Meet shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).
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 Katies’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 just may be her own...
Part of the reason I rated it this way is because I found parts of it confusing; apparently Jane has some sort of... magically gifted amnesia and has little idea of how old she really is. Which is an interesting thing in and of itself depending on how it’s handled, but. It can also be difficult to understand how things play out when she keeps flashing back to the cave and the drums and there wasn’t much context for awhile.
I’m guessing the memory loss is why she acts so much younger than she really is too, she often acts around fourteen or fifteen while looking late twenties. It... is a flaw that does haunt her.
She is a strong character though, and I’m interested in the next book... I just hope her emotional healing and growth keeps being done well.
As to the other characters...Leo creeps me out. He’s slimy and smarmy. The vampire priestesses is interesting but also creepy in an undead I wanna eat you kinda way.
This is the start of an awesome story by Faith Hunter. Jane Yellowrock is not perfect & I it's why I keep reading her story. The book has all the story elements I love, mystery, supers who are flawed but for some reason likable & enough action that I can see happening.
Immersive and entertaining details kept me reading. It’s an interesting, innovative take on vampires. The characters are multilayered and well developed. The protagonist is new and fresh and contrasts and thrives in a world where the bazaar is explained and believable.