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Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter


Dark Queen
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock 12
Publisher:  Ace, May 1, 2018
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
List Price:  US$7.99 (print);  US$7.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781101991428 (print); 9781101991435 (eBook)

Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight–and win–beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can’t let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane’s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.



Doreen’s Thoughts

When I saw another Jane Yellowrock book available through NetGalley, I could hardly wait until it was approved and loaded onto my Kindle. As one of my favorite authors, Faith Hunter is now writing two series, but this is the one that I loved first. I do have to say, I did start reading cautiously – in the last several novels, Jane and the New Orleans vampires have been preparing for a visit from the European mithrans (vampires). I worried that when the meeting finally came about, it would not live up to the hype set in the previous several books. My worries were quashed when it became apparent that this was less a visit and more an invasion, with a series of formalized fights set up between the oldest and strongest of the American vampires and their people and the oldest and strongest of the Europeans. At risk was the freedom of humans and paranormals throughout the United States – the stakes were set high.

Because the European vampires were typically aristocrats used to pomp and circumstance, there is still some negotiating rules and requirements in the first part of the book, which might have seemed a little boring if Hunter hadn’t dropped a bomb in the form of a new character, Jane’s full-blooded brother, Ari.

One of the best aspects of Hunter’s series has been Jane’s need and search for family. Having come out of the woods as a supposed orphan child, Jane had gone through the foster care system, and it had not been kind to her. Since coming to New Orleans, she had accepted her housemates, Eli and Alex Younger, as business partners and family members. Along the way, she also acquired a vampire primo, Edward, and a werewolf, Brute. But she had been certain there were no other blood relatives of hers out there. With Leo, king of the American vampires and Jane’s boss, to confirm Ari’s DNA, Jane has a lot of mixed feelings about this new brother – ecstasy that he is alive; anger that it took so long for him to contact her; joy that there are other relatives; and fear about what it all means for her.

But there is little time to deal with this new relative. The Conclave is on, and the fights are brutal and to the death. Several characters who have held secondary positions in the series for quite some time are killed. This definitely amped up the level of tension, especially when Jane’s adopted brother, Eli, is called to fight. It appeared that no one was safe, and this was especially true with the ending. Suffice to say, I cannot reveal more without giving away spoilers. What I can say is that Dark Queen ends on a high, if totally unexpected note.

Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter


Flame in the Dark
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  A Soulwood Novel 3
Publisher:  Ace, December 5, 2017
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
List Price:  US$7.99 (print and eBook)
ISBN:  9780451473332 (print); 9780698184510 (eBook)

Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.



Doreen’s Thoughts

As Hunter eased us into the world of Soulwood, she used her primary character, Jane Yellowrock, to introduce us to Nell Ingram, a young widow fighting against the efforts of a cult-like church to return to the fold. The first two novels involved spillover from Jane’s world, but in Flame in the Dark, Nell is on her own and in the thick of it. She has been accepted as a junior member of the PsyLED team, and as the book opens, she is doing grunt work after an attack on a powerful senator.

The great thing about Hunter’s novels is that she mixes action and mystery with heart and soul. As the pursuit for the assassin becomes more dangerous, the group begins to speculate that the killer is a member of an unknown paranormal group. Nell herself is attacked and nearly killed as she finds a critical piece of evidence. There are burning houses and exploding cars, and a young boy who can cause burns with a single touch.

But at the same time as the investigation, life goes on for Nell. Occam is continuing his pursuit of her, inviting her to dinner. Her relationship with her family is better than ever; in fact, the family is making efforts to send eligible bachelors to Nell in hopes that she will return to the church and help modernize it. The PsyLED team has accepted her as a member, no longer making accommodations for her newness and her lack of “townie” ways. Lastly, Nell’s sister Mud has come of age and appears to have the same powers that Nell has.

Hunter’s skill as a writer comes as she intertwines Nell’s every-day, ongoing life with PsyLED’s adventurous day job. The descriptions of the group meetings always involve food, and the office has a set up for changing and sleeping. The PsyLED group has become Nell’s second family, one for whom she would risk her life, as she does in this story.




Previously

Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Book 1
Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Book 2

Review: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter


Blood in the Veins: Nineteen Stories from the World of Jane Yellowrock
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock
Publisher:  Roc, February 2, 2016
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages
List Price:  $16.00 (print); $9.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780451475756 (print); 9780698196988 (eBook)

Review: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a comprehensive collection of stories starring everyone’s favorite “smart, sexy, and ruthless”* shapeshifting skinwalker…

In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”

In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history….

From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: have stakes, will travel.

*New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison



Doreen’s Thoughts

Blood in Her Veins is a terrific addition to the Jane Yellowrock canon; however, newcomers should probably start with Skinwalker, the first novel in the Jane Yellowrock series. This is a terrific collection of stories that center around Jane and some of her secondary characters. About half of the stories focus on Jane herself, while the others are told from the perspective of others. Hunter has collected stories that were published elsewhere as well as a couple of new stories, and in the process, she elaborates on her best characters.

Jane’s story originally starts in the middle of her vampire hunting days, and memories of her early years have been doled out judiciously throughout the rest of the series. Here are a couple of takes that focus on her life before vampires. In “WeSa and the Lumber King,” we see Jane early in her bond with Bigcat, and while she takes little action herself, she is instrumental in the puma’s actions against the white men who are destroying the best hunting lands. “Snafu” introduces Jane as a new apprentice who is being tested by her employer.

Those stories told from the perspective of secondary characters often center on Jane herself and offer a different perspective of the woman. Several stories have been written from the perspective of Ricky Bo, Jane’s first boyfriend. The stories here explain how he becomes a werecat and how Jane gets him the training that he needs to deal with the change. Recently, however, Bruiser has begun courting Jane, and their interaction is rather sweet. “First Sight” is short, little more than a scene sketch, but it makes shows the reason why Bruiser was interested in Jane from the beginning, even before she was aware of it. “Dance Master” is a terrific little story that looks like nothing more than the description of a dance Jane and Bruiser share, but is really so much more.

Several of the stories focus on Molly Trueborn Everhart, a witch with numerous sisters, two children, and a large husband. As Jane’s best friend, Molly often gets pulled into her cases and ends up helping magically. During several novels, Molly and Jane were somewhat estranged, and few of those stories focus on that time period. One of the stories actually focuses on two of Molly’s sisters, and Jane only appears briefly at the end.

Overall, these stories are terrific. They fill in gaps that most readers never realize are in the primary novels. Jane herself is very modest, never recognizing the effect she has on others; seeing her through other people’s eyes better fills out her description. Nothing is better than finding a new book in a favorite series, but short stories that occur in between the novels are the next best thing.

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.

Faith is online -

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter @HunterFaith

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Review: Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock 7) by Faith Hunter


Black Arts
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock 7
Publisher:  Roc, January 7, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price: $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780451465245 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock 7) by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own — no matter the cost….

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.



Doreen’s Thoughts:

Jane Yellowrock is a unique protagonist – she is both a shape-shifter and a skinwalker. Born in the 1800s as a Cherokee, Jane wound up tangling her soul with that of a cougar. After roaming for years in the cougar’s body, she finally took the lead and came out to begin vampire hunting. Molly Everhart is a witch who has been her friend for years – until an earlier novel, when Jane was forced to kill Molly’s sister. This novel starts after Jane has been excused for the killing, but the family, and Molly in particular, still has yet to open back up to Jane.

However, when Evan, Molly’s husband, comes to Jane looking for Molly, Jane becomes aware that Molly has been in New Orleans for some time – and that she has gone missing. As Jane performs her job as the Master Vampire’s Enforcer, she discovers that her cases for the vampires may be crossing with that of her search for Molly.

I love Jane Yellowrock as a character. She is fierce to her enemies, yet gentle with her friends and those she considers as her family. The interaction between Jane and Evan has always been negative in the past because being around Jane has put Molly in danger. Now Evan has to rely upon Jane’s expertise to find his wife. Jane is also responsible for protecting both Evan and his children until she can locate Molly. The communication between Jane and the children as well as between the children and Jane’s other family, Ely and the Kid, is priceless and indicative of knowledge of real children and how they handle stress.

I always devour Faith Hunter’s novels because they are so good; they suck me into her world and keep me engaged until I arrive at the end. This novel was particularly good at creating a new enemy for Jane as well as involving her expanded family, the Truebloods and Everharts, and their witchcraft. I love the touches that Hunter adds about the Cherokee people and their symbology and their spirituality. This novel was another great addition to the Jane Yellowrock series.


Faith Hunter - Death's Rival Blog Tour - September 30, 2012

Death's Rival, the 5th novel in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series, will be published in October 2012. The Qwillery is delighted to share with you an excerpt from the novel.


Faith Hunter - Death's Rival Blog Tour - September 30, 2012



Death's Rival
Jane Yellowrock 5
Roc, October 2, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Faith Hunter - Death's Rival Blog Tour - September 30, 2012
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.



Excerpt:
Chapter Three

I Started to Squeeze the Trigger

Holding his eyes, I slid the tote strap around my shoulders, shoved it back out of the way, and walked straight toward him. Keeping loose. Letting Beast bleed into my bloodstream and into my eyes. My heart rate sped as her adrenaline pumped into my body. His blue eyes widened. Beast-fast, I swerved right, forcing him to move cross-hand. And back left, into his personal space. I body-slammed him. Hard. Hooked his ankle as he shifted and shoved.

The gun went off. Wild shot. Toward the ceiling. I caught his gun hand, flipped him, and landed one knee in the middle of his spine with all my weight. Took his gun away while he tried to remember how to breathe. Banged his head on the floor so hard he had to see stars.

Fun, Beast thought. More!

The shadow over me shifted. I lifted my eyes. Nikki-Babe was standing over me, still vamped out, blocking the light. Fangs latched down, claws out, waiting. If I really tried to hurt the stranger, he’d kill me, and I didn’t know why. Ignoring the looming shadow, I leaned in and sniffed. Blue Eyes smelled of witchy-power, not his own, but something he had obtained from a powerful witch or coven—probably an amulet of some sort. The witchy stench nearly overrode the blood-signature scent of his master, but not quite. It was a vamp-scent I recognized. The undertang made me hesitate, but only for a moment. For now the amulet was more important. Whatever spell he had was underneath him, inactivated, and I had better keep it that way. I pulled his arms back and secured them with a zip strip. Then added three more strips. He was a blood-servant to someone very powerful, with a witchy charm on his person. I wasn’t taking chances.



Also in the Jane Yellowrock series:

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About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter - Death's Rival Blog Tour - September 30, 2012
Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, and Death’s Rival. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage (2012).

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.

Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.


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