This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 304 pages
Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite
Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation
Long version: The attacks on Apex City and the surrounding areas are increasing. The Elite seems to be constantly called out to deal with major monsters. Joy convinces them to open up to some higher level Hunters as helpers. At the same time, Josh comes to Joy, worried that he’s in danger. Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, has come up with a method to boost the Psimons. Unfortunately, it’s often fatal. Joy comes up with a plan to spirit Josh out of the city. Also, she seems to be targeted by a Folk Lord who really wants to take her out. There’s another Folk Lord that wants Joy to come to his lands and protect his “flock”. There’s a big confrontation at the end that is only won by Joy calling a Great Hunt of the hounds.
Final thoughts: A strong conclusion to the series. However, it took months to finish listening to the book in two-hour chunks, so I don’t remember too many details. There is growth and change between Joy and her friends. Joy’s relationship with Mark has to change since he gets married. He’s still her best friend, which makes it awful when he dies in battle. Joy is still taking a lot on herself. She still blames herself for all the failures they experience and tries to solve all the problems herself. It’s partly because she can’t figure out who to trust. There are reasons not to believe Josh or the Folk Lord even when they are trying to help her. She can trust her Hounds, but they aren’t human so there’s only so much they can do. She can also trust the people at the monastery, but she’s been cast out into the wilderness and has to find her own way. Of course, at the end, one of the monks shows up for some assistance and moral support. The end felt like it was setting up for more in the series.
The fights are pretty impressive and they keep the book moving along. They are larger in this book than in previous ones. Plus, we get a big duel at the end and lots of Hounds.
Title comes from: The big battle is over the survival of Apex
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #98 for 2018
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