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Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils Joy in more ways than one. In their latest clash with Othersiders, the army of monsters nearly wiped them out. Apex City is safe for now. But within the city barriers, Joy must wage a different kind of war.

The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City, and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. Unused to playing political games, she has very few people she can truly trust - not even Josh, her first friend in Apex City, who broke up with her when it became too dangerous for a Psimon to be dating a Hunter.

Then Josh comes to Joy for help. He fears that Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, will soon use him in her twisted experiments designed to empower PsiCorps and render Hunters superfluous - a scheme that's already killed off dozens of Psimons. Joy manages to smuggle Josh to safety, but he cannot evade Drift forever.

As Joy faces ever more powerful Othersiders, she is helped by the most surprising ally imaginable - the same Folk Mage she once met in battle on the train to Apex City. But can Joy trust the most cunning and treacherous of all Othersiders?

In the thrilling finale to Mercedes Lackey's New York Times best-selling trilogy, Joy must risk everything to end a brutal war before she loses all she's ever loved.

©2017 Mercedes Lackey (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not as good as the first two

For some reason, the audio performer who seemed ok before annoyed me so much (weird cadence and pauses) that I had a hard time concentrating on the actual story.

The story itself was okay but not nearly as interesting as the first two books—primarily because the relationships between the characters felt so much less developed. Most of the focus was on the various battles and skirmishes. I can only stand so many “fighting monsters” scenes.

I’m assuming there’ll be a fourth book because it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. If there is, I’m still interested enough in the Joy’s story and the world in which the story is set to read on.

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"Meh" at best

I thought the concept was really cool, so I listen to all three. I have to say, I'm really disappointed in how it played out. I am not one to know what is going to happen or "who done it", if you will, but I found the writing to be so blatantly obvious in its setup for "big reveals" that I was frustrated in the main character for being so dim-witted. I knew who was going to die chapters before they did, I knew who the Big Bad was before I was halfway through this book, and was generally underwhelmed with the "look at me, I'm so sneaky and throwing a curveball and here is where it will go and you'll never see it coming in 3, 2, 1, now!" style of writing (and narration, to be frank) that I found myself listening out of passive habit more than interest. Not to mention the blatant use of deus ex machina to finish the final battle. It was a really big let-down, to be honest. It felt like the writer was just trying to finish the book by the deadline after leaving it to the last minute.
Additionally, the reader's choices in emphasis came off as really forced and was off-putting. She also had effectively the same voice for everyone who wasn't a female human, which got quite confusing at times.
In short, there were a LOT of great concepts that fell incredibly flat; it was disappointing.

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Great book

That’s was a great series my only issue keeping it from a five star was its to short

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Not Surprised!!

Awsome just like all of Mercedes Lackey's books. I look forward to more stories from the hunter universe.

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really good

I loved this story and the main character! However, the lady reading this book did a horrible job.

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  • JB
  • Rialto, CA USA
  • 07-25-18

Perfect End to the Trilogy

Apex had a very typical Mercedes Lackey ending. I will explain more later.

What I love about Mercedes Lackey is how the heroin discovers she has it in her all along to change the world. Joy without a doubt has changed the world around her.

I love how her and the lavender mage work together to bridge their worlds. The performance does a good job of differentiating voices just enough, and also conveying the emotion. You can here the panic and pain in Joy's voice when each new blow comes. This final chapter of the trilogy does a beautiful job of bring Joy into her full potential and becoming a leader in her own right.

By a very Mercedes Lackey ending, I mean that it is an ending that does not truly end the story. There is so much potential for Joy's future and Apex's future and she leaves that for you to imagine.

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I wish there were more in the series!

I loved this book. It had a great climax and the stakes always felt very real throughout the series. I was surprised by the ending, but it made complete sense. My biggest complaint is that I felt like there should have been another one after it, but apparently Lackey's publisher didn't want more! (And I'm sure they made her sign a contract that prevents her from self-publishing more in the series)

I like this narrator, and I really liked the character. Joy was smart, capable, and not whiny at all. Maybe she was a bit of a Mary Sue, but I never felt that way. I always felt like she solved problems not by being magically awesome (though she was a bit stronger than the others in general, I think) but by being level-headed and trusting her hounds.

It was a strong end to an enjoyable series.

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  • Karen-Lee
  • North Plains, OR, United States
  • 04-30-18

Great listen.

From the beginning to the end was captivating. Listen to all three books in three days.

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Imaginatively Created

Magic, Tech, post world war, different realms, what else could a story need or want?

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O...M...G....Sooo amazing!

It's not often that an audio book completely blows my mind but this was one of those times. I've LOVED the Hunter series but I'm always in fear of a great story losing it fire, that was certainly not the case with Apex. I typically listen to audio books before bed while wearing a sleep headset (basically a sleep mask and headset in one) and by the end of Apex this mask was soaking wet from me not being able to contain my emotions. I can not begin to say how impressed with both Mercedes Lackey's writing and Amy Landon's voiceover acting I am but what I can say is that if you want an amazing story full of intrigue, unique characters, emotion, action, and basically anything else you could dream of then I strongly suggest you pick up the Hunter series.