Author: Faith Hunter

Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Posted April 26, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

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

Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith HunterCold Reign by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
Published by Ace on May 2, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

         

I’ll start by admitting I LOVE, LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series and the author, Faith Hunter.  I didn’t read until there were maybe 8 books. I think it actually helps when you can read them all in a short time together to keep the information and details fresh. I was careful to read everything, including the novellas, in order. It’s important to me in general, but especially with urban fantasy.

Let’s get right to it. Ricky Bo is here, more than I expected. And I didn’t hate him. I didn’t like him either. I also didn’t crush on Leo. At all. I was furious with Leo. He always has his secrets from Jane and it sucks. He also tries to manipulate her. I didn’t feel the intelligence or maybe vulnerability, which attracted me to him anymore. Bruiser is really good to Jane but I am not feeling him. Ugh.

FINALLY. We meet some European vampires. Everything is not what it seems. Jane and her team have been preparing. She has grown and developed her skills tremendously. It serves her well. The family, with the Youngers, continues to congeal in its awesome way. I’m happy to have Edmund and Brute with them, surprisingly. Cold Reign has plenty of intrigue, action, subtle humor, and suckhead politics.  Highly recommended.

We learn somewhat more of Leo’s plan for the EV visit. (#@&$(@!)  I’ve always had a strong attachment to Gregoire and he has more of a role here. Katie is a key factor, although she is only mentioned. So I’m excited to have her profile on the blog today.

 

Character Profile: Katie Fonteneau

AKA: Katherine Louisa Dupris, Katherine Pearl Duplantis, Katherine Vuillemont, Regina Katarina Fonteneau 
 
Became heir of Clan Pellissier after the death of Leo’s son, Immanuel. 
 
She is the proprietress and namesake of Katie’s Ladies – oldest continuing operating whorehouse in the French Quarter (since 1845). She owned two local hotels, at least three restaurants, and several bars.  Numerous off-shore accounts in different names. Her working girls also have excellent financial portfolios.
 
Katie was ‘put to earth’  after nearly being killed and receiving the blood of 8 clans (which no longer exist when she rises). After Mercy Blade, she is no longer sane but very, scary, powerful.
 
Katie appears 20 but has old, old grayish hazel eyes when not vamped out. Long, straight, thick, dark ash blond hair. She is five feet and a smidge tall, and has a fleur-de-lis brand on her upper arm, small brown and uniform. When vamped out, her fangs are 3 inches long and her claws are bone white, 2 inches long.
 
Katie’s laugh can be caramel-liqueur sex-on-a-stick, or delicate and soft and feminine.
 
She loves tea, based on teapot collection and her scent left in the tea cabinet.
 
**Compiled by Melissa M. Gilbert of Clicking Keys, for the Character History of the Jane Yellowrock world**

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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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Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Posted October 20, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 4 Comments

     The Soulwood series is a spin-off series from the Jane Yellowrock series by (the awesome) Faith Hunter. It may not be necessary to read Jane to read Nell but why wouldn’t you?  They are both excellent stories.  The introduction to Nell is in a short story Off the Grid and then the first in the series is Blood of the Earth which I reviewed here. Curse on the Land had three things I wanted and needed. First, it had Soul, who I missed in the first book. Second, it had more depth and development of what is going on with Rick LaFleur. I really enjoyed both these tremendously. It gave more insight into PsyLED. Ricky Bo has some major events. Character development makes for […]


Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Blog tour & 2 Giveaways: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Posted July 28, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 26 Comments

    I LOVED the start of this new series by a favorite author! The main character, Nell, was introduced in a Jane Yellowrock short story, Off the Grid.  Nell is fascinating and on the brink of a new phase of her life. She is much younger than I felt originally. I am SO excited to learn more about Nell and watch her growth in the Soulwood series. Nell works with a new PsyLED team, led by Rick LaFleur. I was afraid for Nell, all the time. But she was not stupid; she was strong and smart. The depth of the characters and the imagery of the world were spellbinding. The team dynamics were intriguing, as well as the team members. I really enjoyed them. […]


Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Posted March 24, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 37 Comments

I love the Jane Yellowrock series and Faith Hunter is an awesome person.  I love Eli.  He is the bestest brother. EVER.  I enjoy Jane’s ability to piss off Leo and when she orders him around. Just saying. The last few books I kept thinking we would see the European vampires and waiting for it.  Instead, Jane is learning and growing.  She needed this time, and so did Leo, to make more and better preparations.  This book is a step forward in their readiness.  It was very hard work to accomplish, though. Many of my favorite characters are here and there is plenty of action and adventure.  The bad guys are really BAD. They are evil with a side of crazy. Really, more like a […]


Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

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

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 […]


Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Posted June 29, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Posted April 7, 2015 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 12 Comments

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Off the Grid by Faith Hunter

Off the Grid by Faith Hunter

Posted March 9, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Off the Grid was originally published in Black Water, a collection of Jane Yellowrock and it takes place between Blood Trade and Black Arts. Jane is set to the Knoxville, TN area by NOLA Master suck head, Leo, to help solve the case of a missing vampire. Jane finds herself in the middle of a sicko religious cult that treats the women (and girls) has their “heavenly play things”. While Jane is figuring out what the missing vampire has to do with the cult she runs into a young woman in the woods named Nell. It doesn’t matter if the team of Faith Hunter and Khristine Hvam get together for a 16+ hour audio or for one that’s just 2 hours long like Off the Grid, […]