I’m on tour today for Faith Hunter’s Dark Heir, the ninth Jane Yellowrock novel! More Jane, yay! We’re starting with a guest post – Faith share a day in the week of a NYT bestselling author. 🙂 (See other tour stops for the other days of the week…)
A Day in the Week of Faith Hunter: FRIDAY
This is Dad-Sitting Day. I get up early, take care of the dogs, rush to revise yesterday’s work and write. I write hard and steadily. Today I break the “rest every 45 minutes rule”. I pretty much write straight through. I make about three pages. Better than nothing. I load the manuscript up on the Kindle and head off to sit with Dad. My father has Parkinson’s and he’s legally blind. His once active life has become compressed into the house he shares with his wife, trips to the doctor, and the rare trip away.
I know being cooped up together is hard on them and while Dad goes to an adult day care facility two days a week, it’s smart for me to give his wife a night out with the girls here and there, and an afternoon to buy groceries or run errands.
My dad was the smartest man I knew back when. He read and understood Stephen Hawking’s A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, explained it to me in words I could understand, which then allowed me read and understand it myself. Part of Dad’s explanation made its way into the Jane Yellowrock series. You know—the … Wait. That’s in DARK HEIR. Never mind. You’ll see. I can safely say that Dad is part of that time-bubbling thing Jane can do.
When I get home, the Hubs vacuums the rugs and I fix a late dinner of chicken and potatoes for him, salmon and asparagus for me and a salad to share, before going back to write. I need at least a total of five pages today, which I wrap up fairly quickly. It’s a satisfying kind of day but not something makes me feel like I accomplished much on the writing. And now the house smells like salmon. Ick. It’s cold out, but I open the doors and let fresh air blow through. Then I go upstairs where I take a hot salty bath and hit the sheets to get warm. I won’t turn the heat back up, not until morning. The dogs have warm coats, pillows, and old bathrobes to keep them warm downstairs.
[divider]Dark Heir by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #9
Published by Penguin Books on April 7th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Oh, Jane. What a tangled web is weaved by these long-lived creatures of the night…
Dark Heir starts off with a fabulous chapter title – “Twist Your Lil’ Bobblehead Right Off” – and plenty of action. A “guest” of the sub-basement of Leo Pellisier’s at vamp HQ (or, “suckhead HQ” as coined by Alex the Kid) breaks free, aided and abetted by one of Jane’s least-favorite vamp, whom Leo still won’t let her kill true-dead. Not that Jane has time to argue, fret, or sulk, because the action only gets busier from here on out.
Humans die, cops are on edge, and the locals are threatening pitchforks and bonfires. None of which is good news for the vampires (or any other supernatural being), all of which is bad news for Jane, who not only has to satisfy the people’s thirst for justice, but also toe the fine line of vampire politics and diplomacy.
I really enjoyed Dark Heir, though I cringed quite a lot – every time Jane got hurt, in fact. Which she does. A lot. I cannot imagine how tough she must be, to get as hurt as she does, and still get up to keep fighting. I cannot imagine how brave she is, to put herself in the line of fire more than once, knowing he can hurt her, kill her even.
In addition to the action, there’s plenty of character development to satisfy those of us who want more. Jane is learning her new bond with Beast, trusting her partners with her feelings (and we all know Jane’s not touchy-feely AT ALL), and letting people get close (yay Bruiser!). You know she feels plenty of guilt at not having killed Jose Bar Judas or his aides true-dead when she had a chance to, to have saved the lives lost now he’s loose. But she’s also angry that Leo and the vamps let things get this far, that their long game drove so many decisions that wound up here. And so Jane learns to use her words to stay within the letter of any agreement she makes.
Anyway. Plenty of action + plenty of growth = an engrossing addition to the Jane Yellowrock series. I can’t wait for the next one, but will have to satisfy myself with a re-read of the series in the meantime. A total hardship, I know. 😉
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Dark Heir? What did you think?