Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: Strong, I like it.
As a vampire hunter and a skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock is public enemy number one to the vampire community, even though she’s also the key to their survival. Now she’s about to learn that working for the enemy can be just as dangerous as hunting them.
The Vampire Council of New Orleans has hired Jane to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules. But she quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.
With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries – and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.
I am not going to try to summarize this book, as too much happens and I don’t want to spoil anything for those few people who have not yet read this book or series.
I enjoyed Jane and Beast in this book, she learns more about her Cherokee background, remembers more of her childhood. I also enjoyed Jane’s best friend and witch Molly, and her two children, especially the very powerful and precocious little Angelina.
A lot of bad things happen in this book; Jane almost dies a few times and meets a very powerful ancient female shaman/vampire. She is fighting for information on the history and nature of vampires, Leo doesn’t want her to have. But Jane needs it to fight the evil vampires slaughtering witch children for their powerful blood.
I absolutely loved the original and dark take on their origins; I have never read anything like it. It is creepy and explains a lot about some of the standard vampire lore.
There is enough choice for a lover for Jane, but the choice is not so difficult in the end. And I do agree with her. Still, I am not sure if she made the right choice. And Beast wants kits, so everything is possible I guess.
I am very happy that I have the rest of the series on my shelves, so I can read the third book soon. If you love vampires in urban fantasy, you really should read this series.
© 2013 Reviews by Aurian