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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.

Title:  Cold Reign
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
Publish Date:  May 2, 2017
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Source:  Reviewer purchased book and audio

Publisher’s Description:

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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…you might try  Soulwood series by Faith Hunter

 

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Book News and Author Announcements Faith Hunter

Don’t forget about Jane Yellowrock’s next adventure in Cold Reign released May  2, 2017!  Here’s some extra news you might not know.

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WhatCold Reign
Who:  Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first chapter is available on Faith’s website for your reading pleasure.  You can also pre-order a SIGNED copy directly from Faith’s desk to yours here.

Description:  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 of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

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Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter Tour and Give Away

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Nell Ingram—new PsyLed agent, earth witch (kinda), and former member of an end-of-days Christian cult—helps uncover the cause of mysterious human and animal behavior and death connected in some way to the weird black mold covering the landscape. As usual, she’s in over her head, but manages to do her job, even if she has to break a few of the rules…

I received an ARC of this book book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

curse-on-the-landTitleCurse on the Land
AuthorFaith Hunter
SeriesSoulwood, Book 02
Publish Date: Nov 1, 2016, ROC (Penguin)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author/publisher

Publisher’s Description: Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

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Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

I’m starting to believe Faith Hunter can do no wrong.  Well, “write” no wrong, at least.  Curse on the Land is another fabulous urban fantasy novel featuring Nell Ingram, Rick LeFleur, and the PsyLed team.

In this installment, the team is investigating some mysterious deaths that seem to be connected to sentient powers deep within the earth. Several times in the story, Nell, as the narrator, is describing the experience of communing with the earth. Often times, she tells her team that the experience can’t be described in words—except that, since this is a book, this is exactly what she is doing for the reader. That made me grin.  Yet it couldn’t have been easy to find words to describe these experiences in a way that made sense to the reader, so kudos to Faith for that.

Some of the more interesting side stories in this book deal with Occam’s feeling about Nell and about Rick LaFleur’s magical handicap—his inability to turn into the werepanther he is at the full moon. Ooh, boy, will there be some fans excited about THAT plot line. I gotta wonder if Rick’s issues will be the focus of the next Soulwood book or if any of it will spill over into a future Jane Yellowrock book.

badge4v4The ending—well, really the cause of the mystery Nell and her group are solving—is pretty complicated and I’m not quite sure I grasped it all the first time around.  But, that’s what the audiobooks are for!  I pick up different details from the audio than I do from the text, which makes the reread (re-listen?) value awesome.

If you liked the first book, Blood of the Earth, I’d certainly recommend picking up Curse on the Land.  There are no vampires in this installment, but there are certainly characters and story lines that relate back to the Jane Yellowrock series, and Jane fans are NOT going to want to miss this one. 😉

Nervous Nell says….

This is a urban fantasy, no sex, lots of blood, lots of magic, plenty of death (but no one we know) and a cameo from Nervous_Nellie_100Jane Yellowrock.  There is no cliffhanger and maybe a tiny hint of romance.  I listened to this book via audiobook.

Faith Hunter is one of my favorite authors.  Khristine Hvam is one of my favorite narrators.  Nell Ingram is now one of my favorite heroines.  It took finishing this book before I was totally sold on Nell.  I kept thinking that no one can be as good as Jane Yellowrock and while that is true, no one can now be as good as Nell Ingram.  Both women are strong in their own way and talented in different areas.  Nell is an incredible investigator and even though she does go “rodeo” as Ricky Bo calls it, she does know how to take one for the team.  She uses her upbringing to her advantage and my favorite parts of the story is when she reverts to church-speak to gain confidences of witnesses.

Yes, Ricky Bo is still in this series.  I know, I know.  Ricky Bo is Nell’s boss so where else would he be?  Well, Rick badge5v4plays more of a role than boss in this book.  I got to see more about the agony that his were-taint is causing him.  I nearly felt sorry for the man.  Nearly.  He still broke Jane’s heart, but now I know how much he’s really suffering and how scary and uncertain his existence really is.

Seriously, this was a really good book.  Khristine Hvam is a top shelf narrator and even though she does narrate the Jane Yellowrock, she modulates her voice enough to distinguish between Jane and Nell.  That, to me, is incredible talent.  If you like Jane Yellowrock, please give this series a shot.  I was skeptical at first, just because it featured Ricky Bo, but Nell outshines all the characters in the book and she’s brilliant.

Our reviews in this series…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Jane Yellowrock series, of course; the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, or the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent.


Giveaway…

There is a tour-wide giveaway for 5 copies of CURSE ON THE LAND, 2 sets of the Soulwood novels (BLOOD OF THE EARTH & CURSE ON THE LAND), and a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Giveaway runs October 17th to November 12th. Click the Rafflecopter link to enter!


About the Author…

faith-hunterFaith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Find Faith online at her website FaithHunter.net, her blog, on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.

I received an ARC of this book book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

What a great new series start for Faith Hunter and Nell Ingram! Though set in the same world, it is somewhat different than Jane Yellowrock and fascinating in its own right. I’m very excited about the Soulwood series!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blood of the EarthTitle: Blood of the Earth
Author: Faith Hunter
SeriesSoulwood Book 1
Publish Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionSet in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

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 she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: I adore the Jane Yellowrock novels by Faith Hunter. So of course I’m going to read a new series set in Jane’s world. 🙂

What kept me reading: Faith Hunter’s writing and story-telling are top-shelf. The story and characters made for fantastic entertainment. In addition to that, there were some things in this novel that were intriguing to think about.

First, Nell is raised in what seems to be a paranoid, survivalist, polygamist, Sovereign Citizen movement, religious “cult.” My brain labels that as “bad.” However, Hunter goes to some length to show the reader what can be appealing about these groups–at least the family and community aspect of them. I can’t say as I’ve ever considered the sense of extended family and community that could exist in these groups in a positive light before. I was surprised that Hunter took this approach, and it made me think about these groups a little differently.

Second, Nell is forced to look at the beliefs and experiences of her childhood in a whole new way, reevaluating them in light of new information. We can be radically shaken to realize that the truth of our existence, those experiences that shaped who we are, may be based on false perception. It takes a lot of courage to be open to considering that our perceptions may be wrong and to realign our life in light of new information.

On a different note, I found it hard to remember that Nell is only 23 in the book.  She’s had a lot of life experience by the time we meet her, being married at 15 and widowed early.  She owns a house and weapons, and knows how to use them. She’s solitary and curmudgeonly. All these things make me forget that she’s actually very young and even more inexperienced because of her upbringing. I had to keep reminding myself of her age.

badge5v4Why I recommend it: Though I’ve only read her Jane Yellowrock series, I feel that it goes without saying that Hunter delivers quality writing and entertainment.  I’m not surprised to find that this new series is really good.  Fans of the Yellowrock world will certainly love it—we get to see Rick LaFleur squirm, after all—but you don’t have to be a Yellowrock fan to love this new series.  The world- and character-building, the mystery, and the magic are all beautifully done. I am certainly looking forward to more adventures with Nell. 😉

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

This was a darn good book.  Yes, I had my reservations because it had Ricky Bo in it and I intensely dislike Ricky Bo LaFleur, Jane Yellowrock’s former mate.  He treated Jane poorly, but one little upside is that he isn’t as happy as he was with Jane.

ANYWAY, onto the book and I’m done talking about him.  (Jane is much better off with Bruiser 😉 )  This story is, hopefully, part of a series, no sex, no gory death scenes although there is plenty of blood.

The characters are really put together well.  Nell Ingram is one tough cookie. She has experienced more in her little bit of life than I have in all my years.  She was married at 12, assumed wifely duties at 15 and widowed by 19.  This experience is not uncommon in the support system she was raised, but she has had enough. She has shunned God’s Cloud of Glory church because several high ranking churchmen have turned more towards cult like activities.  Some of which include beating and raping of the wives and daughters of the community.

Nell, the main character, is smart and a great addition to the PsyLED team that is led by Rick LaFleur (Ricky Bo).  She knows she’s got powers, but she’s not a witch.  She doesn’t exactly know what she is, but she tries to do right.

badge4v4The team has a kidnapping to solve.  Actually, more than one kidnapping as well as locating a terrorist group operating in Nell’s area.  Nell, is a great asset because of her knowledge of the inner workings of the church community, but also proves herself to the rest of the team that she can pull her investigative weight.

This was a great book and I enjoyed it nearly as much as Jane Yellowrock’s series – nearly.

If you like this book…

…you might try the Jane Yellowrock books, obviously, if you haven’t already. 🙂

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Dark HeirTitleDark Heir
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock Book 9
Publish Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: ROC Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Perspective: First-Person

Publisher’s Description: Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!).


ivana 100So, Nell, are you actually going to read Dark Heir?  Or are you going to HOARD it?

Nell 100All I care about in Dark Heir is if Bruiser & Jane stay together and as far as I’ve read they do…

That’s *ALL* you care about?  You don’t care about the story?

 I just want Jane & Bruiser to have HEA.  That’s my main goal.  After that, everything is just gravy.

ivana 100Well, we don’t see Bruiser much in this book, but when he does show up, he is some kind of smooth, let me tell you.  He shows up a couple of times to help Jane relax when she’s wound tight, and he’s had a special cologne made to wear just for Jane that has catnip in it!   I was pretty pissed at him when he let Leo bite Jane, but he’s really redeeming himself. I think *I’m* falling in love with Bruiser!

 Nell 100If we only all had a Bruiser. *sigh* I cannot picture Bruiser.  I love doing the casting for the characters in Jane Yellowrock’s world, but Bruiser aka George Dumas has totally stumped me.  I’m kind of sad that Bruiser didn’t make a big appearance in Dark Heir, but I’m glad he made an appearance at all.  Have you checked out the covers on Jane’s series?  The covers portray Jane well.  I use her in my mind all the time.  I also use the audiobook voice too.  Khristine Hvam does Beast so so well.  The writing and the audio match so well and is an awesome combination.  Ok…..I kind of got on a roll there, didn’t I.  Well…I can only say I love it so many times, you know!

Oh, I’m sure you could squeeze it in a couple more times if you really tried. 😉


Nervous Nellie says…

Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Jane Yellowrock is one tough, kick ass woman. She is such a tangible character that I swear I’m riding along on her adventures in one of her weapons pockets. She is a supernatural creature that is decades old and guided by Beast.  Beast is a beautiful puma that adds a lot of depth to Jane.  It makes sense that Jane couldn’t know all the things that she HAS to know without help.  That’s what makes the story more credible.  Eli Younger.  What can I say about Eli? He is a man that is hard as steel, but yet allows a little softness in his heart where Jane resides.  I love having Eli and Alex be her blood brothers. That made me get all fuzzy inside.  She is slowly putting together a family she can count on and love.  Alex is growing up.  He’s off probation and he’s made a spot in his heart for Jane too. Then we come to “Bruiser”.  I *love* “Bruiser”.   Really, who wouldn’t? He is a man that Jane can count on and being an Onorio means he can’t be killed easily, so Jane is free to love and not risk getting her better half? Significant other? Boyfriend? Mate? Partner? Whatever he may be called, dying in front of her.  George didn’t make a lot of appearances in this story, but when he did, I got all fluttery inside.  Jealous of Jane? Heck yes.  Lastly, Leo.  What can I say about Leo? Wicked. Evil. Double, triple, quadruple crosser. Master planner. There is so many titles that Leo holds.  He didn’t get to where he is by being nice. Leo is the quintessential devious bastard, but in this story he was discomfited by having to admit to Jane that he made huge mistakes with/over/to the SoD.  There are references to history of Joseph Santana, Immanuel, Adrianna, Amaury and how they operated before the vampires became more “civilized”.

Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Ricky-Bo LaFleur- the man I love to hate.  He thinks Jane is “waiting on him.” Oh, golly, that is hilarious and would only come from him.  He has no shame.  Going from his mate’s bed to talking on the phone with Jane in a come-hither voice.  Jerk.  Edward Heartly – he’s a vampire I’d like to know more about.  He was a master of his own clan, but he seems to lack the ferocity of Leo.  In other words, he’s kind of nice.  I keep seeing him surfacing in the story, so I KNOW we are going to see more of him.  Wrassler – I grieved over him in the last book when he was injured.  He’s good people, as Jane would say.  Him and Jodi Richoux? I can only hope.  Del-Adalaide Mooney- in love with Leo.  Foolish vampire.  I don’t think Leo knows the meaning of love unless you talk about George.  That is a relationship that is so tangled and has so much history, that Leo and George can’t help but love each other.  Bethany and Sabina? They are just nuts. So is Adrianna.  As a fruitcake nuts.

World: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The world is incredible.  The author paints the vampires so perfectly.  They are not creatures anyone can trust.  They are devious and definitely have an agenda.  The vampire world hinges on survival.  Vampires have to claw, crawl, plot and plan a long game in order to get a good position because they live so dang long.  You have to be the top of the totem pole to survive.  It really mirrors nature in some ways so Jane fits in really well with her Beast.  We humans really do have it easy.  Anyway, returning to the subject.  NOLA is a perfect setting for all of this drama.  If you have ever been to NOLA, you can just feel the history in the city.  If the old Ante Bellum houses and live oaks could talk, we’d get some stories that would peel paint from a barn, I’m sure.

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ OMG.  That’s really all I can tell you that could encompass I’ll I feel about this story.  All the other Jane Yelllowrock stories are awesome, but we are getting into some heavy hitting stuff.  The first vampire?  Holy cats! (Get it? Beast/Cat?) Anyway, the SoD or Son of Darkness is the scariest thing I think Jane has ever confronted.  There was some small revelations but I have a lot of questions yet.  Where is “Bruiser” going at night? What is his relationship with Bethany exactly? What has his relationship with Leo developed into?  I know that Leo grieved George when he left Leo’s service.  I cannot imagine that after all those years of service, George is just done.  Period.  I think there is something else going on there.  I am just warning George right now that he’d better not put the hurt on Jane or he’ll have me to deal with.  Really scary. Right? *Choke* What is going on with Bethany and the witches? Molly? What about Molly?  So many questions and I’m so deliciously waiting on answers.  I hope this series goes on for a while anyway.  I love these people.  Yeah, okay.  Maybe even Ricky Bo – a little. Maybe.

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ In total I have read this book twice in a week.  It is so engrossing that once I opened the cover, I was past the point of being able to do anything else until it was finished.  That’s what I call a book! Everything is put together so well.  The characters are all separate people.  None of them even echo each other which is a huge accomplishment.  They each have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies.  It is unquestionably a delight to read.  This world/characters/story is so good and I can sink far into Jane’s world, take a beating like Jane does and even feel like something the cat dragged in like she does.  Get it? Cat\Puma? Joke?  Oh, never mind.

Invested Ivana says…

Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ It’s kind of hard to top Nell’s review. 😉  The Jane Yellowrock series is one in which we are both heavily invested.  Jane and Beast are such great characters – snarky, competent, self-doubting at times, both vulnerable and strong.  It’s been so fun watching the characters develop as the novels, novellas, and short stories have come along.

Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ When Eli and Alex Younger were introduced, I wasn’t sure how I felt about them or what their purpose was – were they a replacement for Molly, for Reach, for Rick?  But dang if I haven’t fallen in love with them, too.  I got all sniffly when Jane asked them to be her blood brothers.  I also have to admit I favored Rick for Jane for a long time.  I just couldn’t be a Bruiser fan while he was still tied to Leo.  Bruiser has really turned that around, though.  While he didn’t appear in this book much, I think this is the book where I finally fell head over heels for Bruiser.  Oh, he fascinated me before, but I think now he has my total trust.  His whole role in this book is simply to support Jane, and he does it beautifully without any ego or rancor.  He shows up when she needs him, and doesn’t interject himself when she doesn’t, demonstrating total faith in her and her abilities.  And catnip cologne?  That is some level of smooth.  The way he woos not only Jane, but Beast as well, demonstrates not only his acceptance of, but his love for everything Jane is.  It’s very hard not to fall in love with that.  Finally, I was so excited when Molly appeared and it looked like she and Jane would be friends again.  Jane’s realization that she doesn’t hug often, while she was hugging Molly, was very touching.  But, I’m still apprehensive about the future of that relationship.  I really hope they can be friends again.

World: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The more we learn about the world Jane inhabits, the scarier it gets, in my opinion.  In this book, we meet an “original” vampire, one of the first.  Because of him, more original vampires are on their way.  One bad crazy vampire is scary enough, what will more be like?  Will anyone survive?  What more will be revealed?  While reading Dark Heir, I swear I could feel the warning tremors that precede a massive earthquake; while this story is big, something bigger and scarier is coming.

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ One thing I really love is when later books in a series tie together everything that has happened since the very first book, especially when the elements didn’t seem connected before.  To me, that is a demonstration of amazing skill and forethought as a writer.  Dark Heir accomplished this beautifully.  Ms. Hunter takes us all the way back to the first book to explain the current circumstances – the skinwalker posing as Leo’s son and heir; the blood diamond and the involvement of the witches; the light dragons; the role of the Mercy Blade and the reason all the vamps seem just a tad crazy; the angel’s involvement– all these elements are coming into focus so we can see more of the “big picture.”  Yet I suspect we still haven’t seen all of it.  Additionally, while this book is showing us this history, it’s also the launching point for the “next big thing” — what’s going to happen when the European delegation arrives.  Keeping all this in mind over the course of six or more years seems to me to be an amazing skill and makes for a thrilling story.

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Every time a new Jane Yellowrock book comes along, I want to reread the whole series just to experience it all again – and I’ve done so at least once every year since 2009 in either print or audio.  These characters are friends, people I deeply care about and want to visit with often.  The ability to evoke that kind of connection is, to me at least, the hallmark of a great writer and a great story.  Thank you, Faith, truly, for sharing your stories with us.

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Of course, watch out for the Soulwood series coming later this year.  You might also check out Ms. Hunter’s other series, Rogue Mage.