It was good. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but... I was so entirely swept up in the last book, and this one didn't pull me in as hard. It felt much more like character and feeling development than the action packed wow moments the last book had. As if the plot with the witches and spider vamps was an afterthought. None of this is bad, just an observation. We do learn a lot about different people like Sol, Rick, and the relationship with the Younger brothers and Jane. Leo and his manipulation, and Bruisers new smell. I think it needed more beast. Beast is so cunning and smart, but she was mostly asleep or just aiding in night vision... I missed her.
Overall it is good, worth a credit, and I think it lead to further interesting things.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Faith Hunters new series continues to be well developed as the primary characters are more deeply explored in Book 6 of the Jane Yellowrock series.
Conflict both physical and emotional is explored as Jane is called to discover the reason why the 'super vamps' seem to be resistant to her typical methods of making renegade vampires truly dead.
Janes personal relationships with her two primary love interests are further explored but we readers/listeners have even more exploration into Janes history and background-much is revealed in this book and my interest remained peaked.
In my opinion, the strong woman with a gentle heart in the series is a great role model for women from the older teen up to any mature age (I, for example, am 70) who enjoys her action mixed with introspection. Although I enjoy books with good love scene writing I also appreciate that Jane doesn't jump into bed with just anyone. She thinks about what she wants/needs before acting.
The action scenes are great-well written with lots of information about guns etc. The male reader would probably enjoy 6this series more than he expects...I encourage men who like action books to try the Jane Yellowstone series for light reading.
I loo forward to more in this series
I loved this book – Khristine Hvam is on my list of A+ Narrators
If you are checking out this book and have not read the other books from the Jane
Yellowrock Series, I strongly suggest starting with Book 1 – Skinwalker!
If you have read the other books, then you will likely already own this book because you have been waiting to read/listen to it.
My opinion – loved it!
Spoilers below (hopefully not too many as I ramble)
In Blood Trade Jane is still depressed, suffering from the aftermath of the last book. I must say I was glad to see some of the emotions playing out in this book from the forced binding in the last book. The section where Jane has a conversation with Bruiser was very good. I really liked the way that played out. I do still hope to see more follow in this relationship.
Jane takes a job cleaning up some of the mess that was left behind at the end of the last book. We have witches, evil vamps, Rick and company (Loved the sections with Sol and Pia). Actually, I just loved the interaction in this entire book, a good deal of interaction that just adds layers of interest and depth to the relationships. And I really am looking forward to the time when Sol and Jane actually talk more. I would like to see these two become friends. Jane is in need of female friends.
Other note-worthy events include
Rick and Jane in which Rick claims he will kill Bruiser if he every lays a hand on Jane then drag Jane off.
Bruiser explaining what has happened to him, Bruiser kicking major ass
Beast knocking the tar out of the white wolf
Jane knocking the tar out of the white wolf
Beast nuzzling/scent marking Rick again
Pia knocking the stuffing out of Rick (a few times)
Sol – love to know more about this character for sure. Hope to see more of her
Oh I just loved the whole thing. Read it/listen to it if you haven’t already!
I haven't read the print version.
I like the whole fantasy of people turning into other worldly creatures fighting good and evil. Also, I really enjoy how Jane Yellowrock struggles with her "inner beast" as she grapples with being a single woman in a modern world.
Blood Trade was a great addition to this series. I really enjoy serial books and this is one of my favorites. Faith Hunter continues to find new and humorous employment for Jane. I love the humor and often find myself laughing out loud.
Khristine Hvam as the narrator is awesome. She has the two things I look for in a narrator - the ability to differentiate the characters and the ability to express the action.
If you like a fun series - this is a good one.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. The characters are rich and interesting. The plots are well developed and well written. It is great moment when I come across something in the writing that really sings.
Jane Yellowrock is a very rich character and I love to go along with her on the adventure. She is tough and resilient.
Jane is the star of the book but all of the characters are well written and performed.
The entire book is a real thrill.
You can read the books in any order but you will get the most from them if you start from the beginning and have time to build an affection for Jane and an appreciation for all of the key characters and their history.
I love Faith Hunters' stories. I usually hate books that keep going, but Jane is a character one can't get enough of. Please write the next book, but Jane needs a mate soon :)
I really enjoy this series.. It has everything, guns, magic, supernatural, explosions, humor.. it all.. Ready for the next one.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
Six books into the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and the writing is still just as fantastic. The heroine, Jane/Beast are still kick-ass. Faith Hunter has built an outstanding world and characters that I enjoy visiting over and over. And with Khristine Hvam’s narration, the series is a winning combination.
Jane and her new partners/family the Younger brothers cross state lines over to Mississippi to clean out some vampires. With Jane being depressed for the last couple of months the brothers can’t wait to get the old Jane back and a job is just what they all need.
Why has Jane been depressed? The events that happened in Death’s Rival left her and beast with some personal challenges and heartbreak over loosing a dear friend and finding one of themselves bound to the MoC of Louisiana. Not to mention the bastard that betrayed her. If all that wasn’t enough she pushed her boyfriend, Ricky Bo away. Jane is all messed up emotionally and Beast is not happy with her.
Let’s address the love triangle that has been forming. There’s George aka Bruiser, the primo of Leo the head blood sucker. I use to be team Bruiser until Death’s Rival. He and Jane had more passion between them and I felt like RIcky Bo was the safer choice that Jane took because she couldn’t be with Bruiser because of his loyatly to Leo. But the more I see of Ricky Bo I’m now switched teams and I can’t see me EVER being team Bruiser again.
Blood Trade was not short of the action and blood that I’ve come to expect from the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane has a job to do and she gets it done but what’s different is that it’s not just her and Beast anymore. She as a team in the Younger brothers. They have really become Jane’s family. Which she really needs after loosing the family she had with her BFF Molly.
I was afraid with the additional of the older Younger brother, Eli that there was going to be another man wanting in Jane’s bed. But Faith Hunter made it clear in Blood Trade that Jane see’s Eli as a brother not a mate and Beast feels the same way. So yay. And with the way that Jane answers someone when they ask if she loves Bruiser I think it’s pretty clear that Jane may no longer be team Bruiser either. Doesn’t mean he can’t still make her heart skip a beat and if Beast had her way she would make Bruiser one of Jane’s mates.
I really enjoyed Blood Trade and how she got to see a softer side to Jane. I have hopes that Jane will work her way back to Molly and her family in the near future. The most important thing for Jane to have is friends and family to help her keep her humanity and not turn into just a killer that she fears will happen to her.
If you’re looking for a heroine with a unique bond with her beast within you really should check out Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
I started out on this series because of the many great reviews but when I started listening to the first book I thought that I wouldnt like it because of the concept of a big cat type "being" inside a bounty hunter woman. Also the cat-voice threw me off a bit at first. I decided to stick with it and all of the sudden I am on the 6th book! It kind of snuck up on me and I became interested in the characters and the ongoing storyline and even liked the narration! Give this series a shot, it is very entertaining.