Waiting on Wednesday (50): Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

By Mercedes Lackey
Release Date:  September 1, 2015
Published by Disney Hyperion

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

When I first heard about Hunter, I knew I wanted to read it for several reasons. First, it’s by Mercedes Lackey, and I’ve never read anything by her. (I know, I know! But I’ve just started to love fantasy books in the past couple of years.) Second, MULTIPLE WORLDS/UNIVERSES. Third, MONSTERS. Fourth, a mountain girl. Fifth, HIGH FANTASY WITH REALITY TV. This kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but in a very cool way. I NEED TO READ THIS, guys.

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


  1. My Thoughts.... Literally!

    June 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I'm also really excited about Hunter and I haven't read any Mercedes Lackey either. I'm glad I'm not the only big fantasy fan who hasn't read her stuff. Great pick!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. Amber Skye

    June 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This one does sound really interesting! Great pick. All of your reasons are exactly why I shelved this one on Goodreads as soon as I saw it.

  3. Micheline D

    June 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Holy balls this sounds amazing!! I'd never heard of it myself, and I've never read anything by Mercedes Lackey either – despite only reading fantasy for the past like 10 years O.O I LOVE parallel worlds, magical creatures and the fact that this seems to mix fantasy with a sort of dystopian/apocalyptic feel. I'll be adding it to my tbr straight away :D Thanks for the rec Andrea!! ♥

  4. Marmaladelibby (aka Ange)

    June 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    YES!!! This one sounds SO good. I have it from NetGalley and can't wait to start it. I've never read one of her books so I'm excited to try one. Happy reading.
    Waiting on Weds @Libby Blog

  5. Krystianna Straley

    June 24, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Great pick! I am really looking forward to this one too. It sounds so amazing!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. Lisa Mandina

    June 25, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I haven't read Mercedes Lackey before, but this one sounds soooooo good! Great pick!
    Check out my WOW

  7. Alyssa Susanna

    June 25, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I've heard of this author before! Wait so… monsters… DRAGONS, PERHAPS? ;) I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

    Have a fabulous week :)

    Check out my WoW post!

  8. Grace Fonseca

    June 25, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Hunter has a great cover. Dragons are always interesting to read about.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  9. pagesunbound

    June 26, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I've never read anything by Mercedes Lackey either!

    I go back and forth on whether I like dragon books, but this one definitely seems to have a unique twist!

  10. fakesteph

    June 28, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSS. This one looks so freaking goooooood!

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