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Elite (Hunter Series #2)

Elite (Hunter Series #2)

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by Mercedes Lackey

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Joy knows she'll be facing more dangerous Othersiders than ever before as a new member of the Elite Hunter unit, but if anyone is up to the challenge it's her. She's been Hunting these monsters since she was a child, and has a pack of eleven fiercely protective magical Hounds. Then the rules change. Monsters unlike any Joy's ever seen or even heard of are breaking


Joy knows she'll be facing more dangerous Othersiders than ever before as a new member of the Elite Hunter unit, but if anyone is up to the challenge it's her. She's been Hunting these monsters since she was a child, and has a pack of eleven fiercely protective magical Hounds. Then the rules change. Monsters unlike any Joy's ever seen or even heard of are breaking through Apex City's barriers, and the Hunters are scrambling to find new ways to fight them-all the while hiding the true danger Apex faces from the Cits, who are ignorant of the severity of the Othersiders' attacks.

The leaders of Apex must come together to protect the city, but tensions have never been higher between the Hunters and the powerful PsiCorps, with each group competing to be the primary protector of the city. The conflict escalates even further when Joy starts discovering bodies of Psimons while patrolling the city sewers on a special assignment from her uncle, who commands the Hunters. Someone is killing Psimons, and if Joy doesn't uncover the true culprit she might just take the fall for it.

Chaos erupts when Ace, the murderous Hunter who tried to kill Joy at her Elite trials, escapes from the Army's captivity and defects to the Othersiders. Joy has no idea what Ace might be capable of with the help of the cunning Folk, but she may be about to find out; Othersider forces are gaining strength and momentum just beyond the barriers. A storm is approaching Apex City, and unless Joy and her fellow Hunters put up the fight of their lives, it might just sweep them all away . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Spirituality, psychic abilities, propaganda, magic, monsters, and mayhem make this a book with a dozen hooks to snag readers and win Lackey even more fans."—Booklist


Lackey successfully mixes dystopia and fantasy in this series opener...the novel is exciting, entirely entertaining, and sure to please her fans."—
Publishers Weekly


* "Joyeaux's narration is spellbinding, the prose easily balancing the technology of the future with the traditions of the past. Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling."—
Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Fans of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games series who like a little more magic and fantasy with their dystopia will appreciate this new series."—VOYA


This satisfying sci-fi YA novel is set in a fully thought-out future A perfect choice for "Hunger Games" fans and readers looking for stories with strong female heroines."—School Library Journal

VOYA, October 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 4) - Pam Carlson
Newly promoted Elite Joyeaux Charmand, trained monster hunter, lives in a post-apocalyptic world where she and her eleven supernatural hounds use magical abilities and fighting skills to protect the citizens of Apex from the bloodthirsty Othersiders. On one hand, she is a typical teenager dealing with friends, family, and a possible romance. One the other hand, her special gifts and abilities mandate that she combat vicious monsters, destructive weather events, and self-serving bureaucrats. Strong-willed and intelligent, she appears to be up to the task. However, she is unprepared for the complications encountered when she discovers the bodies of murdered PsiCorp members in the sewer tunnels while on a special patrol mission requested by her uncle, the chief of police. Having knowledge of the first book in the Hunter series is not necessary, as the author does an excellent job of revealing the complexities of Joyeaux’s world. Employing various elements of folklore, mythology, fantasy, and religious traditions, the rich world-building in this tale tends to be both fascinating and convoluted. The story’s futuristic setting is well crafted where issues such as reality television, media personalities, government corruption, and polarizing social classes continue to plague civilization. The fact that the privileged population lives in blissful ignorance of the unreliable protective barrier serves is a meaningful analogy of today’s current events. Readers of dystopian fiction featuring a strong female protagonist, action-packed battle scenes, and compelling characters will find Lackey’s narrative satisfying. Reviewer: Pam Carlson; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
Following the events of Hunter (2015), now that she’s become an Elite, Joy knows she’s in for more high-stakes danger and will be facing more dangerous Othersiders than before. Backed by her pack of 11 Hounds, more than any other Hunter, she feels certain she’s ready for the job. However, it soon becomes clear that she and the rest of Apex City’s leaders and protectors—including the PsiCorps—are not as prepared for what is beyond the Barriers as they thought. Within them, rising political and power tensions between the Hunters and the PsiCorps make for additional issues. Then Joy, on special assignment, comes to discover dead Psimons in the city sewers she’s been tasked with patrolling. With each newly discovered body, Joy becomes more likely to take the fall for their deaths. When Ace, the Hunter who tried to murder Joy at her Elite trials, escapes and defects to the Othersiders, the city’s guardians realize that they may be unable to protect the city. Lackey efficiently brings readers up to speed, quickly laying out the rules of this multicultural post-apocalyptic future that blends technology and magic before plunging into this middle volume’s plot. Such details as a rare feast of pizza hammers home Joy’s reality. Avoiding second-volume sag with plenty of charisma, this outing proves to be a satisfying read that takes the baton neatly from the first and leaves readers ready for more. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)

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Disney Press
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Mercedes Lackey's Hunter Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet 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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Elite (Hunter Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Hey, y'all! I know I haven't posted in a while, and in that timespan I have grown a year older, but I hope you guys all still care about this poor, unpopular geek. So, here's the breakdown of Mercedes Lackey's new book, Elite! Joy has been in Apex a while, and is now an Elite Hunter. After being assigned the storm sewers & drains to patrol alone, she discovers new Othersiders. But as if that ain't enough for poor Joy, she starts finding bodies! And not just any bodies, either: Psimons! Now Joy is in hot water; because the Psicorps won't let her tell anybody! Suspicious, ain't it? And to make matters worse, a certain somebody (yes, you Ace, you AND your ego) escapes from prison! And somethings up with the Othersiders. They must be planning something big! I really liked the fact that Lackey elaborated upon the Mage's role in the story, but didn't give everything away all at once. Keeps me up at night, though: who is he, why does he care, and why is he stalking Joy? Doesn't that bother anybody else, or is that just me? I also like how Lackey drops those mental hints, like, that feeling that says, "Joy is going to the Otherside eventually." I kept getting that one a lot, constantly. Especially during Otherside and Folk Mage encounters (there's more than one?!). So, I liked this book. I dunno if y'all do, don't, or ya ain't read it yet, I encourage you to give it a chance, read it, or read it again for the heck of it. This is Fairy girl signing out! See y'all next time, and don't forget to post your book suggestions underneath, and I will get to 'em all! BYE-BYE!!!
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Abd this one is a five. A short five, but when you're reading one of Merry's books, they're always too short. Point of fact, I stayed up until nearly 6 AM and then dreamed about 'calling up my Hounds'. Merry has the almost unique talent of totally suspending her reader's disbelief. Marrying Fantasy, with it's Magic & magical animals, with technology, with lasers or supercharged race cars, and do so seamlessly and without a blip on the mental radar. I won't do a book report, but it, like 'Hunter' before, are two of the best reads I've had in a LONG time. Hope #3 is in the pipeline already?
Anonymous 4 months ago
It was so good couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one!!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Vintage Mercedes! It simply doesn't get any better. Ms. Lackey is an absolute treasure.
Eire2011 7 months ago
Several months ago I came across a book cover in a library that had a dragon on it but couldn't remember the name of the author nor of the book when I came back another day to pick it up and that bugged me for quite some time. Finally out of the blue, I happened to come across that same cover in an article talking about books that involved dragons and found out that it was called Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. Then shortly afterwards, I found out about an ARC of Elite which is the second book in the series and nearly squealed with joy when I was given approval and sent an e-book version. While I haven't been able to read Hunter yet, I plan to in the future because there's a lot of questions that I have and I'm really curious about the area that Joy came from. I had a lot of fun reading Elite and getting to know a variety of different people as well as creatures.Joy is a young talented woman who has spent most of her life being taught how to wield her magic and being prepared to help defend her home. She is the main gal who is part of a group known as the Elite Hunters that fight against what were once considered mythical creatures (such as Ogres, Drakken, Thunderbirds, Folk Mages and Minotaurs to name some), using magical powers and military training. These creatures seemed to come out of no where and once most of them were sent back to the Other Side, that time period became known as the Diseray and they came out of an area known as the Barrier. Once people started to develop magical powers, they were taught how best to put them to use, many bonded with mysterious creatures known as Hounds, and combat skills were taught. Some chose to form groups to protect areas and eventually were called Hunters because they hunted down creatures causing havoc and what few weren't killed, were sent back to the other side of the Barrier. The Hounds are intelligent shape shifters from the Other World (where the mythical creatures come from), who after bonding with a human can talk to them telepathically, usually are in packs and are a very welcome companion that choose to fight at the side of humans. There were a lot of things going on in this book that made it hard to put down and a lot of twists that I didn't see coming. Joy may have been raised all her life how to deal with these strange creatures but even she becomes stumped over some of the entities that start showing up. She had her down moments and had a lot to deal with, particularly when the hunts went sour or people that she watched over were injured or killed. Just when I wondered if she'd be able to save the day after a particularly unexpected and nasty fight, Joy surprised me with her smarts and figuring out how to deal with the curve balls sent her way. This book is one that I highly recommend and hope that you'll enjoy too. If you like books that involve magic, a female heroine and unexpected twists, then this is your kind of book!
BluHawk 7 months ago
“Elite,” the second book in the “Hunter” series, is about a teenage girl named Joyeaux who moved from her humble home in the mountains (where she’d learned to fight Otherworlders from a young age) to the city hub to become a Hunter. A Hunter’s job is to keep the land surrounding the city clear of invading Otherworlders. They are also filmed each step of the way for the civilians’ entertainment. “Elite” is an action-centric series that takes a few chapters to get going at the very beginning, but once it hits its stride, it doesn’t let up! “Elite” was addicting. I read so continually that rarely do I feel the need to spend more time than I already do buried in a book. “Elite” kept compelling me back to see what happened next, which was a lot of fun because I hadn’t felt super drawn to a book in ages. I attribute that to a slew of positive attributes: great writing, excellent storytelling (which builds with each chapter), good pacing, a cool concept, and a memorable cast of characters. These are the reasons “Elite” is now one of my new favorites of the genre. The “Hunter” series offers a plethora of interesting characters, none more so than Joyeaux, the heroine of the story. I love reading about her because 1) she’s a smart cookie, always thinking things through (which keeps me engaged as I try to figure out things along with her). 2) she’s resourceful, especially when dealing with the Otherworlders (which gives each action scene a little more variety). 3) she’s relatable. She has weak moments and makes mistakes like a real human (which makes her all the more realistic and endearing). 4) and finally, she’s independent, standing solidly on her own merit and convictions. I especially like that she’s interested in a romance but isn’t driven by it. It’s nice to see a YA heroine who realizes there’s more to life than cute boys. There’s still romance in the book, but it takes a comfortable backseat to all of the other conflicts. And because the love story is not what primarily drives the story, that leaves plenty of pages for Joy to build friendships, train hard, and get to the bottom of a few mysteries. I’ve read a few of Mercedes Lackey’s high fantasy novels (with the “Dragon Jesters” series as my favorite) and I can see a slight simplification in her writing style for the YA market. She explained things a little more thoroughly than I think she needed to but I wouldn’t go as far as to say she dumbed it down, only that she made it a little more accessible. That said, the “Hunter” series is easily among the best of her works and I might even consider it my new favorite from her if the rest of the series goes as well as these first two books. Although “Elite” had a little less Hunter-to-Hunter competition, it still remained very action-centric, which went a long way towards making up for it. It also uped the complexity by focusing more on the dynamics between all of the different factions in this post-apocalyptic world and weaving them all into a compelling mystery. This book had a lot of layers to peel back and was a lot of fun because of it. Overall and very impressed with “Elite” and the series so far and am super eager to read more. I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves the YA Fantasy genre, especially to those who are suffering from a Hunger Games hangover. -Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved it. I hope a sequel co es out.