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THE IRON HUNT
MARJORIE M. LIU
ISBN# 978-0-441-01606-8
July 2008
Ace Books/The Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Paperback
$7.99
304 Pages
Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 Cups

Maxine Kiss is a woman who comes from a long line of demon killers; a line that goes back ten thousand years. The tattoos she wears are actually small demons who protect her body during the day and then leave it at night to fight by her side. They have been the only family she has ever known until she found Grant, the man she loves.

Grant is a former priest who runs a homeless shelter and uses his music to help heal those around him. Unlike Maxine, who would just as soon kill a demon as look at one, Grant uses his music to disconnect the demons who have taken over human bodies, otherwise known as zombies, from their queen, then he tries to show them another way.

When a private detective looking for Maxine dies and the police come looking for her wondering if she is the one who killed him, Maxine knows her time of remaining anonymous may be running out. In her search for answers, she discovers a young teen who saw more than he is willing to tell about the private detective’s murder. She tries to get him to tell her what he knows, and in doing so, inadvertently places his life in danger. It quickly becomes clear that there is far more going on in the demon world, as well as her own, than Maxine could have ever imagined. If she does not tread carefully she and all those she loves could lose their lives.

I have had the pleasure of reading a couple other of Ms. Liu’s books and have always found them to be very high quality reads. However, she has outdone herself with The Iron Hunt. Maxine Kiss is by far one of her best characters, and very well developed. The world building in this book is superb and while the romance is not the primary focus, the love between Maxine and Grant is very real. All of the characters are well developed and easy to relate to, in that you either love them or hate them with a passion, depending on what they are doing in the story. The surprises are many in this book and I found myself over and over thinking I had it figured out, only to have Ms. Liu throw me a curve ball and I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. A fantastic read that I am excited to give my highest rating!

Regina
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