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Dance Master by Faith Hunter

Overview
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Title: Dance Master
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3.3
In: Blood in Her Veins (Faith Hunter) & The Jane Yellowrock World Companion (Faith Hunter)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Dates read: 17th May 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: He would add the bill to Leo’s account along with his customary thirty percent tip.

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Synopsis

After the tumultous occurrences of Mercy Blade, Jane and Bruiser once again unite for a job. And a little dancing.

Thoughts

I have some seriously mixed feelings about Bruiser and Jane ending up together. Mostly, I think that I don’t want it to happen. I have too much of an attachment to Rick. But, there is this great chemistry between them. And reading short stories like Dance Master which tell things from Bruiser’s point of view… then I start to feel a little more inclined towards their eventual relationship. I still prefer Rick, but that may change as the series evolves…

Jane’s love of dancing helps to give her a slightly more vulnerable aspect to her personality. Something that is fun and not all about killing. Even in the middle of this short story, when she is hunting down a rogue, there is still the time to dance. The fact that it also involves a bit of a romantic / seductive moment with Bruiser just ties in everything quite nicely.

Honestly, there isn’t anything ground shaking that occurs in this short story. Rather, it just sets the scene for the continuation of the flirtation between Bruiser and Jane. Or at least, that’s how I’m reading this short story at the moment… I need to actually read Raven Cursed first and see if my hunch is correct. I’m pretty sure that Jane and Bruiser are going to get together soon though…

<- Blood, Fangs, and Going FurryRaven Cursed ->

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Blood, Fangs, and Going Furry by Faith Hunter

Overview
Blood in Her Veins

Title: Blood, Fangs, and Going Furry
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3.2
In: Blood in Her Veins (Faith Hunter)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Dates read: 16th May 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: Into the night?

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Synopsis

Rick is suffering. Experiencing his first change and feeling noodles of guilt over his betrayal of Jane. But what if she’s the only one who can save him?

Thoughts

At the end of Mercy Blade, I was honestly a little bit disappointed and frustrated. It ended on such a cliff hanger and I seriously wasn’t impressed. Plus, I couldn’t get up to get this short story or the next novel in the series because I had my very big, very cuddly dog on my lap… but then I got the chance to read this… and I was so very, very happy!

This short story luckily gave me all sorts of closure from the feeling of loss that I experienced at the end of Mercy Blade. Not only was it able to provide a little more information on one of Jane’s ruined relationships, but it also provided a hint as to her feelings towards Rick. The depth of them anyway. They’re kind of obvious throughout Mercy Blade, but it was nice to have that little bit of extra confirmation…

This is a great short story that gives a little extra closure from the previous novel. There are still so many questions and I still have this need to know more about what happens in the future. But overall, it did help to just give that extra piece of closure that I was otherwise missing. And now I will dig through my piles of books and start on Raven Cursed.

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Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

Overview
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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
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2011
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.

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Synopsis

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…

Thoughts

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.

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Make it Snappy by Faith Hunter

Overview
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Title: Make it Snappy
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #0.75
In: Urban Enemies (Joseph Nassise)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Dates read: 28th November 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Gallery Books
Year: 2017
5th sentence, 74th page: Katie pouted, her lips pursing around her canines.

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Synopsis

Leo’s heir has pinned and trapped him with some help. What she wants is something a little more difficult to define than simply power… plus, there’s some betrayal in the mix.

Thoughts

It’s been a little while since I picked up a Jane Yellowrock novel. It just seems to have fallen on the wayside of the series that I’m insanely digging through. I also tend to be a bit of a book slut – I’ll read one or two books from a series, and then move on to another one. I’m currently reading about 190 different series. Having said that, I did love revisiting this world and the introduction that this short story provides to Leo and his heir, Katie.

One of my favourite things about this short story is the final sentence. I won’t tell you what it is, because you should read it yourself… but it is a great ending to a fantastic story. It also gives a little more insight into the dynamics of the vampire clan which Jane is most closely involved with.

I love that although Katie is in a position of power over Leo, she doesn’t actually want to take his place. It’s a reminder that for different people, power means different things. And we all take advantage in our own ways. Actually, mostly, it just made me like Katie all the more – it’s the unseen powerful that you never see coming that are intimidating.

<- Signatures of the DeadSkinwalker ->

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Golden Delicious by Faith Hunter

Overview
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Title: Golden Delicious
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #4.2
In: An Apple for the Creature (Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner) & Blood in Her Veins (Faith Hunter)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasyStrong women
Dates read: 27th June 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Ace Books
Year: 2012
5th sentence, 74th page: Pea launched herself across the two yards and landed on the wolf’s head with a catlike yowl.

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Synopsis

Rick is in the training academy after being viciously attacked. He’s still coping with the stressors of his past, but his new job might just give him a great reason to head forwards into the future.

Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. But I was kind of ticked that it gave away a fair bit about the future in the Jane Yellowrock world. Which was kind of annoying when I keep meaning to pick up this series all over again… but, hopefully by the time that I do, I won’t really remember where this story fits into the series, and I’ll be able to be surprised anyway.

If you look at my bookshelves, you’ll notice that there has begun to be a bit of an obsession about urban fantasy stories with the lead female in law enforcement. Alright, Rick isn’t a woman, but I did love the idea of a policeman transferring to the supernatural police. He may have to go through training all over again, but his talents jump to the surface as they race to find the evil witch before the full moon.

The use of a number of alternate supernatural beings that I haven’t so far seen in the first few Jane Yellowrock books, was incredibly fun. It also helped to give me a hint of how the world is going to expand as time goes by.

<- Iphigenia in AulisMagic Tests ->

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The Devil’s Left Boot by Faith Hunter

Overview

Blood in Her VeinsTitle: The Devil’s Left Boot
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #6.1
In: Blood in Her Veins (Faith Hunter) & Kicking It (Faith Hunter & Kalayna Price)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: 
Everything fell into place with a little thump in Liz’s mind.

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Synopsis

Set in the world of Jane Yellowrock. Jane makes a brief appearance.

Twin witches Liz and Cia Everhart agree to search for a missing woman and are drawn into long-hidden secrets of vampires and blood magic.

Thoughts

I enjoy anything set in the Jane Yellowrock world – it is always sassy, strong and constantly reminds you that no matter how odd you may be, there is somewhere in the world that you can fit in. If anything, I found this short story easier to relate to than the others so far – the twin Everhart witches are not only trying to cope with their sad past, but they are forced to confront a school bully. For those of us who have been bullied, we all imagine that day that we are reunited and can show that person how wonderful we are now that we’re not in school. When you’ve found a place in society that you can actually fit into, you want to show others that all of the hurt in the past doesn’t matter anymore (even when it does). The Devil’s Left Boot allows the twin witches to do this. And it works brilliantly.

The idea of twins is a fascinating one, there are a lot of mythical and social beliefs surrounding twins, especially identical ones. Hunter uses this brilliantly in the description of their spells and rituals throughout this story. Yet, they are still starkly contrasted against one another – they have different sources of power, different desires and different obsessions. The play between the two girls, their similarities and differences built them up beautifully in my mind and there they continue to stay, fascinating me and drawing me further into the world of Jane Yellowrock and the Everharts.

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Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Overview

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Title: Blood Cross
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves:
Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: That was low.

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Synopsis

As a vampire hunter and skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock is public enemy number one in the vampire community – even though she’s also the key to their survival. Now she’s about to learn that working for the enemy can be just as dangerous as hunting them.

The Vampire Council of New Orleans has hired Jane to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules. But she quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries – and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.

Thoughts

The second full novel in the Jane Yellowrock series was a great, fast paced read and a fantastic follow up to the first story. Set not long after the explosive ending of Skinwalker, Jane is thrust further into the intriguing world of vampires and their politics. Molly’s presence in the story brings a much wanted layer of softness to the story to balance out Jane’s strong and unyielding presence.

There is nothing like some saucy love interests and sexual tension to boost the octane of a plot, and Hunter has done this beautifully. With three potential interests in Skinwalker, Jane falls further into the laps of these men. These raunchy scenes are a great, pulse-quickening way to further the storyline and raise the stakes. It is also a fantastic way to highlight Jane’s independence – she is attracted and interested, but not willing to fully commit.

My favourite thing about this story is the love and care that Jane shows towards the children. They gain her protection and care above all else. Hunter shows Jane’s stunning ability to care for others, but she also reminds us of Jane’s own isolated upbringing. Her inability to believe in a positive future for herself plucks at the heart strings as she fights for the future of others.

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First Sight by Faith Hunter

Overview

Blood in Her Veins

Title: First Sight
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #1.5
In: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter & Jane Yellowrock World Companion by Faith Hunter
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves:
Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: And I smelled the scent of burning flesh, remembering only then the cross in her hand.

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Synopsis

It is in Skinwalker that Jane Yellowrock first meets George Dumas (Bruiser) and Leo Pellissier. Now, in “First Sight”, that encounter is revisited – only this time from Bruiser’s point of view.

Thoughts

Many of the Jane Yellowrock short stories are written from the point of view of other characters in the series, which is very enjoyable. First Sight is the first story that divulges the first impressions of another character within the stories. Especially when this first impression is that of a man who is interested in her.

Molly reminds us of Jane’s vulnerability, and Beast and We Sa show the animalistic side of her skinwalker nature, but Bruiser’s retelling of their first meeting places her in the context of an attractive woman. Something I hadn’t considered previously.

Reading of Jane and Bruiser’s first meeting also helped to further explain the relationship between himself and Leo. The potence of the blood bond between vampire and servant is incredibly strong, and learning about it from the point of view of one who is bonded was incredibly insightful.

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Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Overview

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Title: Skinwalker
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
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Roc
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: Fine.

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Synopsis

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.

Thoughts

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).

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Signatures of the Dead by Faith Hunter

Overview

Blood in Her Veins

Title: Signatures of the Dead
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #0.7
In: Blood in Her Veins by Faith HunterHave Stakes, Will Travel by Faith Hunter & Strange Brew edited by P.N. Elrod
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Dark fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Roc, Roc & St Martin’s Griffin
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: It could only be used in clear life-and-death situations.

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Synopsis

Jane Yellowrock, her best friend Molly Trueblood, an earth witch, police detective Paul “Brax” Braxton, and Molly’s husband Evan go after a blood-family of rogue-vampires who killed a local family.

Thoughts

Molly is a fantastic contrast to Jane, and telling the tale of Jane’s most successful vampire hunt through her eyes was refreshing and a very unique way to tell a new tale. Likewise, such a horrifyingly difficult hunt and journey was softened through Molly’s voice. Her ability to sense the dead and feel what they felt made the tale more tender and the deaths of the victims more tragic.

I read this short story after reading Skinwalker, so finding out more about the battle that put Jane on the map (so to speak), was fascinating and enjoyable. It also drove home the prowess and power of Jane in battle; she isn’t soft and is completely fearless and ruthless in battle.

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