I have already recommended the Jane Yellowrock series to several of my friends. As implausible as the premises seem, Hunter carries them off flawlessly, with suspense, with sensuality, and with a wry humor lacking from most authors' works. When she writes about the scents in air, you can smell them; when she writes about food, you can taste it; and when she writes about blood, well… I guess you'll have to experience that for yourself.
One of the things I liked best about this story is that it provides answers to several of the questions that have dogged (no pun intended) Jane throughout the previous four books. And as if that were not enough, Hunter provides a handful of new questions, at least as intriguing (possibly more) as the ones she just answered.
Khristine Hvam is the perfect narrator for this story. Whomever suggested her for the Jane Yellowrock series, and whomever approved her for it, both deserve huge bonuses, and (speaking for all of us who have listened to the books in the series) our everlasting gratitude.Khristine Hvam is just amazing. Somehow, she voices a half dozen (or more) different characters, and each one is recognizable. I especially love the voice she gives to Beast. If a mountain lion could speak English, I'm sure that is exactly how it would sound. Between Hunter's prose, and Hvam's narration, I'm not even aware that someone is telling me a story. I just close my eyes, or relax my vision, and it's as if I'm there. And every now and then when Jane raises an eyebrow, I'll catch myself raising an eyebrow; when beast retracts her upper lip to show her killing teeth, I find myself doing the same; I could go on. Hvam never stumbles, never makes you remember that she's reading to you. Her readings are some of the most transparent you're ever going to find. Go Khristine!
Speeking for myself, none the Jane Yellowrock books are books I would want to listen to all in one sitting. What they are, are books I would never want to stop reading. It's difficult to expand on that. The closest I can come is to say that I would love to live in Jane's head, along with Beast. And while I may not be as good a Hunter as beast, or as good a mate as George, I would hope to be able to offer an occasional insight, theory, or fact which would make "us" better with me than without me.
I could listen to this book over and over since we learn more and more about Jane, her past and now it appears her future. It grabs at you with her pain, her remorse, regret and her quest to learn about herself and her past. `
When Bruiser betrayed her to Leo and her flight away from the scene. It was heartbreaking and I could feel the pain in the narrator's voice and I cried with her.
No, but I'll certainly look for more. Although I hope she continues with the narration of Jane Yellowrock
Jane Yellowrock is what Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be all grown up with a big touch of Xena the Warrior Princess thrown in.
I love this series. I picked it up because it seemed to follow the same venue as Patricia Briggs series, Alpha and Omega and Mercy Thompson coyote shape shifter. But I got a lot more. It's an intense series and every book brings us closer to learning more about Jane and gets her futher and further in with the Vamps whom she dislikes but can't seem to stay away. This book gets us closer to the mystery and ends with another added problem to her already growing list. But the added characters of Eli and his computer nerd brother promise to make it a bit morre interesting. Love this series
This book forces Jane to face some very uncomfortable realities of working with vampires. We see her gain wisdom at a very high cost. My only complaint is the character Alex Younger. He is supposed to be 18, but he is treated, and acts, like a 15-year-old. It's grating to have a character who is supposed to be a legal adult continually referred to as "The Kid". Despite his incredibly valuable contributions, his older brother, Ely, does things like telling him when he can or cannot have fast food. On Ely, however, I find him to be a very refreshing character for the series and I hope he sticks around for a good long time.
Faith Hunter made some good decisions with this book. A fresh feel to the story, not just a rehash of old characters and their abilities. Good pacing and lots of action. That's the good part.
But what's up with Khristine Hvam's narration? I usually like her a lot. But here she seems to have lost her ability to pronounce the letter g at the end of words. I guess she's going for a southern (?) accent. But please - with all the huntin', fightin', throwin' and killin' going on, she sounds more and more like a hick. I went back and listened to the first two books in this series, and there she (Yellowrock) sounds quite normal. Weird!
An already good series is starting to really get its claws into me. It is becoming a bit more of a romance than I'd prefer but she kicks more tail than she chases so I'm still on board. Good interplay between characters
Jane! Non-stop warrior woman.
The scene with the wild boar was both funny and gross.
The forced feeding scene.....sent shivers of intense unease down my spine.
Excellent storyline. Non-stop action. Relationship problems. I love beast! I would like to punch Leo in the nose!