The Hunt (Devil's Isle Series #3)

The Hunt (Devil's Isle Series #3)

by Chloe Neill

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels—the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
 
Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451473363
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Devil's Isle Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 177,046
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South but now makes her home in the Midwest. When not transcribing Merit's and Lily's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also loves spending time with her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, and she is happy to find that her lifelong obsession with books is matching up with her acting and vocal work.

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CHAPTER ONE

Early January

New Orleans

It had once been a lovely kitchen, with pale wood and granite, a pretty view of a courtyard garden, and an enormous refrigerator still dotted with photographs of what looked like a big, happy family. Father, mother, daughter, sons, and an enormous black dog, big enough for the kids to ride on.

But they were long gone now, cleared out like nearly everyone else in New Orleans when Paranormals flooded into our world, leaving most of our city and much of the South in ruins.

I was searching through what they'd left behind, looking for a diamond in the rough.

"There is a house in New Orleans . . ."

I winced at the throaty croak that echoed from the other end of the kitchen. "Like a frog being strangled," I muttered.

"They call the Rising Sun!"

I leaned around the cabinet door. "Moses!"

Inside the pantry, something thudded, rolled. "What? I'm working here."

"The singing."

A head, small and pale, with glossy black horns and irritable green eyes, peered around the pantry door. "What about it?"

"It's not great."

He snorted, doubt written across his face. "Says you."

"Yeah, says me."

Moses walked out of the pantry, three feet of Paranormal attitude. And, for the five weeks we'd been sneaking around New Orleans, my best friend.

"Someone might hear you," I reminded him.

He grumbled a curse, walked through the shadowed kitchen in my direction. He held up a bloated silver can, its seams bursting from age, heat, and rot. By the size, I guessed it was tuna fish. Very gnarly tuna fish.

"Jackpot," Moses said.

"You aren't going to eat that," I said. "It's spoiled."

"Don't be persnickety." He sniffed at the metal, closed his eyes in obvious pleasure. "More flavor this way." He held it out. "You want a sniff?"

My stomach flipped in revolt. "I do not. It would probably kill me."

He waved off the concern. "I've done this tons of times. Maybe I just have a stronger constitution than you, Claire."

"Hmm," I said noncommittally. Better to avoid going too far down that rabbit hole.

Moses was supposed to be locked up in Devil's Isle, the prison for Paras and anyone else touched by magic. Some Paras had wanted our world for their own; others, like Moses, had been forced to fight via magical conscription. Unfortunately, the Paranormal Combatant Command, the federal agency in charge of Paras, didn't much care about that detail.

I was a Sensitive, a human affected by magic that had seeped in from the Beyond. That magic gave me telekinesis, but at a cost: Too much magic would destroy my mind and body. Keeping that balance was a trick I was trying to master.

I'd kept my power secret until a cult called Reveillon-people who believed magic in any form, including the city's remaining Paranormals, should be eradicated-had attacked Devil's Isle. I'd had to use my magic to bring down Reveillon's founder. The PCC now considered me its enemy-and didn't get the irony.

There were signs the PCC might eventually come to its senses, acknowledge that magic wasn't all bad and not all Paranormals had been our enemies on purpose. It had even authorized temporary leave for a select few Paranormals who'd fought in the Battle of Devil's Isle.

Sensitives like me hadn't gotten the same consideration. We weren't Paras, and we weren't humans. We were different. Paras couldn't become wraiths-the pale, skeletal monsters into which Sensitives transformed if we failed to control our magic, to balance all that heady power. If we weren't careful, the magic would corrupt us, turn us into twisted creatures obsessed with absorbing more and more power.

So despite my efforts in the battle, there'd be no pass for me. I was too unpredictable, too dangerous, too untrustworthy.

Moses, having already snuck out of Devil's Isle and having skipped out again during the battle, didn't need a pass. He was already on the lam.

We'd tried playing the game, helping Containment, the PCC unit in charge of Devil's Isle, track down Reveillon and fighting on their side. And except for the few token passes, nothing had changed.

So we'd been sneaking around New Orleans, working to avoid Containment. And since they were treating us like criminals, we figured we'd might as well act like criminals. We'd decided our job was to challenge the PCC and its refusal to acknowledge the truth about magic, about Paranormals, about Sensitives.

Along with the other members of our crew, which we called Delta, we'd been covering Reveillon's antimagic billboards with our own messages, using contacts outside the war Zone to rally the rest of the world to our side and gathering supplies for the Devil's Isle clinic.

The facility-and the wraiths secured there-weren't on Containment's priority list. Reveillon's attacks had put a big crimp in the PCC's supply chain, so even if the clinic had been on that list, consumables were getting harder to come by. We were in this house to gather up what we could for delivery to Lizzie, who ran the clinic.

Moses walked toward the kitchen island with his slightly sideways gait, then slung a mesh bag of equally swollen cans onto the granite countertop and added his newest find to it. "You find anything?"

It took me a moment to reorient. I closed the cabinet, held up a carton of sea salt and a tin of tea bags. "Salt's half full, and the tea bags still smell mostly like tea." No small feat, given they'd been stewing in heat and humidity. "Still," I said, "you'd think there'd be more here."

"It's a nice house," he said, glancing around the room. "It would have been one of the first ones sacked after the war-or during the battle."

"Yeah," I said.

Reveillon had ransacked Devil's Isle-and every neighborhood the members had blown through along the way. They'd been like a hurricane scouring their way across New Orleans. Not the first storm the Big Easy had faced down. But over time, hell and high water took their toll.

Reveillon's members had hurt the city and those who lived here-and some, including Liam Quinn, didn't live here anymore. The bounty hunter I'd fallen for had been hit by magic, and he'd left New Orleans to fight his resulting demons.

I hadn't heard from him since.

I knew Liam was with his grandmother Eleanor in what Malachi called the "southern reach," the bayous and marshes of southern Louisiana, where small communities of Paras worked to stay out of Containment's crosshairs-and out of Devil's Isle.

Malachi, another of my Paranormal friends, had told us that much when he'd returned from reuniting Liam and Eleanor.

But that was all I knew about Liam's location or the effects of the magical hit he'd taken. It was a point of pride that I hadn't asked Malachi for any more details, for updates as one week after another passed. I'd tried to force thoughts of Liam to the back of my mind, giving him the time and space he apparently needed. In the meantime, I'd focused on Delta, on our new work for New Orleans, on controlling my magic. Because even though I knew why he'd gone, it still hurt to be left behind.

I put my hands on my hips and sighed as I looked at our meager harvest. "Oh, well. You add it to the bottled water, the aspirin, the radio. That's something."

"It's something," he said. "You know they don't take things for granted."

They hadn't. If anything, they'd been too grateful, and that didn't make me feel any better about Containment or our situation.

"Oh, found one more thing," Moses said, pulling something from the bib of his denim overalls. He'd found the overalls during a previous scavenger hunt. They were way too big for him-the pants rolled up at the bottom-but he loved that front pocket.

He moved toward me, offered his hand. In his small, meaty palm sat a silver robot with a square body perched on blocky feet. Probably three inches long, with a canister-shaped head topped by a tiny antenna. A metal windup key emerged from its back.

"It was wedged behind a drawer," Moses said.

"It's old," I said, taking it gingerly and looking-as my father had taught me-for a manufacturer's mark or date, but I didn't find anything. "Probably from the fifties or sixties." That was much older than the fancy cabinets and countertops in there. "Must have missed it when they renovated the house. Let's fire it up." Carefully, I cranked the key, listened to the gears catch and lock, then set the toy on the countertop.

The gears buzzed like hornets as it moved forward, its feet rotating in sequence, the little antenna bobbing. We watched silently as it marched to the end of the countertop. Moses caught it before it reached the end, turned it around, and sent it back in my direction.

"Huh," he said, monitoring its progress with surprising affection in his eyes. "I like that."

"Yeah," I said, "so do I."

We wound it again and let the toy repeat its parade across the granite.

"Shame they missed it when they left," he said.

"What did they miss?"

We both turned sharply, found a man behind us.

Malachi was tall, over six feet, with the broad shoulders of a soldier. He looked like an angel: tousled blond curls that reached his shoulders, a square jaw, luminous ivory wings that folded and magically disappeared while we watched, and eyes of shimmering gold. That gold was a signature of some Paranormals-and it was the color I'd seen in Liam's eyes after he'd been hit and before he'd run.

Malachi had been a general in the Consularis army-the caste of Paras who'd ruled the Beyond before the war, the same Paras who'd been magically conscripted to fight us by their enemies, the Court of Dawn.

We hadn't heard the usual thush of wings that signaled Malachi had alighted-and apparently walked right through the front door. He wore jeans, boots, and a faded Loyola T-shirt.

Malachi smiled at Moses, then let his gaze linger on me. My heart met that look, delivered by a man beautiful enough to be carved in marble and preserved for eternity, with an answering thump. It was an instinctive response, triggered by the sheer power of his gaze.

Paras had very different conceptions of romance and attraction. We were just friends-even if we'd become better friends over the last few weeks-but that didn't make his power any less potent.

"They missed our new toy," I said, answering his question. I wound it again and set it to work.

"Ah," he said, then picked it up to study it. "An automaton."

"Or humans' sixty-year-old idea of one. How'd you find us?"

"We followed the sound of mating cats," Malachi said, sliding a sly smile to Moses.

Moses lifted his middle finger. "I got your mating cats right here."

I guess the gesture translated. Good to know. "We?" I asked.

"Someone wanted to talk." He glanced back as footsteps echoed on the hardwood floors at the other end of the shotgun house.

A man stepped into the doorway, his figure only a shadow in the harsh sunlight behind him.

For a moment, I was lost in memory, back at Royal Mercantile, my store in the French Quarter. Or it had been, before I'd been forced to abandon it. In my mind, I was in an antique bed on a rough-hewn floor, a slip of a breeze coming through the windows and a man sleeping next to me. Dark hair. Blue eyes. Body lean and honed like a weapon.

The man I'd fought beside.

The man who'd left.

Then he took a step forward. Memory faded, putting another man in the doorway. Similar to the one who'd left, but not the same.

"Gavin," Moses said.

This wasn't Liam, but his brother. But it was still surprising that he was standing here with Malachi. I hadn't seen him since the battle.

"Claire. Mos."

"What are you doing here?" I asked.

Gavin didn't waste any time. "Jack Broussard is dead."

Broussard was a Containment agent, and a generally despicable human.

"No loss there," Moses said.

"Maybe not," Gavin replied. "But they're saying Liam killed him."

CHAPTER TWO

"Liam's not in New Orleans," Malachi said simply. "He couldn't have done it."

"There's supposedly physical evidence he did," Gavin said. "And Liam and Broussard had a bad history. That seems to be enough."

Liam was a bounty hunter, or had been, and Broussard had been his handler before their relationship had soured. Because Liam understood Paranormals weren't all our enemies, Broussard believed Liam was a traitor to humankind. That was the kind of attitude Delta was fighting against.

"Tell us what happened," Moses said, crossing his arms.

"Broussard didn't show up for a shift at the Cabildo," Gavin said. Containment headquartered in the historic building on Jackson Square. "Containment sent someone to take a look, and they found him in his house. It was bloody. His throat had been slit." He paused, seemed to collect himself. "The knife was one of Liam's-a hunting knife I gave him. Had an engraved blade. And 'For Gracie' was scrawled on the wall-in Broussard's blood."

The silence was heavy, mixed with eddies of horror and fury.

Gracie was Gavin and Liam's late sister, a young woman killed by wraiths. Her death had haunted them, and that was one of the obstacles that had stood between me and Liam.

Moses narrowed his eyes. "Someone's setting your brother up."

"That's how it reads to me."

"Bastards," Moses spat. "Scum-sucking bastards for using your sister like that."

"Yeah," Gavin said, running a hand through his hair. "I can't argue with that."

"Why set Liam up?" I asked. "Containment doesn't have anything against him-or didn't. Do they know he has magic?"

"Not that I'm aware of," Gavin said.

"Maybe Containment didn't arrange the frame-up," Malachi said. "Maybe the killer did. He or she could have a vendetta against Liam, or may not care who's blamed, as long as it's directed away from him or her."

"Yeah," Gavin said with a heavy sigh. He looked tired, I realized, his skin a little paler than usual, his eyes shadowed with fatigue. "I lean toward that. Containment's issued a bounty for him."

"Gunnar wouldn't do that." Gunnar Landreau was second-in-command at Containment, and one of my best friends.

"He wouldn't have a choice," Gavin said. "An agent's been murdered, and the evidence points to Liam. Gunnar's hands are tied. Containment's already been looking for him. Now that the bounty's issued, the search is going to get more intense. Containment is also looking for Eleanor."

"For leverage," I said, sickness settling in my belly.

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The Hunt 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! This series reaches up and drags you in right from the start. Now the long wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, great book
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Bounty hunter Liam Quinn helped Claire Connolly find her footing in the magical and paranormal influenced world that is now post-apocalyptic New Orleans. Now, the hunter has now become the hunted. Liam left immediately after the battle where he was magically infected at the end of THE SIGHT, book #2 in the Devil’s Isle series. So besides dealing with her losses from having to leave her beloved store and home, the Royal Mercantile, Claire feels abandoned by the man she loves. Most of Claire’s time is spent learning more about how to work her magic safely from Malachi, the handsome para-general, and helping Moses, the quirky para-geek, and other friends while hiding from the Containment authorities who would take her in. She aids the magical community in an effort to win rights for Sensitives such as herself as well as the incarcerated paranormals still in Devil’s isle. Unknown to Liam, he is accused of killing a government agent so Claire hunts him down with the help of his brother, Gavin and Malachi. They need to find out who would frame Liam and what for purpose. The answer turns out to be something that could once again throw the world into the chaos of the previous supernatural war. Claire and Liam have much to work out as well as tracking down who set Liam up while figuring out which forces are working against them. The once torn Veil, the only barrier keeping back the paranormals from the other side who would bring war again given the chance, seems to be under attack from the humans as well. Claire spends a lot of time in emotional turmoil over Liam, secrets she finds out about her father and someone else very important, and what she can do the make changes in the world for the paranormals who are treated little better than slaves. Liam’s stubbornness and issues with his own magical ability leads to some challenging dynamics between them. Overall, this is a good read although I was expecting this to be the end of a trilogy. While some things come to conclusion, the door is left open for much more which will please fans of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed+all+the+books+in+this+series.+Looking+forward+to+the+next+one.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 I am enjoying this series and really happy that it looks like there will be another book. With that The Hunt started out a little slow for my liking. There was not a lot that happened until Claire, Malachi and Gavin go on the hunt for Liam to warn him about Containment. Once Liam is back with the group things start picking up in the story. And we finally get a little conclusion on the whole Claire and Liam issue (thankfully). We also learn a lot more about Claire’s history, who her mother was. This throws a huge kink in the chain. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. As I have for the first two books I let the talented Amy Landon narrator this story for me. I have a deep love for audiobooks and love to find narrators that can bring an author's words to life for me. Ms. Landon does a wonderful of bring Claire, Liam, Malachi, Gavin and the whole gain to life for me. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley, Berkley Publishing Group & Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The characters are fantastic and easy to fall in love with. The storyline is action packed and fast pact. I finished it in two days. It was that good. I love the world Ms Neill created. It's real, yet enriched by the magic and Paranormal characters;and speaks very much to the way we treat each other without being at all preachy. The dialogue she uses is so natural I forget I'm reading and get so lost in the characters. I highly recommend this series.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Exciting! Especially the end of the book. And, we learn more about all the characters as it progresses.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of The Hunt, the timeline starts two months later. Claire is also living off the grid, but in New Orleans. She is helping the paras and sensitives by delivering black market goods to them in Devil’s Isle. She discovers that there is a bounty on Liam’s head for killing Brassard. The jerk who had terrorized Claire in book one and who Liam had once worked for in Containment. This bounty gives Claire the perfect excuse to face her fears and go after Liam to warn him. She travels with his brother into the swamp, finding him living with his grandmother Eleanor. And he is a changed man. Finally! Claire and Liam are together again. Liam is overly protective of Claire yet makes no claim on her, almost alpha like in his intensity. The tension between the two was very well played by the author. Having to work together to solve the mystery yet protecting their own feelings, tiptoeing arounf each other really gave this book an edge that the series had needed in the first two books. I’ll admit those books were a little slow for me, but the story gained legs in The Hunt, and Claire and Liam as a couple added passion to their story arc. Claire, a heroine I’ve liked because of her strength and strong sense of self, has a few moments of uncertainty and that uncertainty gives her character an emotional layer that really helped me relate to her even more. This series has finally taken off, and it will be fun to continue on these characters journey. Will they stop the Veil from collapsing? Tune in next time!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book! I was really excited to dive back into this series after reading and enjoying the first two installments. This was a solid addition to the series. I feel that this is a series that really does need to be read in order since the events in each book builds on the earlier events. I found myself really getting hooked by the story and I ended up most of it in a single day. Claire and the rest of the crew are laying low in New Orleans. Liam left without a word to anyone now that he has magic like Claire. When Liam is accused of murder, Claire insists on going to find him along with a couple of other members of the group. They do find him but also find another problem that seems to be putting paranormals at risk. I really have been enjoying the wonderful cast of characters in this series. Each of the recurring characters are well developed and I think that I like them just a little bit more with each installment. They have all grown over the course of the series and have learned to rely on each other. The world that this story takes place in is equally well done. I really liked the contrast of the world outside of New Orleans that we saw a bit of in this installment. I thought that the mystery at the core of this book was entertaining and quite complex. I found myself really working to figure out who was really responsible for the murder and how it connected to everything else going on. Claire must also deal with a few discoveries that are quite personal. The book does end in a very exciting manner that makes me want to get my hands on the next book as soon as I possibly can. I would recommend this book to others. This is a really exciting series that takes place in a well crafted world that I think a lot of readers will enjoy. I can't wait to find out what happens next to Claire and the rest of the group! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Hunt by Chloe Neill is the 3rd book in her Devil’s Isle urban fantasy series. For a brief refresher: The story takes place in a war ravished New Orleans, where paranormals or those with magic are delegated to live in Devil’s Isle. Claire Connolly, our heroine, has hidden most of her life that she is a sensitive, with some magic, which would send her to Devil’s Isles. Liam Quinn, a Bounty Hunter, is our hero, and the one who helps Claire learn to control her magic, as well as showing her how to be a Bounty Hunter. In the last book, with a cult leader trying to destroy all paranormals, Liam’s secret is revealed when they manage to destroy the enemy. With his body infused with magic, Liam goes into hiding. The Hunt begins with Claire, Gavin, and Malachi leaving New Orleans to travel through the bayous to find Liam, who is now wanted for murder of a government agent. When they all return to New Orleans, Liam will try to discover who is trying to frame him, and in a short time the group will find a conspiracy that brings things close to home for Claire. A conspiracy that will restart the war of paranormals and humans, which has been under control due to the Veil that stops the paranormals from entering their realm. Note: These are powerful and violent paranormals, who want to destroy humans. The Devil’s Isle paranormals are mostly non-violent and live freely but only in the territory they are assigned. Claire will learn about her dead mother, whom she never knew and about a horrifying plot that will kill paranormals, and open the Veil once again. The romance between Liam and Claire took a backseat, as Liam could not handle his magic overload. When things begin to happen bringing them to fight together, Liam and Claire’s love will shine through. I also love many of the secondary characters that Neill has created; Gavin, Moses, Gunnar, Eleanor, etc. What follows is an action packed intense story in a post-apocalyptic world. At times, early on I did think that things did drag a bit, but the last half was very exciting with lots of action. I love Claire, who was a great heroine; strong, loyal, fearless & caring of her friends. As we race to the finish, there are a few twists and turns that leaves us holding our breath and anxiously waiting the next book in this series. If you enjoy fantasy in an apocalyptic world, you should read this series and start with the first book, The Veil.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Alright. I need to be honest on this one. I loved this book but at the same time. . . I didn’t. Doesn’t make sense, does it? My love for Neill’s books started with her Chicagoland Vampire series (highly recommend, same genre and all that) and I really enjoyed both The Veil and The Sight. All in all, that set the bar pretty high for The Hunt. The beginning was too slow. This series doesn’t have the same level of humor, nor the quickness of the Chicagoland Vamps books and that’s totally okay. Different characters, entirely different (and a shade darker) world. But there’s normal slow and too slow. The Hunt bordered on the latter, taking over half the book to really pick up for me. I could feel the build-up, I knew it was coming, but the wait took too long and when everything exploded and pieces came together, I didn’t care as much as I wanted to. Part of this is definitely because of Claire and Liam, to be fair. This book starts a little over a month after The Sight and Claire has to spend a chunk of time finding Liam in the first place after he disappeared at the end of the second book. And then they have the angsty stubbornness for another large chunk as Liam refuses to talk to Claire and she doesn’t do anything about it. The whole time I’m here wondering when the heck they’re going to hook up because if it didn’t happen in this book I would be a very unhappy reader (and no, I won’t be spoiling it and telling you if they did or not). Their relationship dragged things out a bit and, combined with the plot, left the first 75% or so of the book a bit slow. But. . . BUT. . . then it took off. A roller coaster of action and mystery and plots and secrets and all the good stuff. So despite the pacing of the story, which really is my only complaint with this book, it turned into another great installment. Neill is masterful with her character creation. I have yet to meet one that isn’t flawed and fully dimensional, as if I could walk up to them on the street and have a conversation. Claire remains one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. She’s smart and tough, not in the brawny way but in her attitude. She’s a survivor and does what needs to be done. But she’s also vulnerable and beautifully human. This series is definitely not over yet and after the ending to this one, I’m definitely eager for book 4! As a side note, make sure to read these books in order. Neill does a nice job of recapping previous events early enough that if you haven’t read the other books in a while, you’ll be alright, but you definitely want to start from book 1. Don’t miss out on the latest action in NOLA with The Hunt! And if you haven’t already, check out her other books because they’re all fabulous and I can’t recommend them enough!
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
This series needs to be read in order. The Hunt starts off 5 weeks from where The Sight ends. The tension is ramped up several notches in this installment. It’s filled with action, heartache, betrayal, fear, friendship, and death. Claire spends a lot of time in an emotional turmoil over Liam, secrets that she is finding out about her family, and what she can do to change the world for the better for those paranormals in it. When Liam comes back in the picture the tension between him and Claire is heightened. His stubbornness and issues with the magical abilities he has now add to their relationship troubles. The start was a bit slow in the beginning for me and I had some trouble getting into the story. I was surprised by a few events or revelations that popped up in the story. I was also not expecting things to go that path. The ending was a little unexpected and had me wondering what now. My only issues is Claire, Liam, and others are fugitives. They are on the run and trying not to get caught by the government. Well they sure do get around way to easily. They move from one place to another without running into conflict, trouble, etc. Just to easily for them to move around especially when the government wants to capture them. All and all The Hunt was an enjoyable read. Rated: 3 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Berkley via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Marta Cox More than 1 year ago
Well this the third book catches up with Claire as she's managing just to maintain some semblance of normality. She no longer runs her store but has hunkered down in her late fathers secret bolt hole. Claire is trying hard to avoid Containment as the last thing she needs is to be incarcerated on Devil's Isle but being a Sensitive and able to use magic means she's constantly looking over her shoulder. Magic hit New Orleans hard leaving widespread paranoia but what it hasn't left behind is Liam. Liam might have saved Claire in the past but now he's faraway struggling with his own problems as he was recently hit by magic and is very secretive about exactly what it's done to him. So how is it that Liam is the suspect in a recent murder when he wasn't even in the city? Something isn't right obviously and Claire knows she needs to track down Liam before the bounty hunters do but will he want to see her? I've enjoyed the previous books in this series but something was missing in this one. Perhaps it was the pace as certainly I felt that if honest not a lot really happened initially. Yes Claire is with interesting supporting characters but I think I missed the action scenes plus she's so full of doubt about Liam. Considering I've found Claire to be a strong character previously I just didn't quite believe her fears about Liam. Now luckily Liam does decide to return when faced with the little matter of him being accused of murder but here's where the story really got going! Claire discovers a whole lot more about her parentage and it's fair to say it's not exactly the warm loving beginning that we all hope for and to further muddy the waters someone who is supposed to be dead is very much alive! Yes secrets are revealed but more importantly the Veil that separates the human world from the paranormal is under threat from a most unexpected source! Perhaps too much angst for me and not enough action. I enjoyed the odd comic touch but unfortunately that was quickly over . I did like where the story went in terms of what is happening to the paranormals who are no longer held in Devil's Isle but the shock ending has left me wondering just how the humanity will survive what's coming . This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair