• Elite

  • The Hunter Series, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,675 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hunting monsters was supposed to be the hard part. When Joy came to Apex City, all she cared about was protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside protective barriers. She understood the need for the secrecy surrounding her hunts - no need to cause a panic by announcing just how real of a threat the Othersiders pose.

But as she quickly discovered, the conspiracies of the city run much deeper. And a dangerous new covert mission leaves Joy with a target on her back once more. Under the orders of her uncle, the city's prefect, Joy begins patrolling the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Center. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Then she starts finding bodies. Psimons are turning up dead in the bowels of the city, with no apparent injury. Reporting the incidents makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorps' scrutiny, and the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. Joy's situation grows more precarious, and her relationship with her Psimon boyfriend, Josh, begins to fray. Long-held tensions between PsiCorps and the Hunters seem to be reaching a breaking point. While infighting threatens the stability of Apex City, Othersider forces are gaining strength and momentum outside the borders. Joy desperately seeks answers to figure out who her real enemies are before she and everyone she cares about are locked into an all-out war.

©2016 Mercedes Lackey (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Masterful

My family (me 49, hubby 47, and daughter 10) all love this book and series. We have listened to it repeatedly.
Misty has written strong, compelling female leads since her first book in 1987. Joyeaux is no exception! She is introspective, thoughtful, and intuitive. The pack of hounds she has are amazing to behold.
This is a fun listen set in a post apocalyptic reality. I highly recommend it.

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thought it was very good. will listen to it again.

the characters are fun with a lot of personality. Joy is how everyone dreams they can be in the bravery scale

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the tale continues

twists and turns continue to follow the Hunters on their adventures throughout Apex city. A fun read

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Pretty good middle

I've been a big fan of Mercedes Lackey for over a decade, having read a good chunk of the Valdemar series. This Hunter trilogy is very much in that vein, including some of the weak points like predictability and cultural elitism masked as tolerance. This is probably among the better young adult fantasy series, but it lacks the maturity (either in grit or humor) to be a great read for adults.

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Easy listening action fantasy

Great for a commute. Good story line but straight forward enough that you can focus on driving. Good enough I’m getting the next in the series. (100+ miles driven per day)

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Let the Rush continue!

What did you love best about Elite?

Fast paced and everything flows and makes sense in the large scheme of the story.

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Raw emotion!

Any additional comments?

High Recommended

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Great 2nd book in the series

Not quite as good as the first book (Hunter) but pretty close.

One of the things I've appreciated about both books are that they don't end on a HUGE cliffhanger. You know there's another book to come because there are unanswered questions, but each book has a satisfying ending.

All the characters from the first book are back (unless they died in book 1) and not only do we learn more about them but also more about everyone's abilities (the hunters, the simons, the hounds).

So once again, well-paced, well-written, well-developed characters, interesting plot. Although I will say there was more action in this one, and I could have use a bit less action.

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Awesome book

Another great book in this series and I can not wait for the next one.

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This IS a YA novel - but it still a good listen

I find most Young Adult novels that use the main character's POV to be whinny and unreadable. This book has points where it approaches whinny teenager but they pass quickly. I listened to book 1&2 back to bak and while they were a good listen with a interesting plot, I won't be hunting the pre-orders list hunting for book 3.
There are better books, but these were good enough for the commute.

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Solidly Enjoyable

I enjoy the narrator--she somehow becomes Hunter Joy for me without changing her own voice at all.

The story is a little less predictable than the first book in the series, but I also had some trouble following the time series--events appear closer together when referenced later in the book than I thought they were hearing them the first time. Altogether, a well-told and enjoyable fantasy ride.

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