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This month I am reviewing the second instalment of The Eternals trilogy, Hunter Hunted by Richard Ankers.
In order to get the best experience from this sequel, you must first read its prequel, The Eternals. Whilst it is possible to read and enjoy Hunter Hunted without doing so, this book is a direct continuation of the storylines started at the beginning of the trilogy and there is definite potential for confusion if you don’t read it first.
As soon as Jean stands in the sun’s ruby light, he and Princess Linka are drawn into a world of darkness. The Nordic royalty – albino Eternals of supposed myth – transport their guests deep beneath the Arctic ice to the legendary city of Hvit.
Their mother, Queen Serena, offers the pair sanctuary, but all is not right. Betrayed by the royal family and almost drowned in an orca hunt, Jean is forced to leave Linka behind. His mood is darker than ever and the world will feel his fury. Renewing old acquaintances, both good and bad, Jean must solve the mystery of who manipulates him and the deepening saga of his parents’ deaths. Now, Jean fights for more than just himself; he fights for love.
Once again, aided and abetted by the increasingly manic Merryweather, and the mysterious beauty that is Princess Aurora, Jean seeks retribution. Both hunter and hunted, trapped between wolves of land and sea, all directions point north. Jean must return to Hvit, the cloying, lavender stench of death, and the never-ending quest for blood.
Hunter Hunted starts in the cockpit of the zeppelin in which Jean and Linka are escaping thanks to the aid of the Nordic royalty onboard. They are hurrying away to the North, to the mysterious land of Hvit, immediately after Jean’s permitted discovery of the Hierarchy’s best kept secret. (no spoilers – read The Eternals!)
Jean’s past is never far away and he must confront this in some destructive ways to discover who it is that treats him as their puppet. To do this, he must leave his beloved Linka in Hvit for her own safety whilst he undertakes this most perilous of physical and mental journeys.
The story centres around Jean’s desire to unravel the web of lies, half truths and culpable misdirection that he began to discover in The Eternals. The story goes deeper into Jean’s past to reveal some unwelcome revelations about his parents, his past behaviour and his deep rooted beliefs. It is a story about love, loyalty and Jean’s rediscovery of a humanity he thought long abandoned.
In the end, you will know the mysterious Jean better than you ever have before, but you will be left with questions that can only be answered by reading the third instalment in the series.
If you enjoy a good vampire / steampunk tale then this book (and series) is for you. Richard’s poetic prose will guide you through the labyrinth of this end-of-the-world creation and leave you knowing what he knows and feeling what he feels. You’ll be rooting for his ultimate anti-hero to overcome his nemesis (whoever that is) and get the girl.
Hunter Hunted can be purchased right now by following the below links to Amazon, as can The Eternals (first book, don’t miss it!)
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