Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review: Hunting in Bruges

Title - Hunting in Bruges 
Author - E.J. Stevens
Series - Hunter's Guild #1
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Published - November 11th 2014
Publisher - Sacred Oaks Press 

The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all. 

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions—but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy. 

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger. 

I received Hunting in Bruges in return for an honest review from the author. Hunting in Bruges is a spin off series from Ivy Granger. Jenna has been sent from Harborsmouth to Bruges because of the influx of bodies found floating in the canals. Upon arriving in Bruges Jenna makes an unlikely friend in Ash but he’s hiding a secret that could change everything. When she arrives at the guild she learns that its short staffed with only a few who aren’t in peak hunting form like herself.  The guild witch is an addict for a witch drug, the medic is gone half the time, the librarian is blind, the explosions guy has one arm and the guy in charge reminds her a lot of her childhood.

Jenna sets out alone to solve the murders that are quickly piling up. After finding a body floating in the canal she is sure that it’s vampires who are responsible. Little does she know that she’s walked into an ancient turf war, and the upcoming eclipse may just change the balance. As Jenna searches deeper into the two vampire clans that have taken up shop in Bruges she learns that their feud has gone back hundreds of years and one is in fact the once kind of France. With help from Ash and the rest of the guild just maybe they can stop it before it’s too late.

I’m sorry Ivy don’t hate me but I think I like Jenna just a little more.  I really enjoyed learning her back story and getting to see how she works on her own. She’s reminds me of Alice in Resident Evil keep in mind it’s been a while since I saw the movies but I think she’s spot on. I loved every part of her, even the part that she has issues with seeing ghosts and her past. She was easy to connect with for me which is exactly what I like in character.

I’ve really enjoyed the Ivy Granger series so when the chance came up to read the new spin off series of Jenna I couldn’t pass it up. I had high expectations for Hunting in Bruges which the book exceeded. The author has done a fantastic job creating an exciting world filled with beings that go bump in the night. Hunting in Bruges is an action packed novel that draws the reader in right from the start and leaves you wanting more.  I almost feel like a traitor because I love Ivy but darn Jenna just jumped ahead of her. I loved every moment of the book, it’s beautifully written from start to finish the author’s writings style is one of my favorites. I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens with my favorite hunter Jenna.
5 out of 5 stars 

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read the other series that you said this spins off from but this one sounds really cool. I have only read one of this authors books it was the first in the Spirit Guide series..I liked it I just got side tracked from the series..that happens to me a lot. :) I might have to check this and the other series out. :)