Book Review: Monster Huntress by David Wiley

Monster Huntress

A YA fantasy from David Wiley


Consecrated with her mother’s blood and blessing

The world tells Ava she’s just a little girl who should know her place, but Ava wants a sword not a crown.

Ava and her father are following in her mother’s footsteps, hunting monsters in the 13 Kingdoms, seeking revenge for her mother’s untimely death. Little do they know that the monster responsible is building up a dangerous force. When The King requests the help of Ava’s father in exchange for her becoming a princess, Ava is not pleased. Can Ava escape her fate and the obnoxious prince of Harborg to live the life she’s always known, or will the dark plans of the monster catch her in his trap.

David Wiley combines the action of Tomb Raider with the fantastical elements of The Witcher to create the exciting world of The Young Huntress high fantasy series.

Track down Monster Huntress today and slay your need for good fantasy.


I have to admit I have not been keeping up with current YA fantasy trends, but I have  noticed the current trend of strong female lead characters in most any genre. This book does not disappoint. Wiley does a fantastic job of weaving in her emotions and her emotions about her emotions or her desire to not show them at all. This book is simply a delight to read, written so well you can’t put it down.

This book is a fast read, not because it is short, but because it is packed with adventure. Once I started reading it, I was loathe to put it down. When I did have to put it down, it was all I could think about returning to.

As a child, my favorite books were the ones that I could get lost in, the ones where I became the protagonist, the ones where I was the hero of the story. I would daydream and make up new adventures as this character. Wiley’s Ava is one such character. I wish I had met her when I was a child.

Wiley has a gift of bringing characters to life. Each character within Monster Huntress will make you care about them, whether its a hopeful love, a “what happens to,” or an innate dislike, because oh yes, things are not as simple as Ava would like them to be, and yes, there’s some bad juju at play.

Ava will work her way into your heart from the first chapter. You’ll find yourself experiencing the journey from the safety of your couch, but be prepared. You will get so lost in this book, so involved in the story that coming back to reality may be a shock. Feed your (and your child’s) imagination with Monster Huntress.

Author Biography:

David Wiley grew up around stories. He would frequently bring stacks of books to his mother at bedtime, always eager to have another book read before bed. Several decades have passed since those days, but little has changed: he still has a passion for stories.

His first short story to be published was “Lost in a Familiar Place”, a short piece of flash fiction that appeared in Firewords Quarterly. Since then he has seen several shorter pieces published in anthologies. His first solo publication, A Merchant in Oria, was published in the spring of 2017 by OWS Ink. David’s first full-length novel, Monster Huntress, released April 2018 and is set in the same fantasy world as his novella but follows a new protagonist: Ava, a young girl with aspirations of hunting monsters for a living.

When he isn’t writing, David can often be found enjoying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J. Maas, and many others. He also likes to delve into the literature of the Anglo-Saxons, such as Beowulf, and the Icelandic Sagas.

During his free time he also likes to sit around a table with others, pulling out modern board games such as War of the Ring, Mage Knight, Lignum, A Feast for Odin, and many other games.

If you want to reach David, he’d love to hear from you! You can email him at and stalk him on Social Media (you can find all of those links over at Be sure to sign up for his newsletter to stay on top of Book 2 progress, news of sales going on for his works, and more.

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