Liu returns to her inordinately dense and intricately layered world in the
latest Hunter Kiss novel. Her ability to deliver kick-butt action and characters whose humanity resonates, even when they're anything but human, is a testament to her outstanding storytelling skills. Liu's imagination is an amazing place to visit.
Beings known as Avatars want to destroy Grant because they fear his power, and Maxine is also in the line of fire, both for protecting Grant and because the Avatars fear she's uniquely and terrifyingly different from her Hunter predecessors. (ACE, Jul., 303 pp., $7.99)