The Hunters by Heidi Angell
Chris and three of his and his brother’s local band of vampire hunters are out actually “hunting” for the first time rather than “watching” the vampires that have begun to take over their small town. At home, his older brother waits with the rest of the hunters.
Chris, once the school geek, is now respected for his knowledge of all things vampire. He is the leader of this first real mission to kill vampires. Almost immediately, things go awry. Terah is killed and Chris is attacked. The others are attacked from all sides in what is clearly an ambush. When the situation looks entirely hopeless, two strangers come to the rescue. The man, Havoc, heals Chris, while Fury drives them away from the scene.
The two strangers are clearly experts in battle, far more experienced than the eight young people trying to fight the town’s vampire population.
Chris begs Fury to train his own band of hunters, to no avail. As Fury and Havoc attempt to separate themselves from Chris and his small gang, yet another surprise awaits them, resulting in the two groups being forced to work together for a time. Curiosity, fear, and speculation are all in abundance as people begun to suspect that Fury and Havoc may not be exactly human.
Heidi Angell is a master at suspense. She successfully keeps the reader entertained page after page. The characters were engaging and well-developed, the text well-written. There was a range of emotions from humor to sadness. The reader actually cares about the characters, especially the primaries.
While I thoroughly enjoyed The Hunters, I was dissatisfied with the ending. It seemed rather anticlimactic after all the action and entertainment throughout the rest of the book. While I fully expect a sequel, I still expected an actual ending. Still, it’s a book, I’ll re-read.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review (in association with Goodreads’ Read for Review program).