I love Mercedes Lackey's books, and this one is no exception. The main character, Joyeaux Charmand, is tough and competent enough to make fans of Katniss and Tris happy. There are plenty of ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties going bump in the night, and in the daytime, to keep action junkies satisfied. For those who like a little intrigue, there are plots and politics and rivalries to try and sort out. And there is even a possible romance, if you like something a little warmer and fuzzier to go with all the bullets and levin bolts flying around.
Try to imagine a world a bit like the movie "Priest" (the one with the specially trained monks that know how to kill the vampires), where humans live in enclaves together for protection. Those in Apex city are more like we are in today's world with video channels and food network, etc. Those out in the countryside are in self-sufficient villages that work together to survive. And everywhere else are the creatures from Otherside - things like hellhounds and goblins and drakken and tommyknockers. Apex is the main city for the government and military that have reorganized and fortified the area following the cataclysmic breakthrough by magical beings and monsters into our world (similar to "Pacific Rim"). Joy's uncle happens to be the Prefect of the police force in Apex and is one of the most powerful men in the city, alongside the civilian Premier Rayne and the military's General Priam.
Joy is a Hunter - she has "hounds" who are actually creatures from Otherside that help humans fight the creatures that like to eat people. She has been raised in a village in the Rockies, but is summoned to Apex by her uncle. And that's when the fun really begins... I look forward to seeing how the story develops as the series continues, because it is off to a great start.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.