Series: Jane Yellowrock #9
Publisher: Roc on April 7, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Source: Blog Tour
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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.
At A Glance
The character growth is off the charts.
The first words that come to mind when I think of this series: character growth. Each character has come a long way since the beginning. Jane is really coming into herself and her Beast. She embraces her culture and abilities without hesitation. She is even letting more people into her life. Eli and Alex, her employees and friends, are now becoming like her family and I couldn’t be happier. It feels right. Jane goes through some major shit in this book, but these two always have her back. As does Bruiser. He really is a changed man with Jane by his side.
Even Leo has become a bit softened (though I don’t know if you can call a deadly and a little bit insane vampire soft). I love his fascination and endearment towards Jane. He’s not a good guy, but he kinda is, you know? We are seeing more to him with each book.
The action and suspense were great. The bad guy is pretty horrific and Jane barely keeps her legs under her (and her skin non-burnty) while trying to defeat him. We get to learn more about the twisted web of vampires and their secrets. The dialogue had a good amount of humor to provide comic relief to otherwise dark circumstances. Really good overall.
Self-loathing mode activate! Jane was in total “It’s all my fault” stage and I was so over it by the end. I like my main characters confident in their decisions, not blaming themselves for things they can’t change.
I found myself skipping some of the overabundance of detail. It dragged the book a bit. I don’t need a 3 page description of a room.
Jane and Bruiser are getting even closer and I love it. They make an amazing couple and I can finally see Bruiser being on Jane’s side completely, no loyalty issues at all. We get one yummy sex scene that didn’t get super detailed but left my cheeks pink. I would still recommend it to an adult/new adult audience.
I am always honored to be a part of the Jane Yellowrock Blog Tour. This is one of the best urban fantasies out there. Dark Heir really delivered, I just hope Jane can get over her guilt. Very recommended.
Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Jane Yellowrock series?
Faith: The series, like the character, evolved over a long time, both before I started Skinwalker, the first book, (what I call my thinking phase) and while writing it. All that is still evolving, developing, growing. But the inspiration was tea with two friends. The first tea was with Kim Harrison, when we were both exhausted and bleary-eyed from finished deadlines and needed something new to spark the nearly-dead creative energies. She talked about a character called … Peri, I think. I said, “Katie’s Ladies, the longest running, continuously operating whore house in New Orleans.” Katie came first, a vampire who sold blood and flesh. But she was instantly too dark and needing. Out of Katie’s weaknesses came Jane Doe, who was strong where Katie was weak. And who killed vampires.
Then, later that same week, I had tea with Misty Massey and we had nearly the same conversation. That is where the Cherokee part of Jane Doe came from. Inspiration from friends. You can’t beat it!
Jennifer: What were the best and most challenging parts of writing Dark Heir?
Faith: Getting Beast right. Beast and Jane have come a long way in the last few books and the spirit merging that took place in Broken Soul meant big changes in Jane’s future, but not necessarily in her present. Letting enough hints through, foreshadowing future books, and mostly, showing who Jane/Beast might become—or might not—was really hard. It was a balance that was difficult to find and maintain.
Jennifer: Can you tell us three surprising facts about yourself?
Faith: I am pretty much an open book. (koff-koff) Little is really surprising. But… 1. I started turning gray in my mid-teens. I put up with it for a while, but I haven’t missed a bottle of dye in 20 years… I’m blond, and I’m worth it. 2. I am allergic to corn in any form. At home, I make most of my food from scratch. The allergy makes eating at Cons and eating out anywhere very difficult. When I can’t help that, I eat salads with oil and vinegar. I always get a room with a fridge and fill it with cottage cheese, fresh fruit, and veggies. 3. I hate to fly. Seriously hate to fly. I’m not scared of it, mind you, I just hate the seats, the inability to move around, and the lack of my stuff! My favorite method of transportation? Riding in the RV, which my Hubs calls “Faith’s Traveling Closet.” It can carry all my stuff!