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.
"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)
This is an excellent installment in the genre of vampire hunter fiction, and I consider myself a connoisseur. I don't give 5 stars lightly, but this book earned them with flying colors. I'm sorry I didn't stumble on this series sooner, one book and I am addicted. There will be no waiting for my monthly credit to finish out this series, no ma'am...
I feel like some fantasy writers choose the genre because indeed they have no idea how the real world actually works, so they need to write something in which they can make EVERYTHING up (or for that matter what a plot line would look like if it slapped them in the face...) None of that to be found here. Faith Hunter has written a wonderful tale that despite its use of vampires, skin walkers, and witches, actually feels quite feasible. The motivations and actions of the characters are also feasible, driven, and well written. Her grasp of history and culture is intelligent without being pedantic, really a treat to read [listen to].
The character of Jane Yellowrock is quite intriguing, and as other reviewers have said, it's nice to read about a heroine who actually likes herself. She's down to earth, very likable, funny, conscientious, and deadly good at her job of hunting and killing monsters. Her past and Cherokee lineage is a wonderful element of the character, and the author handled the suspense very well. I can't wait to find out more about Jane's past. And, well, she's a girl who rolls around on a vintage Harley with a Benelli shotgun on her back--bad a$$. :)
The other characters are also well developed, sophisticated, and culturally accurate, which though a small thing can be one of my biggest pet peeves in a story. Ms. Hunter did her homework and I commend her for it. The love interests are positively drool worthy too, I might add. Between the vampire master Leo, his servant George, and "The Joe", I can't choose who to root for! Though this isn't what I would call a love story, there are plenty of romantically-charged moments that keep the story fun and interesting, on top of the mystery plot line. Maybe later we'll get more of a love story, I certainly hope so. Hunter laid the ground work in the first book here without Jane jumping into bed with every handsome guy that looks her way, a nice change of pace. Without being a prude or a nun, Jane is the type of girl who seems to have just as much fun saying "No".
Some people have complained that the sections in which "Beast" is narrating were weird and confusing, but I found them quite entertaining, like stream of thought poetry if written by an animal on the hunt. Beast herself has a wry sense of humor all her own. Its a great creative touch to the story.
New Orleans is not an easy city to write about in her lavish complexity, and not many authors do it well. However, Hunter tackles the task with aplomb, treating the reader to colorful prose that should fill a narration of such a great city. I haven't read Hunter's bio, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out she lived there.
The narrator does a very good job bringing this story to life as well, I enjoyed listening to her very much. Not only Jane's voice sounds great, but the other voices for characters are treated with skill. Not many English speakers can pull off a French accent for extended paragraphs without sounding like they have peanut butter in their mouth, but Hvam delivers. :)
I guess my only nitpicking for the whole book is that some of the French words weren't quite pronounced correctly, which is not the end of the world, and Bruiser's accent seemed to change from French to English half way through the story, a little confusing. I also wish we'd found out a bit more about the rogue's identity and motivation in the end, past just Jane's speculation. The last fight scene was epic, but maybe lacked a little closure. Then again, maybe we find out more in Book 2, I haven't listened yet, but I'm about to start, right now...
Show me the credits!!!! :)
Jane is such a character. There are times that you flinch but it's all believable. Her personality is endearing because she gets bested in ways you could imagine you would react; from nervous giggles, uncertainty or accidentally saying your thoughts out loud. Then at other times she just has a bull in a china shop feel, that made me silently root for her outbursts and drama. With that said, it's not completely over the top and she comes off as a believable character considering the world that she is in.
The story is complex which makes it harder to predict. There are several characters that you scrutinize but you can't quite get a straight answer from. Regardless I wasn't upset about it because there is so much going on you aren't worried about the little details. Almost as if the author hints or tempts you to wonder a little but not stress over not knowing...yet. Given that the main character isn't a dolt and the story has a fair amount of twists make this book highly addictive.
Jane is tough, smart, funny and a little bit not herself. This book was easy to get into and stay into and when it was done, I downloaded the next two books right away! Great characters, excellent narrator and a good ole story.
Audible. ..yeahhhhhhh.....yeahhhhhh...Who Needs T.V.
In atleast my top 30 which is really saying a lot.
I thought when I started listing it was going 2 be a lot like the Mercedes Thompson series and had put off listening to it. But it is completely different and really well written. Very detail....
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I love this series!! It is so nice to listen to a book without all of the swearing that is added to other books and to not have all of the explicit sex scenes. This books are very easy to listen to, I have purchased all of the series from audible and am on my last book that is available. Very sad to not have another one right now.
Not a lot of swearing and explicit sex!!!!!
I might have enjoyed the parts where the beast took over if the story was still told form Jane's pov (even if the animal was in control.) I ended up skipping over the beast's bits of the story.
That depends on how often the beast's pov appears in the series.
I liked the world building and the characters. I would be tempted to buy more from this series if it weren't for the beast's pov.
I normally only listen to romance, paranormal romance mostly, but I enjoyed the story. It was very well written and had plenty of excitement. I liked the way when she was in cat form it actually talked how you would think a cat would think/talk if they could.
There is potential for romance but even without it I recommend it. It's definitely different. I plan on picking up the next one. Glad it was on the daily deal or I would have missed this story.
its long could of shorten the book by 2 hrs easy
a very good reader and a good voice
parts of the book was good other parts it was had to stay focused and pay attention to
...it was FUN! I'm not sold on Hvam's narration, I thought she was talking too fast at normal speed, but slowing it down to half speed sometimes caused issues. On the other hand the slower speed gave her voice a sensuous drawl that I felt fit the character perfectly. Khristine, take note: Slow it down a bit and purr a bit!
The story has a couple of good twists, and the heroine is confused and confusing enough to be very believable. Not high drama, but damn fun. Enough that I'll probably pick up the next in the series.
yes but only if they like these kind of books I wouldn't recommend this to a "new-bie" I did not enjoy all the gruesome details but overall I really liked it.
She's a good story teller and does a good job on the voices.
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