The Captain’s Log – apex (Mercedes Lackey) – Another series finished! Dang it had problems.

Ahoy there me mateys!  So I have been a fan of Mercedes Lackey ever since I picked up her Valdemar books as a kid.  This book is the last of the Hunter trilogy.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first two then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

As a reminder, the world is a post-apocalyptic US where after said disaster, a seam to the Otherworld opened allowing magic and monsters through.  Several centuries later, the world has slowly rebuilt behind walls and there are armies and other groups trying to keep regular citizens safe.  One of those groups is the Hunters whose purpose it be to hunt monsters of course!

I thought this final installment was going to be about how to end the war with the magic folk and it was – kinda sort of.  As I have said before, if ye haven’t read any of Lackey’s YA stuff, there is a lightness of tone to the books and the plot doesn’t really tend to have tons of psychology or real character development.  What I adored about the first two books were Hounds and monster hunting.  This book’s plot was a big old mess and so were the characters.

Some of the problems:

  • World building – I liked the concept of the Diseray and how monsters came to be but really it doesn’t make sense and isn’t explained.  What about all the other towns?  Why aren’t there better systems for monster fighting?
  • The romance – Lame.  Really lame.  Sickeningly so.
  • The other characters – Lackey set up characters to have a certain point in book two and then completely changes tack.  I mean a character dies and it was so lame that a) I didn’t even notice at the time; and b) didn’t care.  She had ruined one of me previous favorite characters!  The characters got more bland over time!
  • The main character – She was whiny, stupid, and selfish.  All the intelligence she ever had seemed to wash away.  And seriously she still acted like a dumb kid.  Not enough character growth.  And the special snowflakeness bothered me way more this time.
  • The plot – it never really escalated.  It was more of the same, rinse, repeat.  Even the monster hunts used the same tactics every single time.  Boring.  Instead of focusing on the magic folk, it instead became a human politics subplot that just sucked.  And the subplot came out of nowhere.
  • Hounds – I adored all the Hounds and they are never used well.  Magic dogs people.  They should all do magic cool things.  All the time.
  • The Final Battle – Absolutely utterly lame.  How it resolved was so dumb that I blinked at the pages in confusion.  WTF?
  • Answers – There were none.  At least none that made sense.  The book didn’t even feel like an ending.  It felt like someone lost the manuscript pages leading up to the conclusion and never noticed.

This series really should have been a standalone book and stopped with book one.  And if for some reason she writes another in this series I won’t read it.  I thought that this series would end up being a favorite.  It wasn’t.  It was a quick read but seriously, this book needed better plotting and editing.  And it sucked.  Publishers how did ye let this happen?  Walk the Plank!  Arrrr!

Side note: the world of the day is lame.  Again.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city’s Prefect, may make that impossible.

In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Her new assignment takes a dark turn when she finds a body in the sewers: a Psimon with no apparent injury or cause of death.

Reporting the incident makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorp’s scrutiny—the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. With her old enemy Ace still active in Hunts and the appearance of a Folk Mage who seems to have a particular interest in her, Joy realizes that the Apex conspiracy she uncovered before her Elite trials is anything but gone.

As the body count rises, she has no choice but to seek answers. Joy dives into the mysterious bowels of the city, uncovering secrets with far-reaching consequences for PsiCorp… and all of Apex City.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Mercedes Lackey – Author

To buy the novel visit:

elite – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

Broadside No. 8

hunter – book 1 (Second Reflections – YA Fantasy)

elite – book 2 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

shipscat collection (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

arrows of the queen (Second Reflections – Fantasy)

6 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – apex (Mercedes Lackey) – Another series finished! Dang it had problems.

  1. I know Lackey is kind of a (modern) classic- but I can’t find the motivation to read her. And it’s because I’m worried she’ll be dated with tropes that we’re fine when the books were written, but maybe aren’t as acceptable now. Like a lame romance shoehorned in just because. Sorry it didn’t work for you. (But good that you’re finished?!)


  2. Yeah, I also fell in love with Lackey’s writing when I was younger, and have been sorely disappointed by her more recent works. I’ve pretty much decided that I’m not going to read anything new of hers, and just stick to re-reading the ones I’ve already enjoyed. Though… I’m not sure I’ll still enjoy all of those now, either.


  3. I noticed around 3 trilogies into #ReadingValdemar that all the female characters and all the make characters were indistinguishable. Once Larry Dixon got involved, I felt the stories improved. It’s like she needs someone to pull her out of her own novel and see the problems. I mean, I would call that an editor, but she doesn’t seem to have one (this is how I FEEL and is likely untrue, but it seems like these powerhouse authors receive minimal feedback because they make money as is).


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