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Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. DoingTattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world....

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Labyrinth of Stars Reviews

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-05 11:25

    Fifth in the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series and revolving around Maxine, a demon hunter.My TakeIt's a horror of a story, so very depressing. Maxine's and her daughter's lives are on the line, and she makes a life-altering bargain with the entity she carries within her. Grant is dying before her eyes, from his own sense of self, and yet they both know who Maxine will choose to save.Maxine's demons crack me up. I wouldn't mind having them around, the way they take care of Maxine. Food and drink from out of the somewhere while they gnaw away on their teddy bears and chainsaws with a chaser of engine oil. They have a cute habit of humming rock songs that reflect what's happening at that moment. Moments that are not always cute. Liu also provides a summary of the purpose of their imprisonment on Maxine's body. Whew. Another nail in the coffin of the Aetar and their careless attitude toward others.Whew, reading of the teddy bear backpacks on the backs of these vicious demons helps take that edge of terror away.It's their presence that takes the Hunter Kiss series out of the ordinary. It helps that Liu has put a such a huge twist on the whole demon hunter trope. And that "truth" Liu reveals about the demons …*grin*…is a fascinating idea. One that seems preferable to others.More snippets of Maxine's childhood and her ancestral past emerge as does one of Grant's childhood. I have to say that Maxine's demons are my favorite characters. Maxine fascinates me for her past, her sense of honor and ability to change, and I do like her. I like Grant better. There's a softness to him and yet he can be hard when it's needed. I love his compassion and desire to protect.Now the world is dying and yet Jack says that the world needs Maxine in spite of the desperation caused by the virus and the terror it induces in Maxine. It's a statement similar to so many others that I'm turned around in my head. Statements that conflict with other comments.It is a confusion consistent with the earlier stories, and Labyrinth of Stars is well-named as Liu leads us down a bewildering array of paths. Don't get me wrong. In spite of how convoluted each story is, with all the suggestions, hints, inferences that baffle me, I do love this series. Liu drops snippets that make me want more. I want more background, I want a future.The StoryDeath is overwhelming the world, a virus created by the Aetar who want to wipe the earth clean of humanity. To find a cure, Maxine is determined to enter the Labyrinth and find the Devourer. Force him to come up with a way to stop what he created. Save the world. Save the demons.The CharactersMaxine Kiss, a demon hunter with an armored right arm from a thousands-of-years-long line of demon hunters, is pregnant, in love, and horror of horrors, married. The demons who live on her skin during the day are Raw, Aaz, Zee, Dee, and Mal. The other demons call her Young Queen. The darkness that lives inside her? A God.Grant Cooper is a former priest who started up a homeless shelter in Seattle. Now he's married to Maxine and bonded to hundreds of demons — the Shurik and the Yorana (Mortal Bone, 4). All due to his being a Lightbringer. The race most feared by the Aetar. His ancestry can also be his death, for he needs a bond to another, an anchor, to keep his power from killing him.Mary is an old woman who knows all about the Aetar and Lightbringers. She's also got an obsession with marijuana, and we finally learn why. Byron is a serious teen who seems more like an adult. Rex is a possessed human who works at the shelter; his demon allied itself with Grant against his queen. The Messenger broke her bonds with the Divine Lords (Mortal Bone, 4) and is now allied with Maxine and Grant.Jack Meddler, a.k.a., Old Wolf, Meddling Man, is Maxine's grandfather, her mother's father. He's also an Aetar who slaughters worlds and was the architect of the Reaper Kings' prison. Sarai is another friendly Aetar who appears in this as a unicorn. The Devourer is a sadistic Aetar, too sadistic even for the Aetar. Seems his "art" is death. What he learned, he played with until even his own were too disgusted and terrified.The demons were……freed from the prison where they were held for thousands of years (Mortal Bone). The Shurik are slug-like beings that burrow into a living being and eat him from the inside out. The Yorana are like incubi and refuse to help. The Mahati are warriors and led by Lord Ha'an. The Osul look like big cats, warrior cats. Oanu is their demon lord. And they're all starving, held in by Maxine. A'loua is a demon child who brings it home to Maxine that demons are worthy too.Oturu is a demon who has power over Maxine due to a pledge of friendship when an ancestor of Maxine's had shown him an act of mercy. Tracker is another demon, imprisoned inside Oturu, and he hates Maxine.Blood Mama is the "lady lord of the parasites" — "the oldest, slyest nemesis of Maxine's bloodline — and currently inhabiting the body of the sheriff near Maxine's farm in Texas.The voice of a Lightbringer is power, the power to "alter the fabric of any living creature's soul. The only being, besides Maxine, who can kill an Aetar.Think of the Aetar as gods. They exist as sentient energy until they inhabit a body. They see humans as toys for them to play with, enslave, destroy. The only beings the Aetar did not create are the demons. Messengers are the soldiers of the Aetar. Lightbringers whose genes the Aetar tinkered with, who were enslaved and taught to revere the Aetar as their Divine Lords. The Wardens were created before the Reaper Kings were imprisoned on a Kiss.The Labyrinth is a maze, well, yeah, obviously. But it's an alternate plane, or more realistically, it's a "quantum highway that connected countless worlds". All you have to do is survive the ride. The Wasteland is a "sliver on the edge of the Labyrinth, an oubliette.The Cover and TitleIt's a golden cover of flames with Grant looking on at a defiant Maxine in black pants and a cropped black tank, in a ready stance in profile to us, her sword drawn, her long dark hair flowing down her back, her tattoos visible. My one question is, if the sword is part of the armor on her arm, why does it appear to be a separate thing? Where is the armor?The title is where Maxine goes at the end, into a Labyrinth of Stars, into unconsciousness.

  • StephanieG
    2019-03-08 10:15

    The fifth book in the Hunter Kiss series is an intriguing and action packed urban fantasy. Maxine is required to make a deal with the devil – the one living inside her – when she is forced to attack a race of beings with almost unlimited power in order to save Grant. But will it be enough considering the thing that Maxine is becoming is destine to destroy the world.This steady to fast plot keeps readers on their toes with lots of action, suspense, and drama. The author brings the story to life with vivid imagery, details and strong compelling characters that grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning. The tension builds throughout the story sending delicious shivers up the spine as Maxine tries to overcome the evil that wants to destroy her family and the world.The story centers more around the world and all the characters in it than on a specific plot or romance. But if you have followed the series then you know that Maxine how the romance with Grant has progressed and can certainly empathize with the paid and emotional turmoil that Maxine endures as this story has more emotional heart rending issues to be overcome as Maxine tries to save the lives of her family.There are lots of twists and turns in this thrilling read that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. The author captures the imagination with well written words and a fantastic world that she makes seem believable and the reader can easily imagine the boys as they come alive each night.The author has created a mesmerizing world with fantastic characters and intriguing and unique elements that keep readers entertained through each and every book. I highly recommend that if you haven’t read this series yet that you grab The Iron Hunt and start you adventure; I don’t really recommend reading this series out of order because it makes more of an impact when the reader follows the events as they happen.- Eva

  • Waverly
    2019-03-14 09:34

    I suspect that Liu's creative energy has been directed to other projects besides her novels recently. Though it took me a while to remember where the plot left off in the last Hunter Kiss story, the urban fantasy is well worth reading through this latest novel and has lots of scope for imaginative world-building expansion. The denouement this time ends with a radical life change for Maxine that borders on cliff-hanger. Yet the plot, while clearly the work of a veteran novelist, feels phoned in compared to the previous novels. (view spoiler)[Short answer: the gasp-worthy ending is a riff on "Luke, I am your father." Slightly longer answer: The only father figure in Maxine's life has a darker past than even he knew. The magical labyrinth armor from her true father's domain cannot protect her when the Destroyer strikes off the arm covered by the armor. Seriously, go back and watch the big reveal in the original Star Wars. (hide spoiler)]I hope Liu gets her imaginative groove back online for the next installment. While George Lucas gave us his best in the second Star Wars movie, the Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars series just isn't as fresh as his early sci fi. Please don't go that route through the stars.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-05 06:36

    Man, I just struggled to get in to this one. It should have been easier as the consequences were dire. The demons under Grant's care are dying, humans are seeing things they shouldn't and Maxine and Grant's unborn daughter is in danger. But, all I took away was a lot of moping, story gobbledygook, time and space jumping, eight million mentions of "my husband" and "my daughter" and the introduction of a Voldemort (Don't call say his name out loud!).

  • Aljean
    2019-03-07 09:10

    I did not like it. I especially did not like the ending. It really left us hanging. If Ms. Liu wanted a closure to the series, I think she should do another book & close it better in that one. I've liked her other Hunter novels but I was definitely disappointed in this one.

  • Aletia
    2019-03-17 06:16

    YES!!! I've been waiting for this book since #4, the Mortal Bone, came out!

  • Denise
    2019-03-06 13:06

    To wait soooo long for this book to come out I am very disappointed! I was looking for so much more, and the end was horrible in my opinion.

  • Edna
    2019-03-10 11:16

    Another great book in a awesome series.

  • Ming
    2019-02-18 07:23

    MEH! (2.5)Must have been some pressure to wrap up a series she last interest in ages ago

  • Esra
    2019-03-12 06:35

    review coming soon

  • Jeane
    2019-03-02 13:18

    One of the most boring books I have ever read. Barely anything happens.

  • TallaCassie
    2019-02-17 12:08

    Anticlimactic and disappointing in comparison to the previous books. Not really happy with the loose ends...

  • T.
    2019-02-20 09:12

    I checked Labyrinth of Stars, book 5 of the Hunter Kiss series, out from my local library. It's been years since I read book 4 so I had a rough time catching up with the story line-- thankfully, Liu gives enough backstory without rehashing that I soon picked up and read on. I've enjoyed the Hunter Kiss books since book 1 and this felt like a final chapter for the series. A good read, but I read in order, and scanning Mortal Bone before reading will probably make for a smoother transition to this book.

  • Anita
    2019-02-27 05:12

    Wonderful ending to a wonderful series. The story was full of thrilling moments, sad moments, tender moments and "how the hell are they going to get out of this" moments. I'm going to miss Maxine Kiss and her demons.

  • Paranormalbites
    2019-03-13 12:22

    When I was offered a review copy of the fifth book in Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss series, Labyrinth of Stars, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to revisit the Hunter Kiss world. I first discovered the series back in 2010 when I reviewed the third book, A Wild Light. I mentioned in that earlier review that the Hunter Kiss series is best read in order and that continues to be the case with Labyrinth of Stars. Any of the books can be enjoyed alone, but Marjorie M. Liu is an absolute master world-builder and creator of complex characters that evolve with each book in the series, resulting in a much fuller appreciation if you start reading the series at it’s inception and experience the evolution as it’s meant to unfold.Those who are unfamiliar with Liu’s writing may not know that in addition to writing urban fantasy and paranormal romance, she also has a fairly extensive background in writing comics, having written Black Widow, X-Men, and Avengers titles, among others. This fast paced, action driven writing style is very evident in the Hunter Kiss novels as well, and they venture well within the science fiction realm, blending demons with alien races, time/space travel, and a strong female protagonist who has a propensity for kicking ass first and taking names whenever.Maxine Kiss is a lot of things – a genetically programed hunter who harbors five of the most terrifying creatures to ever exist, while being at the same time a tragically flawed human, with the most incredibly dysfunctional upbringing, who has evolved exponentially beyond the intentions of those who created her. She is also married to someone who is the very light to her darkness, a first for her kind, and expecting her own first child. A killer, but one with a growing conscious and maternal instinct. She is what some consider to be a virtual time-bomb, and that’s a very serious problem for Maxine, Grant, and the Boys. I wasn’t entirely human. My ancestors had been tampered with. Treated like animals in an experiment that resulted in a bloodline meant to serve only one purpose: to be a living prison for five of the most dangerous demons in existence. Five creatures responsible for the deaths of worlds. Five hearts filled with such hunger and rage that even those who considered themselves gods (the same gods who had massacred billions for their own entertainment) could not fathom their cruelty. What no one expected… what no one could have counted on… was that the prison made for those five demons would be the path to their redemption. That even they could have a change of heart. The heart is powerful. The heart is a weapon.Maxine is also the last in her line, as is her Lightbringer husband – at least that is what others keep insisting. Being pregnant is a problem however, as it not only refutes what the alien races insist is true, but it also creates an “unknown” in their unborn daughter – a child that the Aetar who created Maxine’s line never foresaw and who’s very prospect of being terrifies those who consider themselves gods. Despite the incredible power between them, both Maxine and Grant are forced to take steps in their own personal evolutions that they don’t want to take, to fully embrace the unknown, armed with the most powerful and vulnerable weapon of all – the heart – in order to protect not only their child, their family, and the human race, but countless others as well.By the time that Labyrinth ends both Maxine and Grant have evolved into something other, and it is quite fitting as pretty much every secondary and minor character in the series has evolved as well. If nothing else, the Hunter Kiss series is about transformation. Marjorie has been quoted as saying, “I love writing about trust, love, courage, friendship, family, weaving all these things into a narrative that embraces characters who are outsiders, isolated, and gives them a place to call home.” She achieves this beautifully in this series.Sadly, Labyrinth will likely be the last full-length Hunter Kiss novel and this came as a surprise to me. This novel doesn’t feel like the end of a series to me. There are too many questions left unanswered for this to be the end. We have yet to see exactly what Maxine and Grant have each become and there is still a child to be born – a child full of endless possibilities as the product of a Warden and a Lightbringer. Not to mention the adventure of finding a new home for at least four alien races. How can the series possibly end now? You are the last. Wasn’t that what I’d always been told? But I refused to believe that. Maybe I was the last of something. But not everything.Although there may be some Hunter Kiss short stories or novellas in the future, I’m hoping to see a spin-off series that either features Maxine and Grant’s daughter, or focuses on the back story of the Boys. I love those chainsaw eating, teddy bear loving demons. They have a story to be told all of their own. They’re Reaper Kings for crying out loud, not minor characters! A Reaper King series would be awesome, don’t you think?

  • Jodi
    2019-03-13 12:35

    This review was originally posted at Fanboy Comics.Labyrinth of Stars is the fifth installment in Marjorie M. Liu’s urban fantasy series, Hunter Kiss. Maxine and Grant are expecting their daughter, the child who should inherit Maxine’s mantle as hunter, but Grant is also losing his strength after becoming a demon lord to four clans. The pair must balance their relationship, caring for flesh eating non-humans on modern Earth, and Maxine’s natural drive to eradicate demons to keep their fragile world intact. However, powerful forces fear the birth of Maxine and Grant’s gifted daughter and seek to fulfill the prophecy of Maxine being the last Hunter Kiss by killing the child in the womb. How far will this mother go to protect her child, and will a mysterious plague that threatens all life on Earth tip the scales? The plot summary for Labyrinth of Stars intrigued me from the moment I read it, and it should have been a book that I adored due to its meticulous world building, amazing demons, a capable female protagonist, and being set in my home state. I can chalk part of my confusion and disappointment up to not realizing that it’s the fifth book in a series (I’m usually a stickler for reading things in order), but once I gained traction in Liu’s carefully constructed world I realized I just hadn’t connected with Maxine on an emotional level. As a result it was hard to feel terribly invested in her struggles and adventures, and the scant page count felt interminable. However, before I dissect my personal reaction to the protagonist I must gush about how much I enjoyed the various demons presented throughout the novel. Maxine’s “boys” made me feel warm and fuzzy like I was thinking about someone’s incredibly powerful and destructive pets, and the love and devotion the Shurik showed Grant briefly made me feel less antipathy toward leeches/worms and the like. The Yorana, Mahati, and Osul demon tribes were also well characterized, and I had a sense of their different customs and ideologies from their appearances in the text. None of them were creatures I wanted to take home (it was abundantly clear they were only restrained with Grant and Maxine because Grant had become their lord), but they were intriguing to me in their ability to be both horrifying and gentle. Oturu, Maxine’s strange, shadowy protector, also moved me in ways that I didn’t expect. The revelation about the interior of his cape broke my heart because it was both beautiful and frightening. I can’t pinpoint an exact reason for why Maxine felt so two dimensional to me; the writing is well-done, and Maxine definitely isn’t a perfect character. Some of my coolness may stem from my personal experiences since as someone who doesn’t yearn for children I can’t fully relate to a woman who would sacrifice everything for her unborn child. I also didn’t completely buy into Grant and Maxine’s relationship. The story often told me how close the couple were, especially since Maxine was the first Hunter Kiss to try to have a marriage and family rather than becoming pregnant through a random fling, but I never believed the strength of their bond. As a result of lack of connection to Maxine, the first person protagonist, I struggled with caring about the outcome of the story. I never felt worried for her welfare or believed that she might not survive (I did believe that Grant could die, but because I lacked a sense of their strong bond, I also lacked reader empathy for Maxine’s plight.)My second complaint with Labyrinth is that the story didn’t fully coalesce until about halfway through the book. I spent the first 150 pages searching for a realized villain or antagonist rather than vague hints at Aetar fearing Maxine’s Hunter/Lightbringer hybrid daughter and a strange illness affecting the demons. When The Devourer finally became the focus of the quest the plot began to pick up, but I wasn’t really engaged until the main cast entered the Labyrinth. The fantastical elements of the world overrode my misgivings about characterization, and Maxine’s quest finally had a purpose I believed worthwhile. Overall, Labyrinth of Stars wasn’t my cup of tea, but I’m sure that fans of the entire series will love the latest installment. Maxine changes in ways no one could anticipate, and the last fifty or so pages have enough action, mystery, and challenges to keep even someone marginally interested, like myself, riveted. If ball busting, strong willed heroines make your world go round, start with The Iron Hunt (book 1) and give Maxine Kiss and her demon “boys” a go!3 Fiercely Protective Reaper Kings out of 5

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2019-03-15 07:06

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/la...Brought to you by OBS reviewer CaroPossible Spoilers!Labyrinth-of-stars-hunter-kissed-marjorie-m-liuA few years ago, on a trip to my local library, I came across the first Hunter Kiss novel. To my luck it hadn’t been that long since it had been published, so I have had the joy of following its progress. Surprisingly, I became an instant fan of Maxine, the boys and urban fantasy – which was a new genre for me. By the time I got to Darkness Calls I felt it had been a good choice of book to explore the genre. Needless to say, five books later in the series made me a fan of author Marjorie M. Liu.In Labyrinth of Stars, Maxine Kiss, is trying to enjoy her pregnancy, husband, Grant, and the company of the boys. But her peace doesn’t last forever. When she less expects it, a surprise attack is sent upon her on her mother’s farm, that at the moment is inhabited by demon clans under the lordship of Grant. With help from the clans and Reaper kings, they successfully win the fight, but not unharmed, for Grant is poisoned by an arrow.Mary helps Grant by giving him marijuana to chew which at first he hesitates but she assures him that cannabis is the antidote. Reason why she’s always consuming it. The Aetar have found them and they want them dead at all cost. Maxine has no choice but to look for her grandfather, Jack, and ask for his help. The Aetar have developed a poison powerful enough to kill demons and the hosts parasites inhabit, which leaves Maxine with little time to find a cure for when the clans at the farm start to die and her, now small, family becomes ill, too. How can she stop the disease from killing her and the boys? More important, how can she trust the one that can help her when everything indicates that he betrayed her to the Aetar?This book was filled with revelations, big surprises, sarcastic comments, and a dash of time traveling; taking the reader along with Maxine back in time again. We see Maxine use all that is in her power to save her unborn daughter and let her have an opportunity of a father and a family. Something none of her ancestors were able to have. We see more of her motherly side rather than the merciless hunter we first met in previous books. In addition, something else that I just couldn’t have enough of was her love towards Grant and how she lovingly called him my husband. It showed the change she is going through.One of my favorite characters, apart from the boys, is Mary. She’s a character that is always fun to have around with her machetes and handy velt. She has a strong presence even though she stays behind. She would definitely take good care of Maxine’s baby. Jack, since his first appearance, has been an intriguing character to keep track of. He might be the only close person to Maxine to have the information she needs, and he definitely proved to be a hidden card in this book.I do have a complaint, it’s more of a side comment, but I felt that the story dragged at some point. I didn’t want this book to have a mystery vibe, I just wanted answers! I feel that the pace of previous books was better. The end really came as a surprise; I was betting on clones, but nothing to do with that. I know that it took over a year for the release of Labyrinth of Stars, so I hope that the next book takes a little less time. I really anticipate that conclusion. Not to mention that Maxine’s father could make a special appearance.Overall, I very much enjoyed reading Labyrinth of Stars and returning to the Hunter Kiss world. I had never wanted so badly for a couple to end together in a book series until I met Maxine and Grant. Miss Marjorie, please give them a chance ;) .

  • Sandy S
    2019-02-24 11:29

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 25, 2014Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.*********REVIEW: LABYRINTH OF STARS is the fifth full length instalment in Marjorie Liu’s urban fantasy Hunter Kiss series focusing on demon hunter Maxine Kiss and monsters trying to take her down. Now that the five Reaper Kings and Maxine have become one again, she fights for the life of her unborn baby and that of her soul mate and husband Grant. Grant has been poisoned by an unknown source and his psychic connection to the thousands of screaming demons eats away at what is left of Grant’s sanity and health. But a virus is plaguing the demon population and although it was once thought that the human species was protected, no one will be safe when the virus begins to mutate and infect everyone and every kind. The storyline follows Maxine as she is pulled into the different dimensions searching for the Devourer-the being that has cursed the world with fear and death. As Maxine begins her journey she will encounter enemies at every opportunity and her enemies are willing to kill Maxine to prevent the end of the world. Maxine’s presence is an omen and the demons believe she will bring everyone down.Marjorie Liu writes an amazingly detailed and complex storyline where demons and Lightbringers; Kings and Queens; prophecies and curses all blend into a series that will take the reader through the portals of time and dimensions of hell. This is a story where problems are solved with violence and death; pain and grief. We watch as one woman struggles with her destiny knowing that the fates have decried her end but an end she is desperate to avoid at every chance. As Maxine encounters the past she cannot avoid her future when it comes in the form of someone she knows and can no longer trust.LABYRINTH OF STARS and the Hunter Kiss series of books should be read in order. There are many details from previous storylines that bleed throughout each instalment. I can only hope there will be a HEA for Maxine and Grant but the premise finds our couple dangerously close to losing one another and their HEA is not going to come-anytime soon.Copy supplied by the publisher.www.thereadingcafe.com

  • Arabella Thorne
    2019-03-12 13:36

    I have to be honest and say this is not my cup of tea because the violence is pretty unrelenting and there are very few moments of peace. There’s a little, to be fair, but not much. Overall the tale is very well and tightly done and populated with interesting characters. This is also a novel from an ongoing series. Hence some of my confusion about just what is happening.The story is full of terror, blood, disemboweled bodies, burning and four clans of demons that are isolated on our Earth on a 3000 acre spread in Texas. And the one who controls all this is Maxine Kiss---who pretty much comes off as not only Queen of the Universe but whose existence is the pivot on which many, many worlds turn. She has five demons that are a part of her lying on her skin as silvery veins of armor and as tats. They protect her. And feed her sandwiches and M & Ms when needed. She is married to a hunk named Grant, a Lightbringer (not really sure what the name applies to but he has some awesome skills) and she is expecting their first child, a daughter. A daughter whose mere existence as a fetus threatens so many beings and the status quo across the galaxies. Especially threatened are the Divine Lords—the Aetar who have created beings and decimated so many worlds. Worlds which are accessed through the portal of the Labyrinth.There are no faint emotions here. Everything is ferocious hate, immortal, all-consuming love, soul-ripping fear and eternal night. All presented at an insanely passionate level. It is a bit exhausting.This book rolls from one tense scene to another but almost the same kind of event is dealt with each time: someone wants to kill Maxine or threaten/injure someone in her immediate circle as she seeks answers to the plague threatening all she loves. A few demon clans respect Maxine but an awful lot of them just want to destroy and eat her (or any human in the vicinity). So she is constantly fending off attack as she tries to uncover who is responsible for the terrible plague. But surprisingly, in all this ugliness, there is also love underlying her actions: love for her husband, baby, her personal demons, and her world.Maxine needs to find a cure for a virus which is slowly killing the immortal demons as well as she and her husband….and Maxine discovers the only one who can stop it is the Devourer…(He Whose Name Should NOT be spoken-- or everybody nearby will freak out). The Devourer turns out to be not what she had assumed when they meet. Liu has created a completely unique construct of a universe of hell fire and wildness, populated by demons and the galactic- wide manipulators, the Aetar who make countless worlds in which to die or be tortured. I really haven’t read anything like it.

  • Kt
    2019-03-06 06:28

    Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..I feel like the entire series has been building to Maxine's pregnancy as that would be start of her end, since it's The Boys who keep her practically immortal, at least until they abandon her for her daughter. So, I thought I had known how things would go, but imagine my surprise when the author through a pretty big twist in there. It just goes to show that you shouldn't count your eggs before they are hatched, and I love being kept on my toes, so this was really impressive with me. Now don't worry, we still get all the great family dynamics and the softening change in Maxine is still there due to the new mothering instincts, it's just that things aren't going quite as originally thought. But if anyone could throw a wrench into tradition, it's Maxine.One of the best thing about these book is the character dynamics. I absolutely love how every single one of them are fully fleshed out, even to the most minor of characters. I have to say that while I love the romance between Grant and Maxine, it's the relationship between Maxine and The Boys that really steals the show for me. There is so much love and devotion between them that it just melts my heart. And when you add in the fact that they are quite possibly the most powerful beings in existence and yet so vulnerable at the same time, I absolutely love it. And again I have to mention the twists in this book as they directly relate to this dynamic , bringing it from great to quite possibly perfection as I loved how it changed things up. LABYRINTH OF STARS was an enjoyable installment as it hit all my top must haves, an exciting plot, character development, romance, and a good progression. However, one thing to note is that it doesn't really feel like a series ending book, so I was completely caught off guard when I found out that it was. Sure, Marjorie has said that there may be more short stories or novellas set in the series, but as this is the last full length in the series, I can't help feeling like things were left a bit too incomplete for my tastes. This leads me to some difficulty in choosing a rating as the book itself was great, but not so much for a series ender. I think to be fair, I'm going to rate based on the book itself, not it's role in the series, and just leave this note here on the series ending aspect. So that being said, fans of the series will be pleased with LABYRINTH OF STARS as it only made me fall more in love with Maxine, The Boys, Grant, and all the rest of the characters. I'll definitely be looking to see what Marjorie has coming next.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-02-23 07:29

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyEvery time I pick up a Hunter Kiss novel I fall in love with the world building and the amazing writing style that has marked this series has one of my favorites. LABYRINTH OF STARS more than met my expectations of a Hunter Kiss story (I’d recommend reading at least IRON HUNT before digging into this series with this book). What I find most fascinating in this series is the way in which over time the demons slowly became more complex to the point that I could see why killing them isn’t necessarily a completely good thing. I loved how each demon clan is given its own separate identity and characteristics. I continue to adore Maxine’s boys who live on her skin as protective tattoos and roam free other times with munched on teddy bears in toe. It constantly amazes me how these creatures who are super powerful and destructive can give me feel all warm and fuzzy inside regardless of the world destroying capabilities.In LABYRINTH OF STARS the danger hits closer to home for Maxine as she battles for the life of her child and learns more about her family history. I found it interesting how both Maxine and Grant’s fight to preserve something inside of them almost mirrored each other. Maxine fights to save her child from demons trying to kill it, and Grant is near death trying to preserve the life of demons living inside of him.LABYRINTH OF STARS feels like a book of transformations and change in that Maxine grows in her powers and moves on to a new point in her life by the end of this novel. Maxine goes through a lot in in this story and I actually had doubts as to her or even Grant’s survival on numerous occasions but somehow something spectacular happens and they keep on living to fight the next demon that comes at them.LABYRINTH OF STARS is a wonderful addition to the Hunter Kiss series and I look forward to seeing what is in store for Maxine, Grant, and Maxine’s boys.

  • Erin
    2019-02-23 09:11

    This book is a nonstop action fest, with Maxine careening from one crisis to another for nearly 300 pages. There are a lot of major changes for the characters in this book, and it provides a big turning point for the series. However, Liu's writing can sometimes be a little opaque and I had to read the ending twice. First because, did that really happen? And second because, what exactly happened there? Now that Maxine is pregnant with a daughter who will be half Lightbringer, the Aetar are out to kill her no matter what. They release a disease onto earth that infects not only the demons now under Maxine and Grant's protection, but humans as well. Liu keeps the plot tight and sleek, with small interludes at the beginning of each chapter reflecting on Maxine's plight as the latest in a long line of women destined to save the world. I love the way it is plotted. I love the way Maxine moves through time, getting glimpses of her dead mother and discovering what she would do to save her own daughter. I also love that Liu is doing a tiny bit more telling than she used to, because this is some metaphysical shit and showing isn't always enough. I can't believe I actually said that. Anyway, this is a great installment in the series, with all of our favorite characters popping up, and I can't wait for the next one.

  • Jennifer Reed
    2019-03-02 07:23

    Another great read by Marjorie M. Liu, with kick-ass action, and a rollercoaster ride that will have you shaking your head at he end. The characters and story line were very well-developed and I always enjoy reading about the boys. I can always picture them in my mind, especially when they are eating the stuffed test bear or chain saw. That always for some reason makes me want to grin. In this installment of the HUNTER KISS NOVELS, Maxine Kiss has to protect her unborn child, while also find out who developed this poison that is killing the demons and that has made Grant(her husband) sick and also her. Time is running out For Grant, she must find out who developed this poison and if they is a cure obtain it to help Grant and the others before it destroys her world.In the end Maxine becomes what she is destined to become, more than human and immortal. The boys are passed down to her daughter on her death, so now they are permanently with her now that she cannot die. At the end of this book I kept saying to myself "WOW!" , the ending as that good. I believe this is the last of this series for right now, I hate to see it end. When you have a series like this you always want more. I loved, love ,loved, oh did I say I loved LABYRINTH OF THE STARS that I give it 5/ 5 stars.

  • Helene
    2019-02-19 07:22

    As the last ( possible) in the series I wasn't overly impressed with this. Firstly it felt like a real hard slog just to reach the end of the book.*Spoilers*So Maxine and Grant have four clans of Demons living on their ranch. After an unexpected attack by the Aetar, Maxine has to go all out to save the life of her baby. While Grant is struggling to preserve the lives of the Demon clans. The amazing plot twist I had heard so much about.. wasn't that amazing. In fact given everything we already knew about *The Wolf* it was completely expected. A fact the Messenger reminds us of which Maxine locates her. But the conversation between Sarai and The Wolf was heartbreaking. One thing I love about these books is the empathy that the author creates for the Demons. You can't help but not empathise with a whole Demon clan that has mutilated themselves in order to feed their starving children, and the oh so cute Orsul Clan Children.As a simple book in the series this would have been okay, but as the possible final book it just didn't cut it for me. The ending just really didn't give any closure at all to the series

  • Jacquelyn
    2019-02-23 11:10

    This fifth book in Liu's Hunter Kiss series has everything that makes her work so great: a complex story, terrifying and unforgettable visuals, and characters you'll fall in love with even though you know nobody's safe and s*** is going to happen. Big sacrifices make for great storytelling, so if you're looking for a tidy ending where the heroes emerge unscathed, maybe save this one for another time. I loved it, so why four stars? Most of the story felt like walking. Lots of things happened, but it felt like Maxine was always going looking for something. Then the ending happened in like, 20 pages--BAM! Five books and suddenly it's over. Some questions are left unanswered, and I'm totally fine with that, since I know it leaves the door open for another book, and at least the biggest mysteries are addressed. Also, why is this book in the Romance section at Barnes & Noble? I know her other series is romance, but if they can justify putting Laurel K Hamilton in Fiction, certainly they can sneak Liu in too. I was walking to the register without it when I saw it on a "New Romance" shelf. Now I'm questioning everything I thought I knew.

  • Deva
    2019-02-21 06:29

    Review also posted on http://urbanparanormal.blogspot.comGrant and Maxine have a property full of demons. 4 different types that Grant is 'feeding' are living there in preparation for an upcoming war. There is really no point in being long winded so I'll give you the short version. We know that Maxine is pregnant. Blood Mama tells her what we already know, the aeters and whatevers are coming for her and that child ... Especially that child. Everyone starts getting sick, Jack is brought back, and the baby? Well ... You can read it on your own. Maxine has to figure out how to deal with this sickness that seems to be affecting not only her, but her demons, so the brunt of this story is trying to figure out the deal with this disease while trying to avoid the unborn child being murdered. In order to keep something from happening, Maxine makes a deal with the darkness within and well ... The end results are pretty horrific. If you remember in one of the previous books, Maxine ended up bald at the end. This one will have you going, 'are they gonna leave it like that? Oh ... They are.'

  • Pamela
    2019-03-10 06:11

    There has been so much said about this book, that I will keep it short.I love her writing style and she did not disappoint. It is supposed to be the last book of this series, which makes us all sad. I thought the end left way to many unanswered questions.....There was so much information to take in while reading this book, even though I have read them all, and many twists and turns. I rode the roller coaster ride, cried, cringed, and went through all the feelings a good book will give you, and then ? What happened to all the characters we have come to love..it is like a win after a battle, and no one knows the real outcome....is it over for now? Is everyone safe? Where are they all going? There should have been a final chapter to tie the loose ends up. Her grandfather, her 5 little demon kings, her child?How does one come back from all that this book put her through and just say..oh well have a nice day..I plan to try...the series is better than the ending...finish it out for us......Your fans deserve it...

  • Gail
    2019-02-26 05:25

    The last Hunter Kiss book. It's a long, strange journey to get to this point. Maxine's boys are back where they're supposed to be. She's happy with Grant and the baby she's expecting, so of course everything falls apart. Grant is now the demon lord for two species of demons and it's not going well because he wasn't meant to be that. Then the great enemy of his kind sends a virus to infect all the inhabitants of earth and they go looking for a cure while they're sick. The demons are sick, everybody's sick. People --loosely speaking-- keep showing up to attack them. Maxine's boys get sick too. And I had a really hard time following what was happening. All the events didn't feel well connected, or not well explained, or something. The end didn't feel exactly ended, just stopped. But, they did find a cure. Maxine finally made friends with the entity inside her, home was safe, and they were going off to find somewhere else to live. Like, Not-Earth. What can I say? I liked it.

  • Mitticus
    2019-03-12 10:20

    2,5Es el libro que menos me ha gustado de la serie. A ratos tremendamente confuso, me gustaba esta serie por una lírica especial que encontré en algún punto, pero ahora todo eso desapareció. Maxime es perturbadora, su mundo lo es, pero ha cambiado demasiado. Con frecuencia la gente se queja de que sus heroinas no cambian, no progresan, pero creo que aunque algunos cambios internos pueden hacerse, no sea esta la clave de cambiarnos tanto a un personaje. Ella es defensora antes que asesina. Pero todo eso fue quedando atrás, y aunque poco a poco fuimos discerniendo que ella no era del todo humana, este cambio radical es demasiado para mi. Demasiado. Ese final es una imagen que no puedo reconciliar, pero supongo que será el fin que vio la autora para este personaje... que ya no es más.

  • Cardyn Brooks
    2019-02-25 08:32

    Suspended reading at page 92 The relentless bombardment of slaughter, hopelessness, the f-word, and sewage imagery is forcing me to take a break from reading Labyrinth of Stars until the next installment is released. It's just too depressing with both Maxine and Grant in fatalistic mindsets. Also, the Lightbringer theme as analogous to the messiah versus Lucifer religious mythology isn't working for me (even though it's an expanded continuation of a theme in previous stories in this truly exceptional series). Waiting until the next installment's release will provide incentive for me to finish Labyrinth of Stars.