Book Review of The Beast Hunters by Christer Lende

In The Beast Hunters by Christer Lende, join the beast hunters as they solve the mystery plaguing the village of Cornstead.

Thank you to the team at Literally PR for sending me a free copy of The Beast Hunters in return for an honest review. The Amazon links used here are affiliate links — I will receive a small commission from Amazon for any purchases you make.

When a monster brutally kills her parents, Ara is saved by two beast hunters. Becoming their apprentice, she discovers serums, secret bestiary knowledge, and remarkable abilities — all to save unsuspecting souls from the same fate her parents suffered. But, terrifying creatures lurk everywhere and Ara must master the art of beast hunting quickly if she is to uncover the elusive beast plaguing the village of Cornstead.

The Beast Hunters is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle (this is an affiliate link), and you can read more reviews on Goodreads.

My review

Wow, what an amazing debut novel! Christer has created an intricate and detailed world, filled with mystery and wonder.

I was expecting The Beast Hunters to feature the usual werewolves and vampires. Instead, there is a huge indepth bestiary included with this book, including ruras, varghuls and rabdogs. The only mythological being I was familiar with was dwarves, and Christer has given those his own twist. There were some great extra touches, such as how the beast hunters set up traps so they aren’t attacked by beasts in the night, and the bestiary is included in the back of the book. I loved learning about all the different beasts and it really made the world come alive.

The characters are really interesting and memorable. Khendric and Topper are really funny, and their jokes and banter really made it seem like they were old friends. I thought that Ara was especially well written. Her abusive past is well handled and sensitively done. Her thoughts and worries felt realistic, such as her nervousness and distrust of Khendric and Topper at first.

The story is quite fast-paced but was great fun to read, keeping me on my toes throughout the book. I really enjoyed it, and at 206 pages, it didn’t take me too long to whizz through! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

The blurb for The Beast Hunters

When a monster brutally kills her parents, Ara is saved by two beast hunters. Becoming their apprentice, she discovers serums, secret bestiary knowledge, and remarkable abilities — all to save unsuspecting souls from the same fate her parents suffered. But, terrifying creatures lurk everywhere and Ara must master the art of beast hunting quickly if she is to uncover the elusive beast plaguing the village of Cornstead.

About the author, Christer Lende

Christer LendeChrister Lende began writing in a library, which sounds fitting, only he was supposed to be there working on his engineering degree. He is a professional screenwriter, working with the Norwegian movie producer behind “One Love”, “Who Killed Birgitte” and “All about my Father” Bjørn Eivind Aarskog, together they are developing the manuscript for a Norwegian thriller. Bjørn hired Christer after reading The Beast Hunters, trusting Christer could bring his vision to life.

Christer lives in what Norwegians call a city, but people from actual cities would call a town. Of proud Viking blood, he honours his ancestors by heroically sitting in front of a computer writing Fantasy and Science Fiction books. He believes in writing a little bit every day, through weekends, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, even his own birthday. When he’s not writing, he takes care of his two dogs and tries to broker peace with his girlfriend. He’s often found at a gym, trying to compensate for his height issues, or lazily playing video games.

Christer did get that master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, despite procrastinating by writing fiction in the library, and works for a large IT firm, but writing and storytelling are his passions.

You can find out more about Christer on his website, on Twitter and on Instagram.

About the blog tour

I reviewed The Beast Hunters as part of a book tour organised by Literally PR. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts!

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The Beast Hunters is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle (this is an affiliate link), and you can read more reviews on Goodreads.

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