Series: Jane Yellowrock #1
Published by Audible Studios on April 13, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hours and 29 minutes
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Also by this author: Mercy Blade, Circle of the Moon, Blood Cross, Flame in the Dark, Blood of the Earth, Raven Cursed
Also in this series: Mercy Blade, Blood Cross, Raven Cursed
First in a brand new series from the author of the Rogue Mage novels
Jane Yellowrock is a supernatural skinwalker--one sharing her body with the soul of a mountain lion. When the rogue-vampire hunter is hired to hunt down a particularly nasty vamp, Jane is drawn into the steamy New Orleans vampire society where she learns the ins-and-outs of the "sane" vampire culture, more about her own Cherokee heritage, and we are drawn into a rousing, fast-paced thriller.
Out of all the paranormal and fantasy stories I’ve read, I have never read or listened to one the could’ve prepared me for Skinwalker Faith Hunter. Between the narration by Khristine Hvam and the storyline itself, other than some lulls, I was riveted.
The confidence and vulnerabilities that Jane (our heroine in Skinwalker) sometimes showed with those she let close were the two qualities that really endeared me to her character. But, it was the almost desperate need to know who she was that in the lou of protecting herself and taking care of business would leave me hesitant about going all in for her character.
After finishing Skinwalker I can’t help but acknowledge how divided Jane seemed. Other than Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series I’ve never read about the animal side being separate but one with the human side. Even with there being a mystery surrounding Jane and her “Beast” it was very clear, as I was listening to Skinwalker, that they may share the same body but they were very separate in their thinking and behavior. It’s funny because while Jane sort of worked on my nerves throughout this story I grew to love Beast’s character, she was more solid than Jane’s character.
The mystery woven into Skinwalker, before the douche head/leader vampire came along, really had me glued to my headphones; I was invested. My play acting as Nancy Drew surfaced and I found myself trying to figure out as each clue was revealed who the killer was. But, while at one time I might’ve entertained thoughts of the douche vampire being a potential love interest for Jane he ended up weighing the story down. The politics of the vampires, while some of the information was interesting because I knew it would be important for the later books, became information overload in conjunction with all that Jane and Beast were going through and experiencing.
The ending of Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, though, kind of made up for all the world building and character revealing and irritating transitions. Sadly it was when I listened to the sneak peek for Blood Cross that I catapulted myself back to being unsure of my likability of this series. Hopefully, my assumptions don’t have any truth to them whenever I do read or listen to Blood Cross.