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The Iron Hunt

(Hunter Kiss #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  5,674 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities...tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.

I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.

By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind fr
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Ace Books (first published June 24th 2008)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Stilted writing. Writes without all words, expects you'll understand. Frequently, subjects not in sentences, verbs missing, commas instead of conjunctions, articles optional. Strange clauses strung together as one sentence, all in one, as one. Words. Phrases. Without grammar. Just a period. Sentence structure awkward, reading exhausting, what's happening unclear. Excerpt in book summary is an example. Not too bad, but whole book like that. But worse. Very confusing beginning, can't read more, to ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
Whew...OK. I just finished "The Iron Hunt" by Marjorie M. Liu and it's very different from her 'Dirk & Steele' series. This is truly an urban fantasy, and a damn good one. The mysteries and the mystical pull you in and you can't stop reading until you find the answers to all the questions.

Maxine is a Hunter. She hunts the demons that possess the bodies of humans. By day her demons are her protection--tattoos that cover her body and render her invulnerable. By night, her demons peel from her skin
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars (almost 3) was just ok

I really can't complain about this book, but sheesh I'm having a hard time saying I liked it even just a little...Like always Marjorie's writing is flawless...But I just didn't connect to the characters or the storyline. "The Iron Hunt" did get an extra star b/c of the basic weirdness/originality of the story...this lady has quite the imagination.

There's little to no romance between the characters (As another reveiwer said "The description is very misleading
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I HATE this book! Everything about it is terrible. I feel cheated of my time and robbed of my money.

The plot is a simple one. In fact this would've served better as a novella because 300 pages was too many for what little was in them. And grammar nazis will have a fit, running out of red ink before they turn the last page.

For a supposedly lethal hunter and fierce protector of the world against monsters and demons imprisoned behind a veil, Maxine Kiss was a pansy-assed pussy. I'm sorry for my cra
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
At once a reasonably good book and somewhat disappointing. Maxine Kiss, (oh dear) is the latest in a long, lonely line of female demon hunters. Protected by a pact with a group of demons who live on her skin as tattoos, Maxine knows that one day she, like her mother, will be abandoned by the demons who protect her, in favour of her daughter. On that day she will inevitably die, suddenly and violently, when the demons she hunt get their retribution.

It sounds promising, and in so far as it goes, i
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Quite different from what I expected based on the summary, The Iron Hunt is a story in which all kinds of secrets are being kept very close to the vest by most characters, and thus, the whole storyline and plot became a little dis-jointed to me.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw."

That's the first sentence of Marjorie M. Liu's The Iron Hunt, and it's just about perfect as opening lines go. It's the primary reason I bought the book. Not only does it draw the reader in, eager to find out how and why this happened, but I'm also pretty darn sure it's an Angela Carter reference. I love Angela Carter.

It would be misleading to suggest, though, that Marjorie M. Liu sounds like Angela Carter throughout The Iron
I seem to be going through quite a few books that I DNF (do not finish). I just don't have the patience or desire to continue reading something if it feels like a chore. The blurb for The Iron Hunt caught my eye and I've liked other works by Marjorie M. Liu but the writing was sort of choppy and confusing to go through.
The Iron Hunt is a strange book. It took a while for me to get into it, but halfway through I was completely engrossed. However, by the time I got to the end, I was also completely confused.

I love good worldbuilding, and Liu has built an intriguing mythology with this series. I don't like books with infodumps that introduce you to the world all in four paragraphs at the beginning, and luckily, The Iron Hunt isn't one of those books. My problem, though, is that Liu never really gives a clear pict
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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I read a Maxine Kiss short story quite a while back in an anthology and remember really enjoying it,so I wasn’t surprised at how engrossing The Iron Hunt is. Maxine is a Hunter,from a long line of Hunters,tasked with keeping demons in check. She’s settled into tenuous comfort with her boyfriend Grant,former priest and so much more,and enjoys helping out at the soup kitchen and shelter that he runs. He veneer of normality t
Meredith Morgenstern
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book gets major points for originality. I love the demon tattoos. I like that the romantic interest is disabled - so rare to find people of various physical abilities in books. As others have mentioned, I love the opening line: "When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw." And I love the whole scene leading up to the sword.

What I couldn't really get comfortable with was the writing style. Lots of choppy sentences, which have a place in action scenes, but for the whole
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second paragraph of the jacket copy (I've included the complete copy at the bottom of this post for reference) is too vague and describes a very different type of plot. It's not inaccurate, but it's misleading. From its wording, I expected it to be a romance. It's not. It took quite a while before I could shake off the disconnect between the copy and the text, which meant I didn't get to enjoy this book as much as I could have.


By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from
Michelle Gilmore
As suggested, I read the prequel to Iron Hunt in the anthology Wicked Things. The short story was good, held my interest, and had me looking forward to Iron Hunt. However, when I trying to read this novel, I found myself struggling to stay interested. There were also moments where I found myself confused as well. During the first 2/3 of the book, I kept going back and re-reading just to be sure I didn't miss anything. Also, new characters seem to be added at every turn, and when your already con ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It was the coolest story I've ever read =)) what is grant FGS :D I've to read the second one too .can't wait.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Cryptic. Not only does everyone speak cryptically to the main character, not really answering her questions about the important elements of her world and what's happening in it, but this is a first-person narration in an uncommonly elliptical style, not unlike the speaking style of several strong, silent types I know. I didn't mind all the sentence fragments because I simply imagined her speaking to me, and the style reflects both her personality and her confusion about who she is and what she i ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so good!
Melissa Hayden
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a great beginning to a unique series idea. This book introduces you to all the characters and given what you need to love them, along with the fast pacing to keep you going. The book is VERY well written to make me love and hate the characters with Maxine as we go through the story. I loved how there are many different demons and creatures. By the end of the book, I felt I knew the characters well, but had many curiosities of them. My curiosities were not from a lack in the story, b ...more
The Iron Hunt.

Intro Maxine Kiss.

By day she is immortal, by night when her tattoos peel from her skin and become her 'boys' she becomes mortal. She had the best body guards in the world. They need her to survive and she needs them too. They are her friends, her family, and the only demons she loves.

The Iron Hunt, is full of suspense and Mystery. It was an excellent book. I was weary about it in the beginning until I chewed through the first 200 pgs. Without a thought. I knew then that this was a
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Maxine Kiss is a Hunter with a capital H. She is the latest in a long line of Kiss women–women who wear living tattoos as armor and kill the possessed for a living. They also live alone, forming no attachments. But Maxine want more–she wants her boyfriend, Grant, and a home. In between slaying demons, she works at a homeless shelter, finding a place where she’s something more than a killer.

Then, something powerful passes through the veil into this world, and Maxine is in its cross-hairs. And onl
Not my fave, interesting prose, but the world didn't hook me like other books.
Jessa Slade
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jessa's pithy reviews:
Demon tats that peel off the heroine's skin -- How. Cool. I would so not be a good guy if I had this ability.
Read this a while back and re started again, loving it just like first time. Urban fantasy with kick heroine - my first love. Love this author's Dirk & Steele series - read years ago but I think worth another read as well. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Gwen Mitchell
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Maxine Kiss is the last of her kind, a tattooed Warden protecting the world from demons who pass through the Veil from their prison and take over human hosts to become zombies. Her tattoos are her protection – during the day they form her armour against all threats, while at night they slip away from her and become ‘the boys’, small demons who are inextricably linked with the female line of Wardens.

In The Iron Hunt, Maxine discovers that the Veil is falling as she investigates the death of some
Cherry Mischievous
I was reading this book at about the same time as Dead Witch Walking (DWW) by Kim Harrison. I was reading The Iron Hunt at home and Dead Witch Walking in work. By the end of the week I had to think for a moment to figure out which character belonged to which world! The two books are quite similar :) This book is pacier than DWW though. DWW was a very slow starter. This one draws you right into Maxine's world. One thing I regretted doing at the start, was reading the prologue. That took a bit out ...more
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Maxine Kiss was raised by her mother to be a loner and a nomad, moving place to place, keeping to herself, having no friends outside of the boys. The boys are her living tattoos that she wears on her body by day, they peel away at night to become her personal, demon protectors that she lovingly calls "my boys". Maxine is from a warrior race of demons created long ago to guard the humans from the demons and zombies. She is the last of her line and they call her The Hunter.

Going against family tra
HellKat ^_~ Courtney
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Maxine Kiss lives in a world where being alone is not only the best but expected of her. As the last of the mortal demon hunters she has trained her entire life to destroy the evil that threatens the world. Her only friends the demons that protect her. By day the demons, or "the boys", cover her body as intricate tattoos that they form to cover her as if being encased in steel. By night, they are her personal body guards, doing everything in their power to help her fight the ones that threaten h ...more
Maxine is the last in a long line of female warriors who have been protecting the world for centuries from demons. The demons have been held in a prison dimension for thousands of years but there have always been a few who manage to escape and walk among us by taking over human bodies. Maxine's family fight these demons (who they call zombies) and their powers are passed down from mother to daughter. Maxine is protected by 5 demons who she affectionatley calls "the boys" who are magically attach ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
She is Earth's last protector. Hunter Maxine Kiss is the only thing standing between our world and the prison veils that keep demons from taking over our home. Passed down from mother-to-daughter for generations her own demons protect her body by day, resting as tattoos on her skin. At night her demons walk beside her, allies and parasites in their own right.

I wish I could offer more details on the plot. A better synopsis, but I spent most of the time I was working through this book back-tracki
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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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