Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight - even if it means putting her life on the line....
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive...and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
©2013 Faith Hunter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
these stories are so life like one could be influenced to research the implied history just to disprove the assertion of the story. Credit should be given to the narrator for her ability to bring life to the story. She has the ability to relay the authors creation of characters into individuals who the reader can identify with.
The good: A tighter story than the last couple of books. Expands on the great vampire lore started in "Blood Cross". Developing side character relationships.
The bad: Two distractions - The weird pronunciation of the name Hieronymus. And Hvam is still too heavy on Yellowrock's accent. Not able to end a word with a pronounced "g". Annoyin'...
Worth a credit? Yes. I'll read the next one.
Jane Yellowrock = Greatness
This is a great book except Jane is feeling all angry and betrayed by Bruiser for the forced feeding as if it happened in the last book rather than the book before last. She seemed to be over it last book but now it keeps coming up. It's annoying.
Wow, it just keeps getting better and better. This time it's mutant vamps and to make it that more challenging Rick and Bruiser both acting as if they own her. To make that much more interesting a bit messy she is at odds with her feelings about Rick knowing she can only be his friend because of the curse and she is really upset at Bruiser for his betrayal. But she can't deny her feelings for either man no matter how much she tries. Oh yeah and Beast does not help her situation wanting to claim them both. It's complicated on so many levels and then comes the vamps with more of their intrigue and mystery that leaves Jane floundering from one clue to another. Oh and more witches are missing. Jane has to unravel all the clues and quickly or more people are going to die and the balance of power will shift and not for the better. Go Jane.
Very good as usual. However this story felt like a pushed out sequel versus others with a more abrupt ending than previous stories. Read it for sure but not author's previous quality. I'm curious if author or editor would agree. It was like "time to make the donuts"
The bonding between Jane, Eli, & the Kid
Beast's desire to have kits.
The series just keeps getting better! The story is riddled with action, suspense, a love triangle, family, humor, friendship new and old, and forgiveness. Fantastic read.
I listened to the first three books and while there was a lot of good action and great story lines, I found myself frustrated with Jane's character. Some of it was ridiculous -her hot thoughts and long gazes with Ricky and Bruiser in the middle of fights to death. More realistic, but still annoying was her self-flagellation for decisions made by her younger self even though those decisions were instinctive survival skills -she can kill vampires without issue in the present, but hates herself for absorbing Beast as a child in a life or death situation. Her absurd attractions - to Ricky (who will do anyone, oops anything, for his job); Bruiser, who SHE states is only truly loyal to Leo, but she still falls for; and even Leo who is a mix of slick, politician vamp and sick, demanding "master of all." The relationships were unrealistic and not what I would expect of someone with her background and knowledge. So while I loved Beast and Jane's general strength of character, the inconsistencies grated -she was too immature, her plans were not well thought out. She was no heroine -she was lucky and I decided I was done with the series.
But I couldn't find another series or any book I liked. So while waiting on Michelle Sagara's next "Cast in" book, waiting on Patricia Briggs' Mercy book and after re-listening to previous books, I pulled up Book 5 "Death's Rival" and was pleasantly surprised. Jane grew up. Suddenly she's doing real investigating, strategizing and dealing with the vampires as a professional.
Now in Book 6 she also shows real character, realistic emotions and she's become someone I can respect -still snarky, still Jane but with more intelligence and real feelings. I love the Younger brothers and the little family they've become. I love the continuity of the characters throughout the books -and the changes in the way Jane relates to them. I liked that she was able to work with Ricky and Bruiser without fawning mid-battle or even much outside of battle and that even Evan was pulled in to help. Eli's relationship with her is perfect (perfectly brotherly) and his little romance with the sheriff was fun. I love teenage Alex -the brilliant and annoying little brother. I loved Bobby and Charlie's stories, the way everyone worked to help them, find Charlie the help she needed and the incredibly sappy, sweet scene with Eli (no spoilers!) It was great to learn even more about Jane's past and how through remembering and learning, she is seeing herself in a better light. I like this newer, smarter Jane who can plan a job and still change directions on the fly when situations change. Much better story and I'm looking forward to the next one!
I love the new characters that have been introduced in the last couple books. I would recommend this series to anyone who like a strong female lead character and adventure with a little romance and no erotica.
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