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The Hunter

Theresa Meyers

ISBN 9781420125566
Publish Date 11/1/2011
Format ePub
Categories Kensington Ebooks, Fantasy/Para
List Price: $1.99

They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous…

A Devil Of A Job


Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?

“Meyers puts the steam in steampunk.” --Cherry Adair

About Theresa Meyers:

Raised by a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned the family dining room into a library, Theresa Meyers learned early the value of books and a good china teapot. A former journalist and public relations officer, she found far more enjoyment using her writing skills to pen paranormal novels in the turret office of her Victorian home. She’s spent nearly a quarter of a century with the boy who took her to the Prom, takes her tea with milk and sugar, is an adamant fan of the television show Supernatural, and has an indecent love of hats.

Average Customer Review

Based on 5 reviews


Customer Review

Well-written entertaining read (Thursday, January 5, 2012)
Reviewer: I'm A Voracious Reader

Winchester, Remington and Colt Jackson are the Chosen. Or are they? They don’t believe so. They believe they are just Hunters. Those who keep humanity safe from supernaturals. However, every supernatural, also known as the Darkin, do believe it especially a part vampire, part fallen archangel demon lord named Rathe. He wants the Book of Legend, so that he can rule Earth and the Jackson brothers are the keepers of 1/3 of it. Rathe sends Lilly, a succubus, to Colt when Colt summons a demon to help him in his search for his family’s portion of the book. And then the fun begins.

I enjoyed this book very much since it was a bit like reading an Indiana Jones or The Mummy story (both movies loved by me) where they race to find an artifact. The characters were well-fleshed (and yummylicious!) and easy to picture in my head. The story flowed smoothly with no noticeable hiccups. The action was fast-paced and not overdone. The characters are likeable except for Rathe, of course. He’s not meant to be liked and boy, oh boy, I can’t wait to see him get his.

This is part one of three parts, one for each brother as they each look for 1/3 of the book. If they are the Chosen, and they’re certainly not admitting that they are, then they need all three portions of the book and all three brothers to seal the Gates of Nyx and keep the Darkin, Rathe in particular, out of the realm of humanity.

I can’t wait for Winchester’s book, ‘The Slayer’ due out in April followed by Remington’s book, ‘The Chosen’ due out in December. Bring it!

*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. A disclaimer is on my blog.

Great Adventure! (Friday, December 2, 2011)
Reviewer: Kelsey O.

The Jackson brothers are considered the Chosen. Winchester, Remington and Colt were trained to hunt down supernatural beings. In the first book in this trilogy we are introduced to Colt Jackson, the youngest of the three brothers. Meyers starts the book with Colt’s first experience with a demon and right away we are shown the bravery inside of him. You also see that Colt has always felt left behind because his father tried to protect him from the world that his brothers were already deep into. Unfortunately, a demon took that choice away from Cy and he was forced to train his youngest to be a hunter like his brothers.

Now Colt only knows hunting and strives to live up to his father’s notorious reputation. He is an outlaw whereas his brothers have set up shop in respectable jobs and have turned their back on the hunting life. Colt feels it is his responsibility to find all the pieces to the Book of Legion before humanity perishes. To do this, he must pair up with a demon. The demon who shoes up is a feisty succubus, Lily, with an agenda of her own.

Lilly has been studying the legend looking for a way out of her bargain with Rathe (part vampire, part archangel and all demon lord) who made her a succubus after offering a deal to save her sister. Rathe has his own agenda, revenge, against Colt after he killed his baby girl (who was a vampire). Knowing that eventually Colt will succumb to Lilly’s advances, he sends her to help Colt find his piece of the Book.

Neither banked on falling in love and on this Indiana Jones adventure find that they will do anything to save each other’s life. Loved all the fun steampunk attributes of this book combined with a western theme. Marley Turlock was one of my favorite characters. He is the inventor that builds all the Jackson boys toys. The best one is Tempus, the mechanical horse, of Colts. If you love steampunk you will love The Hunter and will look forward to the next book and reading about another delicious Jackson brother!

Great Adventure! (Sunday, November 27, 2011)
Reviewer: Kelsey O.

The Jackson brothers are considered the Chosen. Winchester, Remington and Colt were trained to hunt down supernatural beings. In the first book in this trilogy we are introduced to Colt Jackson, the youngest of the three brothers. Meyers starts the book with Colt’s first experience with a demon and right away we are shown the bravery inside of him. You also see that Colt has always felt left behind because his father tried to protect him from the world that his brothers were already deep into. Unfortunately, a demon took that choice away from Cy and he was forced to train his youngest to be a hunter like his brothers.

Now Colt only knows hunting and strives to live up to his father’s notorious reputation. He is an outlaw whereas his brothers have set up shop in respectable jobs and have turned their back on the hunting life. Colt feels it is his responsibility to find all the pieces to the Book of Legion before humanity perishes. To do this, he must pair up with a demon. The demon who shoes up is a feisty succubus, Lily, with an agenda of her own.

Lilly has been studying the legend looking for a way out of her bargain with Rathe (part vampire, part archangel and all demon lord) who made her a succubus after offering a deal to save her sister. Rathe has his own agenda, revenge, against Colt after he killed his baby girl (who was a vampire). Knowing that eventually Colt will succumb to Lilly’s advances, he sends her to help Colt find his piece of the Book.

Neither banked on falling in love and on this Indiana Jones adventure find that they will do anything to save each other’s life. Loved all the fun steampunk attributes of this book combined with a western theme. Marley Turlock was one of my favorite characters. He is the inventor that builds all the Jackson boys toys. The best one is Tempus, the mechanical horse, of Colts. If you love steampunk you will love The Hunter and will look forward to the next book and reading about another delicious Jackson brother!

Good beginning to series (Thursday, November 17, 2011)
Reviewer: Mel Thomas

The Hunter is the first book in The Legend Chronicles trilogy by Theresa Meyers. Winchester, Remington and Colt Jackson are brothers with a huge destiny to fulfill. They are hunters of all things supernatural; demons, vampires, shape shifters, etc. They are the prophesied Chosen; believed to be the ones to put the ancient Book of Legend back together after thousands of years. In the hands of the Chosen the Book of Legend will close the gates of Nyx but in the hands of a demon the gates will open completely and it will be hell on earth.

The Hunter takes place in 1887 and tells the story of Colt, the youngest of the Jackson boys and the most dedicated and skilled of the family. He sets out on Tempus, his mechanical horse, to locate the first part of the book and must rely on a demon to help him open a door to where he believes his father's portion of the book is stored. He summons a demon but wasn't expecting to get the beautiful succubus, Lilly. She is unlike any Darkin he has ever been around or heard of. She seems to have retained some of her humanity and ends up turning his world upside down.

In her twenty-five years of servitude to the arch demon Lord, Rathe, Lilly has learned a lot about the legend of the Chosen. When Rathe demands that she not only steal the pages from Colt but also take his soul she has mixed emotions. She believes Colt to be one of the Chosen and thinks that he is her salvation. If she helps him maybe he can help her become human again.

I'm not big on Westerns and had never read anything with steampunk elements before. That being said, it was fun and I like that it seemed to be inspired by one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Supernatural. I enjoyed the characters especially the mad scientist, Marley. His inventions were incredibly cool. The story arc and development were good but it seemed overly descriptive at times. I guess when describing gears and gadgets it has to be vivid but there were times I just found it annoying. I like the concept of this series and I will continue on with it but I'm not sure if I will read more in the steampunk genre. I just don't think it's for me. What saved this book for me were the supernatural elements.

Great start to an exciting series! (Wednesday, November 2, 2011)
Reviewer: Toni S.

My review is 3.5 stars.

The Hunter has nonstop action with a bit of sexual tension thrown in.

For the last ten years, Colt Jackson has known about the supernatural world. Trained by his father to fight the Darkin, he is a man with a mission, to stop supernatural’s at all cost. To seal off the gate to hell, he must now rely on a being he is sworn to destroy. He needs the help of a demon to find his father’s portion of the Book of Legend.

Lilly was born a human. She made a pact with a demon lord to protect her sister and has been living as a succubus for the last twenty-five years. During this time she has studied the Chosen, three brother’s prophesized to open the Gates of Nyx. Now her master wants her to seduce Colt for his soul and the book, but she needs Colt for something else…her freedom.

Right from the beginning the chemistry is hot and it’s not just because Lilly is a succubus. Even she feels the connection and is hard pressed to fight it. Colt is leery of course. He has a job to do and in no way can he ever trust a demon. Slowly they learn to trust each other, but with all the forces of evil against them they have to work extra hard to complete their task. Hers is to become human again and his is to find his section of the book.

The action is so well detailed you almost feel like you are there. The world Ms. Meyers has created is fascinating and beautifully described. She really has a knack for pulling you into an action sequence. She writes fast paced and heart pounding scenes with ease. I also enjoyed the way she built the sexual tension between Colt and Lilly. The anticipation was almost as good as the actual event.

This is a smart beginning to what looks to be a thrilling and exciting trilogy. While this is my first steampunk novel that I have read, and I’m not too sure if it is a genre I’ll enjoy, but I do believe that I will be reading this entire trilogy. Ms. Meyers has captured me with spunky characters, fascinating gadgets and an intriguing plot. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, The Slayer, scheduled to be released April 2012.


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