- Monster Hunter Bloodlines
- Larry Correia
- August 3, 2021
- Monster Hunter International Series
I’m going into this book completely new to the series. If you’re looking for a review covering how this book fares as part of the series, I can’t help you. If you’re new to the series, I hope this review will help you decide if it’s for you.
The book starts out with an exposition dump. The majority of the first chapter seems to be the protagonist building the world, lore, backstory, etc. Being new to the series, this is incredibly useful. Though I imagine if you’re a long-time reader, this will be tedious and annoying.
The second thing I noticed was how the protagonist seems to narrate everything as if he’s speaking to somebody or writing a diary. But the events of the story are told as if they’re currently happening and he’s narrating around it all.
I grew up watching Jackie Chan Adventures. Years later, I discovered Supernatural and have been a fangirl of that for the last 11 years. Recently I got into Hellboy and this series seems to be extremely similar to those. The main cast is a group of elite soldiers that fight monsters in secret while the world around them miraculously remains oblivious. Needless to say, this book/series has got its hooks into me early on. I can’t get into every single series I come across, so how well of a job does this book do of selling the series to me as a new reader?
Lore-wise, it’s pretty beginner-friendly. I’m not sure if or when references are being made to the previous works, but it’s easy to follow along and pick up as I go. The main character “Z” (I have an incredibly difficult time remembering names.) has a sense of humor akin to my own, so I’ve found myself constantly laughing as I read. The combat is fast-paced and easy to follow along, leaving you feeling invested in the moment.
Reading Monster Hunter Bloodlines feels as if you’re reading an action movie. Between the witty quips, action, character interaction, and dialogue. As somebody who prefers the written word over movies or music, this is appreciated.
Each character has their own distinctive personality and traits, making them recognizable and memorable in scenes with large groups of people.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.