Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Kian has crossed over from his world to ours to seek revenge. His plan is to kill the monster who murdered his Uncle. The same monster who used magic to escape to our world and is hiding here and growing in strength.
Regan Campbell is a hunter of Demons. The first son, of a first son, he is the one who protects this world from the monsters that no one else knows are here.
When Kian reaches this world, he knows Regan is the perfect man to fight alongside him, but Regan trusts no one.
It isn’t until they are facing death and a terrible evil that will be let loose, that Regan finally realises he can trust another…his fated partner, Kian.
Kian’s Hunter by RJ Scott is a wonderfully imaginative tale that sets the stage for the remaining stories in this trilogy. Through our introduction to the main characters, Scott sketches out her trilogy plot and worlds where her stories begin. Kian ap Rhys, a green fire mage come to Earth from a magical parallel world looking to revenge his uncle’s death. Kian’s uncle had his fire stolen from him by the Danio, an exiled race of magical beings now causing chaos and pain on Earth and Kian has traveled through a portal to find those beings responsible and kill them. On the flip side of the coin, or parallel world as RJ Scott has it, resides Regan Campbell, human being and hunter. Regan is the latest in a long line of hunters tracking down and killing said “demons and unnatural beings”. Regan’s own knowledge of those he’s hunting is sketchy and patchwork. He mostly concentrates his energies on the hunt and the kill.
When RJ Scott brings these two men together, not only do we get a wonderfully engaging couple on the daunting path to love and a fated bond but the back story for both men and the overall trilogy plot starts to pull together. Here we find out about the devoted trio of childhood friends torn apart by traumatic event and the basis of the fire magic. We also get the elementary knowledge as to what the 3 different fire colors mean as far as the type of magic it allows each person to wield. I love the idea of magic born of fire. The pictures that create in a reader’s mind is marvelous and as magical as the fire itself. For Kian…his fire is green and his magic flows from nature. What that means is explored here in a fundamental way that will be enlarged on down the road in the following stories.
But back to the men. I found their characters engaging, snarky, and fun. I loved their banter and the action that brings them together finally as a pair. I wanted more and more of them both by the end of the story.
What did I find missing? That would be more of the back history that is coming in Darach’s Cariad and Eoin’s Destiny. For those that get frustrated with stories that feel as though they are missing elements as this sometimes does, I recommend reading all three stories, one right after the other. Taken together you have the whole and its wonderful. Kian’s Hunter is but the first puzzle piece, waiting for the rest to complete it. As such, it does the job its supposed to and pulls the reader into the mysteries and romance of a trio of mages and the great evil that awaits them all.
I highly recommend this story and its companion tales. For those of you who love romance and fantasy, here is a trilogy for you!
Cover artist Meredith Russell. I’m not a fan of this cover. It looks as though its for a contemporary romance instead of a fantasy. Poor job in every element for this cover.
Note: this book was originally a short story written in 2010. This version is inspired by that short story and is a complete re-write.
ebook, 2nd Edition, 102 pages
Published March 19th 2014 by Love Lane Books (first published December 1st 2010)
seriesThe Fire Trilogy #1
Books in the Fire Trilogy:
Kian’s Hunter (The Fire Trilogy #1)
Darach’s Cariad (The Fire Trilogy #2)
Eoin’s Destiny (The Fire Trilogy #3)