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Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Praise for the novels of Faith Hunter:
“A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre.” —New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison
“Hunter’s very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres.”—Booklist
“A thrill ride from start to finish…Hunter has an amazing talent for capturing mood.”—SF Site
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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Honestly I was the most engaged in this book for various reasons and I had probably my strongest emotional reaction to this one so I think that in ways FH’s writing is getting a better but I struggle with Jane’s incessant need to take responsibility for abso-freaking-lutely everything. If a meteor hit near New Orleans I’m sure Jane would find a way to make it her fault and her responsibility to clean up.
I’ll mention the good here and then I’m going to rant for awhile *clears throat*
The bad guy. We don’t get a ton of time with him but his entire power play in an effort to take over various vampires territory is really different and interesting. Using illness to make the vampires so weak they need to concede to his rule to receive an antidote was a new take that I hadn’t seen before in a UF book so far.
I loved seeing Sabina and her role on the vampire council. She is amazing and I really want to learn more about both her and Bethany since they are both outclan and we get a glimpse of what that means here.
There is also the addition of Eli and his brother to Jane’s inner circle. I like those two and it looks like Eli has no intention of getting mixed up in Jane’s love life so I hope he will be a good friend to her and his little brother a.k.a. ‘The Kid’ will offset all the dark characters lingering in Jane’s life. They seem like work wise they can be a good team and be totally on Team Jane as opposed to Derek who also seems to work for Jane, himself and Leo depending on the situation.
The reveals about Jane’s past and what happened to the rest of the skinwalkers was also a nice addition to the story and did give her some purpose in the fight against the big bad unknown vampire in town.
I have a few issues with this book and this series is general. I haven’t read any of the short stories in-between books and so when we go into this and Jane says that her relationship with Rick is completely over, Molly isn’t her friend anymore and she has left Leo’s service to I seriously went back to see if I accidentally skipped a book.
But nope I was on the right book I’m just missing the shorts in-between and so I have no context for most of that and it really isn’t explained it is just dropped and then we are moving on.
I was actually really happy that the Rick debacle was supposedly over. I’ve hated that dude from book 1. But nope he shows up later this book too and we are back to the oh he is so cute I think I love him we can find a way to be together. *throw up in my mouth a little*. No just no. I’m so over the love triangle quadrangle that is this series. Pick a dick, pick a chick, pick to be celibate the rest of your life if these are your choices but decide already. Jane had thoughts that she was in love with Bruiser and Rick in this book I HATE that part of this story. I think it is time for beast to take charge and sleep with all of them and then decide. Just kidding I really hate love triangles and Jane seems to think every guy out there is sex on a stick.
Why is Jane still with Leo in New Orleans??? I don’t get it she is miserable. She talks about how much she doesn’t like the person she is becoming and how horrible everything is. She was a rogue vampire hunter there have to be some rogue vamps somewhere else you think that she would do that instead of taking everything as her responsibility so she must stay and help Leo (who I remind you has tried to kill her more than once). *Throws hands in the air* why are you still there.
Okay and now we come to The Thing. Look I am of the opinion you hang out with Vamps or anything long enough and stuff just becomes normal. If you put yourself in that kind of proximity to them then yes at some point you are going to get burned. I still hated what Leo did to Jane. It was wrong on so many levels especially since she had recently saved him from something similar. I don’t blame Bruiser, if anything I feel so sorry for him and hope this is the wake up event he needed to see that if he is with Leo he can never have Jane. I feel bad for Jane too she played with fire and got burned but both lost trust in things they took for granted when ‘the thing’ happened. Beast is smart after this happened and she knows how to win in the long run.
*** Beast lost much here. Beast lost winter food. Beast lost meat. Hissed thought, Lost to pack. Tonight Jane lost to pack. Bruiser lost to pack. But Jane is not pack. Bruiser is not pack. Jane is Jane and Bruiser is Bruiser. I batted a rib bone hard with paw. It spun into dark and landed in brush. There is no shame in losing to pack with strong alpha. Shame is from not fighting again when pack is smaller, when pack-alpha is not expecting attack. Only shame is giving up. ***
I wish that the character relationships were stronger in this series. Most of the time I think that many things can be cleared up with a simple conversation but it never happens and I wonder how long Ms Hunter plans on dragging out certain plot arcs.
I need Jane to grow up a little and take charge of her personal life. She can kill and maim and hurt but she needs to balance that with a few other life skills. Even when others are telling her that she isn’t responsible for certain things she still claims them.
The ending with Rick is again something I just toss my hands up in the air and say “REALLY?” It needed to go down like that??? *Sigh, double sigh*. Rick is an utter jerk 90% of the time but Jane is clueless when it comes to other people. But maybe this means that we have really seen the last of him. At least that is my hope.
Since I’m reading this with a group I’m continuing on. Maybe just because it is so fun to argue and rant with them. But if I were reading it on my own I’d probably drop it and wander off to read some Kate Daniels so my faith in the Urban Fantasy Heroine could be restored.
Anyway, with that frustration out of the way, I quite liked this book. As I wrote, Jane has become quite a bit of a bad-ass and she is indeed dealing out quite a bit of pain in this book. As usual the book is a mixture of action and investigative work. This time trying to track down the mysterious vampire (or should I say Mithran) decease and who is behind it.
The quest leads her on path that culminates in a somewhat spectacular confrontation with an ancient enemy of the skinwalkers. I quite liked this. The build up was well done, the action was well done, the final confrontation was well done.
Then I have to have to say that things went a bit sour. It feels a bit like the author desperately tried to create some final moments of tension. I would have been quite happy with the book more or less ending after the final clobbering between the vampire factions and the bad guy getting what deserved.
I would have been quite happy even after the very final revelation, which I have to say I did not see coming, but that shooting interlude just to mess things up between Jane and one of her (many) boyfriends just felt tiresome.
Bottom line is that I definitely think this book was the best in the series so far. Now I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series.
Jane is still working for the New Orleans vampire family, the master of the city. There is a new vampire master in the USA and he does not play nice. So, Jane does not play nice either.
I am enjoying two things also about the series. Jane is a full blooded Cherokee and a protestant Christian. My wife is a quarter Cherokee and we are both protestant Christians. Kinda nice reading about things that relate to our personal lives.
Things that worked:
- Jane of course! She's still as kick ass as ever. I just love this woman.
- The new characters introduced, Eli and the hacker kid Alex. They are a much needed dynamic and shakeup in Jane's life. Plus you gotta admit she likes them too. I especially like Alex because he's a teen still yet on the cusp of adulthood and I just adore how these three interact. I'm hoping they are here to stay!
- Betrayal most foul! Ouch that gotta hurt.
What the heck was that?:
- Seriously the ending! Not the entire ending but the climactic part at the end just doesn't make sense to me. SPOILER ALERT - What the heck would that particular person's reason be for firing that shot? At that point? - NOTHING! So why the frick do it? There was no justification given and so that left a sour feeling with me because it wasn't explained.
Another good addition and some ground work was laid for promising developments. If you're a Jane Yellowrock reader and you haven't already you need to pick up Death's Rival.
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1= the writer uses and why to much for a example me, and Rick, and Eli, and Kid and ect ect.Read more