Review: Hunter’s Rise by Shiloh Walker (The Hunters #14)
April 3 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Toronto
Kick Ass Chick – Sylvia
From Goodreads –
His past is a mystery, even to him-a werewolf with memories so lost in a fog that even the Hunter’s healers cannot help him. More than a century ago, Toronto awakened on an unfamiliar street, naked and alone- and dogged by the unanswered questions of his enigmatic existence.
The vampire Sylvia is no Hunter. She’s a mercenary who just barely skates this side of what the Hunters consider acceptable. All she wants is to hunt her quarry, and make a lot of money. Her newest prey is a devious killer. But her newest complication is of a more intimate sort: a blonde, blue-eyed werewolf who interferes with her plans in so many exquisite ways.
Hunter’s Rise is the 14th book in Shiloh Walker’s The Hunters series. This is the first book that I read so that shows you that you don’t have to read this series in order. Not once did I feel lost or lacking any information as Shiloh does a good job filling us in on all the details we require.
In Hunter’s Rise, we follow Toronto (yes that is his name) as he tries to piece together his past and as he meets the perfect woman for him. Really, I felt that Sylvia was just that: his perfect mate.
But let’s go back a little bit…
Toronto was found, pretty much dead, when he was young. He had been brutally attacked and bitten by multiple werewolves. After being nursed to health by Nessa, the strongest witch out there (her character was a hoot by the way) he only knows that he is now a werewolf himself. He has no recollection of his past…at all. So he names himself after the city where he was found: Toronto. I liked how intense Toronto was but I found him a tad annoying in the first few chapters. This story is told using a third person perspective so we get to see things from many different points of view. That means we got to hear how Toronto was found and how he remembers nothing from many different people and many different times in the first part of the book. I realize that Toronto was introduced this way so we truly understand what he went and still going through and also to gain our sympathy, but it’s hard to feel pity for a character when he bugs you. Oh, and this attack happened over a hundred years ago. Yeah… Soon enough though he meets Sylvia and they focus on the case they are trying to solve together and that’s when Toronto shines. He’s not so ‘woe is me’ and is more focused on what needs to get done. I also like where his story ends up at the end of the book. It’s very fitting.
Sylvia has such a terrible backstory…but she’s not all whiny like Toronto is. She’s a vampire and I like how vampires and werewolves interact in this series. She is a strong woman and a hired killer. But she’s picky about who she goes after – does lots of research first to make sure she’s not being taken – and makes sure she only goes after the worst of the worst. That made me like her all the more. Basically, she’s a vigilante that gets paid lots of money to viligante. (That is so a word) Toronto is also working the same case but on a more official capacity seeing that he is a Hunter, something like ‘paranormal police’. Once they meet, they strike a bargain and decide to work together. That really is when the story picks up.
The mystery part of this book is well done. You can’t really piece any of it until the very last moment. It’s not a fluffy mystery as it involves teenagers and evil men doing evil things to them – really evil – but how everything fits together is a real surprise. Even when you are sure you know how all the pieces fit, you find out that you are slightly off. And I liked that.
Near the end was a little odd and unexpected but the very end is sweet. I like how it all wraps up and I really feel as though this couple deserve a HEA together.
There is one character that I truly enjoyed. Angel was awesome. I won’t go into it because I think her role and her character as a whole is best if you go into this book not knowing too much so I’ll just say that her role and her character is great. *g*
All in all, I enjoyed Hunter’s Rise. Even with its few issues, I’m glad I read it. Sylvia and Toronto are a strong couple and the mystery is really interesting. It’s a solid read that will have me checking out Shiloh’s books again in the future.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’Come on, Hunter. Let’s get this done.’
‘I’ve got a name,’ he said mildly.
‘Yeah. A weird one.’”
“Sighing, she pulled away from the curb. ‘Sometimes, you really make me want to hit you’
‘Only sometimes?’ He squeezed her waist. “Hell, that means we could be like the best of friends. Most people who know me want to hit me all the time.’”
“Hearing a footstep, he looked up as he popped the last bit on the steak into his mouth. And he almost choked when he saw her standing there. Dumping the plate on the counter, he grabbed a glass of water he’s poured earlier and gulped it down like he was dying of thirst.
She was wearing one of his shirts.
Fuck, what was it about a woman in a man’s shirt, anyway? How could they look so good in a stupid T-shirt?