Hunter Kiss, by Marjorie M. Liu
April 27, 2009
“Hunter Kiss” is the short story that introduces Maxine Kiss, the heroine of Marjorie M. Liu’s new-ish urban fantasy series. Maxine fights evil with the help of a group of small demons who fight beside her by night and shield her by day in the form of elaborate tattoos. It was published in an anthology called Wild Thing, which my library doesn’t have. And because of my strict “no buying anthologies for the sake of one story” rule, I hadn’t had a chance to read this one even though I really enjoyed The Iron Hunt (my review).
But I recently discovered that “Hunter Kiss” is available as a standalone e-book! Yay! Links to several different formats are available on Liu’s website.
The story is a good introduction to the characters, and now some aspects of The Iron Hunt make more sense to me. I will say that Maxine and Grant’s relationship seems rushed, but at least there are reasons that may make sense. The second book in the series, Darkness Calls, will be out at the end of June, so now would be a great time to try the story and still have time to make it through the first book before the sequel arrives.