The Hunter’s Kind picks up where Smiler’s Fair, the first book in The Hollow Gods series, ended. It continues the stories of the characters from the first novel, as well as introducing some new ones. I won’t go into detail on the plot, as I don’t want to spoil either book. Needless to say, you do need to read Smiler’s Fair before picking this up.
The series has all the hallmarks of an epic fantasy – the world-building, the gritty characters, the orphan with a mysterious fate, quests and adventure, loyalty and betrayal. And Levene throws some innovative ideas into the mix – this is an original series, and fans of the genre will enjoy it.
The world that Levene has created has a rich history and is full of detail. There are several characters to follow, each with their own cultural background that adds some friction as well as giving the reader an insight into their past and their motivations. The plot moves along at a quick pace, and twists and turns in ways that are unexpected and brilliant.
While I enjoyed Smiler’s Fair, I thought that The Hunter’s Kind was better. The first novel left me feeling that some of the characters weren’t fully developed, but they are rounded out in this second novel.
I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the next instalment, and I hope that I don’t have to wait too long! I guess that’s a good sign of how much I enjoyed it – that I want to know what happens next.
Many thanks to the publisher, Hodder and Stoughton, for providing a review copy.