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Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock) Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Praise for Faith Hunter:
“Faith Hunter has created one of my favorite characters, ever. Jane Yellowrock is full of contradictions.”—Fresh Fiction
“A lot of series seek to emulate Hunter’s work, but few come close to capturing the essence of urban fantasy: the perfect blend of intriguing heroine, suspense, [and] fantasy with just enough romance…”—SF Site
“Jane Yellowrock is smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison
About the Author
A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does. In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own.
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Warning: Some spoilers in the rant section
I have the same issue with this book that I have had with all of the Jane Yellowrock books. I like the plot lines and the monsters in them, I also enjoy most of the side characters but I end up hating the silly and ridiculous love triangle crap thrown in.
So we will discuss the plot line first. Jane is stuck, after the events at the end of book 5 she now can’t get very far away from New Orleans and Leo. At least for now and in the beginning she is a little bit pouty about it. But eventually she stops throwing herself a pitty party and starts to get on with it because there is a job to do. Killing vamps.
The vamps in this are outside of NO so Jane is back to Mississippi to help kill some Neutraliza vamps. But these vamps seem even more hopped up on something than normal and there are a lot of people missing in the area including a large percentage of witches.
I usually like the story line. Yes this book feels a little on the filler side of things in many ways but the addition of this story with the vamps and more of those watches that smell of dead meat and magic we learn more about the vampires lore of the past and what some would possibly like the world to be where humans are merely food to be taken and drained at will.
I liked the new character Bobby and his history with Jane. They were kids in a foster home together and Jane always protected Bobby since he is a little mentally challenged but still has some special gifts. Hopefully if she can fill her life with some people who actually care about her then she will realize what a jerkface Rick is and get over it already.
This book puts Jane on a path to awareness of her self, her past, and her spirituality, both in her guilt ridden Christianity, and her Cherokee skinwalker heritage. She becomes aware that perhaps she has made a good impression on people in her past. They felt that she gave them protection no one else had ever offered. I feel that some of her separateness falls away. She understands that sometimes "family" isn't always a blood relationship after all.
The action is well thought out, and in many cases, very strategic. Her partnership with the Younger brothers continues to grow. She finds that she can actually depend on someone to watch her back for the first time in her life.
Rick is still a thorn in her side. Bruiser is still hanging on, but seems to be out of the running for "mate". She does get the chance to tell him what she felt like when betrayed, and has and uncustomary emotional outburst. I think that she made her point quite clear.
As Douglas Meeks said in his review, his revenge junkie wasn't met. I think that Jane isn't vengeful, but gets her revenge in many small ways. She has been "tracked" by her "connection" for Leo and her telling Bruiser that their conversation was being listened to was a small, but fruitful, stab at another person out to use her for his own gain.
Witch magic, dream walkers, new, effective, computer wizards, a greater understanding of Vampire origins, and of Vampire politics,(always the politics), compound to give Jane a newer "database" to work with in the future. This is one free from old ties and one that Jane can use for her own means.
In the beginning of the book Jane is depressed from the binding of Beast to Leo. Beast thinks nothing of it, I think that Beast is way more, simplistic in her thought and speech, but wise in more complex ways that she first appeared. She doesn't give Jane all of her information, we haven't seen this before and I think that there are many more items to come up.
Jane has been given opportunities to make strides toward family ties. Her lonely existence is now filled with secondary characters that have great potential. She is almost on the path to having friends.
This series continues to hold its reader in thrall. So many possibilities, so many plots. Thank You Faith Hunter for another compound tale in the mystery know as Jane Yellowrock.
This book is a bit of a mixture between a stand alone adventure and a follow up of previous adventures. It has a decent enough beginning, middle and end to be read as a stand alone book but at the same time it would be a shame to read it without having the background story.
Jane is pitted against a new breed of vampires, or fangheads, and she is in for a fight to say the least. This book takes Jane to new hunting grounds and she defies dear old Leo to in the process. The book has, in my opinion, a good balance between character development for Jane and her buddies, mystery investigation and good action. There are also plenty of really good characters around. I was about to write “nice” but some of them are not that nice. They are rather good from a reading/story perspective though.
Jane is pitted against, not only fangheads but, a good chunk of more or less nasty magic, including magically mutated fangheads. All of it is quite good and I definitely like the main character, Jane, since she is now quite an ass-kicker. There is a bit of the usual whining and self-accusation but on the whole she is quite cool and it is a really good urban fantasy adventure.
The next book in the series is already bought and on my to-read list.