Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Mortal Bone by Marjorie M Liu

The Mortal Bone is the fourth novel in the Hunter Kiss Series which features Maxine Kiss as a hunter from a long line of women that were created to fight demons and keep humanity safe.
She does so with the so called Reaper Kings Aaz, Zee, Dek, Mal, and Raw at her side, or should I say, attached to her skin like tattoos which make her immortal from Dawn until Dusk.

When the story picks up, Maxine and Grant are now married and have been away from Seattle for the past month on their honeymoon. Spending time in her Texas home where her mother died an awful death; Maxine receives a very strange package containing a crystal skull that is obviously not from earth.

Who would send her such a thing, and why? Facing the inevitable, Maxine and Grant return to Seattle where Rex receives a message in a bottle through the Labyrinth which contains a rose. The rose has supposedly been sent by her mother who asks Maxine to forgive her father for whom she’s never met.

Upon toughing the rose, Maxine and the Reaper kings are ripped apart from each other and Maxine finds herself near death. Thankfully she has Grant’s healing abilities and survives and is determined to find out why she was cut off from the Reaper kings.

One of my favorite moments of the book:
“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate”, I muttered.”
“Yoda from Star Wars?” Grant asks.
“Hate leads to suffering.” I met his gaze. “Yoda knows his shit, man.”

This is a book about revelations, end of storylines, as well as the revelation of who Maxine’s father really is and why he plays such an important role in the outcome of this book as well as the return of the boys to Maxine’s “prison.”

Grant, the only Lightbringer, becomes even more powerful over the course of the book. Grant has the ability to calm minds, cure addiction, and give hope to the hopeless. He can also, it seems, bind demons to his will which averts a major war and invasion.

The fact remains that I read this series because of Zee and the boys. Zee, as always, is the spokes demon for the group and yes, he does keep secrets from Maxine. The Reaper Kings were said to be devours of worlds, as well as protectors of Maxine’s line until they have a daughter of their own. I love the fact that they can pull items from nowhere, like teddy bears and beers, and down them without any thoughts to what they are doing.

For me, I felt a certain closure with this book especially since Maxine is now pregnant with her own daughter. Not sure if that is true or not, but the way the book is left off, you would need some serious designs on a new story loop for the series to continue.

Product Details
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace (12-27-11)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1937007188

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