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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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Lots of Action in Dark Queen

dark_queenDark 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.

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Not a “churchwoman”, but a probie

Flame_inthe_DarkNell Ingram is no longer a “churchwoman” in the polygamist church she grew up in. She has grown into the role of probie in Unit 18 of PsyLed, a unit of Homeland Security responsible for dealing with paranormals like vampires, werewolves, witches, and more.

Nell has also grown in her abilities as whatever type of paranormal she is. She can read the earth to find out things about recent happenings in an area as well as use it for different reasons.

The PsyLed unit is called into the investigation of an assassination attempt on a senator because of the presence of Ming of Glass (vampire) and some abnormalities surrounding the attempt. Nothing exactly points to paranormals initially, but they are still kept in the loop. Further attempts on the senator and his family keep PsyLed involved in the investigations.

There is a romance subplot between Nell and Occam. And Nell’s mama tries to set her up with someone as well.

The characters are well developed, especially the PsyLed team and Nell’s little sister, Mud. I like that they come across as real people who just happen to have these special abilities. Also, I like that Faith Hunter has a good imagination and draws characters that are not your typical paranormals as well as the usual suspects.

The plot is well done. The pace is good. There are at least two big climactic scenes. The more I read, the more I wanted to know what happened next.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a good quality story and well-written. If you enjoy urban fantasy, you will most likely enjoy the Soulwood series. Flame in the Dark is the third book in the series. The series is best read in order to be fully appreciated.

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter was released December 5, 2017 from Ace Books.

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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Not a Docile “Widder Woman”

bloodOfEarthBlood of the Earth by Faith Hunter is the first in an offshoot series from her Jane Yellowrock series. It features Nell Ingram who is anything but a docile “widder woman” (a widow in the church dialect.)

Nell grew up in a polygamist cult. She was married off in the church when she was 15 yrs old. She was married in the eyes of the law at 18. The second marriage allowed her to become more of the woman she is at the beginning of the book – independent and perhaps what her church people would call uppity. Her husband left her the land when he died instead of leaving it to the church. This gave her the independence she craved. But it comes at a price. She is harassed by some of the men from the church on a fairly regular basis it seems. And it also feels like it’s just a matter of time before something bad happens to Nell at the rate things are going.

Nell has a talent for growing things. But, it’s more than that. She finds that she has a connection with the woods on the land – Soulwood. She has an awareness of all that the wood is aware of. People on her property? The wood feels unsettled.

PsyLed, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, contacts Nell and offers her a position as a consultant. They want to see if a group called the Human Seekers of Truth is in contact with the church people she was brought up with and maybe more. There are kidnappings to boot. Who is responsible is just the tip of the iceberg.

Nell agrees to work with PsyLed and begins to form bonds with some of her co-workers. They are a team, but Nell has to learn to be a part of a team. She isn’t used to trusting people, especially men, with her back.

I enjoyed the story. Overall I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. It’s well written. The church could have been a caricature, but with all the relationships involved, it becomes complex. I enjoyed the relationship building in the team as well. And I liked that while the overall story is settled, there are still a few things you want to know more about to keep your interest into the next book in the series. I look forward to reading more about Nell and her Soulwood.

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