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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1): A Jane Yellowrock Novel [Kindle Edition]

Faith Hunter
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Book Description

First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels

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. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...

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    "A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre."
    -Kim Harrison

    "Hunter''s very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres."

    From the Back Cover

    Last year, Jane nearly lost her life taking down a deadly family of vampires who preyed on the helpless populace. Now, after months of recuperation, she's back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she's been hired by those she's trained to kill - vampires.

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind--a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires--and hunts the undead for a living. But now she's been hired by the Katherine Fonteneau, one of the oldest vampires in the New Orleans, and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt down a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Amidst a bordellos of real "ladies of the night" and a hot Creole biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission ... or else the next skin she'll need to save may be her own.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 982 KB
    • Print Length: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (May 22, 2009)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002AU7MSG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    280 of 287 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome new character! July 16, 2009
    By CeeCee
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    If Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels are some of your favorite heroines, then you don't want to miss out on Faith Hunter's new character, Jane Yellowrock. Jane is a vampire-hunter and skinwalker. But she's much more interesting than Anita Blake, and she's a different kind of walker than Mercy Thompson.

    Jane hunts and kills rogue vampires for a living. The only thing she knows about vampires are wrapped up in the ones that go crazy and need to be put down. She's also a skinwalker. Missing pieces of her memories as a young child, all she knows is that she shares her body with Beast, the mountain lion she shifts to when on the hunt. As a skinwalker she can take on other animal forms, but she has a very close tie with Beast. They both have their own memories, thoughts, and will - which makes her a very interesting character indeed.

    Jane is called to New Orleans by Katie, an old vampire, who hires her to track and kill the rogue vampire preying on not only the humans in the city but other vampires as well. Turns out this rogue vampire is a lot more older, more powerful, and much more harder to track than Jane thought. While on the hunt, she's also introduced to the vampire world: their lifestyle, politics, and the who's who of vamp society.

    Trying not to give all the great stuff away in the review, I will tell you this: there are some really great storylines here. One, the vampire rogue is more than he appears to be. Two, the missing pieces of memory from Jane's childhood return, which answers all her questions about her heritage, her clan, and just how she and Beast became one. And three, all the characters in the novel have great potential.

    As an introductory novel, Faith Hunter laid down some solid foundation.
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    204 of 214 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Non-Sex-Soaked Urban Fantasy August 31, 2009
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    For those of us who read the "kickass female hunter of supernatural whatever" genre, you know that more and more authors have been jumping on this bandwagon, authors who seem to think that as long as you include pages and pages of expository sex between the heroine and the creatures-du-jour then they've created an "urban fantasy".

    Thankfully, this author has concentrated on actually providing us with both a complex heroine and complex secondary characters - none of whom immediately fall into each others beds or bodies. Not to mention creating an intriguing storyline, set in one of the genre's favorite places, New Orleans. She's created an interesting universe involving a vampire society that coexists with the human world, and a heroine who is not what she seems on the surface, and whose personal history is still partially a mystery to her as well as us. People get hurt and people die in this story. Not everyone is what they seem, or fits the heroine's mental stereotypes.

    This was one of those books that when I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I bought into the world that the author created and I began to care about the characters. I liked Jane Yellowrock because although she's self-assured on the surface, she retains a vulnerability because her past history is veiled to her, and she doesn't know how old she is or where she lived or what happened to her biological family. She also has the added burden of knowing that the action that allowed her to live beyond her normal life span was the result of inadvertent black magic - something that horrifies her conscience. I appreciated the fact that while the male characters in the story were attractive to, and attracted to Jane, that's as far as it went in this book.
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    56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing new series September 22, 2009
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    I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I will admit upon buying it I prepared myself for another in a long line of post-Anita, post-Sookie, post Sonja Blue [...] female supernatural romances. To be honest I also had reservations about the horrible cover. But this book had a lot more substance than many of others I have read recently.

    I really enjoyed the pseudo-science of the magic in the books (especially revolving around borrowed mass) and her calorie intake etc. Her worlds magic has a very tangible feel and I liked that.

    And the author really used the sense of smell effectively to tell the story, and a lot of the mystery surrounds Jane using her nose more than looking for more traditional clues. Using the assets of a shapeshifter to solve a mystery, especially when others don;t know it, was an intriguing take on the genre.

    The book did have a slow and clunky start, Jane was a little too tough to be believable at times and alternatively a little too amateur/soft, and I found the Beast's chapters frustrating to read. Mainly because of the very caveman-like prose "me like food, night is good etc" but after awhile I did not notice it as much. I liked the characters, and the old school noir feel of everybody hiding something etc. Also the incorporation of Native American beasties into the cannon is welcome, as well as the hot and deep fried feel of NO. So overall it was a smart book, well researched, and well written. The character, as we grow to know her better, has potential to be quite memorable in a sea of imposters. So all in all worth a read.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Ski walker by Faith Hunter
    I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the series. It was action packed with surprises and disclosures about Jane that just reels you in.
    Published 6 days ago by Jo Anne Benware
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Beastly good read
    Now when I first read the little bit about Jane being a skin walker I'll admit my hackles got raised because I thought this was just a Patricia Briggs knock off and I absolutely... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Seraphia
    5.0 out of 5 stars OMG. Amazing book.
    This story and heroine is so unique and interesting. If you like urban fantasy this series is your next obsession. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Loved it. Especially all the research about how large cats hunt. It was really different from anything I'd read before.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Skin walker
    I loved this book! Jane Yellowrock and Beast kick ass! I will be reading all of the books in this series for sure!
    Published 9 days ago by Mike Spychalski
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked the story line
    Different from motion Vampire books. Really liked the story line, curious to see where her story is heading and to find out more of the back story.
    Published 10 days ago by Dutchie
    5.0 out of 5 stars JANE YELLOWROCK
    At first, the story didn't grab me. I think it was the language/wording being used then it was like the author got into the story and it started to flow. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Donna J. Schur
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    I honestly tried to read this book, it just never grabbed me. 4 chapters and it didn't do it.
    Published 17 days ago by Elizabeth Blackthorpe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
    This book was on my recommended reading list from Amazon, and I thought I'd try it. I'm hooked! The characters are very likable and engaging, the story is gripping. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by dd
    3.0 out of 5 stars A good first book
    Good first book, lots of room to grow the characters and plot lines. Tough to give an intro ductory book much more than 3 stars given the amount of time that has to be spent on... Read more
    Published 25 days ago by David J. Rich
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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

    Join the fans at the official Faith Hunter Facebook fan page now located at or follow her on Twitter @HunterFaith
    For more, including a list of her books, freebies, & upcoming events see and

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    Different publishers, different authors?? And unless there is a list of all titles coming out, by all authors and publishers, I don't know that there is a way not to duplicate book names and or ideas (to some extent). As for Patricia Briggs skinwalker series, yes, I loves the series....however it... Read More
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    Go for Ilona Andrews! I can almost promise you'll love her if you liked this series and Patricia Briggs. There is the Kate Daniels series, Magic Bites is the first in the series which is finished up until the 4th book which comes out later this year. She also has a new series which is pretty good... Read More
    Jan 25, 2010 by misoandbisous |  See all 11 posts
    This isn't a para. romance is it?
    Not really a romance (which is good, because I don't care for them either). There is oogling by both sides, and some thoughts about perhaps having casual sex, but there isn't really a "relationship" in the romantic sense.

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    Not available in Africa?
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