|Cover art by Alan Pollack|
Briefly, the Monster Hunter series largely follows the adventures of one
Nemesis, like Alpha before it, break that pattern by being presented in third person, tethered narrative. I believe the proper description would be "non-omniscient", but either way, the narrative is connected to a specific character.
In the case of this book, we're following the infamous Franks. Like with Alpha, the narrative is split between the past and the present, in this case it's from an interview/debriefing with Franks, where we get a lot of backstory, including what he actually is.
I'm going to keep this review short because I honestly don't want to spoil anything. Furthermore, this isn't exactly a deep story. Don't get me wrong, this is fun as hell, but it's light reading. Correia is fully in his element here. He's come a long way since Monster Hunter International, and he continues to improve. The Monster Hunter books are like good old fashioned action movies; the kind that give you all the thrills you could want without insulting your intelligence. I think his Grimnoir Trilogy is far more solid, he's got a good thing going here.
The book doesn't really stand alone. I mean, you could read it without the previous books, but a lot of things wouldn't make much sense, and really, you'd be missing out on a lot of fun, and spoiling things from the previous books. But the story does stand alone in that it tells a complete story as well as teasing the grander over-plot.
All in all, a very solid entry into this fast-paced and fun series.