[Free eBook] Hunters UnluckyAuthor Abigail Hilton – Z55z.co

He s not bigger He s not faster He s not meaner So he d better be smarter Storm is born into a world of secrets an island no one visits, names no one will say, and deaths that no one will talk about The answers are locked in his species troubled past, guarded by the fierce creasia cats But when Storm s friends are threatened, he decides that he must act, pitting himself against the creasia to show that they can be resisted and outwitted To prove his point, he must stay one step ahead of clever hunters, who have to lose than Storm imagines Hunters Unlucky is an animal story for anyone who loved Richard Adams s Watership Down, Rudyard Kipling s Jungle Book, and Jack London s Call of the Wild Kids who enjoyed Erin Hunter s Warriors books will also enjoy Hunters The animals in this story do not carry swords, walk on two legs, or drink tea They fight They starve Sometimes, they eat each other This , word novel is DRM free and carefully formatted


10 thoughts on “Hunters Unlucky

  1. Chris Lester Chris Lester says:

    HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a hard book to pigeonhole You ve heard a lot of stories that are a little bit like this one enough to see the similarities and point at them but very few books try to accomplish everything that this one does Even fewer succeed so marvelously, on so many levels.First of all, this is a talking animal story You ve seen that before The Jungle Book, Watership Down, and Redwall, to name a few But most of Hilton s animals have interesting twists that make them different HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a hard book to pigeonhole You ve heard a lot of stories that are a little bit like this one enough to see the similarities and point at them but very few books try to accomplish everything that this one does Even fewer succeed so marvelously, on so many levels.First of all, this is a talking animal story You ve seen that before The Jungle Book, Watership Down, and Redwall, to name a few But most of Hilton s animals have interesting twists that make them different from anything you ve read about, either in the real world or instandard fantasy fare The most prominent species in HUNTERS UNLUCKY, the ferryshaft, occupy an interesting ecological niche they re omnivorous, capable of subsisting equally well on meat and foliage While they are prey to some other creatures in their world, they are capable of being fierce and brave in their own right As one of their would be hunters remarks at a key point in the story, Ferryshaft are not deer This moves them out of the Designated Victim category in the talking animal genre, so that their fate is muchin their own hands err, hooves than would typically be the case in a story like this.Second, this is a Bildungsroman a coming of age story You ve seen thosetimes than you can count the hero who starts as a child and becomes an adult, finding his or her place in the world along the way This may be the most conventional part of the story, as Storm makes the journey from persecuted youngster to proud, charismatic and dangerous adult But here, too, Hilton surprises, not so much with Storm but with the characters around him former villains become heroes, seemingly peripheral characters rise up to become leaders, seemingly wise mentors reveal the ways they are foolish, and even Storm himself transitions from learner to an unlikely mentor and guardian.Third, this is an epic story the plot spans generations and affects the lives of thousands of beings, with grand alliances, betrayals, conspiracies, and the rise and fall of entire species Of course you ve seen that before epics are all the rage in fantasy these days But how many epics have you ever heard of that focused on beings with no hands, no swords, no armor, no buildings in the traditional sense though some of them get clever on that front beings whose motivations and drives boil down to reproduce and try not to starve or get eaten Can you really tell a story of epic scope with creatures whose lives and needs are so simple Oh, yes Well, maybe YOU can t, but Hilton surely did And the richness and depth of characterization that she brings to those simple beings puts most epic fantasies to shame.It is my conviction that stories, ultimately, are about people, not events, and Hilton s characters are people in a deep and meaningful sense They have layers, and flaws, and unexpected virtues, moments of great insight and great foolishness As alien as their world is, they feel very real Almost all of the characters are sympathetic and relatable, even when they are at odds with one another Some of the characters who seemed terrible and threatening at the beginning of the story ended up becoming some of my favorites by the end Seemingly messianic figures are revealed to have deep and significant flaws Hilton repeatedly challenges your sense of who the good guys and the bad guys are, and even when you find a character s actions horrible, there is usually some understandable, even sympathetic reason for them The one notable exception is something I can t talk about here, for fear of spoilers but it, too, is compelling, in a horrific, alien way that actually makes sense within the setting of the story One reason I particularly enjoyed this book is that it not only reached for an epic scope, it actually achieved a satisfying ending This is something that many writers struggle with, particularly when attempting something this grand Hilton herself, for all her virtues as a writer, has had difficulty tying things up in a satisfactory way in her previous work Not so here The lives of the characters go on most of them, anyway but by the end of the Epilogue, you have a very fulfilling sense of having reached the end of a complete and magnificent tale.Finally, I must give my enthusiastic recommendation for the audiobook version of HUNTERS UNLUCKY The narrator, Rish Outfield, is exceptionally skilled not only does he affect different accents for each species, but there are even sub types of each accent for high class and low class members of those species and somehow he STILL manages to give each character his or her own unique voice, full of emotion and dynamic range That is a LOT to think about for a single book, especially one with this many characters, but Outfield handles it all magnificently This is a story that was made to be listened to, and with this narrator, the result is a pure delight


  2. Tim Tim says:

    HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a fantasy novel about intelligent, speaking animal like creatures co existing in a land of forests, rivers, plains and a large lake I say co existing because there is persistent fear and hatred between the species living there The ferryshaft have lost a war to the cretia cats, who keep them in submission by periodically attacking them to limit their numbers Members of each group hate the other group, and all fear the other creatures telshees, lishties, and curbs The prot HUNTERS UNLUCKY is a fantasy novel about intelligent, speaking animal like creatures co existing in a land of forests, rivers, plains and a large lake I say co existing because there is persistent fear and hatred between the species living there The ferryshaft have lost a war to the cretia cats, who keep them in submission by periodically attacking them to limit their numbers Members of each group hate the other group, and all fear the other creatures telshees, lishties, and curbs The protagonist is a ferryshaft named Storm, who as a foal is rejected by the others because of his size and lineage Storm, though, is fast and courageous He disrupts a cretia attack by running to places where they cannot go This simple act upsets the world order and sets in motion a series of events that changes things forever.This is not a black and white world, and these are not simple characters There are reasons behind the cretia s murderous treatment of the ferryshaft The other species are not simply predators The author reveals the story from multiple points of view, and by the end of the book I felt sympathy for characters that I never would have expected to at the beginning In the same vein, the oppressed ferryshaft are not uniformly good Even Storm shows his dark side in one brutal act that continues to haunt him throughout the book.The descriptions are richly detailed I found the world maps and the drawings of the creatures especially the chart that shows how they compare to each other in size made it much easier for me to visualize the action My one relatively minor quibble is with the reaction one character has to Storm s dark side act This character has every reason to hate Storm for what he did and to vow vengeance, yet he seems to get over it pretty quickly I will grant you that the character is young and has an attachment to Storm, but the ease with which they got past it felt a little unrealistic to me That s just me, however other readers may have no problem accepting this.That issue aside, I found this book to be captivating In my mind, one of the marks of a good story is when I catch myself wondering what happens next during those times when I m at work or doing something else that prevents me from reading further This is one of those books It s not a quick read the author states at the beginning that it clocks in at 210,000 words, but for fans of the genre, it s well worth the time you will spend I highly recommend it


  3. Kara Kara says:

    Ahhhhhh this was wonderful It was LONG, in a wonderful way There is time for character development and for specific scenes and events to play out onscreen, which was lovely The world building is exquisite I already knew I loved Ms Hilton, but after this I think it s safe to say I m now a devoted fan I very much look forward tostories in this setting.


  4. Jo Jo says:

    Another great book from Abigail Hilton set in a world with a whole different set of critters It s a good long read and builds to terrific climax at the end.


  5. Angela Angela says:

    Hunter s Unlucky is a grand story about friendships, loyalty, and standing up for others It is engaging, exciting, and emotional The characters are not absolute in terms of who is good and who is evil Some of the antagonists are interesting, three dimensional, and sympathetic characters that you ll find yourself wanting to knowabout You may even find yourself rooting for them along some with the protagonists The character bonds are deep and heartfelt Give it a try


  6. Thyma Thyma says:

    I really like the whole concept and uniqueness about Hunters Unlucky, especially since it is about made up animal species which addsdepth to the fantasy genre This book is unlike anything else I have ever read, and I cannot recall the last time I found such a compelling book that I never wanted to end The story never got dull for a moment or became predictable, and it is complex in a good way that makes it thrilling to read and memorable in the creativity of the character development a I really like the whole concept and uniqueness about Hunters Unlucky, especially since it is about made up animal species which addsdepth to the fantasy genre This book is unlike anything else I have ever read, and I cannot recall the last time I found such a compelling book that I never wanted to end The story never got dull for a moment or became predictable, and it is complex in a good way that makes it thrilling to read and memorable in the creativity of the character development and plot I wish the author would write a sequel or at least short stories featuring these characters It is among my top favorite books, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy books featuring animal characters


  7. James J. Nugent, Jr. James J. Nugent, Jr. says:

    One of the best books I have ever read Thank you, Abigail Hilton


  8. Sarah Bauer Sarah Bauer says:

    I read the omnibus version so I will review it as one book Spoiler free part Book theme song Rise by Skillet warnings not to discourage you from reading the book, just a heads up lots of violence and about as much gore as a typical nature documentary Phenomenal worldbuilding and characterization The only species I don t like are the telshees They re interesting, but there s too many unanswered questions about them I like that the audience I read the omnibus version so I will review it as one book Spoiler free part Book theme song Rise by Skillet warnings not to discourage you from reading the book, just a heads up lots of violence and about as much gore as a typical nature documentary Phenomenal worldbuilding and characterization The only species I don t like are the telshees They re interesting, but there s too many unanswered questions about them I like that the audience learns along with Storm, and that he relies on his friends The side characters are definitely not forgotten, and every character is very likeable I d recommend this book to anyone who likes the yes it s about animals but it s about wild animals not cute fluffy cartoons kind of story, like Warrior Cats and Watership Down, and anyone who likes high fantasy, adventure, and mystery Spoiler part I like that the reader s vision of who is the bad guy keeps changing throughout the series asinformation is revealed I also really like the theme of if you don t learn from the past you repeat it It s not seen very often in stories at least the stories I read and watch and it s done very well here The lishties are a fascinating and gruesome take on zombies Each species has their own culture and society that are well developed, though I don t think it was quite necessary to include humans in the history, but now that s nitpicking The chase scenes are very well written Usually fast paced scenes like that are hard for me to follow, but with the amount of detail and the word choice I could easily tell where the characters were and what they were doing The chases read like chess games I also like that the villains Arcove, and later the creasia defector whose name I forget, and the lishties are smart, and they adapt as the situation changes to stay one step ahead of the protagonist at all times until the very end It made the book very unputdownable


  9. Jason Jason says:

    Abigail Hilton is probably best know for her podcasts if you don t know what I m talking about, subscribe to The Prophet of Panamindorah or The Guild of the Cowry Catchers feeds through iTunes or purchase the audio or epub versions you won t be disappointed however, her foray into print will not disappoint If you are familiar with the aforementioned, you could almost surmise that Hunters Unlucky could also be set in the same universe past, present or future That said, for those n Abigail Hilton is probably best know for her podcasts if you don t know what I m talking about, subscribe to The Prophet of Panamindorah or The Guild of the Cowry Catchers feeds through iTunes or purchase the audio or epub versions you won t be disappointed however, her foray into print will not disappoint If you are familiar with the aforementioned, you could almost surmise that Hunters Unlucky could also be set in the same universe past, present or future That said, for those not acquainted with Ms Hilton s prior works, Hunters Unlucky is an exceptional starting point While the reader may find some similarities to Richard Adam s Watership Down, it s my belief that Hunters Unlucky takes it a step further through the complex intra and inter species relationships, both conflictual and collaborative, that drive the story The story itself begins with a pivotal event in the lives of two species, resulting in the dominance of one and the subjugation of the other From there it follows the story of Storm Ela ferry, an outcast among his people, who becomes of symbol of hope to some of his herd and an ill omen to others This intra herd conflict is further exacerbated by the attention and notoriety that Storm gains as a result of his interaction with the Creasia, the dominant predator species It is a story of secrets, which gradually unfurl during the course of the story however, not all is as it seems and while the trajectory of the ending becomes somewhat obvious during the final segment of the story, there are quite a few twists and turns that keep the reader engaged throughout


  10. Marie Marie says:

    This is my first Abigail Hilton book, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as an adult listener I have the audio book Watership Down is one of my number one go to stories I pick up again and again, and I sure do get tired of ANY story told from the perspective of non human animals being described as like Watership Down I actually think the comparison is off with this book as well, but I enjoyed the story and the writing so I ll let that trivial point slide.The characters seemed p This is my first Abigail Hilton book, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as an adult listener I have the audio book Watership Down is one of my number one go to stories I pick up again and again, and I sure do get tired of ANY story told from the perspective of non human animals being described as like Watership Down I actually think the comparison is off with this book as well, but I enjoyed the story and the writing so I ll let that trivial point slide.The characters seemed pretty cliche at the beginning of the story struggling youngster from one oppressed species there omnivorous gazelle deer things with long tails doing things to possibly challenge the species doing the oppressors gigantic predatory lion creatures The plot had many twists and turns you wouldn t expect and the characters moved past what you would expect by a degrees as the plot developed Other species really interesting UNIQUE creatures were introduced to complicate things My favorite thing even though it seems the bad guys are pretty clear cut at the beginning, as you would expect of most young adult fantasy, that gets very complex too Your opinion and feelings will likely change and I think that s a good thing It s good storytelling view spoiler Until the zombies show up Zombies areclearly evil But the zombies are not just traditional zombies either, so that makes it interesting and not cliche too hide spoiler Anyway, I would recommend this story The Audible version is well voiced and narrated, so I particularly recommend that version I may be checking out other titles from Abigail Hilton in the future