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Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter


Dark Heir
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock 9
Publisher:  Roc, April 7, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780451465962 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.



CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EARLIER BOOKS

Doreen’s Thoughts

It is no secret that Faith Hunter is probably one of my favorite authors, and her Dark Heir is worthy to be included in the Jane Yellowrock canon. In the last few novels, Jane and the New Orleans vampires have been preparing for a visit from the European mithrans (vampires). There are many archaic gestures and actions that have to be met when inviting some of the oldest and strongest of the mithrans to America, with the fear that the Europeans may just want to try to take over the largest vampire group in the nation. However, everything is delayed when it appears that one of the worst vampire witches in history has escaped Leo’s custody and is terrorizing the city. Jane must find him before the Europeans declare war.

Hunter’s novels are better than average because her characters grow and evolve as a result of their adventures. In earlier novels, Jane loved and lost Rickie-Bo, a former cop now working for Psy-LED, the federal agency policing supernaturals in Jane’s world. Jane has taken a while to recover, and now Bruiser, former human servant to Leo, is wooing her as she deserves. It is fun to see Jane a little hesitant and uncertain about this new relationship, and Bruiser is a gentleman who is using every means at his disposal to treat her as she deserves. In addition, her relationships continue with her housemates and new family, Eli and the Kid. Eli, a former special ops soldier, is now Jane’s number two in charge, and his younger brother, Alex, has technical skills that help Yellowrock Securities, the company Jane started with the two. Lastly, Jane’s Cherokee heritage adds richness to the character as well.

The story starts off with a bang in the bowels of Vamp Central, as Jane calls it, Leo’s stronghold within the city. Unfortunately, an action that Jane failed to take in an earlier novel has dire consequences in this one. Leo’s captive has escaped, possibly with the help of some of Leo’s most trusted followers. In addition to tracking the escapee, Jane has to negotiate the vampire politics involved – determining who may have aided and abetted the escape and bringing the knowledge to Leo’s attention.

There is a tremendous amount of action in this story, and the pace is rip-roaring. I could hardly put the book down before I finished it. As usual, Hunter has done a wonderful job entertaining her readers, and I can hardly wait until the next installment.

Faith Hunter - Dark Heir Blog Tour - April 3, 2015


Please welcome Faith Hunter to The Qwillery as part of the Dark Heir Blog Tour. Dark Heir, Jane Yellowrock 9 will be published by Roc on April 7, 2015.



Faith Hunter - Dark Heir Blog Tour - April 3, 2015




Dark Heir
Jane Yellowrock 9
Roc, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Faith Hunter - Dark Heir Blog Tour - April 3, 2015
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.





Excerpt 9:

As she left, Bruiser approached, his eyes on me. At six-four, he was a tall man, even to me, topping my height by several inches. Looking every inch the Enforcer, the primo of a master vamp, neither of which he was anymore, he studied the room, the humans, the beheaded vamp, silent. But he took no command position, which felt so odd to me. He had always been Enforcer and primo, always in charge. Now he was Onorio and living off premises and . . . often in my bed, or I in his. But he never interfered when I was working, recognizing my authority as Leo’s current, temporary, part-time Enforcer. Everything was all backward.

“Suggestions?” I asked.

“One or two,” he said smoothly. “Over dinner, soon.”

Which meant later, privately, and not for any listening ears at coms. I nodded. I needed to know what was wrong with Del. I needed to know about Adrianna. I needed to know a lot of stuff, and Bruiser hadn’t been at his apartment last night, which meant he had stayed here. I assumed. I didn’t really know. And I was too chicken to ask, fearful of sounding like a love-sick school girl, whining, Where were you last night?. You didn’t answer my text. Were you with your old girlfriend? Which I knew he wasn’t, since his old girlfriend was Katie of Katie’s Ladies, my former landlady, and Leo’s heir. And Leo’s lover. Vamp bed-jumping was normally hard to keep up with, but Alex was currently handling the security cams and console for Katie’s place of business, until we could train Deon, her chef, for that job. We had access to all the cameras, and Bruiser hadn’t been there. Katie had been otherwise entertained last night. I tried to ignore my own relief at that. I trusted Bruiser. I did. But we hadn’t established the boundaries of our relationship yet.





About Faith

Faith Hunter - Dark Heir Blog Tour - April 3, 2015
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.

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