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The Iron Hunt [Mass Market Paperback]

Marjorie M. Liu
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Book Description

June 24 2008 A Hunter Kiss Novel
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.


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"Liu is one of the best new voices in paranormal fiction." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

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 applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! Feb. 11 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was amazing. Marjorie Liu has created a heroine that puts Laurell K. Hamilton's early Anita Blake to shame (since the recent Anita has become nothing but a bad porn star). Her story casts a unique twist on the myths surrounding the Labyrinth and leaves the reader aching for more. Tattoo-covered Maxine is both human and other, while her little demon guardian-friends are at the same time cute and deadly. I found myself torn between wanting the book to cover everything possible so I could get it all in one sitting; and wanting it to be a series that lasts forever so that I could have hours and hours of immersive reading pleasure. For fans of urban fantasy, The Iron Hunt does NOT disappoint.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tantalizing read! June 26 2008
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
During the day Maxine Kiss is covered in black tattoos, even her nails. The only part of her body that is not covered in markings is from the top of her neck to her hairline. Maxine keeps all the markings covered - always. During the day those same tattoos are her armor. Nothing can harm her. She is invincible. At night the tattoos peel from her skin to take on forms of their own. No one would ever have imagined an army of demons living on one woman's skin. When "the boys" peel off of her skin, Maxine is human - vulnerable. But the demons are the best little bodyguards on earth.

Long ago a prison had been built out of air, a prison made of layers and rings and boundaries. The worst demons were sealed in the prison. Yet now, ten thousand years later, the prison is beginning to fail. However, even way back then, someone knew it would eventually happen. That someone created the Wardens, men and women with the speed and power to guard this world against a break in the prison veil. The Wardens were humans constructed to fight those demons that manage to slip through the veil. The Wardens are all dead now. The women in Maxine's family are the last.

Someday, just like her mother before her, Maxine will raise and train her daughter. Then "the boys" will abandon Maxine for her daughter - leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies. This, for Maxine, is normal. It is the way of Earth's last protector. It is life with no love, reveling in death. Enter the one man who just may change everything.

**** This story is nothing short of bizarre. I was well into the story before everything began to make sense. Zee, the only one of Maxine's demons which actually talks, loves to speak in riddles.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but complicated April 18 2010
By B. Owen
Format:Paperback
I'm an avid reader of urban fantasy and the Iron Hunt most definitely is this. Maxine is covered in tattoos, tattoos that are actually demons that protect her and come alive at night. She comes from a family line of women that fight and kill demons, but she accepts some demons, isn't fighting as hard as her ancestors did. Then, a private investigator is killed and found with her name in his pocket and the mystery begins. The story is often confusing, since things are not fully explained ever or until much later. Also, the writing style is too descriptive and formal for what is normal in urban fantasy. Overall, an okay read, not the best or worst urban fantasy out there, but not the easiest or most enjoyable at times.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tantalizing read! June 26 2008
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
During the day Maxine Kiss is covered in black tattoos, even her nails. The only part of her body that is not covered in markings is from the top of her neck to her hairline. Maxine keeps all the markings covered - always. During the day those same tattoos are her armor. Nothing can harm her. She is invincible. At night the tattoos peel from her skin to take on forms of their own. No one would ever have imagined an army of demons living on one woman's skin. When "the boys" peel off of her skin, Maxine is human - vulnerable. But the demons are the best little bodyguards on earth.

Long ago a prison had been built out of air, a prison made of layers and rings and boundaries. The worst demons were sealed in the prison. Yet now, ten thousand years later, the prison is beginning to fail. However, even way back then, someone knew it would eventually happen. That someone created the Wardens, men and women with the speed and power to guard this world against a break in the prison veil. The Wardens were humans constructed to fight those demons that manage to slip through the veil. The Wardens are all dead now. The women in Maxine's family are the last.

Someday, just like her mother before her, Maxine will raise and train her daughter. Then "the boys" will abandon Maxine for her daughter - leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies. This, for Maxine, is normal. It is the way of Earth's last protector. It is life with no love, reveling in death. Enter the one man who just may change everything.

**** This story is nothing short of bizarre. I was well into the story before everything began to make sense. Zee, the only one of Maxine's demons which actually talks, loves to speak in riddles. As things begin to solidify and make some sense to me, the author throws me for a loop by introducing zombies and demons that Maxine tolerates, if not allowing herself to feel some affection towards.

If you are looking for a quick read then this is not the book for you. Author Marjorie M. Liu's story is multi-layered and will grab readers' interests quickly, never to let go. A tantalizing read! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good But Somewhat Confusing Read June 25 2008
By loonigrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
****SPOILERS****

I bought The Iron Hunt without realizing that there had been a prequel story in the Wild Thing Anthology. As I was reading it, I was often confused. It almost seemed like I had jumped into the second book of the series, and I kept checking the introductory pages to make sure this was the first one. When I couldn't find anything about another book, I just assumed the author wanted to start the story right in the middle of all the action. Unfortunately, some of this did hurt my enjoyment of the book, but not enough to stop. I'll be picking up the anthology next, and will most likely continue on with the series.

Maxine Kiss was born to become a Hunter, just like her mother, and her mother's mother, and so on. She is Earth's protector against the demons on Earth and the demon army waiting impatiently for the veil to fall. The story begins when a private investigator, whom she doesn't know, is found dead with her name on his body. Maxine begins searching for answers and finds several people along the way, all of whom may be or may become very important to her.

I very much enjoyed the world that Liu had created, particularly the characters and their relationships. All of Maxine's Demons were so . . . well, lovable and cute, even when they weren't supposed to be. Maxine's memories of her mom and grandmother brought me to tears and the other characters and their various and complicated relationships with Maxine kept me wanting to know more. The book also took a few surprising turns- I was amazed by all Maxine had to go through in a single book.

Most of my difficulties with this book stem from not having read the short story. I felt the loss of seeing the beginnings of Maxine's relationship with Grant, and never felt like I really got a feel on Grant beyond him being a pretty decent and powerful guy. Because I wasn't sure if the author was going to do anything with Grant, I didn't know what to think of a couple other men (and in my mind, potential love interests) who came into the picture.

The back cover states that hers is a life lacking in love until one man changes everything. This confused me too because when the story opens, she already has Grant and has a life with love. Therefore, it took me awhile to decide if Grant was the man described in the summary or if it was someone else. Because of this confusion, I kept worrying that Grant was going to get killed off or something similarly drastic.

Another frustrating aspect for me were all the hints, and questions and mystery surrounding Maxine and her real powers, and who she really is. In fact, ALL the other characters ALL seemed to know what's going on about everything, except Maxine. I wasn't sure if some of these questions were hinted at or answered in the short story, and again just felt like I was missing something. I also got fed up at everyone's refusal to answer a direct question. This happened A LOT.

Despite a somewhat frustrating and confusing read, I still managed to get sufficiently caught up in the action, characters and the story that I quickly sped through and finished The Iron Hunt. I would recommend this book, however, I would also suggest reading the short story first.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank the Goddess it's not a soppy romance with spells!!! July 9 2008
By conejito asesino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for a soppy supernatural romance with a bitchy heroine and a alpha male love interest don't get this book! You, like some of the other reviewers, will be dissapointed.
I've read all of M. Liu's books and have always found her prose beautiful. This one took my breath away. I read it in one sitting. Unlike her other books, which bordered on romance, this one strays much more into the horror arena. The first person viewpoint is intense and startling. It's IS a little confusing, but it's meant to be. The reader must put the pieces together just like the heroine does. And this is no swooning heroine. She's not looking for a prince charming. She's got the world on her shoulders and demons at her back and she knows she'll win simply because she must. The description of the demons and other supernatural characters are guttural and poetic. Think more Dante's Inferno than Anita Blake.
If you're tired of bland prose and want something more etheral, more guttural. If you're tired of flighty heroines whose only determined quest is to sleep around. And if you're tired of heros who are full of the same annoying, macho blandness then you will like this book.
Be aware though... it's more epic poem than bodice ripper.
And that's a really good thing!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb urban fantasy June 28 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Long ago demons walked the earth killing anything foolishly that got in their way. The humans exploded on the planet leading to war over which species would dominate the orb; mankind won and established a prison of sorts to keep the demons away forever. Over time the Great War has been forgotten lost in the myths until one last demon hunter Maxine Kiss remains. The veil has weakened and been breached with those demons who have come home by using a human as a zombie-host.

Maxine wears tattoos of demons as armor in daylight; at night they leave her to become separate alive entities; they are her family until she births the next generation female who will inherit them while Maxine dies just like her mother did. One day, Maxine feels something different has made it through the veil. Not a zombie demon, but Ahsen wears the shape of Maxine the child. Stunned the last protector learns she is an Avatar capable of destroying the world as Maxine knows it.

Readers who love urban fantasies like those of Charlaine Harris or Kim Harrison will relish Marjorie M. Liu's excellent adventure. The protagonist is an interesting character who has always been lonely as her companions ironically are demons. She courageously accepts her fate to protect humanity but never be part of humanity and to always be alone until her death when her yet to be conceived daughter replaces her. However she finds herself for the first time fascinated with a male, but she also knows that theirs is relationship doomed to heartache. This is the superb start of a dynamic looking saga.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing June 29 2008
By Karyn L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Have to agree with several other reviewers in being confused by this book. First off, in a book like this you expect to be introduced to a new world, so that's expected. But for a large portion of this book, Maxine is learning that everything she believed in the past about herself is wrong/incomplete. The author, however, never clearly explains what that past is, so you spend a majority of the book being a) confused about who this woman is exactly and what it is she does and b) confused about all these mysteries that apparently everybody else knows about but her. I gather from other reviews that there was a prequel in an anthology and if that's the case, at least tell the reader that! Put something on the front cover, or list the previous book in the front pages, something. As it is, as a stand alone, this book really doesn't work. I gave it three stars however because I'm just curious enough to read the next book to see what happens.
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