- File Size: 983 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Original edition (May 22, 2009)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002AU7MSG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the pseudo-science of the magic in the books (especially revolving around borrowed mass) and her calorie intake etc. Her worlds magic has a very tangible feel and I liked that.
And the author really used the sense of smell effectively to tell the story, and a lot of the mystery surrounds Jane using her nose more than looking for more traditional clues. Using the assets of a shapeshifter to solve a mystery, especially when others don;t know it, was an intriguing take on the genre.
The book did have a slow and clunky start, Jane was a little too tough to be believable at times and alternatively a little too amateur/soft, and I found the Beast's chapters frustrating to read. Mainly because of the very caveman-like prose "me like food, night is good etc" but after awhile I did not notice it as much. I liked the characters, and the old school noir feel of everybody hiding something etc. Also the incorporation of Native American beasties into the cannon is welcome, as well as the hot and deep fried feel of NO. So overall it was a smart book, well researched, and well written. The character, as we grow to know her better, has potential to be quite memorable in a sea of imposters. So all in all worth a read.
Jane hunts and kills rogue vampires for a living. The only thing she knows about vampires are wrapped up in the ones that go crazy and need to be put down. She's also a skinwalker. Missing pieces of her memories as a young child, all she knows is that she shares her body with Beast, the mountain lion she shifts to when on the hunt. As a skinwalker she can take on other animal forms, but she has a very close tie with Beast. They both have their own memories, thoughts, and will - which makes her a very interesting character indeed.
Jane is called to New Orleans by Katie, an old vampire, who hires her to track and kill the rogue vampire preying on not only the humans in the city but other vampires as well. Turns out this rogue vampire is a lot more older, more powerful, and much more harder to track than Jane thought. While on the hunt, she's also introduced to the vampire world: their lifestyle, politics, and the who's who of vamp society.
Trying not to give all the great stuff away in the review, I will tell you this: there are some really great storylines here. One, the vampire rogue is more than he appears to be. Two, the missing pieces of memory from Jane's childhood return, which answers all her questions about her heritage, her clan, and just how she and Beast became one. And three, all the characters in the novel have great potential.
As an introductory novel, Faith Hunter laid down some solid foundation. Jane is a great character and Hunter makes her interesting enough for readers to want to know more about her past and where she's heading. The details into the vampire world are easy enough to understand, I didn't feel boggled down with some complex history or feel the need to have to memorize names or dates for later novels. All the secondary characters were just as intersting as Jane and Beast themselves, that I just have to know what happens to them and hope to see them in the next Jane Yellowrock story. Skinwalker is written smoothly and rich in detail and story. Kim Harrison calls Hunter, " A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre", and that alone is enough in my book!
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!