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View our feature on Marjorie Liu’s A Wild Light.For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness inside 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, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally ...more
Mass Market Paperback, US, 308 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Ace (first published January 1st 2010)
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Emily
Nov 20, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
The Hunter Kiss series has been on my list of books to read for a long time, but, like so many other things, has fallen to the wayside. Having the opportunity to review A Wild Light definitely jumped my attention and upon finishing this book I immediately requested the other two books currently released from the library, rendering my "no library books" pledge pretty much in tatters.

Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter with some seriously badass body armor- tattoos that assume forms at night and then s
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Carol.
Feb 07, 2011 Carol. rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars. I think Ms. Liu is improving with each book. One of her strengths is the beautiful prose and well-drawn characters, from the small role Mary and Rex play in this book, to the demons that love and guard Max. Like other readers, I found the confusion surrounding Max to be a barrier to a whole-hearted endorsement of earlier books. I understand that Max herself was also confused, but when the reader is plopped into a world that doesn't have many explanations, it creates an ev ...more
Kelly
Jul 29, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
Reading the Hunter Kiss series is rather like having a strange but wonderful dream. You’re sometimes confused about exactly what is happening and why, but the vistas are breathtaking, the emotions are intense, and when you wake up, the only words that come to mind are “What a ride!”

In the hands of a lesser author, confusion can be a dealbreaker that leads to the book hitting the wall. But Marjorie M. Liu is not a lesser author. Her poetic prose and beautifully drawn character relationships keep
...more
Amanda
Mar 09, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
A Wild Light is the third novel in the Hunter’s Kiss trilogy by Marjorie M. Liu, and concludes the ongoing story ARC concerning the veil being torn between the world of humans and the demon prison. Maxine Kiss wakes from a world of nightmares to discover the body of her grandfather next to her, covered in blood, and a man she doesn’t recognise who tells her they are lovers. What follows takes Maxine to the very limits of her emotional resources as she discovers the secrets of her ancestors and t ...more
Kt
Oct 12, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it
It's Maxine's birthday and the anniversary of her mother's death. Before going to her birthday party, Maxine and the boys remember her mother by killing a demon. The party goes off great despite the heavy heart Maxine has. However, when she wakes up the next morning next to her grandfather Jack's body, covered in blood and missing most of her memories, she goes into utter shock. But the biggest shock is the man named Grant who tells her he is her lover yet she has not one single memory of him. W ...more
Julia
Jul 19, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

My experience to date with the Hunter Kiss series has been hit or miss. While I greatly enjoyed HUNTER KISS and THE IRON HUNT, I fought to finish DARKNESS COMES over a period of several weeks. Perhaps exacerbated by how often I put it down and picked it up, I found the book confusing and I had a hard time keeping track of Maxine’s progress. In preparation for this review, I reread all the Hunter Kiss short stories and books. When I reread DARKNESS COME
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Renee Sweet
Jul 22, 2010 Renee Sweet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of A WILD LIGHT, the fifth installment in Marjorie M. Liu's excellent urban fantasy series.

Let me just get right to it: Wow.

This book makes your breath hitch and your heart pound. It makes you take breaks to recover, to take it all in. It makes you ache. Maxine, the boys, Grant—they’re all at their most raw, stripped down to gristle and bone, sheer force of will and strength of heart. Marjorie didn’t flinch when she wrote this story: it's got shar
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Carien
Mar 18, 2011 Carien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am so in love with this series!
The books just keep getting better and better. This one is my favourite so far. It's emotionally intense, suspenseful and totally awesome. Liu continues to amaze me with her world building, writing and characterisation. I must say this book had me worried about Maxine and her boys (Grant included) and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. I'm now eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series and will be rereading the excisting books as Liu got
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Paranormalbites
Feb 21, 2014 Paranormalbites rated it really liked it
When I was offered a copy of Marjorie M. Liu’s A Wild Light for review I accepted without hesitation, even though I have not read any of Liu’s previous work. I was aware of her strong reputation in the urban fantasy genre for her world building however and her books had been on my To Read list for some time so I was excited to be given the opportunity.

A Wild Light is the third book in Liu’s Hunter Kiss series. The series focuses on Maxine Kiss, a demon hunter who is herself host to five demons t
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Jacquelyn
Feb 16, 2014 Jacquelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Maxine wakes up one morning with a dead body next to her, and absolutely no memory of Grant whatsoever. I know this premise sounds like some kind of literary trick, but I have to admit, it turned out pretty fantastic. Where "Darkness Calls" was confusing, "A Wild Light" is illuminating, and I'm of the opinion that it's the best book in the series so far. Maxine losing her memory forces people to tell her things as quickly and clearly as possible, so we don't have to wait an entire book to put to ...more
Mardel
Nov 09, 2010 Mardel rated it it was amazing
I wish sometimes that we could give books 6 stars. There are some books that are better, deserve an outstanding - even more than I loved it. This is one of them.

This is the third full length novel in the Hunter Kiss series. It's intense. It's Lyrical. It's poetic horror and dark fantasy. It's great.

Maxine Kiss wakes up in a room, feeling like something is wrong. Slowly, things come to her, the smell in the room, the dread feeling, then she sees her grandfather. He's dead. Her demon protector "bo
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Betty Ann
Sep 08, 2013 Betty Ann rated it really liked it
I think with each book in the series that I read, I feel that it is improving. There's still repetitiveness in the wording and description that I find tiresome- but less this time around. I do have to say, 3 books in, that I'm tired of Maxine still feeling the novelty of having a 'family' and feeling belonging. It's been a while already, I get it! Maybe mention it once, especially if a reader doesn't get them in order. But I feel that that theme is already pounded into my head. I feel that way a ...more
Debbie
Aug 27, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
After having one of the best birthdays she has had in a long time, waking up next to Jack Meddle’s corpse (her grandfather) made for the start of one of the worst days of Maxine Kiss’s life. Not only was her grandfather dead, well his body was anyways, but she was finding holes in her memory. The largest of the holes seemed to be centered around the man she apparently lived with. Knowing his special ability couldn’t help Maxine with her memory loss, Grant Cooperon held on to his faith that she w ...more
Khalia Hades
Aug 08, 2011 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I wish sometimes that we could give books 6 stars. There are some books that are better, deserve an outstanding - even more than I loved it. This is one of them.

This is the third full length novel in the Hunter Kiss series. It's intense. It's Lyrical. It's poetic horror and dark fantasy. It's great.

Maxine Kiss wakes up in a room, feeling like something is wrong. Slowly, things come to her, the smell in the room, the dread feeling, then she sees her grandfather. He's dead. Her demon protector "bo
...more
Dorothea
Dec 10, 2013 Dorothea rated it it was ok
[reread on 12/08/2013, the occasion of this review]

As I read through this series I get increasingly frustrated with all the people/demons/Aetars in Maxine's life who know things that would be useful to her, but don't tell her, or tell her only in riddles. Sure, let her figure everything out for herself! Learning by experience is the best way! She's just trying to save the world!

I know that this is mainly due to these novels being very light reading -- given that most of these secrets involve the
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Sarah
Although I enjoyed the first 2 books in the Hunters Kiss series I think A Wild Light would have to be my favorite so far. I was left a little confused by the ending though, I thought the series was going to be a trilogy but I'm really hoping that this wasn't the final book because I still have questions that need answers! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Marjorie M. Liu has decided to continue the series but I haven't been able to find any information to support that.

I've mentioned in my revi
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Melissa Hayden
Jul 27, 2010 Melissa Hayden rated it really liked it
It's Maxine's birthday. Her and the boys are on their way to perform their special ritual, no one knows of, to celebrate her birthday and the death of her mother ~ as they are the same day. Then off to her party with her family, even her thousand million year old Grandfather is excited to celebrate a birthday with his grand daughter. Zee warns Maxine there are whispers of troubles to come. Then, Maxine wakes the next morning before dawn feeling every fiber of herself exhausted and weak. Curled u ...more
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Ruth
Aug 14, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2010.FWFB: memory, Avatar, veil, mission, salvation. The clarification was worth the wait. I have started to like all the characters now which is quite an achievement because there is usually at least one character in a book that I have issues with. The writing style has changed slightly so that I wasn't guessing as much. I still think, though, that the author placed a lot of trust in her readership in leaving so many confusing plot lines and incidences in the first 2 books. The development of ...more
Tina
Feb 09, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Well I loved the first two in this series and I haven't been able to get this book to finish the series. I finally got it from the library! It has been a loooong time since I read the first two but I didn't feel like I was lost or didn't understand what was going on. This really progressed the story a lot and we finally get to know who the boys are and why Maxine is important. We also find out what Grant is as well!!! I so love Grant and I am liking that this relationship is complex and not easy ...more
Audrey
Mar 04, 2014 Audrey rated it really liked it
Once again, lots of love for this series. The plot twist in the beginning was a bit weird at first, but it played out really well in the end and really added to the relationship between Maxine and Grant. The way the characters were re-introduced at different angles brought depth to each one (except may be Killy and Father Lawrence ... wish they had more page time). Can't wait to see more Maxine adventures! ... and may be some Otoru?
LaDona Hadley
Sep 20, 2015 LaDona Hadley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I stumbled upon these books!

Really well-written...fully-formed characters. Maxine is a heroine worth cheering for, with a more realistic love life than you normally get in the genre. Too many leads in series like this are borderline idiots, clueless and bumbling. Maxine is smart, tough and immensely likable. I can't wait for the next book!
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Shelves: kelly
Reading the Hunter Kiss series is rather like having a strange but wonderful dream. You’re sometimes confused about exactly what is happening and why, but the vistas are breathtaking, the emotions are intense, and when you wake up, the only words that come to mind are “What a ride!”

In the hands of a lesser author, confusion can be a dealbreaker that leads to the book hitting the wall. But Marjorie M. Liu is not a lesser author. Her poetic prose and beautifully drawn character relationships keep
...more
Cecilia
Aug 10, 2010 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Kathy
Nov 27, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Half the time, I don't really understand what's going on in these books but I still enjoy them. The veil between the really bad things and Earth is lifting and it's up to Maxine and Grant to save everyone. Some touching family moments and a good continuation of the story.
Kitty
Feb 05, 2014 Kitty rated it liked it
I like this series, but it has been a Really long time since I read the previous 2 books. I stayed pretty lost through most of this one. Maybe I would've given 4 stars if I'd remembered more. Perhaps I will re-read them all if I ever get my to -read list whittled down a bit.
Caitlyn
You're going to want to make sure you read all the books and novellas in this series before your read A Wild Light. It will help you appreciate and understand what's going on in the story. I wouldn't recommend this as a stand-alone read. You won't enjoy it as much.

The story is dark urban fantasy, filled with hunters, demons, and other-worldly creatures in a save-the-world-or-destroy-it mission. If I said anything more, I risk giving away essential plot points and spoilers. I cannot speak about
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Giedre
May 21, 2014 Giedre rated it really liked it
"Where's the body?"
"I'm a demon. I know people."
Grant stared at him. Rex said, "Fine. I stashed him in the tub."
Grant continued to stare. "We use that tub, you know."


First, eww. Second, so good, ickiness aside.
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black
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