The Iron Hunt is the first novel in Marjorie M Liu's new series called The Hunter Kiss. Maxine Kiss comes from a long line of demon hunters and the survival of the world depends on the training passed down to her. By day, her protection comes from the living tattoos and at night, they remove themselves from her body to become the little creatures and companions passed down from mother to daughter. These creatures are the only family she has left. The veil between demon and human realms is thinning and her job as a hunter has just gotten harder with the confusing trails left for her to follow into an uncertain future. Is this to be the ultimate test of her abilities and does she have the strength to carry out the tasks that are still unknown to her? What is to happen to her when her search for answers brings about more questions, along with unknown entities she has never encountered before?
The Iron Hunt is an urban fantasy that takes you along the journey of self-discovery as Maxine Kiss's destiny unfolds. It's a well-written plot that will have you captivated in wonder as you become embroiled in the puzzling events. I found myself easily pulled into this world and intrigued more and more with each turn of the page. Marjorie M. Liu has created extraordinary characters facing great unknowns and the dynamic personalities round out this excellent read. This is a great start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next installment.
Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities . . . tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons. I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss. By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own. Demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. The only way to live-and the very way she'll die. For one day, her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival-leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies. But such is the way of Earth's last protector-the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment-and one man-changes everything . . . Biography Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.