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 can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Skinwalker is a vampire action/mystery. The main character, Jane Yellowrock, is of Indian origin and has the power to change into different creatures. IMHO, the best part of the book is when she is in the process of shifting or has already changed forms. Her thinking process becomes that of the beast she has become, which is definitely a cool perspective. The rest of the book is your typical vampire-killing story with a smaller mystery component. There is no romance or sex, but lots of action and blood. I personally thought the book was okay, but nothing special. It is an easy listen and comes to a satisfying conclusion, so it stands alone.
NARRATION - The narrator does a pretty good job except she mispronounces some words of French origin. Maybe it's just me, but it bugged me when she pronounced jewelry as "joolerie."
OVERALL - People who like this genre will probably like this book very much (thus the great reviews). I'm finding that I don't enjoy the vampire-hunting genre, but I'm plodding through the ones I bought in a recent sale.
This book makes an exceptionally nice change from others in this genre, mainly because the protagonist is a strong, independent woman who actually likes herself, and is comfortable with her lot in life. It's very nice to read a story in which the heroine isn't complaining endlessly about her life, or gnashing her teeth over how to make some preternatural being fall in love with her.
There are a few weak points concerning the writing; another reviewer mentioned that the writer points out her own jokes fairly often, and this really IS kind of annoying. The dialogue is kind of stilted in places, and a significant portion of the book is written from the POV of her cat-spirit, which takes a bit of getting used to.
For those who are tired of the violent and/or explicit sex that's so prevalent in urban fantasy, you'll find this book a nice change.
All in all, I consider this a good, solid debut novel in the Jane Yellowrock series, and I look forward to reading more.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I'm not a fan of most vampire books however the 2 "Jane Yellowrock" books I've listened to (and they are on sale the first week of October 2012) are more mystery than gory vamp books...and I like them.
There is a bit of romance but not lots..and I really like that I wasn't able to figure out the "Who Done It" myself, since I consider these books paranormal mysteries more than anything else.
If you enjoy this kind of mystery I'd really recommend buying these books right now-the sale price is a winner...Thanks Audible for introducing me to another author.
The narrator, Khristine Hvam does a really good job with the southern accents-but I like the way she 'does' The Beast best of all....and The Beast is too cool for words.
This is the first book that I have read by Faith Hunter. I found that I really enjoyed it. I liked that her main character is a strong, smart, and most importantly..... wait for it.....from North Carolina.
There has been alot of buzz about this book. So, I was pleasantly surprised, when I found it here.
Thanks Audible, for providing another great story within the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy genre.
FYI: This is a hint of romance in this book, but only a hint.
34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!
What I enjoyed about this book:
- The in-depth back-stories about Jane's beast and her tribe, the level of detail and description invested in helping us understand her shape-shifting abilities and the effort made in maintaining the laws of physics by explaining where all the mass comes from and goes to when she shape-shifts into larger or smaller bodies.
- Having a main character with a rich Native American background and how this is gradually introduced into the story.
- The narration, it was excellent and I found Khristine Hvam's pronounciation of the Cherokee language authentic-sounding and a pleasure to listen to.
- The shape-shifting, 'nuff said, it was awesome and well-implemented.
- The vampire culture (the cemetery burial scene was great).
- The solving of the mystery of the killer, who it ended up being and what the repercussions will be.
What I didn't like and why I won't be reading any more books in the series:
- How much time and level of detail is spent describing her tea fetish, the scene in the restaurant where she goes to eat, her amazing dancing skills on the dancefloor on more than one occasion. This might just be because I find all this to be too 'girly' and therefore boring coming from a male perspective but I just couldn't get around the feeling that too much time was spent on such mundane things.
- How competent Jane is at seemingly everything she does which just strains credulity and is further compounded by how easily she dispatches her foes (the best characters are the ones that while powerful, are also fallible). I never got the sense that she was ever in any real danger.
I put off listening to this series for almost two years. It continuously showed in my recommended list but I was convinced I wouldn't like it - maybe it was the cover art???
I gave in and bought it last week because it was on sale. I listened to it immediately and was pleasantly surprised. The character of Jane is pickly and tough, not very likable at first. She has been hired by a local vampire council to hunt a rogue. Jane is uniquely qualified for the job bacuse she shares her body with Beast, a panther spirit whose body she hijacked by accident when she was a child. Jane/Beast can transform into animal form and has a well developed sense of smell.
If you can suspend your disbelief long enough to get into the story, it is fast paced and well written. The references to Cherokee culture are well researched and seamlessly integrated. The dialog is okay - not spectacluarly witty, but okay. The voice of Beast is the one dialog exception. The way Faith Hunter writes for Beast and Khristine Hvam reads it is masterful!
After resisting this series for two years, I bought the other three books after finishing this one! Don't be deceived by the cover art it hides a great story!
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.
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
OK this is a great twist on the traditional interpretation of vampires, witches and skinwalkers, especially the part about mass having to go somewhere. After I got used to the beast's narration and how she thinks acts and speaks as the beast I was go to go. I admit it was a shock at first but the narrator handled it well and the author put a great twist on the ordinary. I loved it, and I am hooked.
Actually, I quit listening to this book about two chapters in. The dialogue of Jane's beast about drove me nuts, the first time she changed forms. I absolutely hated it, so I quit listening. Then, I read other reviews, and the majority really liked the book. So, I gave it another try. The story developed, and became quite interesting, and luckily beast didn't do too much hunting ( cause I still don't care for the dialogue). At any rate, it turned out to be a good book, and I will buy the next installment.
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.
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