I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
I truly enjoy Khristine Hvam--she is a performer that I search on as I do for good authors. She brings this story to life--and does so in her other works. She is definitely top ten. Faith Hunter has a good (excellent maybe?) storyline, character development, and setting--but gets off on these Ann Rice-like tangents where these blood sucking monsters and there servants somehow make adult women think like 15 year old boys. It isn't romantic--or even realistically lustful, its shallow juvenile erotica. And it frustrated me intensely because the story could have been great! I bought and read the next two books, trying to ignore it, but the story isn't good enough to eclipse this stuff.
Yes, I will now dodge any further vampire books. The Ann Rice vampire books had sex in them, but mature sexual thought and the shallow, teen lust her doesn't fit for me.
The American Indian background was awesome, skin walker magic a totally new twist-- and the characters good. I can't figure why this great story has to be all twisted into sex. I'm so disappointed. I wish there was a version for adult men.
I like the development of Jane, her interactions with Beast, and her ongoing conflict between her spirit and that of the "big cat." I liked the way this woman can handle herself in a jam.
Yes, it is a good story, a good author, and a great reader. Could it be a poor support team on this set of books that forced teenage erotica into an otherwise professional and well conceived story? I could not recommend it unless the teen vamp sex thing is good to you.
I'd like to know if Faith Hunter (which sounds like a false name,) has written non-vampire erotica books--because she is very skilled apart from this one annoying, repetitive, and time wasting problem.
Still after 3 years,LOVING this!
Oh yes I will get all in the series
The sexual tension
Bruiser or Rickiebo. Can't choose
Have stakes, will travel
Curious what would become if combine a story with Anita Blake
Loved the book and overall really like Khristine Hvam as a narrator. Honestly though, some of her mispronunciations and downright wrong words are almost laughable. Askew instead of eschew? Condensation instead of condescension? Pronouncing fleur de lis as "floor duh lease?" Oy. I can understand why the various mispronunciations - as jarring as they are to me - were missed, but the wrong words make absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever in context and no one noticed?! Still, I like Hvam's cadence and speed, and her voices are basically good (the New Orleans accent and French could use a little work). Simon Vance as narrator is still the gold standard for me.
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When I originally heard about this series my first thought was “not another vampire hunter book” but, I quickly changed my tune when I met Jane’s Beast. I enjoyed the alternating POV’s of the main character, the large variety of unique supernaturals in the Jane Yellowrock universe and Faith Hunter’s descriptive yet action-packed writing style. Khristine Hvam’s superb narration also played a key role in my enjoy enjoyment of this audiobook; her transition between characters was smooth and I loved the way she read Beast’s parts.
For a novel about a skinwalker, Hunter reveals a surprisingly large amount of information about all of the other paranormals in her world with the exception of Jane herself, the character that I most wanted to learn about. Frustrating, yes, but the continued mystery surrounding Beast was even more maddening. Out of all of the creatures introduced in this book I enjoyed the witch mythology the most. I think this is the first time that I’ve come across magic practitioners that aren’t portrayed as human. Granted, there are tons of series’ out there where they evolve over time into something more but in this case, they are something other from the get-go which I found was a interesting twist on the typical witch.
I loved the back-and-forth between Jane and her Beast; they aren’t always in agreement as to the correct course of action in a given situation which made for some wildly entertaining internal arguments. Yellowrock’s POV was pretty much what I’ve come to expect from an Urban Fantasy heroine but Beast’s was something else entirely. Her perspective is more instinctual; she talks in halted sentences and is more hyper-aware of scents/sounds than your typical protagonist. I really felt like I was experiencing Hunter’s world from an animal’s POV, albeit a very intelligent one. This is also where Khristine Hvam’s narration really shined; her tone and rhythm captured my impression of Beast and brought it to life.
My biggest annoyance with this book was the lack of information where the main character is concerned. Normally I complain about too much information in the first installment of a series but in this case it was too little. Beast knows a lot more about Yellowrock and how they came to be together than she is letting on which again, frustrated me to no end. I couldn’t resist asking a friend who’s a few books ahead of me if more is revealed in the next installment because I don’t think that I could stand being strung along for too much longer. I need a lil’ something to keep me going! Luckily her response was affirmative so here’s hoping that Blood Cross sheds some light on a few more of this duo’s secrets. Aside from that, Skinwalker breathes new life into vampire hunter story line and takes talking to yourself to a whole new level of crazy. I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here.
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I believe that if I hadn't read the Mercy Thompson series my thoughts on this book wouldn't be so biased but I can't help it - they're just too close for comfort. Not that they're the same person or even in the same situation but there's just this familiar feel to Jane Yellowrock as if I've already read this.
One major difference however is Beast. She's talks like a caveman and apparently her and Jane's joining allowed them to live hundreds(?) of years. I'm still not sure about that but the world has yet to be defined enough to explain.
I will say bravo to an urban fantasy book that doesn't rely on a romantic storyline. You can see the beginning of few, and who knows which path Jane will take, but she's a strong female lead who doesn't rely on men. That said, she's strong yet seems a bit soft somehow. Can't put my finger on it but it just seems like the outcome has more to do with luck than pure skill. Also, the vampires and their hierarchy smell strongly of Sookie Stackhouse. BUT! On the plus side, if you loved Stackhouse and Mercy and want something just like them, here ya go!
If you are looking for a good series with a few books already out and don't want gratuitous sex scenes, Yellowrock is your gal. Hvam does a good job narrating. 4 stars.
It ranks about a 8 in my library
I loved the discription of the areas. She does a great job describing the sounds, weather, vibes of the land. The accents the reader uses enhances the vibe.
The accents, hands down. When I read my brain just uses a flat, boring, plain lack of accent voice.
Not a strong reaction I would say, but it definatly did its job of making me forget the current place im in. And transporting my to a place I have never been before.
Just plane good? Faith Hunters writing kept me captured and Jane Yellowrock and Beast hearded me straight to book 2. Finally a female heroine with her priorities in order.
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
Excellent Supernatural Thriller.
I would compare Skinwalker to the Dresden Files books or the Walker Papers.
She really captured the spirit of Jane Yellowrock and the side characters.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Especially the audiobook version.
There are a lot of fantasy books that have a strong female lead but this is the best that I have read. I also like really the Kate Daniels series. The Greywalker books is another series that has some very interesting characters and an imaginative concept.
Read this book and you will not regret it - then you have the rest of the series to look forward to.
I will continue with the series. I liked the complex plot of finding the antagonist. It kept me listening through the average performance.
I really didn't warm up to anyone in particular. Yellowrock is a bit too much...she can do EVERYTHING.
I can not say she is one of my favorites but I liked the book and will continue with the series.
No. But I found I did think about it at various times during my day and looked forward to the evening (when I listen) so I could find out what was going to unfold.
I know this isn't a sparkling endorsement but it was a good listen. Worth the time and price and entertaining. And, I enjoyed a book without steamy sex scenes every other page.