Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
Now updated to include an excerpt from the second book in the series, Elite!
Lackey (the Shadow Grail series) successfully mixes dystopia and fantasy in this series opener. Sixteen-year-old Joy Charmand, endowed with strong magic and skilled in a variety of weapons, is an accomplished monster hunter in her mountain village, and her deadly pack of magical Hounds is one of the largest ever. Now she has been ordered to Apex City to join the corps of Hunters who protect the capital from increasing attacks by goblins, vampires, and other dangerous creatures. Joy's hunting techniques are up to the task, but she discovers that Apex City's internal politics are complex and dangerous. Additionally, her every move and word will be monitored, and because "Hunters are as much entertainment as protectors," these recordings will be manipulated by the government to provide amusement and a sense of security for the residents of the city. Although not Lackey's best work (the plot is predictable, and Joy's quick rise from rookie to star too quick and easy), the novel is exciting, entirely entertaining, and sure to please her fans. Ages 12 up.
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Very descriptive, well written, exciting and compelling. Really enjoyed the characters and the premise of the story. Refreshing for the end to twist so I couldn't guess what was coming. My new favorite author. Keep the magic happening.
Another great new series
I can't wait for the next book. How does she do it?!?!