny bopper-ish, though this is a YA novel. Even so, hearing a teenage girl gush about a boy during a highly stressful time for her seemed a bit out of character. This quibble was far outweighed by the expert world building and character development. In particular, I was captivated by the creative tweaks given to typical mythical creatures. Redcaps look like our own cute little bearded garden gnomes, but they are vicious knife wielding monsters who dye their pointed caps red using the blood of their victims. Think about that for a minute. Some have criticized Hunter on the basis that it is too similar to Hunger Games. I have to say that it seems since Hunger Games, the dystopian genre has become much more popular. No one said Hunger Games was too similar to Brave New World, The Handmaiden's Tale, the Giver, or any other dystopian story. I felt the same here. Other than the concept of a dystopian world with the society watching the Hunters as entertainment, I didn't see much correlation with Hunger Games. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for the next book in this series. I'm interested to see where it goes. I will also be picking up more Mercedes Lackey books - someone tell me where to start! Check out more book reviews at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the main character. Young, strong, sensible girl that makes good decisions and takes some hard knocks in stride. The setting is post apocalypse with the heroine and her hell hounds fighting goblins and demons and winning. I look forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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