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Shattered Bonds (Jane Yellowrock Book 13) Kindle Edition
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"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 is a fully realized, complicated woman; her power, humanity, and vulnerability make her a compelling heroine. The fight scenes are exciting and the New Orleans setting is absorbing, but it's the ever-evolving bond between Jane and her Beast personality that keeps this fun series fresh."--Publishers Weekly
"Jane Yellowrock is smart, sexy, and ruthless."—Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Witch Walking
"Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try."--Library Journal
"Hunter's very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres."--Booklist
"Hunter is an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios; the latest Yellowrock novel packs a powerful punch."--RT Book Reviews
"Seriously. Best urban fantasy I've read in years, possibly ever."--C. E. Murphy, author of Magic and Manners --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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- File Size : 1725 KB
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- Publisher : Ace (October 29, 2019)
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Publication Date : October 29, 2019
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07NCR7CKX
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After the epic and devastating battle in the last book, DARK QUEEN, between Leo and the Euro vamps where things did not go according to plan, Jane has retreated to the Appalachian Mountains brought low by grief and a magically induced disease. Her own trusty Clan Yellowrock army is with her including Bruiser, her brothers of the heart, Eli and Alex plus others of her extended family who show up to help out when trouble once again stalks Jane. The most seriously evil younger Son of Darkness brings a new and deadly fight right to Jane’s front door. As usual, Jane is fighting battles on several fronts including the magic created illness that is sapping her strength and causing major depression for our warrior woman.
Once the enemy is identified, Jane ends up with a full house on her new property to help out including BFF Molly along with her extended witchy and human family. Someone dear to Jane has been taken and is being brutally tortured by the SOD #2 who wants to own Jane, her Dark Queen’s crown, and all the power that implies. To make matters worse, another enemy is attacking them so that adds to the chaos and stress. Jane is trying to get her sometimes magical allies including Gee and Soul to help out, but they are having their own issues. Ayatas shows up to annoy and pester Jane as only a brother can without necessarily being helpful though they have some interesting conversations. Jane spends a fair amount of time in half form as it helps her deal with her ever increasing weaknesses which also means Beast is at the forefront for much of the story. There is a hint given about the status of Leo, but I would say it is not definitive.
This book, Jane Yellowrock #13, has an amped up intensity which will leave readers thoroughly worked over emotionally. Jane gets little to no break from the extreme pressure of rescuing some of her people, dealing with illness, keeping tabs on what is going on back in NOLA at vamp HQ, and the major fight with the horrific evil that is the SOD. The pace of this story goes roller coaster ride fast moving from one battle to the next along with Clan Yellowrock family dynamics which will keep readers glued to the page wondering how it will all work out for Jane and company.
Characters: 5/5 Stars
Series Continuity/Expectations: 4/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 5/5 Stars
So much happened and changed by the end of Dark Queen, I really wasn’t certain what to expect with this book, especially with the not quite a cliffhanger you got at the end of that one. I did expect that issue to be addressed or at least mentioned pretty quickly in this one, but it takes a bit for it to come up, which left me wondering if that event was somehow getting changed.
This felt different than most any of the other JY books. You still get some great shift scenes. You get a good amount of Beast time. You still get a few battle scenes. You still get a few scenes of Jane connecting with her people. But… those all seem to have the edges dulled a bit because, to a large extent, she has to take more of a backseat in this one. She doesn’t get to be the full on badass all the time which shifts the overall tone and feel of this book.
This does tie off a couple of the loose threads introduced in the last book, but you are again left wondering where the series is going to go next. One big thread is glanced across and cannot possibly be all we see for the end of that thread. A whole lot happens along the side of what happens in this book. Things that are introduced through brief conversations, but are left wide open by the last page. You are definitely left with the feeling that there is a lot more yet to come.
As always, the biggest downside is that there is a last page and too big of a time gap in which I have to wait for the next book.
Her illness has caused her to put aside some of her responsibilities as Dark Queen and clan leader, and a lot of loose ends have dangled, ready for those with bad intentions to snatch.
The intensity and drama of this book are incredible. I am enthralled with this one, and find myself thinking of all the characters are family, friends, and of course, a few enemies. It's hard to remember it's fiction...
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been said or done with this character, but you’d be absolutely incorrect.
This book takes several long standing story arcs and ties them together in a way that you will not see coming. Some of those are arcs you won’t realise were still not tied off. This book is a gift to long standing Jane fans.
All the characters get to show their depth as Jane deals with the possibility of her powers killing her. At the end of the Dark Queen, Jane understands that her time travelling ability has given her cancer, because only arcenciels are the only beings meant to do it. She has just become the Emperor of the European Vampires and she is unbelievably sick. She immediately abdicates and slinks away in the night. It was a heartbreaking end to a great book and waiting for Shattered Bonds was hard.
Thankfully, Alex Younger is a genius hacker who easily traced Jane, so everyone the Youngers and Bruiser showed up to look after her. Jane’s instincts are always to stand isolated and alone, because for most of her life it was just her and Beast to rely on. Her family is still so new she can’t bring herself to hurt them with watching her die, so she leaves.
This book shows what happens when you walk away from your responsibilities and try to do everything on your own. This book explores Jane’s heart and soul. It explores Beast’s heart too and their connection and love for each other. Jane must look inwards in her usual mix of Cherokee ceremony, visions, prayer and magic.
There is less action in this book than some of the earlier ones, but that is because there is so much to handle in order to finish this chapter of her life. For a while I thought this might be the last book, until I remembered quite late on that there is a contract for one more book in the series, so I know there is still good stuff to come. Jane gets her Happy for Now ending, but know there is still a barrel load of work still to be done as Dark Queen and Emperor of the European Vampires!
Bruiser and the Younger brothers are very clear that they want her to keep fighting-but this is Jane Yellowrock, she always makes up her own mind. And, in this case, what settles matters is the Son of Darkness going after not just her but those she loves and protects. This is important, for one very good reason. Nobody but Leo among the Vampires ever learned this: do not, ever, go to War with Jane Yellowrock and her Clan. Some people would move mountains and walk in Hell to save those they care for without hesitation or regret. Jane Yellowrock just kills everyone who threatens her people, even if she has to struggle out of her death bed and fight against ancient insane Vampires, lost Souls and Light Dragons to do it. And she'll win-nobody she's gone up against she wants dead is still around.
But this one? Against a monster who has drunk down and butchered tens of thousands if not millions of people over 2,000 years, who throws around magic like it's cheap and does things which make the Everharts blink, who might be able to step out of time and space himself? If she's ever going to face an ultimate test, this is it. Death is sitting on her shoulder and whispering in her ear, but Jane may just have one last fight left in her...
Also, I love the humour. Jane contacts an exasperated Wrassler in New Orleans to find out what's going on after events start moving quickly. He snaps without her leadership he's doing the best he can, and demands to know why she disappeared and what's going on. Poor Jane, who see's Wrassler as a close friend, blurts out her condition and you can practically see his eyes bulging at this. Shiloh, one of Jane's Clan Yellowrock, a Vampire Witch, meets her extended family for the first time since she disappeared over ten years ago. Molly and Evan knew about her-but they didn't tell anyone else. The meeting is interesting, with an exasperated Shiloh pointing out she may be a Vampire but yes, she can still do magic. Jane's brother shows up to ask her to make contact with her own extended family, again, in the middle of everything-she manages to resist the urge to throttle him.
There are also developments involving Soul, Jodi, Gregoire, Edmund and Bruiser, but that would be telling. Suffice to say, if you love Jane Yellowrock? You HAVE to read this one. Very highly recommended.
In the depths of winter she now has to fight another enemy-and what a fight it is! This is also a story of family, love and healing.
As always with Faith's writing, we have a mixture of action, humour and in this story, real emotional elements as well. Best to read the previous books first, as this carries on from the last story. I really enjoyed this and comes highly recommended.
I hope we won't have to wait long for the next book!
- seeing the impact of Jane's absence on various characters, and how life has carried out while she has been withdrawn from circulation
- gathering of many favourite characters together, including Molly, Evan, Angie, EJ and the baby
- Beast (always Beast!)
Wonderful wonderful book. Now to re-read the whole series. Or listen to it on Audible. Just perfect. Well done Faith!