Blog tour: HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey ~ Tales of the Ravenous Reader

blogger-image-291269517-9401642 blogger-image-907085701-6192510 Title: HUNTER

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Pub. Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 384

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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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. 

blogger-image-854853130-5473784 About Mercedes:

Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her “spare” time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

Find Mercedes on the web: 

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5 winners will receive a finished copy of HUNTER. US Only.

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 Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her “spare” time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

Find Mercedes on the web: 

Website|Twitter|Facebook|Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of HUNTER. US Only.

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Tales of A Ravenous Reader Guest Post Topics 

Top 10 favorite fantasy novels and why.

In no particular order:

The Witch World Series by Andre Norton

Andre Norton’s books were some of the first fantasy and science fiction books I ever read once I got into the “adult”section of the library (yes, in those benighted days kids under 12 were not allowed to take books out of the adult section without special permission!)  I absolutely adored the first book, and the rest of the Witch World books that followed.  Up until this point Andre had been known primarily as a science fiction author, but these books solidified her reputation and made her one of the important writers of fantasy too.

Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore

Written when fantasy was mostly of the iron-thewed Conan barbarian sort, C.L. Moore’s collection of Jirel stories centered on a female swordswinger, and not the sort to prance around in a chain-mail bikini.  Jirel is certainly the grandmother of Xena and three quarters of the heroines in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress short story collections.  For once the princess was rescuing herself.

The Notorious Abess by Vera Chapman

This collection of 12 connected stories about the Abbess Hodierna of Shaston are not about some retiring nun.  The Abbess–no retired, cloistered lady–journeys back and forth between England and the Holy Land, battling demons, solving crimes, and aiding lovers.  If Jirel of Joiry had taken holy orders, she might have looked something like Hodierna.  Chapman’s Arthurian books are better known (one of them was turned into the animated move The Quest For Camelot), but I like Hodierna’s moxy the most.

Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling

Although Kipling is better known for his Jungle Book, I think this is the better book.  Puck either takes two siblings back in time to meet people who were around during seminal times in England’s history, or brings their spirits forward.  You decide!  The sequel, Rewards and Fairies, is just as good.

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

I adore this book—and so does J. K. Rowling.  Another book about a girl who takes matters and her life into her own hands in order to make things right.  Are you sensing a theme here?

Moonheart by Charles de Lint

This book more or less cemented my desire to become a fantasy writer.  If I could write as well on my best day as de Lint does on his worst, I would be a very happy author.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I am an unabashed Potter fan.  But of course, to my mind, the real heroine of the saga is Hermione.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

This version of the Arthurian saga is pretty much the one most people think of when they think of “King Arthur.”  I love White’s sense of humor, and his wonderful worldbuilding.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ll forgive him for making it mostly a boy’s club because of Samwise Gamgee, Eowyn, and Galadriel.

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle

If you don’t like this book, your soul is a shriveled, nasty little raisin and you have no heart.  

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