Title: Mercy Blade
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Dates read: 12th – 16th May 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: He stopped right at the edge of saying we indulged in kinky sex, but I could see the thought in his eyes, appraising, looking over my clothes.
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker – and a vampire killer for hire. But lately she’s found herwelf taking bloo money from the very vampires she used to hunt…
Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and reviewed the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire.
When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo’s “Mercy Blade”, a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans – or, more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier…
I did start this book like two years ago. And then I got distracted and it ended up back on my shelf. Now I’m not entirely sure why I did that. This was a great story. And now I’m remembering why I started buying up all the Jane Yellowrock books as soon as I read the first short story. Not entirely sure why I took such a long pause between reading the second and third book though… I’ll try not to make that mistake again.
The ending of this novel is kind of heartbreaking if I’m being honest. Rick and Jane are put through the absolute ringer throughout this novel and I don’t know if they have much hope for the future. Yes, Bruiser is still hanging around for a romantic entanglement, but I definitely prefer Rick and really hope that things get sorted. The ending of this is such a damn cliff-hanger on ALL relationships, so I seriously can’t wait to read Raven Cursed.
A whole new series of supernatural beings are introduced in this novel, and, that, partnered with Jane remembering more of her past alone makes it impossible to put down. But, of course, that’s not all there is to it… there are insane politics, vendettas and a multitude of entanglements that leave you somewhat reeling at the end of this story. And, as always, not everything is as it seems. There are wonderful little twists throughout that make you hope for the happily ever after that you just don’t quite get in this novel.
The more I read this series, the more I love the intricacies of politics and inter-species relationships throughout this whole world that Hunter has created. The use of a character as a way to reduce madness is something that I didn’t anticipate, but it worked incredibly well. Adding an extra unexpected, layer of world building that I think will continue to develop as the stories in this series progress.