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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) (edition 2009)

by Faith Hunter

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Title:Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1)
Authors:Faith Hunter
Info:Roc (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:urban fantasy, series, vampire, assassin

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Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

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Good characters fast paced paranormal alternate world. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 21, 2016 |
Think Buffy meets Selene from Underworld and goes on a motor cycle tour of New Orleans. Great stuff! ( )
  sandsjd | Jun 3, 2016 |
Skinwalker
4 Stars

Khristine Hvam is rapidly becoming my favorite narrator. She is so skilled at imparting character, tone and atmosphere with her vocal range. The only voice that I struggled with was that of Leo Pellesier, who sounded vaguely effeminate for such a powerful vampire (this is one of the reasons for my difficulty viewing him as a possible romantic interest for Jane).

Jane is my favorite type of independent, fearless and snarky heroine. She knows precisely when to stand her ground and when to keep silent, and never allows anyone to intimidate or undermine her. That said, there is still something vulnerable about her attempts to recall her past and discover her true identity and place in the world. The relationship between Jane and her Beast is one of the highlights of the story - their separate almost adversarial identities is original and fascinating.

The male characters are the weakest aspect of the book. None of them is particularly appealing and they actually come across as sordid and sleazy at times.

The word building is detailed with an emphasis on Native American lore, which adds an extra dimension to the compelling vampire mythology that unravels slowly as the story progresses. The mystery is absorbing, albeit quite gruesome and gory, and it is fun discovering the clues and trying to unravel the threads along with Jane. Nevertheless, one irritating aspect of the investigation is the lack of follow up on some of the clues, such as the secret meeting at the theatre, the search of the rogue's lair and the questioning of Anna. There is also a dearth of information regarding the individual vampires, their actions and their possible motives. Given these facts, it is not surprising that Jane barely manages to figure things out before it is too late (although as the reader, it is possible to make an educated guess).

In sum, an exciting and action packed introduction to the series and I look forward to finding out what happens next. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Jane Yellowrock, a shape-shifting bounty hunter, is hired to hunt down a rogue vampire in New Orleans. I have no idea how successful she is in the end, or who the vamp is, because 161 pages in (more than halfway into the book!) basically nothing plot related has happened. Jane describes her outfits. Jane describes her beeeeeautiful flowing hair. Jane bemoans how much she has to eat all the time because shape-shifting takes mad calories, and makes fun of women who eat salad. Jane just puts on a little lipstick and she's the prettiest lady in the room and everyone checks Jane out and all the other ladies are jealous. Jane beats up her bosses' various bodyguards, I guess so the audience knows how tough she is. (Although maybe not beating up your fellow employees is a good idea? Maybe? Given that the worse anyone does is check out her irresistably hot legs?) Jane goes to an authentic New Orleans cafe and is more mystical than the Magical Negro behind the counter. Jane is a better tracker than any tracker and a better fighter than any cop/soldier/mercenary and blah blah blah.

Jane is apparently so splendiferous that it takes 161 pages just to describe two-and-a-half days of her splendiferous life. She ignores numerous really obvious clues and several really obvious leads, and instead focuses her time on dressing up for vampire parties, shopping, and going on dates. I wish I were exagerating!

Jane Yellowrock is the most annoying try-hard version of Anita Blake I have ever read. In fact, even Anita Blake is not as annoying as Jane. Even Anita Blake's lack-of-plot books have more plot than this book did. And even Laurell K Hamilton can describe mystical crap in a less annoying way than Jane's "Beast" pov, which is as cheesy as it is unbelievable.

Thankfully, this book is so blandly mediocre that within a week I'll have forgotten it and every way in which it annoyed me. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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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. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...
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. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.
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"Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind--a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires--and hunts the undead for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fonteneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie'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 may be her own."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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