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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Book Review: Tainted Hunter (The Huntress Bane Series Book 1) by Derek Shupert + giveaway

Tainted Hunter (The Huntress Bane Series Book 1) 
by Derek Shupert
October 24, 2019
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Vampire venom runs through her veins. But in her heart, she’s vowed to kill every last one of them.

Lone hunter Amanda burns for revenge. After years of torture at the hands of the bloodsucker king, she’s determined to destroy the creatures who enslaved her. But a pitched battle with her tormentor ends in a stalemate and leaves her alone in the wastelands—grievously wounded.

Rescued and healed by a mysterious stranger, Amanda and her new ally set off for the last fortified human city. But when she learns her old nemesis plots to raze it to the ground, she fears she won’t arrive in time to prevent the massacre.

Can Amanda find her way to the town before a rabid feeding frenzy decimates the inhabitants?

Tainted Hunter is the pulse-pounding first book in the Huntress Bane dark fantasy series. If you like bold heroines, gory combat, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s action-packed tale.

Buy Tainted Hunter to wage war on an army of darkness today!

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The Huntress Bane is a vampire urban fantasy in a post-apocalyptic setting. Much of the world has been overrun by vampires intent on enslaving humankind. Remaining humans fight for survival in outlying colonies, some city strongholds, or as nomads trying their luck against raiders, vampire predators, and the elements. After years as the imprisoned pet of master vampire Mathesis, Amanda has broken free and dedicated her life to the eradication of vampires. A renowned huntress, Amanda cuts her way through the vampire throngs to one day end Mathesis forever.

Shupert’s portrayal of vampires is more Nosferatu than Lestat. They’re ugly, hairless, and smell of rot; not the suave, cultured vampires to which I’m accustomed. But that’s okay. While I enjoy urban fantasy, I’m more lukewarm on the post-apocalyptic trope. It stresses me out. But that’s okay too. This book is packed with carefully crafted fight scene after fight scene with scant reprieve. This isn’t really my thing. But, again, okay. Amanda is kukri-wielding magnificence. Lucian, a strong silent type she befriends, serves as a wary companion and side kick, but total second fiddle to Amanda’s lethal skills. And that is awesome.

As the plot progresses, more is revealed about Amanda and her seemingly superhuman abilities. I felt a little lost at first but soon grasped the slow unravel of Amanda’s character, past, and motivations. Character and relationship development are secondary to the action in this book. The story ends with a cliff hanger; not typically a fan favourite. Book two is out already, so readers need not wait. Tainted Hunter is a good action story. Given my proclivities, however, I found it just okay.

Three sheep

Bianca Greenwood
A strong stench of the foul-smelling brood escapes the confines of the structure. It smells of death and rotting flesh. The pungent scent causes my nose to crinkle in disgust.

Clouds roll through, blotting out the sun. The endless ether of blackness that the daylight refuses to touch causes me to take in a gulp of air. The blackness fills my gaze, but slowly subsides as the interior of the facility comes into focus.

A steel landing and metal hand rails slowly fade into the darkness. I cautiously step onto the landing. The stairwell sinks into the abyss of death that awaits me.

by Derek Shupert

November 21, 2019

199 pages
Her hands are happily stained with monsters’ blood. But slaying the horde’s leader may require joining the creatures she loathes…

Though her vampire heritage fosters mistrust, half-breed hunter Amanda fights for the humans in this fateful war. So when bloodsucking fiends breach the walls of mankind’s last fortress, she ignores the city fathers’ demands and creates a trail of undead carnage. But even she is stunned when a rogue vamp battles by her side to repel the invasion.

Convinced this mysterious traitor could be the ally they need to turn the tide, Amanda embarks on a dangerous quest through the wastelands to learn who he is. But with her quarry holed up in a vampire stronghold, there’s every chance she’s walking straight into a trap.

Can Amanda survive treachery and manipulation to tip the scales of this conflict, or will she be lured to her death?

Crimson Thirst is the savage second book in the Huntress Bane dark fantasy series. If you like gutsy heroines, apocalyptic landscapes, and page-turning action, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s heart-pounding tale.

Buy Crimson Thirst to join the battle against ruthless beasts today!

About the Author:

Derek Shupert is an emerging Science Fiction Author known for his captivating dystopian storylines and post-apocalyptic-laden plots. With various books and anthologies underway, he is also the author of the Afflicted series and Sentry Squad.

Outside of the fantastical world of sci-fi, Derek serves as the Vice President at Woodforest National Bank. During his free time, he enjoys reading, exercising, and watching apocalyptic movies and TV shows like Mad Max and The Walking Dead. Above all, he is a family man who cherishes nothing more than quality time spent with his loved ones. 


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