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Raven Cursed: A Jane Yellowrock Novel [Kindle Edition]

Faith Hunter
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Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she's been working for them.
 

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans--and Jane's boss--they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, Leo sends an envoy with the best bodyguard money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
 

But when a group of local campers is attacked by something supernatural, Jane goes from escort to investigator. It's up to her to keep peace in the region, and unless she wants to face up to very angry vampire Master, Jane will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny

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    Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she's been working for them.
     

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans--and Jane's boss--they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, Leo sends an envoy with the best bodyguard money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
     

    But when a group of local campers is attacked by something supernatural, Jane goes from escort to investigator. It's up to her to keep peace in the region, and unless she wants to face up to very angry vampire Master, Jane will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny

    About the Author

    Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south.
    Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes books, 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 dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

    The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock has: Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, and Death's Riv al (Oct. 2012) More novels to come to come.

    Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series--Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host--feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the world book / role playing game, Rogue Mage, which is being Kickstarted now!

    Under her pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 24 books in print in 26 countries.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 701 KB
    • Print Length: 378 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451464338
    • Publisher: Roc (January 3, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005GSYXN6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jane and Beast Rock Hard January 4, 2012
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    Faith Hunter is one of my favorite writers because her story-telling has a unique flavor different from any other fantasy author out there. You have to read her books to understand that she has a vivid imagination that is distinctly her own. All urban fantasy protagonists are kickass and Jane Yellowrock stands ahead in that class. But one truly likes her (and some may dislike) as she ascribes more responsibility and guilt for her actions than your average protagonist.

    In this book, Jane is head of security for a vampire parley in Asheville to decide on the title of blood master for the local master vampire. Unfortunately, the meet is disrupted by tourist killings blamed on vampires, Jane is attacked when asleep by a mysterious blood servant, Molly's sister and coven-head Evangeline is back in the city spinning her compulsion charms on all and sundry and Rick (her maybe boyfriend) is having trouble making the change to a leopard at full moon. Local anger at vampires is at an all time high and the media is merrily stoking the fires. Jane gets a call from Leo - fix things and make them normal.

    There is a truckload of action in this book and that suited me just fine. The personal relationship may move slower, but it is quite clear that Hunter is looking at slowly and surely developing this across the series. I have always enjoyed her writing and I found this book terrific.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars what happened???!!! February 3, 2012
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    Wow..and not in a good way. Dear Author, what were you thinking? Loved the first 3 books. This new one is a mess. Big plot holes, pages of filler, unexplained motives are a few of the problems. My biggest complaint is the unfortunate and irritating charactor flaw you have given to Jane! If I read the word 'guilt' one more time I might have pulled my hair out. Heros are supposed to grow and evolve, not get whiny and wallow in self pity. I'm turned off now on this series and will not likely pay for or read any future books. Too bad..had something good going.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Well, that was it for this series July 22, 2012
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    Whew, what a letdown. I'd enjoyed the first three books in the series, although found book 3 a bit stale, so when I saw the start in Asheville, I was happy for the change of scenery. Well I sure got my hopes up for nothing.

    [SPOILERS] To begin with, I have no idea why the author bothered moving the setting. Every single plot point in the book revolves around the characters from New Orleans and the earlier books. Heck, most of them show up in Asheville! It became ridiculous. For example, Jane is supposed to have been a kick-ass vampire hunter in Asheville for years before going to NO. Then, in the first books she ends up meeting and working for the Vampire Lord of NO. Then, somehow, we discover he's actually in charge of most of the SE United States, including her home town, and yet this top-notch Vampire Hunter had been unaware of it? How could that be?

    On top of this coincidence we find out that one of the big bads is her best friend's sister, which still, having read the book, makes absolutely no sense. There is nothing in the way that the character had ever been presented or described that makes her behavior make sense. Oh wait, apparently she was personally violated by Jane's boss years ago, which no one, including her family knew about, and for which horrible wrong she was willing to wait years before being willing to summon a demon for revenge.

    Oh yes, the demon, which, out of all the denizens of hell, happens to be a demon specific to Jane's mysterious ancestry. What are the odds? And, then, of course, we have an almighty demon free to wreak havoc, so it's a good thing we have a Kindegartener-ex-machina, who simply fixes things because she has a pet angel. Oh yes, that's the second book that's happened.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars I like Jane, but she's really not very good at her job. January 24, 2012
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    _Raven Cursed_ takes Cherokee shapeshifter Jane Yellowrock out of New Orleans and back to her native North Carolina.

    She's still working for the Vampire master of New Orleans though, in this case running security for a parley between his scion and an up-and-coming NC vampire who wants New Orleans blessing to be master of Ashville.

    Of course a straight-forward parley would be too mundane for anything Jane is involved in, and the situation is almost immediately complicated by rogue werewolves, and renegade witches.

    Jane's private life continues to be complicated as well, with her one-time boyfriend now struggling to adjust to life as a were-panther.

    Can Jane keep everyone alive who matters, bring the parley to a successful conclusion *and* avoid falling out with her friends and lover?

    Not to mention the "raven".

    In general, finding out the answers makes for a very entertaining book, with some frustrating caveats noted below.

    SPOILERS START HERE

    First of all, let me tie back to the subject line for this review: Jane is kick-ass, but really she often seems not up to the security and other tasks she takes on.

    In the last book, she was responsible for security at a meeting which she totally failed to keep from being trashed by werewolves. In this one, though the meetings proper never devolved into a bloodbath, Jane seems to have hired a second in command who may well try to kill her. While this is a change from *working* for people who try to kill her, it's not a change in the right direction. Neither is making self-admitted "rookie mistakes" in situations where she has plenty of time to plan.
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    Faith Hunter, urban fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SciFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time (about 60 hours a week) 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 dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

    The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, is a New York Times bestselling series with multiple books and compilations. Jane Yellowrock is a Cherokee skinwalker who tracks, hunts, and kills rogue-vampires for a living -- that is, until she takes a gig working for Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans. The series is set in an alternate reality, modern-day world, one inhabited by humans, vamps, and other things that go bump in the night.

    Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series, feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the Rogue Mage World Book and Role Playing Game, which contains lots of fiction for the readers!

    The upcoming Soulwood series features Nell Nicholson Ingram, and is a spinoff from the Skinwalker series. Nell is an escapee from a cult, a solitary woman with magic of her own. In book one, Blood of The Earth, she is hired to help PsyLED (a division of Homeland Security) find a missing child.

    Under her pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers.

    As Faith and Gwen, she has more than 33 books in print in 29 countries.

    Along with other published writers, Faith participates in an online writing community geared to helping fantasy writers with tips and publishing advice called www.MagicalWords.net

    Join the fans at the official Faith Hunter Facebook fan page now located at
    https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter or follow her on Twitter @HunterFaith
    For more, including a list of her books, freebies, & upcoming events see www.FaithHunter.net and www.GwenHunter.com.


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