Monday, January 1, 2018

Book Review: 'The Lycan Hunter' by Kelsey Jordan


Will the tension between Lycans and Hunters end, or explode with renewed hostility?
Ms. Jordan did a brilliant job of crafting a beautiful world full of interesting and unique characters. She clearly spent a lot of time precisely organizing the lifestyles and histories of the gods, Lycans, and Hunters. She even provides a glossary at the end of the book, which I enjoyed. Provided with such excellent detail, I was able to completely immerse myself in the Ms. Jordan’s book.
Alexis definitely has my sympathy. She has spent her entire life trying to prove worth to people who should have loved her unconditionally. Alexis is clearly emotionally damaged from her upbringing. However, I was very pleased to watch her begin to heal once she met Kyran. The Hunter lifestyle is shocking in its stark lack of love or compassion of any kind, so when Alexis meets Kyran’s pack, she experiences a huge cultural shock. After reading the blurb, I expected a lot of opposition concerning Kyran and Alexis from both Hunters and Lycans. However, there was very little opposition from Kyran’s pack. I found this surprising since the Hunters are ruthless in their attempts to eradicate Lycans. However, Kyran’s pack really embrace Alexis as one of their own, which is something Alexis never even experienced with her own family.
I’m not really sure how I feel about the gods. They remind me of the Greek gods in that they are very human in their behavior. The gods and their motivations are extremely murky and they apparently have no qualms about interfering with the lives of Lycans and Hunters alike. The gods also clearly have some big agenda for Alexis and they seem to do whatever they like regardless of whether or not she is ready for it. Lykil, the god of destruction, is the most intriguing god. He has taken a liking to Alexis, and I’m curious to see what role he will play in her life.
I’m not exactly sure what to make of the prophecy regarding Lycans and Hunters. Kyran and Alexis seemed to be on the right track, but that didn’t exactly pan out how I thought it would. Again, the gods are confusing in their behavior. I’m very curious about what happens next to Alexis and Kyran. Are they still the key to ending the war, or have they completely misunderstood the meaning of the prophecy?
I hope Ms. Jordan has a sequel in the works because I have a feeling that once readers get a taste of the Gardinian world, they’ll be hungry for more.

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