This book makes an exceptionally nice change from others in this genre, mainly because the protagonist is a strong, independent woman who actually lik..Show More »es 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.
This is one of my favorite authors, series and narrators. I have listened to this series several times and I enjoy it more each time I listen to it. K..Show More »hristine Hvam does a fantastic job with the narration. I do love the Cherokee that is brought into the story. Hearing the language of The People, just makes the story pop off the pages for me. I do listen while I am reading along, and Khristine pauses where Faith pauses (commas etc.) I think that a lot of times, we miss things when we don't see print. HOWEVER I love my audio books and this series. Jane Yellowrock is a good person as well as a great vamp killer!! And I do love Angie-baby! She will break your heart. I just want to squeeze her but Big Cat would take my head off. These are great stories, lots of background and history (at least for me), and a very interesting take on where vamps started. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
First Thought when Finished: Mercy Blade finalized this for me: I am #TeamJane #TeamBeast ! They are too good for both guys!
Overall Thoughts: Since I am late to the game with this series, this will be more of quick points about what keeps me going and what I am over with this series. I am over both boys! Seriously, Jane/Beast is better than both of them and if she is with them for more than Smexy times then she is settling (I reserve the right to change my mind later but right now anytime it is about the relationship--I kind of tune out). The mystery and the world building were phenomenal in Mercy Blade: once again! I am not sure how Faith dreams out these tricky situations but I am so glad she does. I would totally read a thriller by her because I am sure she would write a wonderful killer. Overall, I am still in love with this series but I do see the love triangle wearing on me!
Narrated By Khristine Hvam / Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
I may sound like a broken record but Khristine is rocking my socks off with her narration. In Mercy Blade, I have to say I was super impressed with her male voices. She nailed them!
Final Thoughts: I need to squeeze in book 4 soon :)
ABSOLUTLY!!! I HAVE ALREADY! I also recommend that they listen to the rest of the series, in order, to get the full effect. I recommend Faith Hunter b..Show More »ecause I find her books are unpredictable. You might THINK you know what is going to happen, and them WHAM, she drops a bomb on you and things aren't as they seem. She spins a fantastic story. I will take a series that I like, and read/listen to it over and over, back to back several times because nothing else appeals to me but the world that particular author traps me in. Last year I listened to both of Faith Hunter's series (both entire series) 4 or 5 times EACH. GO FAITH!!
Great story and great narration. I finished this book late at night and I was so hyped up I couldn't fall asleep. I wanted more. I have really enjoy..Show More »ed all the books in this series but I found this story more suspenseful. I loved it.
The only bad thing about this book is that it ended!!!! Whine, whine, whine. I now have to wait another year, really?! Action packed, drama filled,..Show More » we are strong women hear us roar, all through the book! Loved it :) The action scenes just kill me....the detail and the wonderful narrator just make them come to life. I am so glad to see that one part of Jane's life gets resolved and she gets a little peace. Her love life, on the other hand, is going to take some work. (No, I am not going to spoil the surprise) The only thing I will say is that a sharp knife and the cutting off of some dangling parts would work wonders! I had a wonderful adventure with Jane Yellowrock and I can't wait to get to the next one.
Kristine Hvam, you ROCK!!! Loved your voices and your accents. Going to look for all the books that you narrate now.
Thanks for the wonderfully wild ride FH and KH :)
lol And YESSSSSSS its worth a credit and much more!
For fans of the Jane Yellowrock books, get ready for more of all that's best about this series, and plenty of new twists and turns.
The pac..Show More »ing of "Dark Heir" is wonderful. Beloved characters are given additional depth and rounding out. Complications in their lives, flaws in character, and personal growth make this an addictive, refreshing change from the genre's usual fare.
Jane Yellowrock is quirky, delightfully imperfect, and such a fantastic heroine. Her alter-ego, Beast, is equally likable, with a different personality altogether... and they work together so well. Their relationship has evolved and become both smoother and more complex, and so well-integrated into the story. There's nothing forced about it, and it's wonderful to see how her other relationships (in business, romance, and her friends) struggle and grow in "Dark Heir" -- something I was really hoping to see, as Hunter's been building up to it throughout the series.
And I have to tell you, of all of the Jane Yellowrock books, it's my absolute favorite.
Khristine Hvam narrates this book beautifully, doing an amazing job giving life to characters human and otherwise. She's the voice of Jane and Beast both in my mind now, and I cannot imagine anyone else more suitable as a narrator for this series.
As an author, Faith Hunter stands behind her characters and the world she's created for them, and she seems to not be losing steam with this series. Her excitement about these books is justifiable, as they are completely addictive. Every book is worth your credits, as are the Jane Yellowrock short stories (also available here on Audible).
Expect blood and violence, romance (and one steamy sex scene in particular - no pun intended), and some fairly significant changes in Jane's life.
Off the Grid was originally published in Black Water, a collection of Jane Yellowrock and it takes place between Blood Trade and Black Arts.
..Show More »Jane is set to the Knoxville, TN area by NOLA Master suck head, Leo, to help solve the case of a missing vampire. Jane finds herself in the middle of a sicko religious cult that treats the women (and girls) has their “heavenly play things”.
While Jane is figuring out what the missing vampire has to do with the cult she runs into a young woman in the woods named Nell.
It doesn’t matter if the team of Faith Hunter and Khristine Hvam get together for a 16+ hour audio or for one that’s just 2 hours long like Off the Grid, they are going to grab you with Jane and entertain the hell out of you.
Off the Grid was a fun and action pack listen in the Jane Yellowrock universal and a nice way to introduce Nell Ingram the leading heroine in Hunter’s “Jane spin-off” series, Soulwood. The first book is titled, Blood of the Earth and it will be hitting the shelves in October 2015. And a little birdie told me that Khristine Hvam will be the narrator. So I’m super excited!