The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. LiuThe Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

The Iron Hunt

byMarjorie M. Liu

Mass Market Paperback | June 24, 2008

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First in a stunning new urban fantasy series from an author who “NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE.” (BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW)

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man— changes everything.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applica...
Title:The Iron HuntFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.9 × 4.4 × 1 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441016065

ISBN - 13:9780441016068

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth Hunting For I wanted to like this book. It was an uphill battle that I pretty much lost. The story idea sounded unique and fresh, but the book just didn't deliver. Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter and the last of her kind. She lives in a world where demons can pass through the 'veil' and inhabit the bodies of willing humans. For the most part, demons stay on their side of the veil, it is up to Maxine to keep those that crossover in check. To assist her in this, her body is covered in tattoos that provide her with armor during the day, but when the sun sets the demons she wears on her skin separate and become living creatures. Bound to protect and fight by her side, they’ll be together until the day that Maxine passes them on with her death. Grant, a former priest who runs a homeless shelter, is Maxine’s boyfriend. While that’s something she never thought she’d have, their relationship is as close as she’s come to trust with someone other than the ‘boys’. Grant also has a supernatural talent of his own, one that’s powerful enough to offer some protection from the demons. When the veil becomes weakened and something new is freed from the prison to walk the earth, Maxine finds herself facing her biggest challenge. Angry after so long imprisoned, the avatar has plans to regain what was taken from her and to take so much more. Maxine’s job is to prevent that from happening at any cost. While this is the first novel in the Hunter Kiss series, it turns out there is a short-story prequel. This may explain the slightly disoriented feeling at the beginning of the story where I was wondering what the heck was going on. The beginning of the book also seems rather choppy and I had a hard time getting into it. I honestly wanted to like Maxine. Demonic tattoos that come to life? How cool can you get. Unfortunately, I found her character bland and boring. She is neither the kickbutt, if sometimes annoying, heroine type nor is she the reluctant hero that so often stars in fantasy novels. She was just there, flat and lifeless on the page with no good points or bad points to distinguish her, tattoos aside. Her boyfriend, Grant, the former priest, is equally boring. Never have I encountered a couple with so little sexual tension or attraction. As far as I was concerned, they could have just been roommates and it wouldn’t have made an impact on the story. Combined with a plot that took a little too long to come together and a narrative that frankly lost me in places and I ended up sorely disappointed.
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... I'm used to something more from Liu, I liked it , but there was a thrill missing from the story.
Date published: 2008-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Beginning To What I’m Sure Will Be An Amazing Series Compared to her other series this one is quite different, she still uses Supernatural people, that’s good, but instead there is a main character and the story is told from her, Hunter Kiss’s, point of view. I’m looking forward to reading more book in this series, I think its got a lot to offer. Marjorie M. Liu doesn’t disappoint she’s still as witty and exciting an author as usual, writing the unusual. This book is action pact, has many twists and turns and defiantly has me coming back for more.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. Maxine Kiss comes from a long line of female hunter/protectors--each one only gives birth to 1 daughter and this baby is always destined to become the next hunter once her mother has died. Maxine spends her days & nights fighting demons that walk the earth and for the most part she is invulnerable to their attacks. Her boyfriend is Grant, a former priest who now runs a homeless shelter in Seattle. He himself is quite special in that he also has supernatural abilities. However I must admit that the most entertaining part of this story are the tattoos which attach themselves to the most current hunter only. By day, they cover Maxine from chin to toes and make her impervious to assaults by bullets, knives etc. However by night these tattoos leave her body and morph into 5 separate entities and they are quite amusing in a morbidly fascinating way--all like to eat anything metal, cell phones and stuffed toys (especially teddy bears). They also like 80's music--especially Bon Jovi & AC/DC. They love Maxine and would die for her but they sure are strange little creatures! Quite unique.
Date published: 2008-06-24