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)
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.
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!!
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.
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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.
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!
I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I love to listen and walk the day away along God's beautiful grace.
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.
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Yes I would. I've listened to it multiple times as it is.
When she first turned into Beast and we get Beast's point of view about New Orleans and the vampires.
She always does voices quite well. I enjoyed her reading the Priscilla Hutchins books by Jack McDevitt so knowing she was reading these was a bonus.
Have stakes...Will Travel!
Finally, a series of urban paranormal books that doesn't revolve around the heroine sleeping with everything in sight!!! Sex does not drive the plot in this series so if that;s what you are looking for you will be disappointed. There is some good attraction between Jane and a couple of the other major characters and she does settle into a relationship but the books are primarily mysteries with a paranormal twist. Jane does get a little angsty but the fact that there is an actual PLOT overrides that in a big way.
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.
Avid reader 5 to 10 books a month. I like urban fantasy and Sci-Fi the most. I do enjoy a bio every now and then.
That is Jane Yellow rocks business slogan. Cool isn't it. Jane hunts evil vampires ( seems like an oxymoron doesn't it) It this reality even the vampires have been regulated. Non law abiding Vampires are hunted down and killed.. That is Jane's job and she is very good at it. There are great characters here with their own sense of morality and Jane carefully plots her way between them often risking her life for a just cause. The interesting part is that sometimes she hunts these rogues down as either a human or a mountain lion. The pace is fast and exciting with tons of sword play, indian legends and motorcycle riding. It is very entertaining!
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!
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.
"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.
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