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Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss #2)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,212 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied upon herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, and the predators - human, zombie and otherwise - who threaten the earth. But one man has managed to get through the isolation she uses to protect herself: Grant, the last of his kind. With music he is able to control any living creature . . . including de ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2010 by Orbit (first published May 4th 2009)
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Kelly
I loved The Iron Hunt, and was eagerly looking forward to the sequel. (Has it really only been a year?) I'm happy to report that Darkness Calls is a worthy successor. This time around, Maxine and her boyfriend Grant are being hounded by a mysterious group of religious fanatics and by a horrifically creepy being who introduces himself as "Mr. Erl King," a name that will probably be familiar to myth-geeks like me. Seriously, this is one icky villain. I'm feeling nauseous right now, just rememberin ...more
Carol.
Jan 24, 2011 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of female-focused UF
Three and a half stars.

I found it even better than its predecessor, The Iron Hunt, however, it still suffers from some of the same narrative confusion. One of the less coherent parts of Lui's narrative is when she has Kiss, the lead character, unintentionally jumping through time and space. I think most of the confusion stems from Liu intentionally creating mysteries, in this case related to unknown abilities of a silver ring/sword she picked up in The Iron Hunt, but as a reader, it gets confus
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Katie(babs)
Darkness Calls is the second full length novel in Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss series. This is the first book I have ever read from Marjorie and it certainly won’t be my last. I didn’t read the short story in the Wild Thing anthology that started it all or the first full length book, The Iron Hunt. Because of this, I had some reservations before reading Darkness Calls because I thought I would be confused. Marjorie is a wonderful storyteller and catches the reader up to speed. This is one dark ...more
Kt
When creepy Mr. King shows up, Maxine knows right away he is trouble, but she doesn't grasp just how much. Things get complicated when Grant flies overseas to help an old Priest friend. Since Maxine cannot fly on account of the boys, she has to find another way to go and protect Grant. However before she can even leave trouble finds her hard and fast. It becomes a deadly fight for her life and everyone she cares about, with much more at stake then she realizes.

It makes absolutely no sense that G
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Catherine
This book, and the one before was really hard for me to rate. While I liked the characters, the plot and the action, I had a lot of trouble following the story. Although the concept was very good, as was the writing, there was just too much confusion about what was going on for me to be able to fully enjoy it. I’m not sure if this is because of all the time travelling, teleportation, and jumping between planes (as in dimensions, not the flying aircraft!) that it was very difficult for me to figu ...more
Debbie
Being raised to work alone, then finding a man to love and to keep as her own, Maxine Kiss never thought she would grow to trust and need others. Finding out that her man (Grant Cooperon) was also the last of his kind with special powers made the connection between the two even more difficult to understand. Now they have to try to get information from her grandfather Jack, a man that has not proved himself to be reliable in the past, and then find a way to stop the newest, or is it the oldest th ...more
Donna
Darkness Calls begins shortly after the ending of The Iron Hunt, the first book in the Hunter Kiss Series. You will find the same exquisite story telling style that was displayed in The Iron Hunt, and the action is pretty much non-stop from start to finish, gritty and dark in nature as before, moving at a faster clip than the first book. A couple of new characters are introduced, helping spice up the storyline and some answers are given to the questions left dangling from the first book.

I want t
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Sarah
Darkness Calls is the second book in the Hunters Kiss series by Marjorie M. Liu and I was looking forward to spending more time with Maxine and her "boys". I really enjoyed the first book The Iron Hunt but in my opinion Darkness Calls was even better. I like the fact that Maxine doesn't know the full extent of her powers and that we are discovering things alongside her. Although I enjoyed The Iron Hunt I did find myself getting confused by some of the plot twists but Darkness Calls was a much sm ...more
Ryan
Angsty hand-wringing, rambling storyline, and increasingly arbitrary and wildly overpowered magic system suck the color right out of this work. Plus a werewolf shows up! Ironic in light of my comments on the previous book. I managed to make it to 95% on the progress meter and that's when I realized I simply didn't give a crap any more. This is one of those books that I was kind of OK with until I started this review and discovered I am furiously angry with all the wasted opportunities.

I found Gr
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Kathy
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Jen
This review is a work in progress. I am having trouble focusing, and so am writing it in pieces. I am, however, completely focused on not starting the next book in the series until I get this review written! I may need to reread part of this book again before I can finish it, but hopefully it will be done today. :)

(Please note that in addition to not having it finished yet, I also have not yet proofread it. Please forgive any spelling/grammar errors. I'll catch them before I finalize the review,
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Cindi
The melody of Marjorie M. Liu's writing is astounding and a significant part of the story, Darkness Calls. Without the twining lyrics of it, this second Hunter Kiss novel would be the same as many other Urban Fantasy works I've read. But Ms. Liu's "good vs. evil" is agonizingly portrayed with exactly the right word precisely where needed, and the "bad" is made bearable but more realistic by the verbal detailing of Maxine Kiss' mental struggle. Her life is one series of struggles after another, a ...more
Cathy
Very good urban fantasy, a bit stronger than even the first book. Lots of action offset by lots of heart. If you like kick-butt female hero stories, this series is for you. I love the creative explanation the author used for lots of mythological stories and critters (vampires, werewolves, harpies, angels, etc.) and how well she fit it into her very cool original story elements. The author is both more creative than most writers in the genre, and a very powerful writer as well. (And super pretty, ...more
Ruth
c2009: FWFTB: demon-hunter, music, protective, underground, darkness. I no more understood this book than I did the first. It is slowly coming together in my head but there is still a lot of guesswork going on which is probably why I think that the blurb on the back of the book contains a great big spoiler. Actually, the blurb does not really describe the plot at all. The authors attitude to this is probably as stated by the mysterious Jack, " If it can be imagined, then there is always the poss ...more
Khalia Hades
For generations, her female bloodline was nomadic never making emotional relationships especially with men. Instead each one hunted the demons until they birthed the next generation hunter and consequently die. Thus the current demon hunter Maxine Kiss has a problem as she has fallen in love with the former priest Grant, the last Lightbringer.

How much an issue an emotional entanglement can cause ignites when the Avatars attack Grant fearing his power. Instead of staying out of the fracas as her
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Guest reviewed by Andrea for Book Chick City.

Anyone who has read my review of the first novel in Liu’s 'Hunter Kiss' series knows I was very disappointed in it. That is becoming a familiar theme as I’ve now read “Darkness Calls”. Don’t get me wrong, there is potential. Maybe that’s what grates on my nerves so much. I don’t think Liu does them justice. She has flashes of brilliance, but it never seems to follow through.

Maxine annoyed me in 'The Iron Hunt', and in “Darkness Calls” I’ve gone past a
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Julia Dragan
‘Darkness Calls’ is probably the best book from the Hunter Kiss series. It certainly took a while till the story and the characters grew on me, but the sequel to ‘The Iron Hunt’ is remarkable!
The plot, the new characters, and the ever-present Maxine and Grant made this book a success! I loved every minute of reading this book and I finally understand how Maxine works. She’s a very complex character and it took me some time to get to know her. To some it might seem pretty straightforward, but the
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Dorothea
I've been fond of the poem and song Der Erlkönig since high school, when some of my friends were really into their German language class. (I also recommend the adaptation by former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons, "Ballad of Earl King.")

Anyway, the Big Bad in this story is sometimes called the Erlking, with the implication, because it's how this world works, that some earlier manifestation of him actually inspired the legend. This did not really work for me! I did find this character
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TheBookSmugglers
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Maxine Kiss is a huntress; the latest in a long line of women sworn to protect humanity from demons that threaten her world. For generations, the women of the Kiss line have lived solitary lives, moving from town to town with only the “boys” for company – demons that live on the women’s skin by day as tattoos, ensuring that each Kiss woman is invincible, but leave their host’s flesh and come alive at night. Maxine has chosen to settle down temporarily in Seattle, largely because
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Shannon
POSSIBLE SPOILERS BUT YOU ARE NOT MISSING THAT MUCH

Ok, I find that there are a few key elements in a good UF series that keeps me hooked.

--Action. Pleas give me realistic blood. I do not want to experience sprays of blood with every back hand, but lets not pretend that most UF characters dont have dummy strength, so blood is expected.

--Romance. I love it when the main characters are caught up in a love triangle that is at least realistic, not the princess is betrothed to the handsome prince wh
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Melissa Hayden
If you have read the first book you need to read this one.

The beginning of the book gives a lot of review with the new happenings to catch you up with the time from reading book one and the release of book two. There is a lot here to get you back up to speed in that break time frame, however for me it was a little slow since I had just finished the first book with all the happenings fresh in my mind. But, when the book picks up on its own path and goes... It goes!

You do get your share of action
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Amanda
Darkness Calls is the second book in the Hunter’s Kiss by Marjorie M. Liu, and I would like to tell you about the plot, but I honestly can’t! I don’t mean that to sound mean, and I’m conscious that it comes across as extremely negative – but I found Darkness Calls a tough read in terms of comprehending what went on. From what I can tell, a new Avatar is on the scene and wants to take control of the power wielded by Grant, Maxine’s partner – who happens to be some kind of immortal Lightbringer (s ...more
Jacquelyn
I found it more difficult to read this second book than the first book of the series; I think it's more my fault than the story, since when I did have time to read in big chunks, I was completely engrossed. But big chunks of time were limited the past few weeks, despite a week at the beach.

The story is just as confusing as before, and growing more so, with different (and more evil) classifications of other-worldly beings popping up left and right. What saves it from being too confusing is that
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Kathy
I strongly recommend you read the previous book in the series, Iron Hunt, before reading this book. Maxine Kiss descends from a long lineage of born demon hunters; natural loners, who live nomadic lives. Breaking the cycle of her mothers before her, Maxine falls in love, settles down and commits to Grant.

Grant is an ex-priest who runs a homeless shelter in Seattle. Grant has become Maxine's one oasis among a world of darkness. An ancient society of religious zealots tirelessly tries to capture G
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Wendy
Maxine Kiss is covered in tattoos that are demons during the day, whom by night come alive. She’s also a demon hunter and her “boys” help her in killing the bad guys. When Maxine is not killing demons, zombies or even humans, she’s hanging out with her boyfriend, Grant.

Grant is a Lightbringer, the last of his kind. Through manipulating energies, he can change any living creature. But now his life is in danger, more danger than normal that is.

Maxine is determined to save Grant, but her past is ba
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Rachel
This is the second book in the Hunter Kiss series, surprisingly enough, while the first one dragged it actually felt like something was happening. In Darkness Calls the story didn't drag quite so much, but it also felt like not a lot transpired. Part of the problem is that while Liu does a great job with description and building out the world and characters the lead, Maxine, has no personality of her own. The supporting characters in the novel have much more draw and throughout the story you'd m ...more
Kim~Fantasy~
Ok this one was more action filled than the first to me, but unfortunately no appearance of Tracker or Orturu. :( But there was a little back story in this with them in it, so I'm not majorly bummed. I was happy to see more of the secrets unfold but it didn't unfold enough for me...I'm itching for more details! The boys were fabulous I loved the hat obsession, was too cute! Can you say that about those demons??? I think so! The level of intricacy deepened in this one which got me again, and how ...more
Jodi
This series continues to feel completely unlike anything that Liu has previously written. Since there was less world building in this book, it was easier to fall into the characters. It takes place very soon after the first book and all the major characters are there. The PW quote talks about the book being for fans of early Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris. I disagree on the Harris but there were times that Maxine and Anita Blake were interchangeable. Not their anger but their assurity. ...more
Jacqueline
I read Darkness Calls right after I finished Iron Hunt, with both installments fresh in my head, I have to say that I enjoyed this entry into the Hunter Kiss canon a bit more than the previous one.

Like most first novels in a series, Iron Hunt was burdened with the task of laying all of the groundwork. Combined with all of the riddles, this made the first novel more talk than action. This is remedied the second time around. The characters encounter new struggles, both external and internal. In t
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