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....
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic....
On her 18th birthday, Jane Yellowrock leaves the children’s home where she was raised, and heads north to her first job. But she makes a detour and discovers where she came from, who she is, and what she is....
Jane Yellowrock, her best friend Molly Trueblood, an earth witch, police detective Paul "Brax" Braxton, and Molly's husband Evan go after a blood-family of rogue-vampires....
It is in Skinwalker that Jane Yellowrock first meets George Dumas (Bruiser) and Leo Pellissier. Now, in "First Sight", that encounter is revisited....
Jane Yellowrock and the Younger brothers, partners in Yellowrock Securities, are hired by the state of Louisiana to track, hunt, and dispatch a small pack of marauding werewolves.....
In this story from the Jane Yellowrock universe, undercover agent Rick LaFleur has been working on gaining access to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans....
Rick LaFleur, former New Orleans undercover cop, now a black were-leopard stuck in human form, is at the PsyLED academy....
When Molly Everhart Trueblood doesn’t show up for her shift at Seven Sassy Sisters Herb Shop and Café, Jane Yellowrock goes to the house to check on her. There Jane discovers a black cloud of wild, out of control magic attacking the small home....
When Jane killed a small pack of marauding werewolves, she had no idea that the female had a brother in Angola prison....
Molly Everhart Trueblood and Jane Yellowrock try to discover if a local house is indeed haunted. But the problem that they discover is far worse than a ghostly haunting, and far more difficult to solve....
When police officer Rick LaFLeur is infected with the taint of black were-leopard, he goes to Jane Yellowrock for help....
Jane Yellowrock has motorcycle trouble and pulls into Bayou Oiseau, hoping for help from a local motorcycle shop. Instead, she is drawn into a war between the local witches and the local, non-aligned vampires....
Beast, with Jane Yellowrock in the background of her mind, observes the lumber camp of white men who are destroying her hunting grounds....
In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen....
George Dumas (Bruiser) calls Jane Yellowrock to the Royal Mojo Blues Company, because the club has been the scene of vampire attacks from an unknown rogue-vamp.
Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt....
Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop....
Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.
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Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
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 :)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The Heroine: At first look Jane is a tough as nails herione. She sees a job that needs to be done and she does it. But on the inside she is like everyone else, looking for a place to belong and someone to love. And she does all of this while figuring out how to balance her needs/wants with her beast's needs/wants. It's not always easy.
The Love Interest(s): I've not been on tean Rick from the begining. Sure he's sexy and tough but I feel like he is the safe guy that Jane decides to spend time with. I don't really feel any real connection between the two. Jane's secret and Rick's job keeps them from reaching the next level.
Now George, aka Brusier is the one that really tempts Jane but his the blood servant of the Master Vamp of New Orleans and Jane feels that she would come last in his life. But in Mercy Blade Jane starts to see that she's not 1st on Rick's list either.
I'm still holding out for Jane and Brusier to get together. I feel like he showed us he can take care of Jane in ways that she needs. But Jane is not one to easy fall into bed with someone. So it may take sometime for her and Brusier to finally seal the deal, if they do. (Fingers crossed)
The Plot: Like the other two books in the series, Mercy Blade is full of action, mystery and a touch of romance. There's humor, horror, blood and tearful moments.
The Series: I'm now 3 books into the Jane Yellowrock series and I'm still in love with the herione and the world. I can see me enjoying this series to it's end, which is not anytime soon. Faith Hunter stated in an interview that she is contracted for at least 3 more books which would bring us to a total of 9 with possibly more. I say bring them on! Fans of UF series with strong heriones that need some love in their life need to check out Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series.
Narration: Khristine Hvam IS JANE YELLOWROCK! She just knocks the narration out of the park from the timing to characters' accents. I won the next two books in paperback but I'm fighting the urge to get them in audio because I love this world on audio. I lost that battle. I now have them on audio.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
The third book in the Jane Yellowrock series continues the saga of Jane in New Orleans, still working for the vamps. This was alluded to at the end of the second book, "Blood Cross." Unlike "Skinwalker" which I believe is necessary to read before "Blood Cross," you don't have to have read the first two books in order to read "Mercy Blade." I think it would helpful in order to understand the main characters and what has occurred in their lives, but it's not necessary.
In this book we are introduced to new characters. Jane's closest friend, Molly, and the only other person who knows she's a skinwalker, comes to stay with her and brings her two children with her. Molly is a practicing witch, which was mentioned in the first two books, but now we get to see a more detailed view of what that means. We are also introduced to new "super nats," supernatural beings.
Whereas I liked Faith Hunter's imaginative tale of the Mercy Blade, I wasn't so impressed by the introduction of werewolves. I most certainly did not like the turn of events in the life of a person very important to Jane. I did not like how Molly's husband treated Jane whenever things went awry. I most certainly did not like how it ended.
Yet because of the way it ended, how it left me hanging, I immediately began listening to the fourth book. Call me a sucker if you want, but I absolutely had to find out what happened -- or didn't happen -- to this person who's very important to Jane and for whom I have been rooting the entire time. I'd love to write more about this, but I refuse to give anything away about the storyline.
If you liked Faith Hunter's first two Jane Yellowrock books, I'm sure you'll like this one as well. It's still a very interesting and entertaining book, but it's not exactly what I'd hoped it would be -- especially the ending.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I have listened to the entire series so far and have enjoyed it very much. I hope there will be many more books to this great series. I will be purchasing them as soon as they come out. :)
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Mercy Blade in three words, what would they be?
Couldn't stop listening!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Angie Baby because of her innocence. And yet.....she thinks like an adult when things get bad and she doesn't panic.
Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
YOU BET I HAVE!! Khristine Hvam is one of my very favorite narrators. I have several series she has done, and I will pick a new author just because she narrates. People have said that she sounds the same with all her voices. I disagree. Having listened to this series several times, I do hear the difference. The Cajun does need some help, buy otherwise, she is wonderful!!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
OH!! I cried and laughed.
Any additional comments?
I have read all of the reviews for Faith's books and I don't understand how anyone can bash her like a couple have. I know it is their opinion and they have a right to it. HOWEVER...don't be a hateful, especially if you don't have all the facts straight. Faith had over 15 books written before the Skinwalker series was started (she also writes suspense under the name Gwen Hunter). I'm just sayin'.
15 of 19 people found this review helpful
What did you like about this audiobook?
This wasn't my fave book. Rick remains a man whore n Jane takes it. I know she has issues but dam.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
I love Jane n beast. I was hooked after the first book. I was just disappointed.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
Always! The author is amazing n talented.
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
The narration is always good.
Do you have any additional comments?
I'd like to set Rickybo on fire n put him out with a fork.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The third book in the Jane Yellowrock series does not disappoint in terms of story, suspense and plot. Faith Hunter is one of those writers who can pull off giving you the "who dunnit" early in the story and keep you reading to find out how they are caught and brought to account for their misdeeds. The only reason this book got four stars rather than five is that I find there is occasionally too much focus on background description and not a tight enough hold to the main action line, which I find a bit frustrating. If you can hang in there through the background commentary while the heroine is hanging by her nails, well, you're in for a great listen! I recommend the entire series of books, including this installation which leaves you with yet another mystery to contemplate until book four is released. Happy reading!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Okay so for the last review I used this image of sitting on a porch and watching Jane ride one way, then back, then past again, then back... back and forth gathering clues and data. I'm using it again. Same search for clues, no one really telling her everything so she can solve a case, it would have been over quicker but... oh and lets make her fight a pack of werewolves whiles she's at it.
Sorry no. As much as I love a strong heroine, this is clearly the case of someone saying cat shifters are more awesome than wolf shifters. if we were being honest, Jane vs one werewolf, maybe even two, but a whole pack and she wins? No. I know this is fantasy but I need a little reality in this world that's been created.
Also, in the spirit of the love triangle, I believe we can safely say it's not a triangle if one of the guys goes off and cheats. Done. Hence the angst.
Still going on to the next book but I'm sensing a trend.
12 of 16 people found this review helpful
Jane is somewhat settling into her life in New Orleans. She has a job that pays well, even though Leo isn't quite himself yet. She has a boyfriend, the sexy Ricky Bo, and things are good between them. And she has a mentor of sorts, Aggie One Feather, helping her learn her Cherokee heritage. But of course things go very wrong and it's up to Jane to put the pieces together and save everyone, if she can.
The Weres have come out on national television showing the change. If that's not big enough news, the Werewolves are in town and accusing Leo of murder. Ricky Bo is deep undercover and it looks like trouble in Paradise, or is it more than that? The vamps are having a power struggle- and Jane is smack dab in the middle of it all.
Without giving too much away, I will say that a lot happens in this book. Jane meets not only werewolves but werepanthers and a couple of other unidentified Supes. There's a murder that escalates the tension between all groups and Evangelina is up to something. Her relationship with Ricky Bo is put to a test and the sexual attraction to Bruiser heats up! Beast is such a Slut, lol. Jane also learns more Vamp/Were history and even a little bit about herself. Not enough though and I hope she takes the advice about finding her cave. In the end, nobody comes out unscathed and Jane has decided it's time to go home. Will she? I don't know because there was a nugget of a cliffhanger with Ricky Bo. I really want to dive into the next book right now!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Love, love, love this character, and the rest of the ensemble cast (vampires, weres, blood servants and assorted other really bad scary people... in this series, the witches are mostly good, but when they are bad, they are very very bad... Nicely read as well.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Jane needs all her " smarts " when Ricky goes missing and things in the supernatural world get turned upside down. Narration as always is very good the book on the whole was good but it had several slow moments, which the previous books did not have. Having said that it is still a good book and well worth reading.
Would you listen to Mercy Blade again? Why?
I wouldd definetly listen to this book and the whole series again. It's incredible how much you cna be imersed into the story!
What did you like best about this story?
I absolutely love the authors ideas for this book - the combination of mythology, history and old fairy tales is fantastic! Enjoyed every second of it!
What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The way this book is told fits just right with the character of the main person in the story! It feels like she is speaking from the story instead of someone just reading a story out loud.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are SO many times i laughed on the street or grinned to a joke or a situation in the book (gave me a few weird glances on the street xD) It's great!!!
Any additional comments?
Definetly would advise to buy these series but start listening from the first book!!!!
laid off the Christian guilt trips.
Highly enjoyable stories but oh Jane baby, honour your roots.
Beast is much less conflicted :)
I love the adventures of Jane Yellowrock! However the best part of this series is the skilled narrator. highly recommend!