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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Last year, Jane nearly lost her life taking down a deadly family of vampires who preyed on the helpless populace. Now, after months of recuperation, she's back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she's been hired by those she's trained to kill - vampires.
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind--a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires--and hunts the undead for a living. But now she's been hired by the Katherine Fonteneau, one of the oldest vampires in the New Orleans, and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt down a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.
Amidst a bordellos of real "ladies of the night" and a hot Creole biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission ... or else the next skin she'll need to save may be her own.
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The is the first vampire book I've read, which really even attempts to bring the genre into the 21st century. Once "out of the closet," OF COURSE they and their blood-slaves would have to deal with modern technology, legalities and law enforcement; and likewise, the government would have to sit up and take notice, and try to make laws (and profit?) from this startling new/old development. This author touches on those issues.
I haven't enjoyed a series start this much, since the first "Dresden Files" book (see Jim Butcher's Chicago wizard series). Even the setting, New Orleans, was magical to me; it took me back to Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" -- it was THAT convincing. I couldn't put it down. I'm about to move on to the second book -- hoping the story continues in this vein (you should forgive the expression), and at this elevated level.
Later postscript: I've now read through to the recently released book 8, "Broken Soul." I sincerely recommend ALL of these books; the whole series. I'm only sorry that the author isn't able to write them as fast as I can read them.
Thank you, Faith Hunter! I'm so glad to have "discovered" you.
Jane Yellowrock is an apparently young woman, however she honestly doesn't know how old she is. She walked out of the woods, naked, knowing no English and having no idea how to live in a human society. People guessed she was about 12 years old. They decided she was Cherokee since she knew a few Cherokee words, and with her black hair & eyes, and golden skin. A few years pass. Now she knows English, how to fight and a bit more about who she is. She is a Cherokee skinwalker, a being able to change her form to any animal, but her preference is to be a mountain lion. Oh, and she has the soul of a mountain lion sharing her body because of an accidental act of black magic to save her life when she was very young. Now the sometimes uneasy alliance between her own soul and that of "Beast" has actually made them better than either was before.
And one thing she is more than just good at, is killing vamps. Which comes in very handy when the vampire council of New Orleans looks for someone to come and "bring to the day", kill, a rogue vampire. The rogue has killed both cops and tourists, and doesn't seem to plan on stopping. But before she kills it, she has to find it!
Skinwalker is a fantastic beginning to an awesome series! I love how Hunter really brings Jane to life. Whether it is her Harley "Bitsa", made of "bits of this and bits of that", or her love of good hot tea, Hunter makes Jane into a real person instead of a collection of words. And although Beast does "speak" to Jane mentally, and in words, she still has an animal's view of the world, and very much has an animal's priorities! I'm interested to see how Beast grows and changes as the series goes on!
Easy on both language and sexual tones, this is a book, and a series that should not be missed!
You won't regret it!
later in the book you learn that she also has the ability to change into other animals, though it can be very hard for her, or difficult to change back i should say.
I enjoyed this book. It was fast moving and as soon as you think you can see the direction the Author changes it up for you.
Finding it hard to put down, I can say I can't wait to see what is ahead in the next book in this series.