Review of Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

Posted October 7th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Mercy Blade

Book #3 of the Jane Yellowrock Series

by Faith Hunter

Published: Roc – Janurary 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 305 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Summary
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker – and a vampire killer for hire. But lately she’s found herself taking blood money from the very vampires she used to hunt…


Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire.


When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo’s “Mercy Blade,” a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans – or, more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier…

The Good
I really did enjoy this book. The action is just as deadly and bloody as the previous books. The suspense is killer, and I can’t help but sweat right along with Jane after the continuous confrontations and battles.

We get further insight on the backgrounds of all characters, which only enriches the plot. Plus, Jane is finding it harder to keep her secret identity hidden as more people begin to become suspicious of her true nature.

The revelations on Jane’s earlier life were very intense. I feel a little more at ease knowing more of her background, even if it was shocking. The relationship evolving between Beast and Jane is growing progressively hilarious though.

As always, you can tell Faith Hunter did her homework for I learned a lot about weapons and motorcycles I never knew.

I found Girrard intriguing and the secondary characters still keep me interested.

The Bad
Jane has changed from the heroine we knew her as in Skinwalker. She is somewhat of an emotional wreck and in constant angst. She is obsessed with her boyfriend Rick, but she has only been with him for a month, and they rarely see each other. I feel this is out of character for Jane. She has insecurities, doubts, and guilt, which kind of ruins the tough, no nonsense character I once knew.

Also, the plot was a little confusing and convoluting at times. Faith made things complicated when there was no need for them to be. Even Jane was confused most of the time as people gave her half-truths and revealed one clue while hiding others for no reason.

The Snuggly
A lot of sexual tension.

Overall
I would still suggest this book, especially if you read the other two. But the direction of the series is starting to get me nervous. I want the old Jane back. Not the second-guessing, guilt-trip Jane that has come out in this book. She needs her confidence back.

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