Steven Says ReadIt! Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

8153021Pages:320
Published: July 7th 2009 by Roc
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Available on: paperback, kindle, audio and ebook
Purchase: Amazon|Book Depository|B&N


Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis: 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. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps…

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Being an Urban Fantasy reader and member of some Urban Fantasy and Paranormal discussion groups means that every now and then Faith Hunter and her Jane Yellowrock comes to spotlight. And gets recommended. A lot. Every three months or so, at least.

So, why didn’t I read it before?

Because I’m stupid is first thing that comes to mind.

Okay, so, that’s a bad thing to call myself, I know, so, let’s explore the common reasons I used before, shall we?

🕮 Jane is a Cherokee descent and a Skinwalker – So, I thought it would be a cross between Mercy Thompson and Stormwalker. The first I love, the second not so much. And I didn’t want something that was too close to Mercy, because when that happens I usually focus more on the things that remind me of the other novel than to enjoy the story.

🕮 Jane is a killing for hire and has her hair braided on the cover – Kate Daniels anyone? And since Kate Daniels happens to be my favorite series of the genre, some Kate wannabe is not something I’m willing to read.

🕮 Jane and Beast. When you keep hearing Jane & Beats the assumption is Beast is the love interest, and my inner fan girl starts screaming outraged because of the Beast Lord.

I couldn’t be more wrong

First, it is nothing like Mercy or Kate or Stormwalker or the bajillion vampire hunter series out there. Nope. Jane Yellowrock stands on her own. And with style.

🕮 Wordbuilding: Pure Urban Fantasy setting, with witches & vampires being out to the public. Main action is set in a post Katrina New Orleans and never once it made me think of Anne Rice or Sookie Stackhouse. Well done Ms Hunter. Well Done.

🕮 PlotThere are three forces working here. The Vampire politics, Beast & Jane’s past and The Rogue hunting. Is not boring. It has no info dump. We learn about Jane and Beast with them. Jane’s reaction to civilized vamps is not over the top, and the mystery behind the rogue is well achieved. Unless you are one of those people that decides to try to eliminate suspects and wants to follow the clues. Me? I’m the kind of girl that likes to be sweep by the story and live each moment, enjoy the ride and only questions when the answers don’t make sense at the end.

🕮 Ending: Not a cliffhanger. Wooohoo. Main arc is finished. But it also leaves the door open to the next one. And some unfinished business. I am soooo happy.

Why am I not reading next one already?

Because I was too greedy with ARC requesting and have a bunch of them to be published in June and July. Yep. Almost drowning in books.

Quotes

“Silly thing, kissing. Licking better.”
Faith Hunter, Skinwalker

“I didn’t need protecting and men seemed to sense that. It bothered a lot of them.”
Faith Hunter, Skinwalker

“How can you stay worried when someone gives you warm chocolate chip cookies?”
Faith Hunter, Skinwalker

“Do you cook too?” he asked, the tone teasing. “ ’Cause any woman who does a weapon striptease, handles a Benelli like she knows how to use it, and can cook, pushes all my buttons.”
Faith Hunter, Skinwalker

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