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Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Jane walked out of the forest as a young child, without memory of who she was and not speaking. As an adult she becomes a vampire hunter, killing rogue vampires for a living. I guess it's as good a profession as any.
In Skinwalker we discover Jane's dark world, a universe filled with vampires and Jane, the last (?) Cherokee Skinwalker. Skinwalkers are able to shift into various animals when she has a sample of their DNA. Jane also shares her body with the soul of Beast, a cougar. Molly, an Earth Witch, is her best and pretty much her only friend. Molly and her immediate family are the only ones to know Jane's secret.
Her life takes an about turn when the Vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Leo Pellissier, hires her. Now she's working closely for vampires, rather than just being hired to kill them.
In addition to Leo, we are introduced to some interesting men, including Rick, a cop, and Bruiser, Leo's blood servant and right hand man.
In Death's Rival, she feels very alone due to events in Raven Cursed. She is estranged from her best friend, and lost her boyfriend. Things are not going well and now she is drawn back into the world of vampires.
Death's Rival is a foremost a mystery. Vampires are not supposed to be able to get sick, yet they are. There is a plague taking down the MOC throughout the US and Jane has to find out the cause and who is behind it. We are there every step of the way, as Jane's support team, Derrick and his men, and Reacher, an computer expert, teases out the answers.
While she works through the threads, untangling the answers, she also discovers what happened to her people so long ago.Read more ›
Jane is a skinwalker, a shapeshifter, able to take on the shape of other animals. Beast is a mountain lion, a puma, that Jane inadvertently merged with as a child. Her long association with Jane seems to have Beast developing more cunning and a stronger independent personality.
Jane was found wandering through the forest as a child years ago. After growing up under the governments foster program she sets out on her own to try and find a job working security. She becomes a vampire hunter, a good one. This brings her into the world of the vampire leaders and oddly enough she starts working for them. Vampires are neither good nor evil. They are what you would expect if you gave humans superpowers and long life. Some good, some bad, all arrogant and a law onto themselves. Jane helps enforce that law, becoming "The Enforcer" for Leo Pellissier the Vampire Master of New Orleans and by extension the most powerful vampire in the country.
In the previous novel Jane best friend breaks their relationship after Jane is forced to kill her sister and she loses her boyfriend to a were curse. She starts this novel emotionally isolated, alone and yet her independence shows her inner strength.
Death's Rival starts with the unexpected. Vampires are getting sick. But vampires just don't get sick.Read more ›
In Death's Rival, Jane is commissioned with the seemingly impossible job of taking blood from master vampires who have become physically sick after a challenge from an unknown master. The past catches up with Jane and hits her hard as she struggles with her past decisions, her kill count, and her childhood. She is saddened by those she's lost and concerned about those she still stands to lose, including some new friends. Overshadowing Jane's personal demons is a vampire war, unknown assailants, and a mysterious disease threatening those she holds dear. The body count is high in this book, so get ready for a bloody adventure.
Beast fans will love the scenes where Beast takes control. Faith Hunter has perfected the shift between consciousnesses in this book, and there are some great scenes involving Beast and one of our favorite boy toys! Perhaps Beast will even find the mate she has been dreaming of...
In the last novel, Jane and Rick seem to have found a solution to his "little problem", and Rick has decided to take a job with PsyLed. This should allow him to be productive in his current state and stay with Jane even if she moves around, yet at the beginning of this novel Jane is convinced that she and Rick are over as a romantic item and she considers herself friendless and homeless. How did this happen? Why was the conflict in the relationship off camera? Then when they finally get together in this novel, he informs Jane that they cannot be romantically involved, because the Grindylow will kill both of them. This flies in the face of what we already know about the were society: that the Grindylows are there to protect humanity by killing any weres who attempt to turn a human into a lycanthrope. In previous works we find that this occurs from biting, not sex (else all werewolves would be being hunted by Grindys by now), especially in light of the were reaction to Leo trying to pimp Jane out in the third novel. Addtionally, both Rick and the grindylow know that Jane isn't human, so doesn't fall under the writ of the grindylow as we have been told to now.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say? This book was a crazy good time that had me shifting between laughter and tears. This is the kind of book that makes you FEEL. Read morePublished 13 days ago by J. Meyer
Killing vampires by infecting their ‘food’ is funny, but not as funny as Jane Yellowrock playing at diplomacy. She’s not very good at it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylvia McIvers
Alongside Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, THE BEST urban fantasy heroine. I cannot get enough of this world and its inhabitants. Thankfully, the author writes VERY fast. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Snowleesi
I loved it! I really want to just buy the next book and start reading right away. The plot gets me every time. I definitely recommend this series.Published 3 months ago by Brandi
I have been reading this series for so long these characters are like family. I am looking forward to maybe a few spinoffs from this series.Published 4 months ago by Elaine Ossipov
I absolutely feel in love with this series all over again. Not to say the previous book in series wasn't good but this installment hit excellent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bel L.