Maxine Kiss has problems that most people wouldn’t
understand – what with her tattoos becoming demons at
nightfall and her family legacy of demon hunting to protect
Maxine has broken a couple of rules that all the women in
her line have lived, and been kept alive, by – don’t settle
in one place too long, no personal relationships,
constant practice to keep their deadly skills razor sharp.
During the day, her “boys,” the living tattoos, sleep
within her skin, making her invulnerable to everything from
cold to intense pain; but at night the “boys” peel
themselves off Maxine’s body and become the only constant in
her life since her mother’s death and her companions in the
However, these days Maxine lives in the homeless shelter her
former priest boyfriend, Grant, runs while he attempts to
reform zombies – humans possessed by demons; she is sadly
out of practice in her hunting skills, relying almost
exclusively on her “boys” for protection; and she is
completely clueless as to her destiny as a hunter and the
power she is destined to wield in order to save or doom
But the days of Maxine willfully ignoring her destiny have
come to an end as she is slowly surrounded by other
supernatural beings that she never even suspected existed
and which will help or hinder her, as their interests
demand, forcing Maxine to face her terrible destiny…
The Iron Hunt
is an absolutely mesmerizing urban fantasy book that will
suck you into its universe and leave you wanting for more.
Marjorie M. Liu does an outstanding job of creating a
world parallel to the “known” world and infusing this
universe she creates with enough mystery, action and danger
to keep you glued to the pages well into the night to find
out if, and how, Maxine will survive.
Maxine is a compelling character as she is a mass of
Maxine, with her need for human contact – hence Grant, and
her deadly potential against demons and other beings will
keep you spellbound and on the edge of your seat from start
Almost as interesting as Maxine is the collection of
secondary characters that slowly, but inexorably, surround
her and become involved in her fight against evil in the
most unexpected ways and from the most unexpected sources.
I was absolutely floored by
The Iron Hunt
from start to finish, especially during the most confusing
times when I floundered along with Maxine to understand what
was going on, and more importantly, why.
This book has made me a fan of Marjorie M. Liu and I
will be most eagerly waiting for the next installment of
what is sure to become a legendary saga!
However, it must be noted that the romance in this
novel is really a secondary, supporting, storyline along
with all the other people she unwillingly, and
inadvertently, collects to aid her in her quest.
The Iron Hunt
when you are looking for a spellbinding urban fantasy read
that will intrigue you and have you panting to catch your
breath with its action packed, fast paced plot!