Hunter, Healer by Lilith Saintcrow

Ahhh...the long (ok, not too long) awaited sequel to The Society by Lilith Saintcrow. There was a major (I mean MAJOR!) cliff-hanger at the end of The Society. Last night I finally got the time to read this one (and stayed up way too late because I had to read to the end).

The black-ops government agency known as Sigma has shattered the resistance, destroyed its infrastructure, and taken its best operative captive. It's about as bad as it can get, but Sigma's forgotten one thing.

Rowan Price.

Rowan is no longer a civilian in the shadow war. Her talents are almost fully trained, and she's become something she never dreamed of—a cool, clinical, lethal psionic operative. Working as Henderson's second-in-command, she's utterly focused on two things: repairing the Society's infrastructure and rescuing Justin Delgado. Yet under her shell of calm and gentleness, her rage is simmering… and it's about to break loose.

Delgado knows he can't remember something important. He puts up with Sigma’s beatings and questioning, the pain and the torture. Sigma keeps asking him the same question—where is Rowan Price? He doesn't know who Price is or where she is, but if he can escape Sigma one more time, he's damn sure going to find out. Because Price, whoever she is, holds the key to his fractured memories and destroyed soul. The only problem for him is getting out, and Justin Delgado is very good at solving problems.

Once he's out, nothing in the world is going to stop him from pursuing Rowan Price. But that may be the one thing Sigma's counting on.

Ahhh...I just loved this book. Rowan has grown a spine and is a confident, assured woman. She's got power and she's not afraid to use it to save herself and her friends. She also goes through some traumatic experiences that definitely shape who she is.

Justin...ah...Hmmm....He's just as wonderful a character as before, but going through Zed addiction and Sigma's clutches again have obviously changed him. I loved how it was obvious how much Rowan affected him in that even though he'd made himself forget her, he couldn't completely excise her from his mind. There was always a shadow of her there.

Lots of action here, not quite as much downtime as The Society had. All in all, I really enjoyed this one and hope there's more.

1 comment:

Lilith Saintcrow said...

awww. :) Thanks for the great review, Nicole! I am so glad you liked it. I was a bit worried because it is such a different book than The Society.

*does happy dance* Really really glad you liked it.