This book is an interesting variation from the normal vampire/werewolf story. It's about a woman of Cherokee descent who is a shape-shifter and works as a vampire slayer. The setting of this is present day New Orleans, Louisiana which gives it an aura of a fragrant Gothic atmosphere. This story was told in first person by the main character, Jane Yellowrock.
This book is the first of a series and introduces the setting and the main characters. I enjoyed reading this book, for the most part. I appreciated the style of the writer and the new world she has created. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I read this book as an audiobook: the narrator, Khristine Hvam, did a good job and had the right voice for the character.
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Faith Hunter introduces a whole new world with Skinwalker. A world of Vampires, Witches, and Magic based in today's time.
The story is simple, Jane is a Skinwalker with a twist. She hires herself out to slay Vampires who have gone "rogue". However that is not what made the story so good. It was the many twists and turns I cant reveal.
I look forward to reading more books as you only got a tease of what the rest of the world was like in this one but I look forward to spending more time with Jane Yellowrock and hope to have more questions answered both about her, and about the world she lives in!
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Great characters, great plot, exciting and fun. This is definitely a series I will continue to follow. Narration is spot on. This is a twist on the old para standard!
This is a title my daughter chose. I was hesitant to listen, as it appeared to be just another "romance in disguise" fantasy. Thankfully, it was not. I liked Beast and Jane's interactions throughout the story. I also appreciate Ms. Hunter's take on the skinwalker legend. The plot is fast paced and it is an easy quick listen. I finished all five in the series within a week, all just as enjoyable as the first.
MM no i like listing to the books alot more even though i would read it as well
MM thats hard to say because its the first time vampires have been portrayed in this way
Yes very much so she brings the charactors to life easliy
It took to sittings to listen to it intirely but i enjoyed it very much
Ive listened to all five books but wont be listing to any more as i think Jan yellowrock has become a bit of a harlot , thats a nice way of putting it
I'm so glad I purchased this book during the Halloween sale because if I'd paid full-price or a credit for it, I feel it would have been wasted.
The premise of this book is that a Cherokee woman is able to shape-shift into other forms and as such, has become a vampire-huntress, hired to kill a rogue vampire in New Orleans. Even though it's odd at first adjusting to the narrator's voice when she's in "Beast" form, which is usually a mountain lion or other type of cat, I felt that overall, this is what the author did best. Unfortunately, the human part of the main character I found to be incompatible with who she is supposed to be. The MC is supposed to be a really old Cherokee, who has spent the better part of her human life living as an outsider. I would have expected the MC to be sensitive, tough, wise, and somewhat socially awkward as a result of this background. Instead, she's a real smart-ass who flirts shamelessly like a hormonally charged teenager and tends to conduct herself in immature ways throughout the book. She doesn't use her knowledge at all to solve the case she was hired to do so way more humans and vampires end up dying in this book than needed to. I did not like the human MC at all. She drowned herself in her own patronizing, self-important nature and should have had more modesty and a more recognizable weakness.
The plot drove me crazy. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat. There are loads of descriptive narrative that never evolve into actual scenes. The author repeats herself multiple times, usually in the same chapter, which was annoying and made me wonder whether I'd somehow lost my place. (I hadn't.) I found most of the minor characters to be flat and/or stereotypes. Only two of them were interesting to me. By the time the last three chapters rolled around, I realized I no longer had patience for the story and didn't care to learn how it ended.
The narrator did the best she could, and lent an authenticity to the voices in the novel. She was probably the best part of this book. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
I loved the main character Jane and was really pleased that she wasn't just some slutty stereotype like a lot of other paranormal fantasy main characters.
The whole American Indian Story leaves you wanting to find out more about Jane and her past...
Really great naration, I am sure that it is difficult when switching between Beast and Jane and she does it with ease.
Very interesting main character who you like despite her flaws. Interesting premise and a good piece of fantasy. My only complaint is that it drags on and on and on. I honestly skipped about an hour toward the end. I don't know what I missed, but the problem is, I don't care what I missed. I might try another volume in the series via reading instead of listening and see if that helps.
I am not a professor of literature like previous reviewers make the impression of, i have not read other books/series by this author for comparison so keep that in mind as you read my review. A review i read on amazon (i like to use other sites to get broader opinions) compared this book to that of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series. I would NOT go that far, but it wasnt bad. I gave it three stars (and not higher) for two reasons. First, it did take me 3 hours of listening to get into the book. This was mostly for the second reason though- I really disliked the dialog when Jane was in her other "forms". So much so that i skipped one chapter entirely because it was bugging me so much. Eventually however you get sucked into the the plot enough that those few chapters are bearable. Other than that, i found the story and characters interesting and well developed. I will probably try the next in the series at some point but as it is, i do not regret the credit spent.
First off, there's a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed it, but I was in an extremely forgiving mindset because I was under the impression that this was Faith Hunter's first novel. I was able too look past the amaturish dialog, the unnecessary and plot-dragging repetition, and the heavy handed humor (protip: when you have to point out that something was supposed to be funny, that usually means that it wasn't, and if by some miracle it had been, you have just ruined the effect.) No self respecting editor or publisher should have let this go to print. I know it's difficult to catch all the mistakes, tense switches and unneccessary repetitions, but that's what beta readers are supposed to be for.
Faith Hunter has an intriguingly creative mind, but she is still making mistakes I wouldn't accept from a high-schooler's class project, much less a published book, and she's had at least three previous tries to practice.
The technical mistakes draw the reader out of the narrative enough that it is no longer possible to ignore the glaringly stupid choices the characters make, stereotypical cardboard villains, the pre-teen fantasy bad-boy love interests, and the myriad of other problems that are obvious upon any kind of reflection. When you throw in a cringeworthy narrator on top of all that, you find yourself starting to circle the drain.
Faith has the potential to be a very enjoyable writer, as evidenced by my ability to enjoy this book despite all the flaws (listed and unlisted). I just wish she'd take a bit more time after the first draft to check things over... and maybe read a Robert B Parker book now and again to learn how to write dialog.