Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Wild Light by Marjorie M Liu

A Wild Light
Obsidian shadows of the flesh…tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. By day, they are my armor. By night, they unwind from my body to take on forms of their own—demons of the flesh, turned into flesh.

For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness around her—a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race. But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather’s dead body with no memory of what happened or of the man she loves, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.

With blood on her hands and her sanity in question, Maxine must face the truth about who she really is and embrace the love of the only man who can help her—before she loses what she cares about most:
her family.

This is the third book in the Hunter Kiss Urban Fantasy series by Marjorie M Liu, and all I can say about this one is WOW! By the second chapter Marjorie had my attention completely ensnared and I couldn't put the book down! Told through Maxine's clipped narrative, she gets straight to the point, and yet leaves nothing out. I felt every emotion Maxine experienced as she continues to fight for the survival of the human race. Buried deep within Maxine is a terrible darkness that is fighting to escape, this ancient being is older than history, older than her boys--the demons she carries on her skin as tattoos during the day, and come to life as smoke and darkness takes form as they tear away from her skin as the sun leaves the horizon. Together they fight the evil that would try to enslave and ultimately consume the human population.

Maxine wakes up next to the body of her grandfather, Jack, whose body was just a possessed vessel for the energy that Jack truly is, with no memory of what happened. And what's worse is she cannot remember Grant and their life together. And although she was taught not to form any attachments something inside her makes her trust the man she has no memory of. The action in this book is non-stop keeping the book fast paced and flowing flawlessly through the riddles and mystery Maxine is faced with. Mysteries like who Maxine, and the women of her bloodline that came before, really are. And who her boys--Dek, Mal, Aaz, Raw and Zee--truly are...Reaper Kings. Maxine is taken on a journey through fragments of the past, and slowly losing more of herself to the strange armor that almost entirely covers her right hand. And she leans that she is not the first Hunter to carry this darkness within her.

The truths we learned about Grant in Darkness Calls come into play when a hole is torn into the prison veil that separates Earth from the demon realm, and the demons begin escaping. As they fight to protect the world they love from the demons, the bond between Maxine and Grant is threatened as the darkness residing beneath her skin attempts to consume them. Pushing the darkness back with nothing but her will, they triumph and are successful in repairing the tear in the veil without losing any of the people that they love.

The beautiful ending of this book leaves you with a sense of hope that together Maxine and Grant can defeat the evil they fight and a strong desire to read the next book in the Hunter Kiss series.


  1. I haven't read this series, but you're definitely making me want to! Great review :)

  2. I really loved this book - the whole series is pretty good, but this book just surpassed.


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