This is the second book in the Hunter series. We started listening to this book as soon as we finished Hunter, driving around on vacation.
Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Setting: immediately after the events of Hunter, around Apex
Summary: Short version: Joy joins the Elite Hunters and takes on bigger monsters
Long version: It looks like someone is trying to kill Joy. She decides the safest thing she can do is to join the Elite. The trials are difficult but not impossible, at least until she gets to the magic duel. Ace is her opponent and he tries to kill her with a laser. Joy survives because one of Ace’s Hounds protects her. Ace’s Hounds also join her pack, renouncing Ace. She finds many more and new monsters than expected. She also keeps finding dead Psimons that have no evidence of foul play around them. They seemed to have died of old age. Attacks on Apex and other settlements increase dramatically. Joy also discovers the Folk Mage that talked to her when she came to Apex seems to be helping her.
Final thoughts: A strong second book in the series. Everything is ramping up, which you expect in a sequel but can easily turn into a farce. This had an obvious reason for the increase in fights and monster deadliness. Joy is part of the Elite team. It also seems that the attacks are increasing and something is happening among the Othersiders. The politics of who is killing the Psimons and who is most important in defending the city is interspersed with lots of big monster fights.
Joy is impressive with her Hounds (it helps that she’s got the largest pack ever seen and her Hounds are a flexible type) but she’s not cocky. She beats herself up if she makes a mistake and is always looking for the next threat. The book is essentially her internal monologue and it covers a wide range of emotions. She may look strong on the outside, but she cries into her Hounds on a regular basis. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m enjoying the series so much. Joy is real and approachable.
Title comes from: Joy joins the Elite Hunters, a squad of highly talented Hunters that take on the bigger monsters and Folk
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #50 for 2018
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