Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock #9) by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

Dark Heir begins with Jane in the middle of a nightmare. The Son of Darkness (SoD) has escaped, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. It is up to Jane and friends to stop him and save Leo's life in more ways than one. Tension runs high in the Big Easy where humans are getting tired of the vampires and their death toll.  

Jane Yellowrock is one of my favorite heroines. She is strong and loyal. She has surrounded herself with people that she now considers her family. She has stakes and she is not scared to use them. I just wish I could tell her to stop blaming herself for everything. Nothing is her fault. Most of the messes she gets herself into is because everyone hides things from her, especially Leo and his vamps. 

I'm ecstatic she has accepted a relationship with Bruiser (about freaking time!). Every time Bruiser had page time, I turned to mush. I love him. He is there for Jane more than once. He has picked Jane over the vampires. I hope the next book has more of them together.

“The MOC’s hot-chick Enforcer has a boooyfriend,”

I'm more ambivalent towards Leo as a character. I haven't liked him in the last few books. He can be mean, rude and some of the things he has done to Jane are completely unforgivable. This book had a couple of things that made me like him but never more than George Dumas. I sure hate how despite Jane saving his heine so many times, he still wants to "drain" her. What's up with that? Every vampire wants to drain Jane. And how about, "you are dismissed", made me so mad. I don't know how Jane doesn't just stake them all. Ok, rant done. 

The fighting scenes were amazing. You can feel the adrenaline level sky rocketing. This book is pure action. No time for sleep. 
One thing I missed is more Beast dialogue. She usually is so funny and strong. She protects the people Jane loves like her own cubs. Love the mud scene :)

You are my people now.”

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As she left, Bruiser approached, his eyes on me. At six-four, he was a tall man, even to me, topping my height by several inches. Looking every inch the Enforcer, the primo of a master vamp, neither of which he was anymore, he studied the room, the humans, the beheaded vamp, silent. But he took no command position, which felt so odd to me. He had always been Enforcer and primo, always in charge. Now he was Onorio and living off premises and . . . often in my bed, or I in his. But he never interfered when I was working, recognizing my authority as Leo’s current, temporary, part-time Enforcer. Everything was all backward.

“Suggestions?” I asked.

“One or two,” he said smoothly. “Over dinner, soon.”

Which meant later, privately, and not for any listening ears at coms. I nodded. I needed to know what was wrong with Del. I needed to know about Adrianna. I needed to know a lot of stuff, and Bruiser hadn’t been at his apartment last night, which meant he had stayed here. I assumed. I didn’t really know. And I was too chicken to ask, fearful of sounding like a love-sick school girl, whining, Where were you last night?. You didn’t answer my text. Were you with your old girlfriend? Which I knew he wasn’t, since his old girlfriend was Katie of Katie’s Ladies, my former landlady, and Leo’s heir. And Leo’s lover. Vamp bed-jumping was normally hard to keep up with, but Alex was currently handling the security cams and console for Katie’s place of business, until we could train Deon, her chef, for that job. We had access to all the cameras, and Bruiser hadn’t been there. Katie had been otherwise entertained last night. I tried to ignore my own relief at that. I trusted Bruiser. I did. But we hadn’t established the boundaries of our relationship yet.

About Faith Hunter
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.

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