Review: The Hunter by Theresa Meyers

The Hunter by Theresa Meyers
Series: Legend Chronicles (# 1)
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher:  Zebra
Pages: 335
Source: ARC provided by publisher for book tour

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 sulphur 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?

Review:  When we agreed to host Theresa Meyers on her blog tour, I jumped at the chance to read The Hunter.  I’ve been curious about steampunk but still hadn’t read any books with the genre.  But it’s one that’s been growing in popularity recently, so I decided to check it out.  The Hunter was a fun introduction.

The Hunter is the first book in a series that follow the Jackson brothers.  They are “The Chosen”, paranormal hunters.  They’re destined to put together The Book, which was torn into three pieces and spread to different corners of the globe to keep out of the hands of those that would rather use the information held inside for evil rather than good.  So Colt is the first brother to start the hunt for The Book.  To get to the supposed hiding place, he needs the help of a demon and so he ends up summoning Lilly.  Lilly wants to be free of the demon lifestyle and agrees to help Colt if he’ll help regain her mortality.

The plot is interesting enough.  But to make it steampunk, we have to throw in those interesting gadgets.  So what started out as a Western with paranormal elements now also includes a mechanical horse, ray guns, and early blimps (at least that’s how I pictured their flying machine).

I enjoyed the journey Lilly and Colt took me on and has lots of fun trying to imagine the gadgets Ms Meyers created.  I’m looking forward to the following books in the series.  After an interesting twist at the end of The Hunter, I can’t wait to see how Ms Meyers is going to handle Winchester and Remington’s (Colt’s brothers) stories.

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