Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review ~ Immortal Hunter ( Extinction Underground #2) ~ Kait Ballenger

Title: Immortal Hunter

Author: Kait Ballenger

Published:  April 1st

By: Harlequin

First line: David Aronowitz unsheathed his dagger and studied the weapon.

Last line:  One day you'll even be able to look back on the memories of carrying him and be able to smile.

Source: netgalley

* This is an adult read

Synopsis: Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground, and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

I have to admit when I got this book through netgalley I was completely unaware that this was the second book in the series.  In fact I'd read the whole book before I found out.  The book definitely stands alone but now I know it's #2 I'll be going back to find number one.

I loved the relationship between Allsun and David.  They've lived and loved and fallen apart in a spectacularly messy fashion. There's a lot of history behind the split, most of which David is blissfully unaware of and I was a bit frustrated at how he was kept in the dark for so long, although I guess I can also understand Allsun's perspective.   That said, the bond between them is a strong one and it only serves to carry the plot forward.  The same can be said for the other major players and now, knowing that this is a series there are several other characters I'll be looking forward to reading about. Ballenger creates a group of fully rounded characters in this book and she leaves you intrigued about each and every one of them. I'm particularly looking forward to reading more about Damon.

Yes, this is a demon hunter series but there are aspects to this book that make it stand apart from other series I've read. The group has links to individuals in the wider community, the methods they use to fight differ in design and the nature of demon possessions is well detailed.  The storyline is well though through and it's clear that there are bigger dirtier battles waiting to be fought.

4/5 I can't wait for the next book in the series!


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