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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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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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"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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  • Just Jon
  • Oak Ridge, PA United States
  • 12-14-17

A fitting end to the series

Once again, the performance by Amy Landon was excellent. The story was solid, and aside from one hiccup at the end, satisfyingly bright.

I always appreciate Ms. Lackey's stories, and this is another solid turn.

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Great continuation

This was a great next chapter in the series. I listen in my car, for this book I made extra trips and took the long roads to keep listening. I really enjoy her characterizations and the depth of feeling that she creates with her stories. I can't wait for the next installment

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scrutiny

The story is great, but if you are the type to pay close attention to detail, you will find holes in the facts presented here compared to the other books. It is also not as funny as the second in the series, but more epic.

[Slight spoilers of where I found inconsistencies]
which of the hounds is the largest?
Has the Folk bamfed before this book?
How much mana does it take to feed a hound?

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fun

I read all 3 books 1 right after the other and enjoyed the whole story

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Great Story,

Very good series, kept me interested in what was going to happen the while time. The narrator did a great job too!

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Great ending to the trilogy.

I really liked all 3 books and found this book to be a very satisfying ending to the story. The reader was good and only confused her characters a couple times. It wasn't enough to be more than a short annoyance. I have plans on listening to the trilogy several more times. Thank you, Ms. Lackey, for another wonderful series.

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OK, Well Delivered!

I really appreciate the proper development of characters and the full explination of plot within story telling...Mercedes Lackey delivered. This book had me stuck to every word, the suspense was great and the full on drama of it all was a work of art. I wanted a little more detail at the conclusion, however that just leaves us wanting MORE...so when is the next book?