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Hunted By The Others

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Jess Haines

Haines's mediocre debut rounds up the usual urban fantasy suspects and locks them into a plodding PI story. Shiarra Waynest runs a detective agency in an alternate New York where werewolves, vampires, and magi came out in the aftermath of 9/11. She and … see full wiki

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Author: Jess Haines
Publisher: Zebra
1 review about Hunted By The Others

A paranormal world that sucks you in, characters you actually care about, romantic tension that truly sizzles

  • May 4, 2010
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HUNTED BY THE OTHERS reminded me why I fell in love with the urban fantasy genre in the first place.

Shiarra Waynest is about to lose her P.I business because she can't pay her bills. Rather then be seen as a failure in the eyes of her family, she accepts a case from a client who's willing to pay big. The only problem is that the client is a Mage and the job involves getting close enough to steal from Alex Royce, the most powerful Vampire in New York. Working for the Others (e.g. Vampires, Weres, Mages, Elves etc.) isn't exactly high on Shia's to do list. In fact it ranks just above getting back together with her lying Were ex-boyfriend. But she really needs the money. Soon, Shia finds herself shopping at The Circle's armory and outfitted by the White Hats underground anti-Other store as she prepares for a showdown with something worse than the Vampires and Weres put together--the person who's controlling them.

Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series will love the world building in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS. Immediately following the attacks on 9/11, the Others seized the opportunity to reveal their existence to the world. Weres were among those rescuing people at ground zero, and Mages provided significant financial aid to prevent economic collapse in the days that followed. These efforts greatly helped ease public acceptance of the Others, but fear and hatred resulted in forming groups like the White Hats who's sole purpose was to eradicate the Others from the face of the earth.

While the fanatics formed several hate groups, the more sane yet cautious members of society sought out political means of protecting themselves: laws. One of the more interesting legal arrangements allows humans to contractually sign their lives away to Others (the Others have lawyers too). These forms have to be signed prior to any kind of intimate (pleasant or otherwise) contact between humans and Others. These legal arrangements make for some very interesting and terrifying (depending on your perspective) scenes in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS.

Shiarra isn't a White Hat nor is she exactly ready to cozy up with the Others (at least not knowingly). She's just a normal person who unwillingly gets caught up in a power struggle between the Others. She exhibits real fear in the face of danger, but she never lets that fear paralyze her. She forces herself to be brave (along with some encouragement and a healthy dose of magic from a possessed Vampire Hunter's belt, that is) when those she cares about are in danger.

And speaking of danger, Alex Royce is seductive and scary (which according to a recent Throwdown makes him the best kind of Vampire). Half the time he is stalking Shia I don't think even he knew if he wanted to eat her or sleep with her. So, yeah, plenty of romantic tension here. I can't wait to see where that relationship goes in the next book.

HUNTED BY THE OTHERS is everything you want in an urban fantasy: A paranormal world that sucks you in, characters you actually care about, romantic tension that truly sizzles, and did I mention Royce? Taken By The Others (H&W Investigations, book 2) is tentatively scheduled for release December 2010/January 2011, and I'm already counting down the days.

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