The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1) by Marjorie M. Liu
Book Blurb: Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities…tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons. I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss. By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own- demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. It’s the only way to live, and the very way she’ll die. For one day her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival- leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies. But such is the way of Earth’s last protector- the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from the prison veil. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment- and one man- changes everything…
Mini Review: I was a little confused at first reading this. I felt like I had missed a book even though this is officially the 1st book in the series. Turns out the author wrote a short story (Hunter’s Kiss) as part of an anthology (Wild Thing) that occurs chronologically before this book and tells how Maxine met Grant.
I found the concept of this book to be interesting (demon tattoos that protect Maxine during the day and peel of her skin at night to fight with her), but the story felt a little more straight fantasy than urban fantasy despite the modern setting. The romantic elements were also almost non-existent, which was disappointing. Those are minor complaints though. I’m still looking forward to reading the next book.