Hunter (Hunter Series #1)

Hunter (Hunter Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey
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Hunter (Hunter Series #1) by Mercedes Lackey

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: 58,748
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. 30 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 More than 1 year ago
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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BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought I was worn out on the YA genre, Hunter comes along and knocks my socks off! I’ve been a fan of Mercedes Lackey for years (with the Dragon Jousters series claiming the spot as my favorite), so I knew that, even though she was tackling a younger demographic, it was still going to be fantastic – and it was. She delivered a cool, creative book with dangerous monsters, memorable characters, and a (mostly) unpredictable (and exciting!) plot-line. The best compliment I can give this book is that it compelled me back to it almost obsessively all the way to the end. Most books, I’ve found, can wait… this one could not! By far, my favorite element of the book were the Hunters and their kick-butt role in this futuristic society. They were essentially celebrities – all of their activities (everything from their epic hunts down to their most mundane activities) were recorded for public viewing, and each Hunter was given a rating based on popularity. It was a neat dynamic, and I loved the action, the comaraderie, and the element of competition this concept brought into play. While the main draw of the book for me was the concept and loads of action and adventure, I also really liked the characters – especially Joyeaux, the main POV. She was smart, resourceful, compassionate, and perfectly capable of handling herself in dangerous situations. She also always THOUGHT THINGS THROUGH, and whenever I had suspicions about a character or situation, so did she. This may seem trivial, but I’ve read at least a dozen YA novels over the last year where the supposedly intelligent heroines proceed to make one harebrained decision after another simply so the author could advance the plot. Joyeaux was a breath of fresh air because she came across logical and, essentially, like a real person. I especially loved how she handled conflicts, specifically with the main bully in the story – superb! Overall, I’m very pleased with Hunter and am lamenting the year I’ll have to wait to read the next one. There’s no doubt I’ll be recommending it as often as I can. The only thing I’ll disclaim is that it takes a few chapters to really get going, but once it does – magic!
Catherines_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I loved it, I see this series being right up there with the Divergent and the Maze Runner series. I can't wait to see what happens next. The action and intrigue just pull you in and it's at a r w adding level for teens all the way to adults without boring anyone. This is a definite must read.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: Mercedes Lackey is a tricky writer for me. I go in spurts with her. There are times I love her and can’t get enough (like her Arrows of the Queen series) and times when I’m annoyed with her (like the Last Herald-Mage series). This was a mixture of the two, but overall, I really enjoyed this story. Following the Disaray when the Othersiders crossed into our world destroying much of civilization, we were blessed with people who were Hunters; ones who could fight the Othersiders with their Hounds (who were also from the Otherside). Joy is one of these Hunters who is called away from her Mountain village by her Uncle to fight in Apex City. Once there though, she realizes how dire the Othersider situation really is. On top of that, she’s caught up in Hunter politics which might just take a deadly turn if she’s not careful. The beginning of this book was a bit slow for me and I think it’s because of the writing style. First off, Ms. Lackey breaks fourth wall constantly. Joy often speaks directly to the reader which annoyed me because I felt it took you out of the moment, especially since it was only there to provide expositional purpose or world building information. The beginning is chock full of it. The history of the Disaray and the Othersiders is practically a whole chapter of Joy simply explaining it to the reader much like a history lesson. I would have much rather been shown this as the plot progressed. Aside from that, the plot was engaging and moved quickly. Joy was a likable heroine who thinks quickly on her feet and really cares about her responsibility as a Hunter. She’s smart and is able to analyze a tough situation quickly and efficiently which makes her an ideal Hunter. The secondary characters were a bit lost in this for me. I feel the only really developed one was Knight. Karly and Josh were left to the wayside. I would have liked to have seen more from them. Aside from the fourth-wall exposition, it was an interesting environment. I enjoyed the whole Hunter culture and it actually reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games with its media coverage and interest in the Hunters. The politics behind all the fame and media coverage was very similar. The climax was intense and I’m anxious to see how that plot point will be further developed in the upcoming installments. The ending was a bit abrupt, however. It’s not so much a cliffhanger per se, but there are issues that have yet to be resolved. I will be picking up the next installment though because aside from the fourth wall issues, I really enjoyed it.