Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought when Finished: Mercy Blade finalized this for me: I am #TeamJane #TeamBeast ! They are too good for both guys!
Overall Thoughts: Since I am late to the game with this series, this will be more of quick points about what keeps me going and what I am over with this series. I am over both boys! Seriously, Jane/Beast is better than both of them and if she is with them for more than Smexy times then she is settling (I reserve the right to change my mind later but right now anytime it is about the relationship--I kind of tune out). The mystery and the world building were phenomenal in Mercy Blade: once again! I am not sure how Faith dreams out these tricky situations but I am so glad she does. I would totally read a thriller by her because I am sure she would write a wonderful killer. Overall, I am still in love with this series but I do see the love triangle wearing on me!
Narrated By Khristine Hvam / Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
I may sound like a broken record but Khristine is rocking my socks off with her narration. In Mercy Blade, I have to say I was super impressed with her male voices. She nailed them!
Final Thoughts: I need to squeeze in book 4 soon :)
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
The third book in the Jane Yellowrock series continues the saga of Jane in New Orleans, still working for the vamps. This was alluded to at the end of the second book, "Blood Cross." Unlike "Skinwalker" which I believe is necessary to read before "Blood Cross," you don't have to have read the first two books in order to read "Mercy Blade." I think it would helpful in order to understand the main characters and what has occurred in their lives, but it's not necessary.
In this book we are introduced to new characters. Jane's closest friend, Molly, and the only other person who knows she's a skinwalker, comes to stay with her and brings her two children with her. Molly is a practicing witch, which was mentioned in the first two books, but now we get to see a more detailed view of what that means. We are also introduced to new "super nats," supernatural beings.
Whereas I liked Faith Hunter's imaginative tale of the Mercy Blade, I wasn't so impressed by the introduction of werewolves. I most certainly did not like the turn of events in the life of a person very important to Jane. I did not like how Molly's husband treated Jane whenever things went awry. I most certainly did not like how it ended.
Yet because of the way it ended, how it left me hanging, I immediately began listening to the fourth book. Call me a sucker if you want, but I absolutely had to find out what happened -- or didn't happen -- to this person who's very important to Jane and for whom I have been rooting the entire time. I'd love to write more about this, but I refuse to give anything away about the storyline.
If you liked Faith Hunter's first two Jane Yellowrock books, I'm sure you'll like this one as well. It's still a very interesting and entertaining book, but it's not exactly what I'd hoped it would be -- especially the ending.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Okay so for the last review I used this image of sitting on a porch and watching Jane ride one way, then back, then past again, then back... back and forth gathering clues and data. I'm using it again. Same search for clues, no one really telling her everything so she can solve a case, it would have been over quicker but... oh and lets make her fight a pack of werewolves whiles she's at it.
Sorry no. As much as I love a strong heroine, this is clearly the case of someone saying cat shifters are more awesome than wolf shifters. if we were being honest, Jane vs one werewolf, maybe even two, but a whole pack and she wins? No. I know this is fantasy but I need a little reality in this world that's been created.
Also, in the spirit of the love triangle, I believe we can safely say it's not a triangle if one of the guys goes off and cheats. Done. Hence the angst.
Still going on to the next book but I'm sensing a trend.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
The Heroine: At first look Jane is a tough as nails herione. She sees a job that needs to be done and she does it. But on the inside she is like everyone else, looking for a place to belong and someone to love. And she does all of this while figuring out how to balance her needs/wants with her beast's needs/wants. It's not always easy.
The Love Interest(s): I've not been on tean Rick from the begining. Sure he's sexy and tough but I feel like he is the safe guy that Jane decides to spend time with. I don't really feel any real connection between the two. Jane's secret and Rick's job keeps them from reaching the next level.
Now George, aka Brusier is the one that really tempts Jane but his the blood servant of the Master Vamp of New Orleans and Jane feels that she would come last in his life. But in Mercy Blade Jane starts to see that she's not 1st on Rick's list either.
I'm still holding out for Jane and Brusier to get together. I feel like he showed us he can take care of Jane in ways that she needs. But Jane is not one to easy fall into bed with someone. So it may take sometime for her and Brusier to finally seal the deal, if they do. (Fingers crossed)
The Plot: Like the other two books in the series, Mercy Blade is full of action, mystery and a touch of romance. There's humor, horror, blood and tearful moments.
The Series: I'm now 3 books into the Jane Yellowrock series and I'm still in love with the herione and the world. I can see me enjoying this series to it's end, which is not anytime soon. Faith Hunter stated in an interview that she is contracted for at least 3 more books which would bring us to a total of 9 with possibly more. I say bring them on! Fans of UF series with strong heriones that need some love in their life need to check out Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series.
Narration: Khristine Hvam IS JANE YELLOWROCK! She just knocks the narration out of the park from the timing to characters' accents. I won the next two books in paperback but I'm fighting the urge to get them in audio because I love this world on audio. I lost that battle. I now have them on audio.
Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.
Couldn't stop listening!
Angie Baby because of her innocence. And yet.....she thinks like an adult when things get bad and she doesn't panic.
YOU BET I HAVE!! Khristine Hvam is one of my very favorite narrators. I have several series she has done, and I will pick a new author just because she narrates. People have said that she sounds the same with all her voices. I disagree. Having listened to this series several times, I do hear the difference. The Cajun does need some help, buy otherwise, she is wonderful!!
OH!! I cried and laughed.
I have read all of the reviews for Faith's books and I don't understand how anyone can bash her like a couple have. I know it is their opinion and they have a right to it. HOWEVER...don't be a hateful, especially if you don't have all the facts straight. Faith had over 15 books written before the Skinwalker series was started (she also writes suspense under the name Gwen Hunter). I'm just sayin'.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I have listened to the entire series so far and have enjoyed it very much. I hope there will be many more books to this great series. I will be purchasing them as soon as they come out. :)
The third book in the Jane Yellowrock series does not disappoint in terms of story, suspense and plot. Faith Hunter is one of those writers who can pull off giving you the "who dunnit" early in the story and keep you reading to find out how they are caught and brought to account for their misdeeds. The only reason this book got four stars rather than five is that I find there is occasionally too much focus on background description and not a tight enough hold to the main action line, which I find a bit frustrating. If you can hang in there through the background commentary while the heroine is hanging by her nails, well, you're in for a great listen! I recommend the entire series of books, including this installation which leaves you with yet another mystery to contemplate until book four is released. Happy reading!
This wasn't my fave book. Rick remains a man whore n Jane takes it. I know she has issues but dam.
I love Jane n beast. I was hooked after the first book. I was just disappointed.
Always! The author is amazing n talented.
The narration is always good.
I'd like to set Rickybo on fire n put him out with a fork.
Love, love, love this character, and the rest of the ensemble cast (vampires, weres, blood servants and assorted other really bad scary people... in this series, the witches are mostly good, but when they are bad, they are very very bad... Nicely read as well.
The author continues to write an engaging story line that skims more layers off the surface of the main character. In addition the new supernatural characters, which I had never heard of before has added to the entertainment of these books!
"Jane fights for her lover."
In this book Rick Jane's lover goes undercover and then goes missing. Jane who is arranging a meeting between an African were cat and the Vampires now she has to put finding Rick on her list, busy girl our Jane.
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