Hunted by the Others (H&W Investigations #1) by Jess Haines
Hunted by the Others is another book on Dark Faerie Tales’ debut urban fantasy challenge.
Shiarra Waynest is a private investigator in Miami with bills to pay. Bills that have piled high enough that she feels compelled to take a job that will get her involved with the Others, the supernatural beings of the world. Shiarra’s hired by a member of The Circle, a coven of magi, to find an object in the possession in one of the town’s most prominent vampires, Alec Royce.
Once Shiarra meets the vampire, she realizes she’s in over her head, trapped between The Circle, the vampire, and the White Hats, a group of militant anti-Other humans who want to rid the world of the Others. Once her magi contact is murdered, Shiarra is forced to seek help from her business partner, her ex-boyfriend, and a new friend to save herself, and possibly the entire city.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Hunted by the Others. The cover didn’t grab me, though I do love the raised lettering for the title and author’s name. The illustration sort of looks like Shiarra’s floating in the air, which put me off until I realized that she’s actually walking. The artist did a great job of capturing Shiarra in her butt-kicking outfit, though. Despite this, I’m quite glad that I picked it up because it’s a great story. The characters are quite fun and the story moves in interesting directions. I enjoyed the way that Jess Haines takes the reader one way and then dramatically shifts the storyline. I never knew quite what was going to happen, which always makes reading more fun.