Review of Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Posted October 6th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Blood Cross

Book #2 of the Jane Yellowrock Series

by Faith Hunter

Published: January 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

The Vampire Council of New Orleans has hired Jane to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules. But she quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries – and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.

The Good
“Blood Cross” picks up where Skinwalker left off.  Thank goodness, too because I for sure didn’t want to miss what Leo (head master vamp of the city) has in store for Jane since he swore revenge for his son’s death and, of course, blames Jane. I figured once the scariest vamp in the city wants you dead, you’d end up dead, but not Jane Yellowrock. She’s too resilient to ever let a vamp get the best of her.

Not only is Jane the same great protagonist, but the secondary characters in this book are outstanding. Jane’s best friend, the witch Molly, is ridiculously hilarious and her daughter, Angelina, is both cute as a button and terrifyingly adept in her growing powers.

We finally get a little romance when George Dumas (Leo’s human servant) and Rick LaFleur (police officer) vie for Jane’s affections.

The revelations in this book only spice up the plot and direction the series is going. We get another sneak peak on the mythology of vampires, and Jane’s heritage and skinwalker past is slowly revealed further.

I thought the fight scenes were the best part of the book. They were exciting, nerve-wracking, and fast-paced.

It was nice to see the softer side of Jane in this book. Even Beast has a need to protect Molly’s kids (kits, as Beast would put it). It’s fun reading about a tough chick most of the time, but everyone has emotions, and Faith Hunter doesn’t mind making Jane vulnerable when it’s reasonable to do so.

The Bad
The book gets a little slow during the times Jane reads through case files. And there was a lot of info-dumps from other characters that I found annoying.

The Snuggly
Expect more flirting and an almost sex scene that’s steamy but pretty mild .

I find the times when Beast talks most interesting. I have never seen another author do this. Jane’s other form gets her own page time and analyzing her insights is fascinating. Hunter does a great job at creating a unique world were each character has time to grow. Hunter also creates complicated enough plots that I keep guessing till the end. I would highly suggest this book.

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