Dark Queen by Faith Hunter is the 12th book in the Jane Yellowrock series. This is not a standalone type novel. It’s definitely a part of a series and is a culmination of some plot points. It would seem this was originally to be the last book in the series, but part way through they decided to add two more books to it. It is still a very good book.
Leo, the master of the city of New Orleans, has been challenged to a blood challenge called the Sangre Duello by the leader of the European vampires. This is serious. If Leo and his people lose, then New Orleans will come under the European vamps control and people will suffer – humans, witches, vampires, everyone.
Jane, as Leo’s enforcer, is very much involved in the preparations for the challenge. She is having to learn to accept that she can’t control everything and must delegate.
The action is virtually nonstop. It starts early on with Jane answering the door and being shot at. It doesn’t seem to let up much until after the challenge has been met. It’s a fast-paced read.
I liked it all. Jane’s flippancy infects Leo’s handling of things but in a calculated way. I also liked the conversations she has with Beast who is “good ambush hunter” among other things. The touch of romance is nice and gives a brief respite from the action. There is also a subplot involving a possible blood relation of Jane’s.
Is the ending a cliffhanger? In many ways, yes. It’s still very readable as it is. I do look forward to the next book to see how the issues are resolved.
Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a class act, well-written with good characterization. It kept my attention and piqued my interest as to where the series will go from here. Do not read this as your first Jane Yellowrock book ever.
Dark Queen by Faith Hunter was released May 1st, 2018 by Ace.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way influences my opinions. This is my honest review.