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! Today it’s time for Mercy Blade, so here’s a repost of my review from January 2011…
You know how you find a new series and author, and you love it, but there are only a couple books out and now there’s a wait for the next book in the series? Well, that’s what happened, and I picked up Mercy Blade as soon as it came out because I just had to find out what happens next…
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker — and a rogue-vampire hunter for hire. But lately she’s found herself taking blood money from the very vamps she used to hunt.
Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived 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 crossfire.
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 young vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans. And more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier.
In this highly-anticipated third installment in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, Jane’s headed to the Big Easy, to do a job for the Master of the City, Leo Pellisier. Not too much of a hardship, as her new main man–undercover cop Rick–is there too. But it’s not too long before their jobs get in the way of their relationship…
To add to the man-undercover-angst, her boss Leo’s not too fond of Jane right now (after the events in Blood Cross), so she also has stay-under-the-radar angst. But when trouble shows up in the form of weres (dogs AND cats), that doesn’t stop her from trying to head off a revenge-motivated retaliation against Leo. Unfortunately for Jane, all of this action’s just the side dish to Leo’s main task for her: find the vamp who’s returned to his territory, and tell him to get lost. Or else.
Character: Jane rocks. She’s tough, mentally and physically. And yet she’s still vulnerable, especially when trusting her heart to others. So you’re totally with her when she starts having doubts about Rick, especially when she hasn’t seen him in ages, and it looks like he’s hanging with another gal. But I’d expect her to not be so darn wishy-washy about him. You get the facts and then deal with it. Not dwell in angst.
I really like Bruiser in this installment, his character’s much more fleshed out, and if Rick weren’t in the picture (is he still? I’m not telling!), I’d say take Bruiser for a ride! *wink* The werecats who show up could’ve been featured more, I think, but maybe that’s just because I’m curious, darn it. Yes, yes, I know all about curiosity and cats… Still…
Pace & Plot: Well. Faith Hunter doesn’t make you wait for the action, that’s for sure. And when the plot gets going, you want to make sure you’ve got a chunk of time carved out for this book, because this is jam-packed with stuff. If this were an action film, there’d be car chase scenes and explosions and death-defying feats all over it… (cue Quantum Solace theme song… yes, I’m a Daniel-Craig-as-Bond girl…) But since it’s a book, you just get fight scenes, fight scenes, and more fight scenes. Phew.
Lest you think it’s all action and no substance, you also get Jane wondering about her and Beast, and why there aren’t more of them… Some questions get brought up, and I sure hope they get answered! I’m impatiently waiting on the next one.
drey’s rating: Outstanding! If you haven’t read Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series yet, well, why not?