Faith Hunter’s Blood Trade — the sixth Jane Yellowrock novel — comes out on April 2nd, and in celebration (or preparation!), a few other bloggers and I are posting reviews of the first five books on the Tuesdays leading up to it! Since I’ve already reviewed the series (it is one of my favorites!), this review of Skinwalker is a (modified) repost from February 2010.
I picked up Skinwalker after reading a post on C.E. Murphy’s website about a possible collaboration between her and Faith Hunter, with Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock. I was intrigued, and while shopping for eBooks for my new nook (yay!), picked up Skinwalker and Blood Cross…
A year ago Jane nearly lost her life taking down an entire blood family of deadly rogue vampires that preyed on the helpless local populace of an Appalachian town. Now, after months of recuperation, she’s back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she’s 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 vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.
Amidst a bordello 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 just may be her own…
Jane Yellowrock is a complex character. She’s tough, inside and out. She’s alone most of the time, except for Beast. She’s also not what you’d expect from the get-go, so try to read this one without any preconceptions… And she’s now in my group of favorite urban fantasy heroines.
Skinwalker starts out deceptively simple — Jane shows up to take on a job. There are brief references to the last job she’d completed, nothing in-depth, nothing to give away what she is, other than vamp hunter. LOVE her calling card, by the way — “Have Stakes, Will Travel”… But nothing is always as it seems, and Jane learns that quickly.
Faith Hunter keeps you reading, not just with the plot and action, but with gradual revelations about Jane. And at every reveal, I thought to myself, ok, I can see that, I get it now. But you don’t. Not till she’s been completely unwrapped, and the big “whoa” gets you. And I loved it, because not only is Jane a kick-ass heroine, she’s a complex kick-ass heroine. She’s a little lighter on the sass (y’all know how I love my sass), but it’s not because she’s not sassy, it’s more because Jane doesn’t waste words — or breath — with talking when she doesn’t have (or want) to.
Not that Skinwalker is all about Jane and character development. There’s plenty of plot and action, too. Enough to satisfy the most finicky of urban fantasy fans. If you’re one, and you haven’t read Jane Yellowrock, then get thee to a copy. Now. You’ll love it, I promise.
drey’s rating: Outstanding!
Other Beast Claws Street Team reviews:
Skinwalker guest review by Mud Mymudes, hosted by Tala at Darker Passions
Skinwalker review by cbowdish at The Next Decade