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Shattered Bonds, Shattered Bodies?

Jane Yellowrock, a shape-shifter, has retreated to the Appalachian Mountains not far from Asheville, NC. She’s sick and in serious pain from a magical cancer, but she can’t outrun danger. The younger Son of Darkness is after Jane because he wants some of the magical things she owns and a little revenge against the Queen of Darkness. He’s not above attacking and manipulating friends and acquaintances of Jane to get what he wants. Jane must find a suitable shape strong enough for her to fight him and his minions – one that has less of the magical cancer hopefully than her human form.

Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter is the 13th book in the Jane Yellowrock series. It was published October 29th, 2019 by Ace.

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s an action packed adventure for Jane and company. Circumstances in the story test Jane’s limits. The Son of Darkness is a particularly nasty vampire. It gets kind of intense in parts. I found occasionally I had to put it down for a few minutes before I could return to the story. On the other hand, I stayed up most of the night to finish reading the book.

It still has the same snark and interactions between characters that we’ve grown to love. A good portion of the action is Jane-centered. And it mentions events that take place in the Soulwood series also by Faith Hunter. Some of the characters overlap between the two series.

I would recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy. It’s a must-read if you’ve been following Jane Yellowrock. I would not read this as a stand-alone. The events were set in motion in previous books. The series is definitely worth a read though.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

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Stealthy Summons

In this fourth book of the Soulwood series by Faith Hunter, someone is casting spells via circles which are summoning Rick, the Psy-Led boss and causing him to change into his werecat. Rookie Nell is called out to the site of the first circle to find Rick. Is someone specifically targeting him? Or is it merely coincidence? Sacrifices are found in the circles as well. They will need Nell’s special abilities to read the land to help determine what’s going on.

Meanwhile, someone wants to come courting Nell’s sister Mindy from the cult that Nell’s family belongs to. And Nell is trying to get her house ready for Mindy to move in if they get court approval.

If you are reading the Jane Yellowrock series, the events in this book take place after Dark Queen. And the book contains spoilers about what happens in Dark Queen.

I enjoyed this installment in the Soulwood series. Nell is growing more confident in a lot of ways while still remaining vulnerable. Occum is pursuing her romantically and it’s sweet to watch that relationship develop.

There are a couple of additional characters introduced into the mix. Because of what’s going on with the circles, it’s hard to know who to trust.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The book is well-written and paced. Tension builds and speed picks up as the book progresses. Nell is the most fully developed character. It’s not a cliffhanger, but I want to read the next book in the series and see where things are going. This is really not a standalone. It reads better if you have read the other books in the series and can see the characters developing. You might be able to follow the plot and all, but it would definitely read better with the background.

Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter was published February 26th, 2019 by Ace.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

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It’s a wrap?

Charley has been exiled from the earthly plain for eternity, but somehow is back after a mere 100 years. Reyes is waiting for her and sexy times commence.

A hell dimension has opened up in their home city. There is something infecting people and driving them mad. And there are a couple more storylines causing Charley to multitask to get everything done she wants to get done before the possible end of the world as we know it.

So, is it a wrap? Kinda. It seems like this wraps up Charley’s and Reyes’s story. Lots of things come to logical conclusions. Some things are still a surprise. There’s lots of sarcasm and sexiness that we’ve come to expect from them. And the fate of at least two characters is up in the air. Which leads us to the question so often asked: Will Beep’s story be told? According to Darynda Jones’s blog, that is a yes. When is not pinpointed, but it will be told. We have that to look forward to.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars for being a pretty satisfying conclusion to the series. There were a few parts that seemed a little rushed or contrived, but overall it is good and satisfying. All the things we’ve grown to love about the series are present. I would recommend the series to fans of urban fantasy with a little paranormal and a little romance and sex going on. This is not a standalone novel and should not be read as one.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones was released January 15th, 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

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