Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #2
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city’s Prefect, may make that impossible.
In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Her new assignment takes a dark turn when she finds a body in the sewers: a Psimon with no apparent injury or cause of death.
Reporting the incident makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorp’s scrutiny—the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. With her old enemy Ace still active in Hunts and the appearance of a Folk Mage who seems to have a particular interest in her, Joy realizes that the Apex conspiracy she uncovered before her Elite trials is anything but gone.
As the body count rises, she has no choice but to seek answers. Joy dives into the mysterious bowels of the city, uncovering secrets with far-reaching consequences for PsiCorp… and all of Apex City.
Well! I enjoyed this book much more than the first one! There was much more plot development in this book. I really enjoyed how Mercedes ran multiple plot lines side by side and they seemed to have nothing to do with each other…but they might…or they might not and it just supposed to look that way…you just don’t know.
This story picks ups where the last one left off. She is now an Elite and is starting to enjoy life a lot more without cameras following her and Ace being locked up. She finally feels like she has found a group of her own and is making a place. Her uncle seems to think there is some shady business going one (which is not new considering there was some thoughts like that throughout the first novel) and sends her to monitor the sewer pipes under the Hub. He doesn’t let her know what he is thinking and just says to let him know if anything is funny going on. Which is all fine and dandy…until she finds some disturbing things down there.
Then you have got the Ace situation where the Army is not keeping him under as tight of wraps Prefect Charmond would like. They are letting him use his magic out with them instead of treating him like the criminal he really is. I mean his hounds left him. People say animals have a better sense of things…so why are you trusting this guy that lost his hounds! Stupid people! And soon they will learn the error of their ways!
AND THEN while all of this is going on, there seems to be some kind of serge where more and more Outsiders are escaping and terrorizing the city (or the area around the city since they can’t get past the barriers).
As I said before, I really did enjoy this book more than Hunter. Hunter was definitely a set up novel and in that sense, it did a good job. The reader gets introduced to a few more characters (good and bad) and you get to see a little more of Joy’s personality come out.
Let me know your thoughts on this if you have read it or if you are thinking that you might want to!