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Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1 | [Faith Hunter]

Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.
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Publisher's Summary

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind - a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

©2009 Faith Hunter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Judges' Award for Best Paranormal Audiobook, 2011

"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." (Kim Harrison)

"Hunter's very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres." (Booklist)

"Khristine Hvam portrays Jane with an adventurous-sounding voice edged with a twang.... Hvam’s voices for the Louisiana locals whom Jane learns to love and respect.... augment an intriguing story with hints of Native American mysticism." (AudioFile)

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    robert BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States 01-30-13
    robert BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth it"
    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Khristine Hvam?

    Although the Narrator did a fantastic job, the story did not capture my interest eventhough I tried seriously to like it. The concept of a skinwalker has been better done elsewhere. The backstory was too limited and the relationship between Jane and Beast was not solidified enough for my tastes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Faith Hunter again?

    No


    Did Khristine Hvam do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment; the story concept was interesting on forst blush but it was poorly executed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-26-13
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Breesmom

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    "Jane Yellowrock and Her World Established"

    This book is an interesting variation from the normal vampire/werewolf story. It's about a woman of Cherokee descent who is a shape-shifter and works as a vampire slayer. The setting of this is present day New Orleans, Louisiana which gives it an aura of a fragrant Gothic atmosphere. This story was told in first person by the main character, Jane Yellowrock.

    This book is the first of a series and introduces the setting and the main characters. I enjoyed reading this book, for the most part. I appreciated the style of the writer and the new world she has created. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I read this book as an audiobook: the narrator, Khristine Hvam, did a good job and had the right voice for the character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 01-25-13
    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.

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    "A Rock'n walk through the Big Easy"

    Faith Hunter introduces a whole new world with Skinwalker. A world of Vampires, Witches, and Magic based in today's time.

    The story is simple, Jane is a Skinwalker with a twist. She hires herself out to slay Vampires who have gone "rogue". However that is not what made the story so good. It was the many twists and turns I cant reveal.

    I look forward to reading more books as you only got a tease of what the rest of the world was like in this one but I look forward to spending more time with Jane Yellowrock and hope to have more questions answered both about her, and about the world she lives in!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    01-10-13
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    "Cheeky! I really had fun with this one!"

    Great characters, great plot, exciting and fun. This is definitely a series I will continue to follow. Narration is spot on. This is a twist on the old para standard!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-25-12
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I felt like it could be better"

    This was a good start but not my cup of tea. I found the characters to be annoying. The plot was ok, I felt like it could be better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cym 12-05-12
    Cym 12-05-12
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    "Surprisingly good"

    This is a title my daughter chose. I was hesitant to listen, as it appeared to be just another "romance in disguise" fantasy. Thankfully, it was not. I liked Beast and Jane's interactions throughout the story. I also appreciate Ms. Hunter's take on the skinwalker legend. The plot is fast paced and it is an easy quick listen. I finished all five in the series within a week, all just as enjoyable as the first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moree, Australia 11-24-12
    Anthony Moree, Australia 11-24-12
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    "Great book n charactors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Skinwalker to be better than the print version?

    MM no i like listing to the books alot more even though i would read it as well


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    MM thats hard to say because its the first time vampires have been portrayed in this way


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Yes very much so she brings the charactors to life easliy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took to sittings to listen to it intirely but i enjoyed it very much


    Any additional comments?

    Ive listened to all five books but wont be listing to any more as i think Jan yellowrock has become a bit of a harlot , thats a nice way of putting it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 11-23-12
    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 11-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting, Action packed."
    What did you love best about Skinwalker?

    The discriptions of the characters in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane/Beast Yellowrock.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    George/ Brusser


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept my attention all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-18-12
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    "Awesome story"

    I loved this story, right from the very first line. I was tickled with Jane's 'tude, right from her tooling into town on a hog, shotgun strapped to her back, to her nicknaming the blood servant "Troll" - the humor just kept rolling. Khristine did a good job of catching Jane's personality. There was good info on the lore of Vampires and Skinwalkers, too. And I loved her not-so-tame "kitty cat"! Speaks to my "inner cat".

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    Cynthia Claypool, AZ, United States 11-14-12
    Cynthia Claypool, AZ, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Grab a chair and prepare to be entertained!"
    Where does Skinwalker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved it, so I would give it a 9 out of 10 on the point scale.


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    I think this book stands on it's own. I can't compare it because it was so different


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different characters, voices and accents are fascinating. The way she portrays the characters brings them to life so that you can almost see them standing in front of you.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Woman or Beast? Are you sure you want to play?


    Any additional comments?

    The two distinctly different creatures inhabiting one body fascinated me. Seeing, hearing, and almost smelling the world through Beast's eyes was such a surprise. I wanted more.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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