Huntress by Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna Maclaine

St. Martin’s

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Anthology

ISBN:  978-0312943820

Reviewed by Talia Ricci

   

 

“Devil’s Bargain” by Christine Warren 

In order to fulfill her promise to the devil, supernatural bounty hunter Lilli Corbin is to find and collect a book.  It isn’t just any book – it is a book of prophecies that is set to bring about the Apocalypse.  Lilli knows that what she is doing is wrong – but a deal is a deal, right? Wrong. Especially when said deal could kill the man you love. 

Lilli and Aaron as a couple were ‘okay’.  I didn’t feel very much heat from them and I was a bit disappointed at their interactions.  The plot of “Devil’s Bargain” kicked butt however.  It was intense and action packed.

 

“The Robber Bride” by Marjorie M. Liu 

In the world after the Apocalypse, women are used as food and fed upon for their life forces.  It isn’t a pretty society, especially when a gang of bikers invades Maggie’s town and kidnaps some of her friends and neighbors.  With this, Maggie has had enough.  Armed with a raven as her familiar, she sets off with rescue in mind and gets way more than she ever bargained for. 

This was a great story.  Maggie is loyal and passionate about things that matter to her – her friends being one of them.  She isn’t willing to sit around and let a gang of thugs tear apart her town and I love how she takes care of business. 

 

“Down in the Ground Where Dead Men Go” by Caitlin Kittredge 

Mage Jack Winter is back once again and this time he is called upon to help a demon slayer, Ava, travel to the City of Demons in order for her to pay back a demon.  Jack doesn’t like being tricked and before he knows it he is in the bowels of the underworld fighting for his life. 

This novella by Caitlin Kittredge is one of the darkest and bleakest stories I have ever read.  I gave up hope for anything good coming out of this fantastical tale and struggled to just finish the story.  Not a fan of Jack Winter to start with, it was definitely tough for me to cheer him on.

 

“Sin Slayer” by Jenna Maclaine 

Vampire Cin Craven is determined to find the demon Jack the Ripper and take him down.  Jack has been killing off the vampires of London and has infected and possessed her beloved husband Michael.  It is up to her to save him and so she does quite efficiently I might add. 

Before reading “Sin Slayer” I felt novellas with Jack the Ripper storylines were way overdone.  Not this one.  Cin Craven is a true heroine in every sense of the word and loved that a woman saved the day instead of a man.  I was a bit lost at times because I have not read any of Ms. Maclaine’s Cin Craven novels, but I was soon able to keep up.

 

All in all, Huntress is an anthology that can appeal to many different readers.  It was more urban fantasy than I liked – I am a straight up romance and happy ending kind of girl.  Other than that, I really enjoyed each and every novel within this anthology.  If I had to pick a favorite, “The Robber Bride” would take the cake and my least favorite was Caitlin Kittredge’s contribution strictly because I am not a fan of her main male character. 

     

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