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 this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jenna is a hunter, a group of people that are trained and motivated to hunt rogue paranormals who feed off of humans. Be it rogue vampires or silkies, hunters have one mission, and that is to protect innocents above all. Jenna is stationed in The United States but due to some unexpected happenings in a very old city in Belgium, she must travel there to help the small contingent of hunters who remain after the majority travel to a conference in another country.
Initially Jenna is bummed by the decision to send her away and she thinks that she has done something wrong to provoke this quick transfer. However, once she gets to Bruges, a city with a historic and morbid history, she realizes that bummed or not, if she doesn’t figure out who this stranger is, why the ghosts are frightened, and why all the swan maidens skipped town there is a good chance that she may not be leaving Bruges in one piece.
I actually learned some stuff from this book. I knew about silkies, but I didn’t know about swan maidens and I even looked it up and read up on what they were after I was introduced to them in this book. Oh and the frog “prince” I didn’t know about them either and if I learn something from a book, that makes me excited to read more. The writing is also very engaging and it makes me want to see what happens next. There is very little foretelling so honestly I am seeing things like Jenna is, with not knowing what is around the next step. Jenna is truly Hunting in Bruges the minute she steps foot on the ground. Hunting for paranormals, hunting the truth, and hunting her safety.
This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be my last, I like that she has strong female characters and strong story lines that constantly progress versus those that get caught in the weeds. Initially the cover read like an anime and I was worried about what the book could play out, but after I read it, I think that the story did match the cover after reading it. This was a thoroughly good book from start to finish.