Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
Released: January 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group
Age Group: Adult
Source: Birthday Present!
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she’s been working for them.
The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It’s a good thing she’s worth every penny. (from faithhunter.net)
I love Jane Yellowrock – not only is she tall and rides a motorcycle, she totally kicks butt! This is the fourth book in the series by Faith Hunter, following Skinwalker, Blood Cross, and Mercy Blade.
Jane is a skin-walker, and as far as she knows, the last of her kind. This makes her different than the were-animals present in these books. She is also a vampire slayer. Specifically, a rouge-vampire slayer – when one goes crazy and begins killing humans or other vampires, Jane is called in to stake them – or whatever it takes to eliminate them. The “person” who calls her is Leonard Eugene Zacharie Pellissier, the Master Of the City of New Orleans, who controls the hunting license for every vampire below the Mason-Dixon line, from the eastern border of Texas at the Sabine River, east to the Atlantic, and south to the Gulf, with the exception of Florida and Atlanta, GA.
In Raven Cursed, Jane has traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to provide security for a vamp parley. Lincoln Shaddock, the most powerful “fanghead” in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, had been applying to Leo for sixty years for the right to become a master of the city. Leo had turned him down – until now.
Jane is running a security team to provide safe transport to the arriving vamps, and Gregoire, Leo’s representative and heir. This should be a relatively easy assignment, as the hotel has provided vampire safe suites, and Leo has provided armored SUV’s. Unfortunately they didn’t plan for rouge werewolves, a grindylow (a “pet” who polices were’s to make sure they don’t purposefully infect anyone), murders, witches using blood magic and Ricky Bo – her on again off again boyfriend.
Jane’s personal and professional life collide, and she faces the possibility of losing both her friends and her job. This book includes vampires, witches (both good and bad), were-cats, were-wolves, grindylows, and human law enforcement officers. In a world where humans have accepted the existence of supernatural beings formerly believed to be legend, the burden of proof is on the “supernats” to maintain their innocence in the murders happening around Asheville. Jane risks her life, her inner beast and her closest friends to protect the vampires who hired her, and protect innocent humans and other supernats from the vengeful werewolves wreaking havoc in the North Carolina mountains.
I always enjoy Jane Yellowrock, and if you like Paranormal Fiction/Paranormal Romance, give Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series a try!