Review: Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss #2) by Marjorie M. Liu

Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss #2) by Marjorie M. Liu
Adult Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 303 pgs.
Published June 30th, 2009 by Ace
Source: Purchased

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss, inked with living tattoos, is on a mission to rescue the man she loves from a bloodthirsty army. To save him, Maxine has only one choice: to lose control-and release her own powers of darkness.

Yikes!  So many crazy emotions come from this one.  Some good and some bad and all very strong!  I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster while reading it and it wasn’t all good…

 I like Maxine.  I like her strong backbone, her strength that she fears she’s losing or doesn’t have enough of.  I love that even when a voice tells her to not grow close to anyone she doesn’t listen.  She needs people and I don’t think she’d survive on her own.  Although, she always has her faithful companions,  the ‘boys’.  The ‘boys’ are tattoos when it’s daylight and they are little dragon like things at night.  They are her protection.  They are her best friends. They are everything to her.  And they are the best part of the story.  Zee is the only one that can talk but they are all smart as in they understand language and all that.  They are like steel when on Maxine’s body.  She can be hit by a bus and not be harmed.  When they are off her body at night they are fast and they can protect her from nearly everything.  They can eat anything (knives, guns, etc). 

Grant is Maxine’s boyfriend.  In the first book he wasn’t as important but he was there and I saw the love they had for each other.  In this book we see much more.  We find out more about Grant and his power and who he is.  And he’s pretty freaking amazing.  I love that he’s just part of her, there’s no struggle in their relationship other then Maxine being afraid she’s going to get him killed cause she’s a target for demons and other such things.  Grant is also different as in he’s not some kick ass dude.  He’s of a gentle nature and all about saving everyone he can.  He’s got a bum leg and walks with a cane.  He’s a great character, I seriously love him.

The romance wasn’t a focus in the story, it just was.  They love each other and every time they were together we really feel the connection.  There isn’t any sex or anything.  But just the gentle kisses when they feel like they are going to drop dead or thought they had lost the other, etc were perfect.  I really liked how it was done in a way that made it not a focus but yet so important.

This book takes place all over the world.  Lots of traveling through space and landing in weird places. Home is Seattle, but they spend very little time there in this book.

It has constant action with no break.  Incredibly stressful and they are nearly killed over and over again.  Weird and twisted and extremely twisted things after them.  Very gruesome and gory scenes.   It was so constant as far as the action goes that it was actually too much.  I needed things to slow down a bit.  It seemed like every page Maxine nearly dies.  

The book was very dark.  I like there to be some lightness, some humor thrown in my urban fantasy,  and this doesn’t have that.  Zee and the other boys (her tattoos, protection, etc) did put a smile on my face a few times as they are just adorable (even though they are suppose to be really scary, their mannerisms just made me smile) but other then that there wasn’t anything to lighten things up.  Well, I guess the love between Maxine and Grant lightens it a bit, but not enough.  

 I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book.  I really love the world building and concept.  I like the characters and the plot is good but I really wish it was just a bit lighter and the action was toned down a bit.  I love, love, love Zee and the other boys though.  Overall it was a good read, I think I’ll just take a bit of a break before I pick the next one up.

3/5 stars

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  1. I’m a little in love with Grant already. He’s kind of a beta hero, and for some reason in urban fantasy that really works for me. In romance, I tend to gravitate toward the super alpha heroes. Seems like it’s an intense series though, definitely one you kind of have to mentally prepare for and wind down after reading. Awesome review Candace!

  2. I don’t think I’ve read this series… (sadly, a lot of the UF are blending together for me! But I just love them so much). I do appreciate a bit of humor in my UF, it just lightens all that darkness. Despite that, I might have to check this series out!

  3. Oh i would love to learn more about Grant now! I confess I had mixed feelings for the first one and if it’s the same for this one I wonder what it will be for the third. But I’ll surely read it though.

  4. I remember you really liking the first book in this series so I’m sorry this one was just a little too much at certain points.

    I have to say that even though this one only got a 3 for you that the review sounds very positive. It sounds like the boys are great and that the romance is just enough. I admit I do like a little smut so I would like to see more than just a few kisses but it is better than sex overtaking the whole storyline.

    Like I said even though you had some issues with this one the good things sound like things I would greatly enjoy. I’m going to have to add this series to my wish list. Maybe one day I’ll even get to read it lol

    Thanks for the great review!

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