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Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2015
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Praise for the Jane Yellowrock novels:
“There is nothing as satisfying as the first time reading a Jane Yellowrock novel.”—Fresh Fiction
“Jane is the best urban fantasy heroine around.”—Night Owl Reviews
“Jane Yellowrock is smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison
About the Author
Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, the Rogue Mage novels, and the upcoming Soulwood trilogy. She lives near Charlotte, NC.
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1. The main character has to have growth (you can't write about a never changing character for 9 books)
2. There has to be interesting secondary characters that are more than cardboard cutouts (this series has them by the basket full)
3. While we need growth, the character can't change so much that it is not the same character you bought books 1 & 2 and loved.
4. No repetitive plots (this one kills a LOT of good series)
Jane Yellowrock series has all these covered and probably a few more that I have forgotten but they never cease to entertain. The plots are multilevel and there is just enough humor thrown in with the action to keep you coming back for more.
This time you wonder if Jane has finally met her match in one of the strongest vampires alive but she feels it is her job to try to protect the people of New Orleans and marches on regardless of the odds.
About the only thing I can say in the way of negative is it seemed she spent a lot of time involved in self loathing/guilt which after a few times wore thin a bit (pretty much the ONLY thing you will see me write negative about this book). It started to make me think of the TV show Arrow, loved the first season when he was killing the bad guys, then he was "enlightened" to not kill any of the scumbags he runs up on (give me a break) so I left him to his "don't kill the scum" plots. Jane was giving me those kinds of vibes for a bit there, I am pretty sure she got over it. Means I am still addicted to this series.
Jane and I share a common belief, if you kill them they really don't bother you anymore and can't hurt you :)
The action is fast and furious, the plot is wonderful, the interaction with other characters was amazingly good. Jane was Jane and THAT is always entertaining and there is never the same bad guy and seldom if ever the same solution to the plot (again, originality in spades).
Bottom Line: 4.5 Stars, rounded to 5 and I loved pretty much every minute of it and the strong points more than outweigh any negatives I may have had about this exceptional novel.
The SOD carves a bloody swath through NOLA's human citizens as he seeks blood to heal and leads Jane/Beast on their most dangerous hunt yet. Accompanied by Yellowrock Security partner Eli and his brother Alex on intel, Jane fights a desperate battle against time, intrigue, and vampire politics to find the SOD and stop the body count from rising even higher. Brewing in the background is a potentially catastrophic international incident with the European vampires regarding the disposition of the SOD that could cause an all out war with the American Mithrans. Closer to home, the brutal attacks and resulting deaths are causing public unrest and protests from angry, frightened humans. It won't take much to set the gathering protesters to violence against the Mithrans.
As these dire events unfold, Jane is also learning to balance her new understanding with Bruiser with both their respective responsibilities. She is not used to having a partner or family, but seeing her growth as Bruiser and the Younger brothers become these things is truly wonderful. Some of the secrets Jane uncovers in her investigation spark her continued internal struggle with her own heritage. We get some really interesting foreshadowing in her evolving relationship with Leo, the Master of the City of NOLA and many of our favorite characters from past installments have pivotal roles as the action builds to the climax.
Another thoroughly satisfying yarn form a darned good author. Great action throughout, personal growth, deadly weapons, tender moments, and scary dangerous foes will keep you reading long past your bedtime.
Note: I had an opportunity to receive an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. Publication date for this book is April 7, 2015.
I have read every one of the series, and while it is now clear that much of this current novel was hinted at in the earlier books, I think we have also seen Faith Hunter become a better writer as the series went on. I guess that's no surprise. She was a pretty darn good writer in book 1, and the best way to get better at any skill is to keep doing it. Still, while book 1 was a good read, Dark Heir was a book that was so much more. There were times when I had to put it down, because the excitement was too much for me. I can hardly wait to see what Faith has in store for poor Jane next!