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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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This installment is as good or better than most and I hope Faith Hunter can continue to create and write these novels for many more years. I still tire of the on/off relationship with Rick but that keeps going and I am still waiting on some revenge for the actions of Leo and Bruiser, my revenge junkie was not happy :)
(UPDATE: Faith Hunter replied to my complaints about a lack of revenge with this info about the next book : "I just wrote the revenge scene, Douglas Meeks. It was ... lovely. And best served cold...")
For those who need the reading order, follow the link in the first comment (Amazon does not allow outside links in reviews):
Not until the second half does the author return to a strong heroine fighting evil, and kicking a**. The second half returns to a five star rock sockem on the edge of your seat page turner. Since this is the last thing you read it leaves you feeling good about the book. But when I sat down to review I remembered how disappointed I was with the beginning of the book.
The author is trying to develop an unrealistic character in Eli, the ex soldier/ranger working with Jane. He is morphing into a Batman like fighter, able to take on vamps one on one, and with a kill count approaching Jane. This undermines the premise of the series, that Jane's skinwalker skills give her the needed advantage to fight the baddies on an equal basis. I am not opposed to a human champion; but feels it is not consistent with the world created to date and I dislike stories that are not consistent with their own rules. Miss Esme resonates more believably, as a civilian who gets captured almost immediately once she meddles with vamps.
In order to give Jane more of a fight the author keeps throwing powers at her enemies. But this starts to seem silly as many times you sense that if only one more vamp had been there Jane would be dead. And there are lots of bad vamps in town. So why are they too stupid to bring enough firepower together? On a similar vein they create magic guardians to protect their secrets and not one of the four guardians is as powerful as the wards around the house, nor capable of killing even one of the attacking heroes. Why create a layered defense when anything powerful enough to get through your first layer (wards) can easily destroy your second layer (guardian fighters). If the author wants to show a more balanced fight, she must accept fewer heroes or potential losses amongst all the combatants, or the story seems simplistic.
The cryptic advice from the Indian wise woman is bull. If she wants to help and knows the answers why speak in riddles. The authors attempt to talk around this just added to the feeling of someone attempting to blow smoke at me, and added little to the story. Revealing the information more directly, but perhaps with the mystic woman knowing fewer details might have been more palatable.
Jane is a strong heroine and her inner struggles to choose between Rick and Bruiser reflects an indecision not consistent with the character. Jane's inner turmoil does not ring true to her character. I thought she had closure with Rick; although he did seem to be the best candidate for a mate. Personally I feel consistent with her Beast character she should choose both and tell them if they can't accept that. it is their loss.
I would still give the series a five star rating; but this book only gets three stars. Do NOT start the series here. Without background stories you will be confused on who is who, not understand the rules of magic in this series and most importantly you will get a weak impression of a great series.
One thing I have noticed is I get unhelpful votes only when I am negative about a book. So if you find this review unhelpful by all means vote that way. But please also leave a comment why, so I can improve my future reviews. If we just have different taste (or you are related to the author) I am afraid that our opinions may differ, but I have no hidden agenda and what I write reflects my personal opinion and is an honest review.
The action packed Skinwalker series continues to grab readers from the start and pull you right into the story. Jane Yellowrock, a shape changing, Harley riding, snarky, Cherokee skinwalker who shares her soul with a mountain lion simply known as Beast, has a little problem. In a nutshell, vampires. Normally, she hunts them, but now she is stuck working for them. But, hey, even rogue vampire killing, security expert bodyguard/bounty hunter gals have off days, right?
Intense action and detailed world building are always key elements in Hunter's books and this one is no different. It takes us away from the now familiar New Orleans setting to a richly described Natchez, Mississippi on a new case. This time it is hunting an even more dangerous type of rogue vamp than usual. This one is not held in check by vamp law or custom, but believes in the Naturaleza, which pretty much means he has been going postal on humans, that humans are nothing more than prey. Supported by a returning cast of interesting secondary characters, Jane finds herself coordinating with her ex, now a federal agent, to try and solve the case before any more are hurt.
Amidst all the action and mystery, Jane continues her spiritual journey to unlock bits of her past that have been affecting her current day actions. I think Jane is finally coming to grips with her past in this book and it is encouraging to see her getting back to her old form and choosing new paths. There is still a lot of room for growth and discovery in new books, but this is a good start.
This is a great read that I found nigh impossible to put down. As I mentioned, it has plenty of quick paced action and a strong enough mystery that it can easily be a stand alone read or read out of order. What are you waiting for? Get Blood Trade, and once you get hooked, go back and start with the first book, Skinwalker. You won't be disappointed!