Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dark Queen by Faith Hunter

Title: Dark Queen
Series: Jane Yellowrock #12
Author: Faith Hunter 
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

"I have searched for you all my life. I don't want to lose you now."

I don't get tired of reading about Jane Yellowrock. Blood Queen is already her twelfth adventure and I do hope she has a couple more before Faith Hunter decides to stop. 

As Leo Pellisier's Enforcer, Jane Yellowrock has to prevent his death by any way she and her team can. The European Vampires are on the move and a confrontation in the Sangre Duello is coming. We have known those bastards are a problem for half of the series and Dark Queen is the culmination of all the tension.

When the fight finally happens, it's brutal. Both sides lose key people but obviously, the ones on Jane's side are the devastating ones. I was so scared for the characters I love. Jane cares deeply for the people she loves. She tries her hardest to keep them safe but sometimes bad things do happen. 

A new character, another skinwalker is added to the mix. Ayatas is his name and he'll bring with him some memories back for Jane. It's quite interesting that he shows up now. I don't trust him yet. Only the future will reveal his true colors.

So many things I liked about the Dark Queen. Of course, any scene with Bruiser/ George Dumas is a plus for me. There's a cute scene with Angie baby and a funny one with the Truebloods and Leo. Brute chomping parts of the SoD had me laughing. Beast as always is a perfect predator and helps Jane just at the right time.

Best part, ladies and gentleman, we have the creation of the Clan Yellowrock and who wouldn't like to be team Jane? I know I do. #TeamJane&Beastforever

I will say that the end has two cliffhangers. Both which I'm dying to know the outcome.

Cliffhanger: Yes

4/5 Fangs

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