Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: Fine.
Last year Jane nearly lost her life taking down a deadly family of vampires who preyed on the helpless local 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 Katherine Fonteneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.
Amidst a bordelllo full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun 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.
I have never read anything like this novel. I’ve heard of skinwalkers before, and I have read a plethora of books about vampires, but nothing like this novel. And that is saying something! Books that have a supernatural spin and are based in some form of mythology usually focus on the European mythos, so it was really exciting to read about Native American mythos. It is an area that I find fascinating, and I love the uniqueness of such a tale.
The tone and language throughout this book is very adult, definitely not good if you want to read something less mature. Some of this is because of the sexual content, but it is more than that. The voice is that of a woman who is independent, strong, and mostly alone in the world. This translates beautifully in the point of view of the story. It also gives a slightly darker spin to a world, that, quite frankly, can be treated a little too light-heartedly in some novels. There was also a stark contrast in the way that sections were written – when Beast is in charge, the sentences are shorter, the explanation of the surrounds much more visceral.
Jane is a truly dual-natured heroine. She incorporates Beast and her human embodiment, basal-predator and human-hunter. There is an uneasy truce between the two sides, and for me, this is a great reminder of the constant war between our desires (what we want) and our responsibilities (what we need).