REVIEW: ‘Darkness Calls’ by Marjorie M. Liu

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Ace

Release Date: June 30, 2009

Series: Hunter Kiss

HAUNTED BY THE PAST, DETERMINED TO CHANGE THE FUTURE

“Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied on herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, and the predators – human, zombie, and otherwise – who threaten the earth. One man has managed to get through her protective isolation, but Grant isn’t just special to her. He’s the last of his people, and can use music to control any living creature…including demons. And now that they’ve found him, his life is in danger. 
Maxine follows Grant’s trail through night-bound cities and underground clubs, ending up in an ice palace lost in a fold of time. She comes to understand that to save Grant, she has only one choice – to lose control, and release her own powers of darkness. But a great evil is coming, and Maxine has more to lose than love.”

Praise For The Hunter Kiss Sequence
‘From the imagination of one of today’s most talented authors comes a mesmerizing, darkly disturbing world’ – Romantic Times
‘Excellent…I look forward to reading the further adventures of Maxine Kiss’ – sfrevu.com

My Thoughts
‘Darkness Calls’ is probably the best book from the Hunter Kiss series. It certainly took a while till the story and the characters grew on me, but the sequel to ‘The Iron Hunt’ is remarkable!
The plot, the new characters, and the ever-present Maxine and Grant made this book a success! I loved every minute of reading this book and I finally understand how Maxine works. She’s a very complex character and it took me some time to get to know her. To some it might seem pretty straightforward, but the inner conflict Maxine had to face this time, was utterly mind-blowing.
We all know love is complicated, but when you have to fight a darkness inside you, and keep the person you love safe, all at the same time, it becomes almost impossible. Maxine had to face that and so much more! Of course, she still had the help of the little demon bodyguards: Zee, Raw, Aaz, Dek and Mal – I love these boys, I’ll definitely be thinking about them for some time now. Because of them, I’ll always start laughing when a Bon Jovi songs comes on the radio.
Grant is also not your normal human as I thought he was. As some of you may recall from my previous reviews of the series, I was not very fond of Grant. Past tense. He has a bigger role in this book and I understand now why Marjorie M. Liu paired these two! I used to think Maxine didn’t really need Grant, he didn’t really complete her. He was just the guy she liked and she was this bad-ass demon hunter.
I won’t say more because I’d hate to spoil the fun for you all, but this is definitely a great book and I can’t wait to read the next part in the series.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – 4 hearts!

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