Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: H&W Investigations #1
Published by Zebra on 1 May 2010
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Purchase
Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not..
Hunted by the Others is my kind of paranormal / urban fantasy! Shiarra is a very good heroine, in that she is definitely flawed, but fiercely loyal and strong minded.
My Hunted by the Others review:
It’s kind of strange to me, but Hunted by the Others felt so fresh and new in the paranormal urban fantasy genre, but it was actually released in 2010! I wonder if those stories that were the pre-cursors for books being released now had less pressure? I loved Shiarra, and I really enjoyed her friendship with Sara, too. And let me just say the character development is astounding! Shiarra starts out completely freaked out by every person who isn’t completely human. I didn’t get the feeling she was necessarily racist, she was just very afraid for her life, because all the supernaturals in this universe are both stronger and faster than mere humans, and if there was one thing Shiarra really wanted, it was to stay alive. However, as the story unfolds, Shiarra realizes that just like with humans, the others can be good or bad, or somewhere in between, and she finds herself trusting both a werewolf and a mage, and quickly sees the world in many different shades, rather than just black and white.
The world building is well done, because I really learned about the universe in Hunted by the Others as I went along with the story. There was no info-dumping, and I think this worked partly because Shiarra didn’t know all that much about the politics of weres, vampires or mages, and so, she asked a question here and there and listened carefully to the answers she were given. The story is pretty fast paced, there is a lot going on, both when it comes to searching for the focus, and with different sub-plots involving the focus, but also the people close to Shiarra. The ones she might actually agree to completely put her life on the line for.
Written in first person past tense, it was easy to follow Shiarra in her adventures, and impossible not to like her as she tried (and sometimes failed) at being bad-ass and strong. The fact that she never admitted defeat is partly what made me so fond of her, though, and I can’t wait to meet her again.
Some of my favorite Hunted by the Others quotes:
So. Why was I terrified of Royce, what with all of our progressive achievements where his kind were concerned? I like my bodily fluids just the way the are. Inside me.
I noted the low bookshelf in the corner had a curious mix of cookbooks and classic literature. Guess he was a fan of cheesecake and Shakespeare. Who knew?
I was shocked-but-not to see there was also a decent selection of cutlery on display in a glass case below the more mundane stakes and holy waters.
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