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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"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)
I'm a big fan of Khristine Hvam's work. I'll buy just about anything that's got her name attached to it but this book didn't allow for her talent to shine through. I was both disappointed and bored! Story wise it didn't grab my attention much, I would drift off like a short attention span toddler and all to often had to rewind to listen to whole passages again to try and make sense of what I was hearing. I was absolutely annoyed at the parts with the "beast's" speach. A series of too many broken statemements (tiresome, boring, wanting to fast forward through the whole thing..). Usually I listen to whole books in a matter of a day or two but I have been dragging this one out for almost 3 weeks.. I just couldn't get into it.
Someone who doesn't mind subpar writing. Maybe Twilight fans.
It needed a heavy hand with the editing. There were glaring inconsistencies in character, such as the main character who shuns alcohol repeatedly, then says she metabolizes it preternaturally quickly, then declines a single glass of Champagne because she doesn't want to turn up to a party inebriated. The plot kept me listening to the book, because the story line itself was pretty solid. There were enough plot twists to keep me listening. I didn't mind the Agatha Cristie-style "the butler did it" ending, although it would have been a stronger book had she at least woven the culprit in better.
She had trouble switching from accent to accent, making clear delineations in which character was speaking. When characters with different accents had dialogue, or a conversation, it sounded like the narrator got tripped up remembered who had what accent. Her Southern accent was reasonably good, if not great. It was stronger during extended sections of Jane's monologue. Voices for Leo and Bruiser were inconsistent, like the narrator could not decide on an accent, and ended up with something entirely bogus. I'm not sure if she was trying to describe accents for people who had lived all over the world, but she didn't get them. Their voices were not credible on any level -- just irritating.
Irritation at the character inconsistencies; eagerness to find out where the story was going; irritation at the narrator falling short of expectations.
The author has a knack for storytelling, but needs to work on her writing to make it an enjoyable read/listen.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
It was a rough start.... But if you are willing to stick with it, it ends up being a pretty good story.
This was the first book I have listen to by Faith Hunter, usually when I come across a good series I can't stop at the first book. I'm on the fence whether or not to get the next book.
I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.
My enjoyment was completely wrapped up in Jane. She is a 6 foot, Harley riding, Cherokee Skinwalker. She is knows what she does best...Kill Vamps. And she is smart about managing her business. She lives and works in an Urban Fantasy world with Vampires and Witches and not too different from the familiar.
I didn't enjoy being in Beast's head on audio. Beast is Jane's alter-ego when she is in animal form. Beast also surfaces when Jane is in the presence of danger. Beast's short choppy thoughts felt authentic to what and how an animal would take in the world around them, plus assess threats. It kind of threw me and I had to work quickly to catch up and process the intel. Another reader/blogger said it would get better as the series continues. It wasn't enough to dash my enjoyment, but I look forward to Beast's voice evening out in my head. I also look forward to gaining a little more understanding of Jane's creation story and world. I really liked the characters and am sure things will start clicking in place as I continue.
Rick. He is a potential mating interest for Beast. I liked that FAITH is taking it slow in developing a possible relationship here. I have lots of questions and will just have to hurry up and get to BLOOD CROSS to gain answers.
This was a different KHRISTINE HVAM from what I am used to with her narration of the Laini Taylor series. She plays Jane with a touch of Southern without it being overdone. Thank You so much. Jane is mature, calm and confident, but with a sexy softness. KHRISTINE pegs the males from the bruiser body guards to the ancient-business-like vampires. Audio is a great way to go when HVAM is doing the narration.
Love this story, the charaters in this story are very interesting which add to the storyline, K.Hvam is a wonderful narrator and makes the story. Jane Yellowrock a skinwalker doesn't know all her powers, as the series travels, you see JY grow, makes friends, finds love, loses love and finds herself.
The reading was well done I have to say and the story itself is a well thought out idea but poorly executed. The parts where the author writes in the mind of the "beast" almost border on the absurd.
The writing as the beast really was very lacking and even the character of beast was poorly developed and never explored well.
She performed all the characters quite well and I particularly love the character of Tom.
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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Skinwalker was not what I expected at all and I liked it! The split personality (for lack of a better description)of the lead character Jane made me not only like her but sort of understand her potential "love triangle" (though I am not a fan of them so I am hoping for quick resolution). I loved the mystery and side characters so very much (hoping we get more of the BF and daughter). This is a series I will stick with!
Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Khristine Hvam and she knocked it out the freaking park! I really felt she was Jane/Beast. She pretty much nailed the guys voices too. IMPRESSED! I already know this will be an audio series for me!
I am trying to get through this book but each time Jane the main character shifts into an animal she talks like a child. It's driving me nuts.
Get rid of the baby talk.
The narrator is great.
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
I'm so glad I purchased this book during the Halloween sale because if I'd paid full-price or a credit for it, I feel it would have been wasted.
The premise of this book is that a Cherokee woman is able to shape-shift into other forms and as such, has become a vampire-huntress, hired to kill a rogue vampire in New Orleans. Even though it's odd at first adjusting to the narrator's voice when she's in "Beast" form, which is usually a mountain lion or other type of cat, I felt that overall, this is what the author did best. Unfortunately, the human part of the main character I found to be incompatible with who she is supposed to be. The MC is supposed to be a really old Cherokee, who has spent the better part of her human life living as an outsider. I would have expected the MC to be sensitive, tough, wise, and somewhat socially awkward as a result of this background. Instead, she's a real smart-ass who flirts shamelessly like a hormonally charged teenager and tends to conduct herself in immature ways throughout the book. She doesn't use her knowledge at all to solve the case she was hired to do so way more humans and vampires end up dying in this book than needed to. I did not like the human MC at all. She drowned herself in her own patronizing, self-important nature and should have had more modesty and a more recognizable weakness.
The plot drove me crazy. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat. There are loads of descriptive narrative that never evolve into actual scenes. The author repeats herself multiple times, usually in the same chapter, which was annoying and made me wonder whether I'd somehow lost my place. (I hadn't.) I found most of the minor characters to be flat and/or stereotypes. Only two of them were interesting to me. By the time the last three chapters rolled around, I realized I no longer had patience for the story and didn't care to learn how it ended.
The narrator did the best she could, and lent an authenticity to the voices in the novel. She was probably the best part of this book. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
I was a little reluctant to purchase this book, the review did not appeal to me, however I took the plunge, and loved it. The main character is strong, and I love her sense of humour. Beasts character adds another dimesion which I really enjoyed. I loved this so much, that my next 2 purchases were the next 2 books in the series.
This is without doubt one of the best shifter books I have ever come across, and defiantly the best one I?ve ever found on audio. The story its self is brilliant, as is that of the main character. Who she is and where she came from. The difference between how Jane sees the world in human form and when she is in the form of Beast is just one of the things that makes this story so gripping. All the characters are complex and intriguing as is the world in which the live. A truly great book that I will be able to listen to, and enjoy, over and over again.
"I couldnt get past the first ten mins"
I have no idea, a person who can be leave a narrator who sounds like shes going shopping is good.
no this was my clincher , this lady does not sound like she could handle a stray cat let alone supernatural baddies. this is why its important to choose your narrator carefully as this lady has a depth of character in her voice as a piece of a4
disappointment, normally I will listen to most books but a poor narrator ruins it for me,
Its wasn't for me, it may be for you
"Vampire fighting, form changing fighter"
In the most part I did enjoy this slightly different take on a vampire hunter. Jane's ability to change into the beast added a different angle to the story although I did find the short sentences when Jane was in beast form a little annoying after a while. There was lots of potential in the relationships Jane formed for future stories and I understand there are quite a few spin off stories involved. From a practical point of view I probably would have preferred the background more in this story but overall I would recommend as something a little different.
Yes, I've put the subsequent book on my wish list and will purchase soon. At end of the story she was about to do something so I'd like to see how this develops.
With narration, you get more of a feel for where the book is set with the different accents a narrator brings, That always adds something extra to the book (for me).
"Great narrator and gripping story"
I love the narrator's voice and the way she's telling the story. The best I heard so far. She makes the story so alive and gripping.
The story is about Jane Yellowrock who has this "dual personality" of herself and 'beast' who is living basicly inside her - or the other way around if she is shifting into beast. Although very different from each other, they seem to complement each other pretty well, especially in hunting down the bad guys. In some flashbacks we get to know more about them and how they came to be. All that while they hunt some mad creature who is killing vamps and humans and everyone is curious to find out, what Jane really is.
"Enjoyable but average genre offering."
Overall it's an enjoyable book but average in its composition and storytelling, not an outstanding genre offering but competent. There are a couple of real cringeworthy cliches that made me wonder if I was reading 50 shades of skinwalker!
The narrator was good but a few edits were noticeable.
Would I recommend it? Depends on your tastes but if like me you're coming to it after the Dresden books and the like you'll most likely find this a little lacking, although as mentioned not bad or poor by any stretch of the imagination. A book to try when there's little else to read.
"Great start to a great series"
Different gripping enjoyable
Jane Yellowrock the star of the series very likeable and powerful character
She performs them all well Jane is great but if I had to pick just one I think I would go for Leo the head Vampire I think she gets him perfectly
Yes but it's too long to do that so it wasn't practical. I kept grabbing bits when I could though
This is the first of a series currently of 9 books I have listened to them all and really enjoyed them the characters develop well. If you like this type of fantasy genre I think you will enjoy these. I actually preferred these to the sookie stackhouse series which I also enjoyed. Khristine Hvam is perfect
Having not read any print versions of books by Faith Hunter, I can't say whether her writing style is one that I prefer to hear or read.
I was drawn to this book because it seemed to sit neatly within the range of books that have kept me returning to Audible. There are aspects of the Jane Jameson books by Molly Harper, Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland, the Elemental Assassin series from Jennifer Estep and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, from The Hollows. All strong female characters, with a hint of the supernatural, similar, but markedly not the same.
I would say that some of my favourite scenes where Beast was in charge, although the final fight sequence with her frank handling of the situation was probably the most enjoyable.
This book definitely did not make me cry, but there were certainly a few lines that made me bark with laughter. I'm sure the people sitting next to me in traffic were a little taken aback!
If you enjoy writers such as Kim Harrison, Jennifer Estep and Diana Rowland, then I would certainly say this book is for you. I am yet to listen to any of the rest of the series, so will wait to hear book 2 before I think about recommending it as a series!
"New series to follow."
This is a book with a very strong lead character, Jane Yellowrock, who hunts rouge vampires for a living. But she has a secret, a very big secret. With the help of a secret partner Jane becomes the top hunter in the U.S.A. and because of this she becomes a target. Helped by her secret partner and her friends she knows she can survive anything.
"Great vampire hunter book"
Loved this book, if you liked True Blood you'll love this book with the twist that the hero is and skinwalker - she can transform into any animal she chooses but usually a Bob Cat very interesting. Loved it
A good start to what will hopefully be a long and eventful series. Janet is something I've never read about before a skin walker hundreds of years old and can take on the shape of different animals, yet she finds herself up against something she's never seen before.
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