Cold Reign by Faith Hunter
Yellowrock Clan is back to battle revanants, European Vampires, traitors, spies and conspirators. Another day in the life of Leo’s NoLA Enforcer and her people.
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
Dang ninja vamp.
This is an urban fantasy with hints of sex – nothing descriptive, lots of blood and gore. Plenty of scheming and manipulation – vamps are good at that and magic. The ending isn’t a cliffhanger but the game has changed dramatically so it will be impossible to stay away from the next installment. There is only one word for this book and it has to be “EXCELLENT” or how about two words..”Solid Gold”.
I have loved this series since it began. Jane Yellowrock has grown and grown into a force that no one can deny. Even the fangheads have to respect her because she CAN and much to her independent nature WILL take them out.
This story threw me into the action right away with Jane and Eli fighting a revenant. There are NCIS investigations into dead sailors and since the dead sailors were drunk dry, Yellowrock Securities or rather Leo Pellissier’s Enforcer were called. That had me hooked from the get-go. Seriously? NCIS and Jane Yellowrock in the same paragraph? I am SO in.
The action doesn’t stop there. Nope. Not even close. The revenants are the main story line and why they are all of a sudden digging themselves out of their graves 200 years after they were put there is the million dollar question. And then comes the riots. And then the storms. And then the attacks on Leo and his HQ. The suspense and treachery reach a friendzied pitch and then back down just as I was on the edge of my seat. When I finally relax a bit, here goes the action and mayhem all over again. Jane and her team get thrown in head first time and time again while Leo sits back with his drink and his toys just waiting for Jane to fix things. He’s such a jerk.
Leo doesn’t come out of this adventure unscathed, however. He suffers some loss although the loss isn’t as great to a vamp as to normal people. They have games not relationships. Now, I may be a bit biased because I don’t like Leo much. I will concede that he does seem to treat his people well and he pays Jane well. I hate the vamp politics and the long game they play to one up each other. He’s just too devious for his own good. And pretty. And a schmoozer. And a liar. And just plain fangy.
Relationships expand in Jane’s household in this book. She gets herself a Primo, a Secundo and to top it all off – an Enforcer. Jane has worked dang hard for her place in vamp hierarchy and she deserves happiness. Enter Bruiser. *Swoon* Yes, he is pretty and romantic as ever. I think they make a super pair. It makes me all warm and melty. Of course I couldn’t get comfortable with that because THEN things so a bit sideways because Ricky Bo makes an appearance. He makes it known that he wants Jane back and (this is the part that is cool) Jane is the one that tells him to…um…go jump in a lake. Bruiser is not the one flexing muscles here and going all alpha protective over Jane because Jane can take care of herself. Go Jane!
I cannot rate this any higher than 5 stars though I’d want to give it 20. Faith Hunter’s writing is out of this world and her story line is one that is original and engaging. Go Faith!
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