Audio Review: Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter

Posted October 8, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

Audio Review: Death’s Rival by Faith HunterDeath's Rival by Faith Hunter
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Audible on 10-02-12
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
Source: Purchased

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

Kick-AssHeroineMust-Read Jaw-Dropping

I want Jane to stake a certain vamp! I don’t know why she didn’t and after the ending I don’t think she will.

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Jane has her hands full with a sickness that is attacking the vampires. And  it seems to be man-made. She needs to fill out who is targeting the vamps and how to stop them. It appears it could be a mystery vamp that keeps chanellging masters vampires and winning. Leo sends Jane in as his enforcer to help and flesh out what’s happening and who’s behind it.

Jane is alone after loosing her best friend Molly. Jane was forced to kill Molly’s sister in the last book, Raven Cursed, after she went bat-shit crazy and tried to take over the supe world. And apparently Jane and Rick broke up at the end of Raven Cursed. I was a little confused by that. I don’t remember them making that choice. I don’t know if it’s because it’s been a few months since I listened to Raven Cursed or I just completely missed it.

Jane is emotionally depressed by loosing two important people in her life and she’s mourning those relationships. But there’s still George aka Brusier and the two are just as hot for each other. Even when Jane shouldn’t be hot for Brusier (see spoiler above).

There was events that happened in Death’s Rival that had me thinking of early Anita Blake. NO NOT PORN ANITA. Jane is not that kind of girl. But the guys are lining up to be Jane’s next beau. And the fact that Jane use to hunt vampires with one thing on her mind…. they are monsters and need to be taken out. Now she is working with Leo, the Master Vampire of the South much like Anita did with Jean-Claude and it seems like their working relationship has taken on a new level that Jane swore she would never cross.

I’m hoping with the addition of two new characters, the Younger brothers, Eli and Alex will help Jane keep some of her humanity and not go completely over to the dark side. Only time will tell. Speaking of Eli, I really liked him and I hope that their attraction will help Jane get over Brusier and Rick. It’s time for Jane to pick one guy and a guy that will put her 1st like she deserves. But if Beast has her way, there will be many mates in her life. If Jane got busy was much as Beast wanted her to she would defintely be heading to being like Anita with the man harem. LOL

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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7 responses to “Audio Review: Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter

  1. This is yet another series that I’ve been dying to read. I just added it to my audible wishlist the other day, really excited about finding another good narrator.

  2. Every time I see one of your reviews I get reminded that I need to continue this series…I need more ears and more time!..LOL
    Great review 🙂

  3. Just wait till you read the next, Blood Trade. Oh so good. But I was extremely pissed at Bruiser and wanted to kill Leo too.

  4. One of my favorite series. I agree…Bruiser is out of the running in my mind. The addition of the brothers was totally unexpected for me in terms of the arc of the series so I hope they give Jane the support she needs. I need to read the next one soon.