Audio Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Posted January 21, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

Audio Review: Skinwalker by Faith HunterSkinwalker by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #1
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Audible on 04-13-10
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Source: Purchased

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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“I figured even the most jaded and cynical inhabitant might report a bloody girl in a party dress carrying a severed head by its hair.”  ~ Jane

I’ve read few shifter/were books where the person has an inner monologue with their beast and I love it when it happens. Faith Hunter does a fantastic job at showing the two different being that share the same skin. Skinwalker doesn’t have one heroine but two, Jane the woman and her big cat.

Jane is a shifter which means she can shift into any animal but her true beast is a large cat and when Jane picks a different animal, to add her in hunt for a rogue vampire, her big cat is not happy. Jane’s not sure how she and her beast became one because she doesn’t remember her childhood before age 12 where she was found wandering out of the woods. There are jokes through the book that she was raised by wolves.

Skinwalker takes place in New Orleans where Jane has taken a job to hunt down and terminate a rouge vampire. The only vamps that Jane has really interacted with are the ones she kills as part of her job. So when she is hired by and has to work with the local vampire council she has to change some of her thinking about vamps. Like not calling them vamps, it’s a racial slur. She also starts seeing that they are not all monsters. Some of them can even be kind of sexy….

Jane also find her self working a with a local “Joe”, a human by the name of Rick and like the vampires he is more than meets the eye.

In true UF fashion there’s no hot sweaty monkey sex but there is a potential for a love triangle set up. Jane is attracted to both the human and the vampire. Her cat is also interest in both men for different reasons. I’ll keep reading to see which guy wins the attention of both woman and cat.

If you’re looking for a well written story about an Über kick ass heroine that can land on her feet as her out look on the “enemy” is changing you will love Skinwalker.

Narration Note: Khristine Hvam does an amazing good with the narration of Skinwalker. Only after a couple of chapters I could not picture anyone else bring Jane to life. She also does a great job with the male voices.


About Khristine Hvam

Khristine studied acting for the theater and film and soon discovered a love of voice over. You can hear her in various TV and Radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably in over 100 audio book titles. Khristine has been honored with several Audie nominations and in the summer of 2012 earned her first Audie Award in the fantasy category for her performance of Lani Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” This year she is thrilled to announce three more Audie nominations!

“I sort of tripped and fell into the world of voice over and audio books and it’s been the best fall yet. I’ve discovered a real passion for this medium of acting, and consider myself very fortunate to be able to do it.” -K.Hvam

About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

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One response to “Audio Review: Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

  1. I loved the audio of this one too, great read. This series feels like a classic vampire UF to me. I’m getting ready to read book 3, Mercy Blade. I will continue the audio, but i actually have the print book 3.. so, book 4 I’ll be back to audio. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on book 2, the series gets interesting 😉 Book Savvy Babe