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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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"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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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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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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Amazing!!!!! Never disappoints!!

Truly very cool story writing and exceptional reading. With both amazing women together every book Is a success

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The Story Continues

I enjoyed the third installment of the Hunter series. The pace of the story kept me turning the pages. Suspected villains confirmed, relationships reaffirmed and the world setting made wider.

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Entertaining ending

I love the creative magic, the hounds, all the different characters! Overall a satisfactory ending to an imaginative story. Scenes did feel skimpy to me left me craving more detail. I got "I put a shield up" or "quick and dirty summons" vs giving me a nice detailed description of Joy's glyphs and spell casting. Vibe feels very military, I would have enjoyed new magic sci-fi elements. I cringed over some of the diolgue, and rolled my eyes at the hard focus on drift/psimons. If theirs a next book Id buy it. How about a steamy action-romance featuring Mr. mysterious lavender stud muffin and our brave heroin?

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A Gem

Lackey hits it out of the park again with the third in her Hunter Series. I eagerly awaited this and in the end, I was left wanting to live in this world longer and with questions that could still be answered by didn't really have to be. I don't know if there is another book planned, but she left it so that all of the major questions are answered, but there are other things that could be done. There are villains that could be captured, but don't really have to be in order to feel complete. There are a few open questions that have been vaguely answered but fans of the world would love to see more completely answered. This is not a book where you wonder if the main character will succeed, only how it will happen, but I still feel stress during the trials she faces and that secure knowledge of her eventual success does not alleviate any of the tension that Lackey creates.

The narrator does a great job here adding to the celebratory job, the fatigue, and the tension.

A great addition to this series and proof once again that Lackey remains a master of her genre.

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Just AWESOME

Every book in this series was awesome. I would expect no less from Mercedes Lackey. I could NOT put this down. you cannot help but feel for the characters, the situation, the world she built.

while this book seemed to wrap most things up there is enough left unsaid and unfinished that I dearly hope for another book.

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loved it

Excellent hope to see more in this series. Have liked everything I have read from this author this is no exception

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Incredible!

What a great climax to the trilogy. As always in this trilogy, it kept me guessing. Some pieces I got, others, well, I missed entirely. The final battle scene was a twist that I didn't see coming at all. I loved the way it ended - still some things that could foretell another book (which I would be happy to see!), yet hope, and a resetting back to 'normal'.

Although this could be considered YA, and had the obligatory romance, it did not drip in hormones, nor make the entire story about the love interest. The story focused on the plot, and on the big picture.

What a wonderful trilogy. I hope there is more to come. And can I say, I LOVE the hounds. Bring on more hounds!