Hi everyone! You may (or may not) notice that I slightly changed the name of this series here on my blog. Previously, I was calling it 5 GREAT books with…but since some of the books on these lists I haven’t actually read for myself, calling them great is a little misleading. I want to reiterate that the purpose of this series is to help people find books with specific tropes or ideas that they want to read more of. So far, I’ve done 5 Books With Dragons, and 5 Books With Disability Rep.
Today, in honor of Halloween and all things spooky and scary, I’m doing 5 books with MONSTER HUNTERS. We all love watching a badass main character go head to head with some deadly monsters, and to be honest, it’s something that I want to read more of myself! So after some research, here are 5 books that have monster hunters as part of the plot, some I’ve read, some I haven’t!
This wouldn’t have been a list about monster hunters without one of the most famous monster hunter in fantasy – Geralt of Rivia. Witchers are trained to track and kill monsters that threaten innocent people, which sets them apart from everyone else. Even though witchers keep the general populace safe, they exist outside society and are shunned for being different. This series explores the idea of a monster – sometimes what looks monstrous isn’t evil, and sometimes what looks beautiful isn’t good. The series starts with two short story collections that introduce you to Geralt and the world he lives in, and are all fairy tale retellings. The Witcher has also been turned into a video game (that I love dearly) and a TV show on Netflix (which I also love). So you can’t go wrong with this option!
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Set in a post-apocalyptic world and filled with Navajo culture and mythology, Trail of Lightning is about Maggie, a supernaturally gifted monster hunter. Maggie gets enlisted to help a small town find a missing girl and ends up uncovering information about a monster. She ends up teaming up with a medicine man named Kai and they unravel clues from ancient legends and battle monsters to discover the truth of the disappearance and the monster. This is one that I haven’t read yet myself, but I’ve heard fantastic things from people all across the book community, and it’s one that I hope to read soon!
Soulkeeper follows Devin, who travels through villages and acts as a preacher and healer for those who are too remote to get to a major city or village. It’s on a trip to one of these small remote villages that a strange sickness has started to kill the villagers, and so Devin goes to a cave that he was told contained the cure to the sickness. By the time he returns, ancient magic has returned to the world and he is suddenly thrust into a new role as a monster slayer to protect the human race. Like how The Witcher series explores what makes a monster, Soulkeeper explores that concept as well with Devin befriending people from these newly awakened races. I’ve been slowly reading this one, and I’m currently around 20% into this one, and it’s definitely unique and interesting.
Kings of the Wyld is slightly different than the other books on this list, because instead of it following active monster hunters, the group in this book is actually retired! Clay and his band were once the best and most feared mercenaries in the country, traveling around and slaying monsters for sport. Now, one of his old band mates has shown up on Clay’s doorstep asking for help to once again brave the monster infested Heartwyld to save his daughter from a besieged city. This was such a fun ride and was one of my favorite books of 2018. This book is hilarious, and has tons of Easter eggs relating to music and video games, and has become a very popular book.
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Most people are familiar with Seanan McGuire because of her Wayward Children series, but she’s a very prolific writer and has actually written a series all about cryptozoologists, which is a fancy word for someone who hunts for monsters (think IRL bigfoot hunters). This series is an urban fantasy, paranormal/supernatural series with some romance and mystery, and honestly sounds like there’s a lot going on. Verity Price has trained since birth to be a cryptozoologist just like the rest of her family, working to protect humans from monsters, and monsters from humans. Verity would much rather be a professional dancer than hunt monsters, but when monsters start to disappear, getting out of the family business isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. This is a long series that I haven’t yet tackled, but it seems to be an underrated urban fantasy from a powerhouse author!