What a truly mind bending experience, "Hunter and Fox" has an amazing and captivating world that I couldn't pull myself away from. This book is one of the most unique stories I have read, Ms. Ballantine creates a world that I found inspiring in many ways. If you are a reader looking for a fantastical world, or a epic tale of a man searching for a cure to his curse this book is definitely the one for you! The plot and pacing kept the story going for me and kept me intrigued by what would happen with the characters next. This book is a first in a new series, and what an amazing start it has been!
A constantly changing world is the setting to this wonderfully imaginative tale. Talyn has lost many things in her life including her people. Tayln finds an unexpected romance in Finn a teller, and with a path set in front of her, many lives could change. Byre, Tayln's brother has set out to find a solution to the curse of the Vaerli and much will discovered, but it is unsure whether all will be resolved.
In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plainsand then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it.
She must also deal with the machinations of Kelanim, the mistress of Caisah, who out of fear will do anything to bring Talyn down.
Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and yet is drawn to her. Their fates are bound together.
Meanwhile, the Hunter's lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn.
The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.