Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

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Posted February 4, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Mercy Blade by Faith HunterMercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3
Published by Audible Studios on January 4, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hours and 43 minutes
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Circle of the Moon, Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Flame in the Dark, Blood of the Earth, Raven Cursed
Also in this series: Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Raven Cursed

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

The only goal I had in continuing on in this series with Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter was to figure out what the heck happened between Rick and Jane. I totally blame the fact that I stopped reading the Jane Yellowrock series to start Faith Hunter’s Soulwood series, but it’s awesome that both series criss-cross and pump up the interest of each other.

In being caught up with Hunter’s Soulwood series I knew I couldn’t go any further without finding out how Rick and Jane hooked up and become a ‘them,’ as well as finding out what were the circumstances that split them apart. I do believe it was the spoiler that Rick and Jane became an item that made me pause on this series and try the Soulwood series for more of what I was looking for out of an Urban Fantasy series. I passionately disliked Rick LaFleur so I wasn’t excited to see Jane partnered up with him, and also at the time I was reading about Gin Blanco hooking up with her cop and investing all these feelings when he wasn’t worth it, so I just wasn’t too keen on seeing another great heroine being brought low because of her ’emotions.’

With all that said I am officially hooked into the Jane Yellowrock series based off of Mercy Blade alone. There was action, there was suspense, and there was romance, but not in the sense that you would think or that I would’ve even imagined from what others have said about this series. Since I am such a goober when it comes to the audiobook I most definitely skimmed over the hot and steamy stuff because it seriously icks me out to hear them being read to me lol. Instead of the series dulling for me, which is something you can usually tell right around the 3rd or 4th book, I have a good feeling that I will be just as invested in the future books as I was in Mercy Blade.

While I wasn’t sold on the Rick and Jane’s romance since I’ve always been a Bruiser fan, I started to become a believer throughout Mercy Blade and became kinda iffy about Jane possibly choosing Bruiser in the end. Bruiser seriously has too much baggage attached to him; Leo, his background, his loyalties, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. With all that Jane is going through I don’t think that Bruiser would be a good fit for her, and I just don’t see a compatible match between them in the near future because of the things each needs to work through.

At this point in Jane’s storyline and especially, I think, with all that went down in Mercy Blade, she needs to stop tiptoeing around who she is because there were numerous moments during Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter where there were some close calls, and also where Beast (or some other animal) might’ve been helpful. I’ve never been a big fan of secrets within a storyline, especially if the series or book is built on a complex world with delicate parts, so there’s only so much of Jane keeping Beast a secret that I will be able to tolerate before this aspect of Jane’s character gets old. With each book, it seems that we’re introduced to new supernatural beings and it’s only a matter of time before Jane runs up against someone or something that will know what she is and expose her if she doesn’t reveal things soon.

It was great that Hunter introduced the werewolves but didn’t incorporate them only for them to steal the show. As much as I love me some werewolf stories,  I seriously think that werewolves get entirely too much spotlight across the paranormal board.

I’m excited to see what Jane will be up against in the next installment, but it’s both tragic and relieving to know how Rick got turned as well as the possible factors that broke him and Jane up.

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About Faith Hunter

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, is dark urban fantasy, and comprises SkinwalkerBlood CrossMercy BladeRaven CursedDeath’s Rival, Blood Trade, Black Arts, Broken Soul, Dark Heir, Shadow RitesCold Reign and Dark Queen, with more novels under contract. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series—BloodringSeraphs, and Host, as well as two anthologies, Trials, and Tribulations—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage. The Soulwood Series, composing Blood of The Earth, Curse on The Land, Flame in The Dark, and in 2019, Circle of the Moon, with more novels under contract, featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a spin-off character of the Jane Yellowrock/Skinwalker series.

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 40+ books, anthologies, and compilations in print in 30 countries.

Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved Si-Fi, fantasy, and Gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

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