ORDER A COPY: The Hunter (The Legend Chronicles)
Publishing Date: November 1, 2011
Paperback: 335 pages
Rating: 4 stars
They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous. . .
A Devil Of A Job
Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.
Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?
Colt Jackson needs the help of a demon to retrieve his father’s portion of the Book of Legend so he can close the gates of Hell which seemed to have cracked open a bit more. What he gets when he summons a demon is more than he bargained for. Lilly is a beautiful succubus and Colt needs to keep his wits about him or he’ll end up losing his soul.
Although Lilly is sent by the archdemon Rathe to seduce Colt and claim the Book, Lilly would rather take her chances with Colt and hope that he will help her reclaim her soul if she helps him reclaim his Book.
This book is listed as being “steampunk” and I have to admit I had to look that up. Steampunk refers to the use of steampowered machines created for and used in the story. For example, instead of a standard horse, Colt rides Tempus, a mechanical horse that needs to be wound up, and instead of using a torch searching the dark caves, he uses a coil illuminator that needs to be shaken to produce light. (I think I saw that on an “as seen on TV” ad.)
This is not the first book I read that involved a James Bond’s Q type person who invents time period appropriate gizmos. I think it is very clever and imaginative when we see what we would consider household items being a special invention using period appriopriate science.
We also see the set up of the next two books which involve Winchester and Remmington, Colt’s two brother who will be attempting to find the remaining two portions of the Book which will be brought together to close the door to Hell.
My only complaint is there is not just one but two trips into caves in a very Indiana Jones type hunting for treasure scenes. Although it was well written and enjoyable, there was that nagging feeling of haven’t we done this already; and with two more stories and two more part of the Book to find, I hope that Ms. Meyers doesn’t plan to keep sending us back down into the mines with hidden traps and ugly demon-dogs and more of the same.
Although I anticipated my usual incubus/succubus prejudice to arise when I started reading this story. Lilly works very hard in this story to keep that unnatural attraction in check so that Colt doesn’t try to bargain his soul to be with her which would ruin her plans for Colt to save her soul.
The next two parts of this story are scheduled for April and December of 2012.
Check out our review of The Slayer (Book 2).
Received a copy courtesy of Kensington Books. Thank you.
Lilly swallowed hard, her heart beating hard, but not from fear. “Tell me something. If you can send a demon back to hell permanently, can you also rescue one?”
He leveled his killer blue gaze on her. “Haven’t ever tried.”
“But you could, in theory.”
His brows dipped down, his mouth twisting into a seductive smile. “Yeah, I suppose.”
“And would you?”
She wait a heartbeat. Then two. He purposely didn’t answer her, but she saw the flicker of uncertainty in his eyes. He was a war with his own feelings, instinct raging against training and no clear victor in sight. Lilly understood the battle only too well. A similar one raged within her as well. As a Darkin she should be fulfilling her duty, getting the Book and taking his soul. But this wasn’t just any man. This was Colt. And every minute she spent with him only intensified her unrealistic dreams of becoming human once more and inspired fantasies of what it could be like to actually have him as all her own.
He moved in closer, putting her on intimate terms with the firm wall of his chest. Her breasts tightened, aching as they rasped against him.
“What exactly did Rathe want with you? Surely it wasn’t just to give a report.” His town grew husky as his gaze lingered on her mouth.
She turned away, unable to bear the intensity of his stare any longer and the way it warmed down into her deepest fantasies about him. He leaned in closer, the tip of his nose skimming against her cheek and down along the length of her neck and back up again, making shivers follow in its wake. His lips brushed against her temple, his warm breath filing her ear. “Tell me, Lilly,” he whispered