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Hunter (Hunter, #1)
B.C. Deeks's review
May 29, 2020
Recommended for: tween to mid teen fantasy readers
This is the first story I've read by Mercedes Lackey so I didn't know what to expect other than something in the fantasy genre. Hunter is a strong introduction to fantasy for a young tween/teen reader. It reminded me of Hunger Games but with a lighter touch. It's written in first person by a 15/16 year old heroine who was raised by monks in the mountains. It a contented upbringing but not idyllic as this is a dystopian world where even the youngest child must fight off monsters from the outside. Suddenly she is summoned to join a distant relative in the city and must build a new life in a dangerous political world where she doesn't know the rules. For an adult reader, the events are predictable but for a young reader, the story will be more exciting with an imaginative mix of creatures, a nicely developed dystopian magical world, and a likable heroine with a shamanistic philosophy overlying the more typical teenage angst. There is no harsh language or overt sexuality in this book so a young teen could read this one as well as a young adult.
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