Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

Posted February 4, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | | 13 Comments

Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blood in Her Veins by Faith HunterBlood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock
Published by Roc on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”

In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history....

From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: have stakes, will travel.

I love the concept of having a book of all the short stories in the series. All together in chronological order! I read the Jane Yellowrock series initially last year (early in 2015) for the first time after Jessica from Rabid Reads recommended it to me.  I loved it.  Being OCD, I read everything in order and the short stories were in different books and not in order at all.  So I applaud this book of shorts.

However, is this all the short stories or will there need to be an additional volume or updated volume with future stories?   Perhaps there could be a new edition when the series is complete?

Short stories are VERY important to series. They allow the author to further develop some concepts or characters which the engaged reader (ME) really appreciates, while not boring the casual reader who only reads the main books, with more details.  In this case, though, there are not only nuances that would be missed, but there are a couple of more major things, which really bothers me conceptually. I’ll read everything so it won’t affect me.

The two new tales are long, taking up a good 25% of the material. That just sweetens the pot.  I really loved this. I thought I could just skim the stories I had already read and couldn’t because I got so engrossed in them.  I did a few sorta reviews below but these are shorts so much more would be spoilers.   If you are a fan of the series, and reading this whole series,  you MUST read Blood in Her Veins and its stories interwoven with the main books. Highly recommended.

 

Stories in order chronology and in Blood in her Veins:

(I wanted and couldn’t find this table of contents anywhere except in the actual arc, so I wrote it down for myself and for you)

 

WeSa and the Lumber King (also in Have Stakes Will Travel)

The Early Years  (also in Cat Tales)

Snafu (Audible short with Black Water)

Cat Tats (also in Cat Tales)

Kits (also in Cat Tales)

Haints (also in Have Stakes Will Travel)

Signatures of the Dead (also in Have Stakes Will Travel and anthology Strange Brew))

First Sight (Jane Yellowrock Companion)

Blood, Fangs and Going Furry  (also in Cat Tales)

Dance Master (Jane Yellowrock Companion)

Golden Delicious (anthology An Apple for the Creature)

Cajon with Fangs  (also in Have Stakes Will Travel)

The Devil’s Left Boot (anthology  Kicking It)

Beneath a Bloody Moon (Jane Yellowrock Companion Guide)

Black Water (Audible short)

Off the Grid (Audible short with Black Water)

Not All Is as It Seems

Cat Fight

Bound No More

 

Cat Tales ( 3.5)     4 stars

Early Years, Cat Tats, Kits,  Blood Fangs and Going Furry

For the most part, I liked these stories. I especially enjoyed Cat Tats and Blood, Fangs and Going Furry because they gave me more about Rick. At the time I first read these, I was team Rick, so to speak, altho he has some work to do on himself. Hopefully, the fact he chose Cat Tats WILL impact his future. It seems like that’s true so far as I have read.   

Upon reading them recently I further appreciated Early Years and the very beginnings of Jane.   I still enjoyed reading about Rick but …#$*#$.

 

Have Stakes, Will Travel (4.5) 4 stars   

WeSa and the Lumber King, Haints, Signatures of the Dead, Cajuns with Fangs

The first story here is a Beast story, and I can’t say it did much for me.  I love Beast but perhaps it was much of her in one fell swoop. Intermixed with Jane is more interesting.

The next two are history of working with Molly and the vampire take-down which set Jane up in business.   I love the dimensions of the characters in these two stories and the relationship building of Jane and Molly.  This is important to the overall character development and storyline with such strong secondary characters.  Haints and Signatures of the Dead meant even more to me on my recent reading and I would rate them at 4.5 stars.  

The final story, Cajun with Fangs, is set between Raven’s Curse and Death’s Rival.    Jane is getting into a centuries old fight between vamps and witches in a small bayou town.  At this point, she is still a rogue-hunter but she is definitely working with the “suckheads.”  LOL.

 

The Devil’s Left Boot (6.1)      4 stars

This is the story of two of the Everhart sisters, twins and witches.  It follows book 6  Blood Trade where they lose their sister.  This is one of the reasons I love novellas.  They allow the author to give us more about side characters, more depth and it builds the connections I have to the world and the relationships between characters.  It’s like the weave in cloth going from a coarser weave to finer weave, less holes.   Jane comes in at the end of the story to do her thing – hunt vampires.  The collaboration with the Everhart sisters and Jane feels good.

 

Jane Yellowrock Companion 4 stars

I barely looked at some of the beginning stuff focusing on the short stories. There were two stories,  First Sight with a Bruiser point of view, which was interesting, he does like and respect Jane. But he is under Leo’s control.

The last one, Beneath a Bloody Moon, which in time follows Black Water, really helped flesh out that book. It also gave us more Rick and Jane. Rick certainly is feeling some woe is me. He feels as though he has lost everything and going with Psyled is his only possible usefulness right now. He certainly doesn’t bother to treat Jane well.



Off the Grid 4 stars

This takes place after Broken Soul and is particularly important as it introduces us to Nell.  Nell will have her own series beginning in August 2016.  

Audio Review

Not All Is As It Seems 4 stars

This is also after Broken Soul and I had not read it previously.  These short stories bring Jane back to spend time with Molly and her family.  Angie Baby is getting more of a part of things over time too.

 

Cat Fight 4 stars

This is one of the new stories and it has all the comfort of well-loved characters with an interesting new mystery. It gives us further insight into the characters. The location and secondary characters are introduced in a previous short, Cajun With Fangs .    And we learn more about Edmund.

 

Bound No More 4.5 stars

The second new story and it has Angie Baby! As a meeting with the witches and vampires in New Orleans draws near, Molly and Angie Baby are staying at Jane’s home.  They have a chance to spend time with each other and work together again. I hope they are repairing their issues but I am still kind of mad at Molly.  Molly has had some bad things happen but she has a husband and family to comfort her and help her. Jane had no one until the Youngers other than Molly. I am so glad the Youngers are part of Yellowrock Security.

 

GIVEAWAY

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Faith Hunter has a $25 Starbucks gift card for ONE commenter who comments on all the blogs who’re hosting the story parts (i.e. guest post stops). Blog tour schedule is here.

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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13 responses to “Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

  1. Diane D.

    There are a lot in here I haven’t read yet, so I’m eager to get my hands on it — free would be icing on the cake!

  2. I love when they do this, since normally I skip novellas, but if they combine them then I dive in. It is how I became a fan of the Alpha and the Omega. I want Andrews to do all of the novellas on one audio!!
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    • Kimba – I’m too OCD to skip novellas and here they have some major plot points or at least things which will be very helpful to know already in the main stories. I just started listening to audio, less than a year ago, but I’m definitely a convert. Yes, sign me up for an Ilona Andrews book of shorts in any format. As another fan said about the Hugh book – Take my money!! Anne
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  3. Tammy

    I loved having all the shorts in one place, and the two novellas gave us some interesting new tidbits that I’m sure will have an impact in the future!

  4. Brenda R.

    542 glorious pages of awesome stories that are more than just background stories. There are essential plot elements and character developments in here! Four stories that were not in the Jane Yellowrock Companion book take up a good chunk of the book.

  5. Larisa

    Excited to read the new stories and the ones previously on audible that I haven’t had access to – yet. Thanks for the chronological order.