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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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    Mobilis Dundurn, SK, Canada 06-01-10
    Mobilis Dundurn, SK, Canada 06-01-10
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    "How refreshing"

    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.

    78 of 82 people found this review helpful
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    Ducky Florida, United States 12-12-11
    Ducky Florida, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2008

    ducky

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    "LOVE THIS BOOK!!!"

    For me, this book hits ALL the things I love. A great story, Native Americans, strong woman that still has her soft side, and Vamps!!! Jane is a honest to goodness Harley driving Vamp killer. There is almost no bad language in any of Faith's books, that I have found and she proves that a great story CAN BE WRITTEN without a lot of cussing and sex. Don't get me wrong, I do like my bodice rippers,and Para-porn, it's just that sometimes I don't want to hear it. And sometimes just the blush is better than the show all, tell all. Hearing the language of "The People" was a very pleasant surprise and Khristine makes it sound so real.I wish there was more in the story. And just wait until you meet Big Cat. I love it when Jane and Cat talk to each other! Sooooooo..... I guess this is another writer and reader for me to collect. Enjoy!!

    33 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 06-13-13
    AudioAddict 06-13-13

    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!

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    "Pretty Good Book for this Genre"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 10-05-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 10-05-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Paranormal/mystery/vampire novel"

    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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-16-10
    Leslie Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-16-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Vampires & Shapeshifters & Witches, OH MY!"

    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.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Beth North Branch, MN, USA 05-25-12
    Beth North Branch, MN, USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Try it - you might like it!"

    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!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 04-20-12
    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprisingly good!"

    I put off trying this series for a long time. I don't really recall why, but when I ran out of other things to listen to, I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and the main character. I ended up listening to the whole series (so far), and liked them all.

    The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is that the main character has an annoying habit of taking on responsibility for anything and everything bad that happens, even when she's not present. That was a bit much for me, but perhaps it's a character flaw that will be explained and/or developed later in the series.

    All-in-all, it was a great listen!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 05-08-11
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 05-08-11 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Nice Twist on the Traditional"

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 02-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "almost quit listening, glad I didn't"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Ruiz 05-30-12
    Jose Ruiz 05-30-12 Member Since 2010

    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

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    "Different twist"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a rough start.... But if you are willing to stick with it, it ends up being a pretty good story.


    Was Skinwalker worth the listening time?

    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.


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Clare
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    "Perfection!!!"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsten
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/18/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hampshire U.K.
    10/21/14
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    "Great yellowrock"
    What made the experience of listening to Skinwalker the most enjoyable?

    the in depth characters and a good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    jane yellowrock she is just full of life and what is right and wrong


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

    So far all of them have been great


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

    I have been scared ,cried and laughed


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series ans am looking forward to more in the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    10/6/14
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    "Well worth a listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. The story is really good and I think it would appeal to a wide range of people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane Yellowrock. Because she's a strong, independent person that doesn't run and hide behind the closest bloke when things get tough.


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

    Yes, Khristine Hvam is by far my favourite narrator. She has a great voice to listen to and has a way of bringing the story and its characters to life.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    London, United Kingdom
    9/16/14
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    "good and original"

    the main thing with this book is that the two main characters' are likeable both caught in the same body.

    There are no distinct villains because the lead character hates vampires but has to work for them. It does keep you guessing as to who the rogue is and there are a few neat twists.

    Just hope the rest of the series live up to the 1st 1

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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