The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Loved this book - not sure why I waited so long to start this series.
The Iron Hunt is the first book in the Hunter's Kiss series. We are introduced to Maxine Kiss who is the last of the Hunters - those who protect against demons and the veil keeping them in prison.
She has tatoos covering her body which are actually demon hunters that come off at night to prowl and hunt. There are 5 of them - and the descriptions of them sound cute in a scary way. Hunter's lead a solitary life - not making friends or staying in one place. They eventually have a daughter and when the time is right the demon tatoos transfer to the daughter and the mother is killed. Sounds disturbing however it works in the story. Maxine did not want to lead such a lonely lifestyle so she sets down roots at a homeless shelter and befriends a mysterious man who is an ex-priest.
Maxine lives her life quietly and seems to be missing much of the knowledge to help her become the Hunter people believe she should be so the story is about her learning her history and what others expect from her. She does find herself in terrifying spots trying to fight a demon who has breached the veil and does fall into a netherworld where she gains some interesting tricks and hardware and where most never come back from - this all adds to her increasing knowledge and power of who she truly is and will become.
Can't wait to read the next one!!
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