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The Mortal Bone (Hunter Kiss #4)

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When the bond Maxine Kiss shares with the demons tattooed on her skin is deliberately severed, the demon hunter is left vulnerable and unprotected. For the first time in ten thousand years, the demons have a taste of freedom. And as the little demons grow more violent and unpredictable, Maxine starts to fear they will lose their minds without her. Reuniting won't be easy, ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Ace
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 21, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
While I am a big fan of the whole Hunter Kiss series, I have always had a particular soft spot for Maxine's boys. THE MORTAL BONE is their book, and I could not be happier with it. The seismic upsets of A WILD LIGHT are still sending out little aftershocks, but THE MORTAL BONE is one of the most linear and accessible books in the series. Not that it won't test your assumptions, not that it won't break your heart... but it will do so in a straightforward and easy to follow manner.

It's always hard
Dec 16, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Maxine had thought that the boys and her would always be together, completely inseparable. Well, until they transferred to her future daughter that is. However, when they are literally torn from her body, all but killing her, she realizes just how wrong she was. She's used to being completely invulnerable to all attacks, and now she's having a hard time adjusting to being vulnerable. As the boys experience freedom for the first time in thous
I love the series. I might be a bit hesitant about all of the different pieces of Maxine's heritage that we keep finding out about, it's getting to seem a bit much. In addition to the major story about "the boys," and Maxine and her mother's line being their prison for over one thousand years, she also has some scary dark power inside her (a god?), Jack is her grandpa, and now there's this stuff with her dad. The stuff with her dad in this book is really interesting and it does explain a lot goi ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

THE MORTAL BONE was a very quick, easy read. All of my favorite characters make an appearance at some point through out the book and as usual the crap hits the fan early on. The Boys are literally wripped off Maxine's skin and the book is a constant fight to keep them on the side of good.

Maxine and Grant are such a cute couple. They are very protective and loving towards each other and I love watching their relationship evolve (the reaction they got from people that they were
Jan 09, 2012 Deva rated it really liked it
Full review at:
1.) I love that with each ending chapter, theirs a cliffhanger. Something gets said or something happens and you're like, 'OH SH!T' and then you hurry and flip the page to a new chapter so you can dig into it. 2.) I think because of the cliffhanger chapter endings, the resolute ending works even though you know another book will be written. It's a calm after/before the storm and when you put the book away, you're completely satisfied. 3.) Our Re
Jul 20, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
THE MORTAL BONE (Hunter Kiss #4) by Marjorie M. Liu

THE MORTAL BONE is the 4th novel in Marjorie M Liu’s Urban Fantasy Hunters Kiss series.

FROM THE WEBSITE: The Hunter Kiss series is about the last living demon hunter on earth -- a woman covered in living tattoos that peel off her body at night to form her own personal demonic army -- an army that is her only family, dedicated to saving her life -- and destined to end it.

Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter, a warrior and according to the 5 Reaper King
Dec 20, 2011 April rated it liked it
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

This is a hard, hard review to write. It is one that I have tried to stave off by not finishing The Mortal Bone, but it wasn't a long book and I'm done with it now. Which means I ought to review it. So here goes...

I've come to accept in Urban Fantasy series that the main character is always going to be absurdly special. I've also come to accept that said main character's books are going to be in a constant need of more forward momentum which will often mean
Kristin Taggart
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“When the bond Maxine Kiss shares with the demons tattooed on her skin is deliberately severed, the demon hunter is left vulnerable and unprotected. For the first time in ten thousand years, the demons have a taste of freedom. And as the little demons grow more violent and unpredictable, Maxine starts to fear they will lose their minds without her. Reuniting won't be easy, since a greater temptation waits for these hellions: a chance to return to their lives
Adam Duclos
Feb 18, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it it was amazing
This book was a fast, fun read. A lot happened, but everything was resolved way too quickly at the end, and everyone got a 'mid season power-up'.


I think that 'mid season power-up' and the rushed nature of the book's ending were the only problems I had with this book. Well, except for the cover... not enough tattoos on Maxine, since she isn't supposed to have even a speck of bare skin aside from her face, and Grant there should be wimpier and have a cane.

Look, up 'till now Maxine has bee
Dr susan
May 01, 2014 Dr susan rated it it was amazing
Apparently, I read the first four Hunter Kiss books before joining Goodreads. I will need to read the series again and write reviews for the first three books. In the meantime, I have been putting off reading Labyrinth of Stars, because I know I will be a Burrito of Sadness at the ending of this luscious series, but I can delay no longer. Reading Mortal Bone again will give me a chance to write my review. So, time to venture into Maxine's incredible world.

The Mortal Bone is not a joyful walk thr
Dec 14, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
The Mortal Bone is the fourth book in the Hunter Kiss series by Marjorie M Liu and an ACE Novel.

Book Blurb:

Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams - they are obsidian shadows of the flesh. Created to be armor that protects my body, they unwind by night and take on their own forms - demons made flesh.

When the bond Maxine Kiss shares with Zee and the boys - the demons tattooed on her skin - is deliberately severed, the hunter is left vulnerable and unprotected. For the first time in ten thousand ye
Jun 02, 2012 Mardel rated it it was amazing
I was a little worried when I read the blurb about the boys - her demon friends - being separated from her. I wasn't sure what to expect. I shouldn't have worried. As soon as I opened the book, I was caught up in the story. Liu has a magical way with words. Just pulls you into the story and it doesn't matter if you've forgotten bits and pieces of the previous books, you just are pulled right along - at least I am.

By some trick - Hunter is separated, quite painfully and unexpectedly from her demo
Jan 03, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it
J'ai fait une erreur. Tout au début de l'année, j'ai eu la chance de gagner deux livres de bit lit à un concours, dont The Mortal Bone de Marjorie M. Liu, qui venait alors de paraître. J'étais si curieuse de découvrir cette auteure que j'ai décidé de le lire cet été, alors même que j'ai des tas de livres dans ma PAL qui attendent depuis bien plus longtemps. J'étais si curieuse que je n'ai pas vraiment prêté attention au fait que The Mortal Bone est en fait le quatrième tome de sa série Hunter Ki ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Dorothea rated it did not like it
What I like best about this series is the little vivid details, like the exact workings of Maxine's tattoos; what I like least is the worldbuilding on its largest scale -- the political relations of all the different kinds of demons. Demon politics are not very complicated: powerful demons eat weaker demons, either literally or by gaining power from subjugated masses. They all want to eat humans, which is obviously bad; but then Maxine & co. get in a moral conundrum because it turns out that ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Estara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Jan 20, 2012 Esra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hunter kiss sizi hiçbir zaman hayal kırıklığına uğratmaz. yine güzel bir kitaptı.
Hunter kiss ailesinde 5 iblis kral anneden kıza geçiyor. avcıların vücutları onların hapishaneleri, geçmişte bu krallar çok yıkım yaşattıkları için hapishane olarak avcıların vücutlarına bağlanmışlar. geceleri serbest , gündüzleri ise dövme haline gelerek avcıların vücuduna geri geliyorlar. Avcıları koruyorlar , nükleer bomba bile onlara zarar veremiyorlar. Bu yüzden iblisler avcılardan çok korkuyor çünkü yenilmezl
Sep 26, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
The previous novel in Marjorie Liu’s Hunter Kiss series brought the main story arc that had been spanning the first three volumes to a close and revealed quite a few of the mysteries that had been teasing the reader’s curiosity. Not every question was solved though, not every thread tied neatly off, and so The Mortal Bone, the fourth instalment in the series answers some of the questions left open and asks a copious amount of new ones, starting what I presume will be a new story arc.

Hunter Kiss
Kathy Davie
Apr 17, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Fourth in the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series about a woman whose family has been protecting the world for thousands of years. This particular story takes Maxine, Grant, and the boys all over the world, but mostly Seattle and Texas.

My Take
Whoa...this was a bit existential with the discussions about the Aetar, the Lightbringers, the true origins of the demons, and humanity. All monsters. Combine this with Maxine's angst over the sudden collapse of her connection with the boys and it's a conflict
Jan 21, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, urban, arcs
While I am a big fan of the Hunter Kiss series in general, I have always had a soft spot for Maxine's boys. THE MORTAL BONE is their book, the Reaper Kings, the family and protectors that have always lived so close to Maxine's heart. The seismic upset of the world that fractured through the previous book is still sending out little aftershocks, but THE MORTAL BONE is one of the most linear and accessible books in the series. Not that it won't test your assumptions, not that it won't stand you on ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
So... I love, love, love this series. However, I'm feeling a bit frustrated. Not too much but enough to nag at me once I finished this book. And this makes me a bit sad as I started and put down this book several times, just because I wanted to savor it, make it last.

I love the concept and the world building that Ms. Liu creates in this series. Her world building is so vivid, I feel like I am watching a movie. The premise and mythology is so unique, and I love that it is all new - no repeating t
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


The Mortal Bone is the fourth novel in the Hunter Kiss Series which features Maxine Kiss as a hunter from a long line of women that were created to fight demons and keep humanity safe.

She does so with the so called Reaper Kings Aaz, Zee, Dek, Mal, and Raw at her side, or should I say, attached to her skin like tattoos which make her immortal from Dawn until Dusk.

When the story picks up, Maxine and Grant are now married and have been away from Seattle for
Jenni Ebba
Jan 04, 2012 Jenni Ebba rated it it was amazing
It's odd how one novel can change your whole perspective on a character you thought you knew. In this novel Maxine is rudely awoken to the fact that she is way less than human (with the meeting of her father), there's life after the boys (her living demon tattoos) leave her for her daughter, and that life is not clear cut white and black when it comes to demons (who had not always been evil parasites). Liu is amazing when it comes to story telling and though I like her other series of Dirk and S ...more
Hali Sowle
The 4th book in the Maxine Kiss series and once again Maxine and Grant have to save the world. This time it's from Maxine's boys themselves. Maxine could not imagine life without her boys but she's got to face it now as they get ripped off her skin violently nearly killing her. But as much as she doesn't want to live without them, they really don't want to live without her, but without her heart to guide them they begin to wreck havoc on the world. Even worse, now that they are free the veil bet ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Wow, this one had a lot of action. Maxine and the demons who live on her and protect her are split apart. Things go haywire after that because the demons come out in droves knowing Maxine can't stop them like she used to. At least, that's what they think. Good continuation to the overall story line, looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Jun 02, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
When Maxine and the boys are brutally separated, the Reaper Kings are free for the first time in a millenia. But that doesn't mean the prison veil has fallen. But it does mean that Maxine must see Zee and the others for who they are both then and now and everyone must make a choice about who they will be. Because a war is coming. A demon war and that war may leave behine nothing but a scorched Earth. These books are still often a little too cryptic in the world building but Maxine and Grant and ...more
Gates Watson
Jul 12, 2015 Gates Watson rated it really liked it
I have read and love all the Hunter Kiss novels. Great, unique tales of a woman who is the last of her kind - a guardian against the fall of the veil between our world and those who would destroy us. Maxine, Grant and 'the boys' protect those us while trying to stay alive themselves.
Apr 09, 2014 Audrey rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best book in the whole series thus far. An amazing story about the boys that tugs on different story lines and different perspectives. A really good illustration between power and survival that was written beautifully - especially the dreams. Can't wait for the next book!
Stacey Brutger
Oct 05, 2013 Stacey Brutger rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Short Review:

I’m a huge fan of this series, so it’s sad to say that I had a hard time slipping into the story. Once the action started, I remembered what I liked so much about the characters. Some of the story stretched my believability a little, but I have to confess, I liked the unexpectedness of the plot. The fight scenes are brutal and totally enthralling. And while I enjoyed getting to know these beloved characters again, I felt like the series was coming to a close.

Overall: Though
Apr 09, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i am so glad my library got this book on loan for me from a larger library system. I have followed this series, and was excited to see what was in store for Maxine Kiss, and her new husband Grant. It turns out that there is plenty to dive right into, and get involved in.Something has caused her protection, her boys, the reaper kings to be torn away from her. She has to save them, and the world, and discover why this is all happening to her. There is also some new surprises, and some old friends ...more
Yvonne Boag
Feb 18, 2014 Yvonne Boag rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Maxine receives a message from her mother in the form of a crystal rose. When she holds it however it melts into her skin and rips the boys from her body, the bond is broken. The boys are able to run free in daylight and as they do their behaviour radically changes. With the first prison ripped open the others begin to fall. Not only has Maxine got demons about to raise hell on earth, she has the boys to contend with. All this without her protections and without her boys Maxine is just human, or ...more
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“Maxine,” Grant said, but I barely heard him. I was lost in that vision, in those emotions—the pain, and hunger for pain, forming the root of so much
agonized rage.
“ ‘Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate,’” I muttered.
“Yoda, from Star Wars?”
“ ‘Hate leads to suffering.’” I met his gaze. “Yoda knows his shit, man.”
Grant’s mouth crooked in a gentle smile.”
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