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T as much gore as a typical nature documentary Phenomenal worldbuilding and characterization The only species I found confusing was the telshees I like that the audience learns along with Storm and that he relies on his friends The side characters are definitely not forgotten and every character is very likeable I d recommend this book to anyone who likes the yes it s about animals but it s about wild animals not cute fluffy cartoons kind of story like Warrior Cats and Watership Down and anyone who likes high fantasy adventure and mysterySpoiler partI like that the reader s vision of who is the bad guy keeps changing throughout the series as information is revealed I also really like the theme of if you don t learn from the past you repeat it It s not seen very often in stories at least the stories I read and watch and it s done very well here The lishties are a fascinating and gruesome take on zombies Each species has their own culture and society that are well developed though I don t think it was ite necessary to include humans in the history but now that s nitpicking The chase scenes are very well written Usually fast paced scenes like that are hard for me to follow but with the amount of detail and the word choice I could easily tell where the characters were and what they were doing The chases read like chess games I also like that the villains Arcove and later the creasia defector whose name I forget and the lishties are smart and they adapt as the situation changes to stay one step ahead of the protagonist at all times Black Bottom Stomp until the very end It made the book verynputdownable Another great book from Abigail Hilton set in a world with a whole different set of critters It s a good long read and builds to terrific climax at the end HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a hard book to pigeonhole You ve heard a lot of stories that are a little bit like this one enough to see the similarities and point at them but very few books try to accomplish everything that this one does Even fewer succeed so marvelously on so many levelsFirst of all this is a talking animal story You ve seen that before The Jungle Book Watership Down and Redwall to name a few But most of Hilton s animals have interesting twists that make them different from anything you ve read about either in the real world or in standard fantasy fare The most prominent species in HUNTERS UNLUCKY the ferryshaft occupy an interesting ecological niche they re omnivorous capable of subsisting eually well on meat and foliage While they are prey to some other creatures in their world they are capable of being fierce and brave in their own right As one of their would be hunters remarks at a key point in the story Ferryshaft are not deer This moves them out of the Designated Victim category in the talking animal genre so that their fate is much in their own hands err hooves than would typically be the case in a story like thisSecond this is a Bildungsroman a coming of age story You ve seen those times than you can count the hero who starts as a child and becomes an adult finding his or her place in the world along the way This may be the most conventional part of the story as Storm makes the journey from persecuted youngster to proud charismatic and dangerous adult But here too Hilton surprises not so much with Storm but with the characters around him former villains become heroes seemingly peripheral characters rise Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course up to become leaders seemingly wise mentors reveal the ways they are foolish and even Storm himself transitions from learner to annlikely mentor and guardianThird this is an epic story the plot spans generations and affects the lives of thousands of beings with grand alliances betrayals conspiracies and the rise and fall of entire species Of course you ve seen that before epics are all the rage in fantasy these days But how many epics have you ever heard of that focused on beings with no hands no swords no armor no buildings in the traditional sense though some of them get clever on that front beings whose motivations and drives boil down to reproduce and try not to starve or get eaten Can you really tell a story of epic scope with creatures whose lives and needs are so simple Oh yes Well maybe YOU can t but Hilton surely did And the richness and depth of characterization that she brings to those simple beings puts most epic fantasies to shameIt is my conviction that stories ltimately are about people not events and Hilton s characters are people in a deep and meaningful se. Threatened he decides that he must act pitting himself against the creasia to show that they can be resisted and outwitted To prove his point he must stay one step ahead of clever hunters who have to lose than Storm imagines Hunters Unlucky is an animal story for anyone who loved Richard Adams's Watership Down Rudy.
Ahhhhhh this was wonderful It was LONG in a wonderful way There is time for character development and for specific scenes and events to play out onscreen which was lovely The world building is exuisite I already knew I loved Ms Hilton but after this I think it s safe to say I m now a devoted fan I very much look forward to stories in this setting I finished this audiobook with a contented smile satisfied with the tale I experienced and comfortable letting the characters take it from there I very much enjoyed the story and must hand it to the author that though I felt frustration at times because of seeming inadeuacies in characters thinking in the end I think it all made sense and was acceptable and I imagine thought out than I believed I love that the main character is not the main character And that various types of friendships play such huge roles I suppose in a way that s what it is a study in friendship Or at least that s one part of its many great aspects I think this book sits just fine on its own but could easily be a mere fragment in a grand world and history I recommendAs a side note the narration grew on me too My respect for the narrator was non existent at first but grew and grew throughout Well voiced I really like the whole concept and niueness about Hunters Unlucky especially since it is about made Progress or Collapse up animal species which adds depth to the fantasy genre This book isnlike anything else I have ever read and I cannot recall the last time I found such a compelling book that I never wanted to end The story never got dull for a moment or became predictable and it is complex in a good way that makes it thrilling to read and memorable in the creativity of the character development and plot I wish the author would write a seuel or at least short stories featuring these characters It is among my top favorite books and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy books featuring animal characters HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a fantasy novel about intelligent speaking animal like creatures co existing in a land of forests rivers plains and a large lake I say co existing because there is persistent fear and hatred between the species living there The ferryshaft have lost a war to the cretia cats who keep them in submission by periodically attacking them to limit their numbers Members of each group hate the other group and all fear the other creatures telshees lishties and curbs The protagonist is a ferryshaft named Storm who as a foal is rejected by the others because of his size and lineage Storm though is fast and courageous He disrupts a cretia attack by running to places where they cannot go This simple act The New Goddess upsets the world order and sets in motion a series of events that changes things foreverThis is not a black and white world and these are not simple characters There are reasons behind the cretia s murderous treatment of the ferryshaft The other species are not simply predators The author reveals the story from multiple points of view and by the end of the book I felt sympathy for characters that I never would have expected to at the beginning In the same vein the oppressed ferryshaft are notniformly good Even Storm shows his dark side in one brutal act that continues to haunt him throughout the bookThe descriptions are richly detailed I found the world maps and the drawings of the creatures especially the chart that shows how they compare to each other in size made it much easier for me to visualize the action My one relatively minor Firedance (Aubrey Knight, uibble is with the reaction one character has to Storm s dark side act This character has every reason to hate Storm for what he did and to vow vengeance yet he seems to get over it prettyickly I will grant you that the character is young and has an attachment to Storm but the ease with which they got past it felt a little The Buzzards That Circle the Throne (The Peacock King, unrealistic to me That s just me however other readers may have no problem accepting thisThat issue aside I found this book to be captivating In my mind one of the marks of a good story is when I catch myself wondering what happens next during those times when I m at work or doing something else that prevents me from reading further This is one of those books It s not aick read the author states at the beginning that it clocks in at 210000 words but for fans of the genre it s well worth the time you will spend I highly recommend it I read the omnibus version so I will review it as one book Book theme song Rise by Skillet warnings lots of violence and abou. He's not bigger He's not faster He's not meaner So he'd better be smarter Storm is born into a world of secrets – an island no one visits names no one will say and deaths that no one will talk about The answers are locked in his species' troubled past guarded by the fierce creasia cats But when Storm's friends are.
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Nse They have layers and flaws and The Monster in My Closet unexpected virtues moments of great insight and great foolishness As alien as their world is they feel very real Almost all of the characters are sympathetic and relatable even when they are at odds with one another Some of the characters who seemed terrible and threatening at the beginning of the story endedp becoming some of my favorites by the end Seemingly messianic figures are revealed to have deep and significant flaws Hilton repeatedly challenges your sense of who the good guys and the bad guys are and even when you find a character s actions horrible there is The Sea Lion Festival usually somenderstandable even sympathetic reason for them The one notable exception is something I can t talk about here for fear of spoilers but it too is compelling in a horrific alien way that actually makes sense within the setting of the storyOne reason I particularly enjoyed this book is that it not only reached for an epic scope it actually achieved a satisfying ending This is something that many writers struggle with particularly when attempting something this grand Hilton herself for all her virtues as a writer has had difficulty tying things p in a satisfactory way in her previous work Not so here The lives of the characters go on most of them anyway but by the end of the Epilogue you have a very fulfilling sense of having reached the end of a complete and magnificent taleFinally I must give my enthusiastic recommendation for the audiobook version of HUNTERS UNLUCKY The narrator Rish Outfield is exceptionally skilled not only does he affect different accents for each species but there are even sub types of each accent for high class and low class members of those species and somehow he STILL manages to give each character his or her own niue voice full of emotion and dynamic range That is a LOT to think about for a single book especially one with this many characters but Outfield handles it all magnificently This is a story that was made to be listened to and with this narrator the result is a pure delight This is one of the best books I ve ever read so I will try my best to summarise what makes it so great without spoiling anything It s a monstrously huge epic fantasy taking place on a strange island where humans do not exist It chronicles the power struggles between the various species of the island and how they relate to history and legend The book begins with the birth of our main character Storm and we see him grow and learn throughout the story from orphaned outcast to a figure of legend It s a fantastical adventure although there is very little magic to speak of Raw and gripping with a tightly woven plot from beginning to end The characters in this book are fantastically written every single one of them is believably flawed and a lot of time is spent on developing their relationships with each other Throughout the course of the story former rivals will become friends mentors will become the students and motivations change The one flaw I can think of is that whilst it is tightly woven and packed the earliest chapters of the book start off slightly slow However I feel that this is a necessary part of the story Abigail Hilton wishes to tell This book left me with the magical feeling of sad happy sadness because it was over and happiness because it was such an amazing touching lip biting and engrossing story I love everything about this book The characters are interesting likable yet not perfect The story is intriguing filled with a variety of emotional moods incredible settings and a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen nextThe illustrations add depth and impact to the narrative with height charts compared to a human a map of the island on which the story takes place and stunning art of the creatures So much thought care and effort has gone into this entire work that I cannot express enough how happy I am to have had it recommended to meIf you love adventure suspense plots that keep you guessing and strong characters this is a must read Hunter s Unlucky is a grand story about friendships loyalty and standing p for others It is engaging exciting and emotional The characters are not absolute in terms of who is good and who is evil Some of the antagonists are interesting three dimensional and sympathetic characters that you ll find yourself wanting to know about You may even find yourself rooting for them along some with the protagonists The character bonds are deep and heartfelt Give it a try. Ard Kipling's Jungle Book and Jack London's Call of the Wild Kids who enjoyed Erin Hunter's Warriors books will also enjoy Hunters The animals in this story do not carry swords walk on two legs or drink tea They fight They starve Sometimes they eat each other This 214000 word novel is DRM free and carefully formatte.
Abigail Hilton writes fantasy books including The Cowry Catchers Refugees saga The Prophet of Panamindorah Hunters Unlucky and the Eve and Malachi Series She also publishes under A H Lee including The Incubus Series and The Knight and the Necromancer