Review of Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Posted October 5th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Skinwalker

Book #1 of the Jane Yellowrock Series

by Faith Hunter

Published: July 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Summary

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.
Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own…

The Good
Jane Yellowrock is a mix between our favorite heroines Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson. She’s sassy, mysterious, and lethal. Some of her heritage is still unknown and her childhood memories are just starting to come back. She shares her body and mind with Beast, the secretive entity with an even more cryptic background.

The introduction of history and the detail of the vampire world was expertly woven between fast-paced action, vampire hunting, and tantalizing secondary characters, like Rick (the bad-boy) and Leo (head vampire).

The storyline was intriguing and Jane’s narration only made it better. Her tendency to give nicknames to everyone she meets is hilarious. I liked “Troll” more because of his nickname.

It’s also nice that there is no real love interests in this book. Sure, Jane meets a couple people she is attracted to but that’s it. It was more realistic, more in tune with her character.

I really enjoyed the description and details of weapons and motorcycles. I like when novels teach me random information while entertaining me. 

Oh, and we can’t forget that Jane is six feet tall and eats a lot of meat. Gotta love those kind of gals.

The Bad
I couldn’t find anything to complain about in this novel. I know some people feel aspects of the series have been done before, like the American Indian shapeshifter and vampire hunter thing. But I feel the plot was different enough to bypass any similarities this series has to others. And, let’s face it, there are so many urban fantasy novels out there now that there’s bound to be common ground covered between the many series eventually.

The Snuggly
If you want sex, this is not the book for you. The focus is on characterization and the introduction of the Faith Hunter world. Just expect a little flirting.

Overall
Faith Hunter laid down a solid foundation for the first novel of the Jane Yellowrock series. The plot was well executed and very gripping. Really loving the secondary characters, and Jane’s point of view only makes the world and everyone in it more exciting.

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