I found the heroine and her backstory to be interesting and fun. She's a kick-ass character -- sort of a Cherokee Lara Croft with touches of Kinsey Milhone. And the idea of sharing her body with The Beast makes her even more interesting.
The book was too long -- it really needed some editing. There were too many confrontations with the Rogue -- over and over -- I kept feeling like the next confrontation needed to be the final one. But it wasn't. Over and over. Also I was bothered by the author reminding us numerous times about characters. They were essentially reintroduced a number of times as though we might forget them.
There were brief hints of possible romances. I'm interested to find out how this progresses as we move to later books.
The narrator did a terrific job. Her southern accents were great and her take on The Beast was spot-on.
Most of the Audible titles I've listened to Re books I've already read. Old friends. This one was new to me, and very good. Good structure, good story, and it looks like it will be a great series.
Probably not as there is not a lot of depth to the story but will read more of the series.
Jane Yellowrock. A strong female with a good sense of self despite a difficult childhood. Also liked her sense of humor.
Overall I found this a great listen. I thought the narrator brought Jane to life. the only problem I had (and the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars) was that the author kept telling us how Jane was worried about making the vampires mad when she didn't have her weapons with her, and then would have her spout off at the "vamps", as she called them. She would do this and then repeat how Jane was worried about making them mad. I didn't understand why the author would do this multiple times. There were a few tiny things that made me think that it wasn't read through before publishing, but they were very minor. Overall a great listen.
As a newly-fledged urban fantasy fan, I believe this series has potential but there are also some flaws that might drive some of the readers away. And I have not decided yet, which one I am.
First of all, the setting is really promising: it has vampires, shapeshifters and witches. Jane is a strong kick-ass heroine. She can take care of herself, fight, talk herself out of complex situations. And she is on a rogue vamp hunt in New Orleans! Jane is also beast, and we get to see the world from the beast's point of view. Which was a bit difficult to get used to at first.
The story-line is a bit traditional: a mystery, an out-of-town vamp hunter, some detective work, and awkward social situations. Certain aspects of it are quite unique: the skinwalker lore, the vampire social order and their relations with humans, some of their characteristics, feeding habits and rituals. But there are many clichés: all vampires are astonishing, rich and beautiful (and most of them with a French accent), Jane is tough, has an attitude, rides a moto and eats a lot of raw meat. And she is surrounded by gorgeous men that all want to sleep with her. Their appearance, clothes are described in detail. I found this attention to detail a bit annoying sometimes - I don't care what she wears every time she goes out or how she prepares tea, and oat meal every time. There is a lot of walking and talking around but there isn't much happening.
The narrator does a very good job.
How slowly the book progressed. Details are wonderful but not when they bog down the story. If I had to hear one more time how raw the meat was but that it was dead meat not fresh I was ready to scream.
Jane Yellowrock herself. She did not do it for me. She's rude, obnoxious and not very intelligent. She has trouble following the clues laid out in front of her and is never prepared.
Most of the shifts themselves, once I have heard how it happens once I do not require the exact details of it or the aftermath again.
This book did not do it for me I have no interest in continuing the series. The concept of a skinwalker vampire slayer working for the vamp council of New Orleans was fascinating however it never reached its potential.
The only complaint I have is on the performance. Myself born & raised in Texas & having relatives & friends from all over Louisiana including New Orleans know what Cajuns & people from Louisiana sound like! Ms. Hvam has mountain Hillbilly mistaken for any type of Louisiana accent. More research Ms. Khristine Hvam. It's not enough for me not to purchase the next in series, I liked the story & action!
I have been so discouraged with the filthy language in my favorite genre. Most of the time it isn't even necessary for the plot but IS offensive to the reader. Thank you Faith for a wonderfully written story with a gripping plot. I look forward to listening to many, many more of your excellent books. (If I could give you ten stars I would!)
A story all about monster's and creatures of legend. Jane is a skin walker who kills monsters that breaks the rules