Huntress Rising (Angel of Death, Book 1) by Lee Roland
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In a post-apocalypse world besieged by monsters, Colonel Xavier, a military man with a deadly temper, deliberately challenges Maat Ferris, a fierce, werewolf hunter. When Xavier meets Maat, he can’t decide whether to shoot her or kiss her. There is no uncertainty in her. She promptly stabs him. His hot then cold attitude makes her crazy, and his tendency to protect her is even worse.
Unfortunately, the combative pair must join forces on a treacherous journey, across the bleak, barren country. Pursued by a dictator president and the vampire who holds him in thrall, they carry precious cargo that will give democracy seeking rebels a chance to remain free.
Maat and Xavier, true to their aggressive, passionate natures, must also battle their way through a most unusual courtship. Can their love grow amidst the destruction and rebuilding of a society under siege? Or will they kill each other first?
I was excited to pick up another urban fantasy filled with werewolves and vampires, but what I got was a fabulous bad-ass werewolf killer named Maat Ferris, nicknamed by the werewolves as Suriel, Angel of Death.
It’s the year 2085 in a post-apocalyptic landscape filled with vicious werewolves and vampires trying to eliminate humankind. Maat has killed 400 werewolves since she was 15 years old. Her mother and brothers were killed in front of her by “the fuzzies” and her uncle taught her how to kill. After finding peace from killing for two years at a commune, she is kidnapped (not easily I might add) at the order of Aaron Gannett, President of the United States, and brought to New Washington, Virginia. Everything she knew and lived for would change forever. Werewolves and vampires are living peacefully with humans and the President is being controlled by Ruelle, a vampire who once saved her life, but is not her friend.
To make sure she does not escape, her friend and mother figure, Anolia, is brought from the commune and in no uncertain terms, it is made clear that if Maat escapes, Anolia will be killed. Maat doesn’t have a lot of friends, but those who win her heart she will protect with her life.
But there is one man she enjoys taunting which almost gets them both killed a couple of times. The ferocious and challenging Colonel Xavier, the president’s Chief of Security and nicknamed Gannet’s butcher. His temper is deadly and she knows how to push his buttons. But it’s his charming and eager 17-year-old son, Ty, who she becomes friends with and when she is ordered to go on a mission with Xavier and his men to steal a truck from a bunch of blood-hungry werewolves, she makes a deal with the unscrupulous vampire, Ruelle, to make sure nothing happens to Ty in her absence.
I absolutely love this exciting and action-packed story and can’t wait to read more about Maat, Xavier, Ty, and the wonderful assortment of supporting characters. The consuming cat and mouse game with Maat and Xavier is mind-blowing and let’s not forget Maat’s skills as a fighter and killer. Wow! The woman is fierce. Her first meeting with Xavier is worth reading over and over again because of the intense hatred they have for each other. Don’t get me wrong, there is something more than hate there and there are some laugh-out-loud moments when their fighting leads to extremely precarious circumstances.
If you enjoy urban fantasies with strong, not-so-nice, sarcastic heroines with killer instincts and a plethora of diverse supporting characters, give this one a try! I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down.
Thank you to Ms. Roland for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After twenty years in public service, Lee Roland retired to become a full-time paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. Her first three published novels, the Earth Witches, series tells the stories of strong men and women who battle the evil hiding under the surface of the modern world. Lee hasn’t always been a writer, but has always been a daydreamer, constantly making up stories and noted for rewriting her school day into happy endings when telling her mother. Winner of numerous literary contests and a Golden Heart nominee, she currently lives and writes with her beloved dogs and cats in North Central Florida.