Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, Book 2) by Faith Hunter (5/5 stars)

This is the second book in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and it was just as awesome as the first book.  It is a fast-paced book with wonderful action scenes and wonderful characters.  I would definitely recommend reading the first book first, if you liked the first book you should like this one.

This book picks up where the last left off.  Jane is still in New Orleans and is still on contract to hunt down the maker of the rogue vampires.  She is joined by the witch Molly and her children.  As Jane tries desperately to track down the rogue maker, she finds out that somehow the witches of New Orleans are involved.  Can Jane track down the rogue maker before Molly and her children are forced into the witchy problems of New Orleans?

Like the first book this book is very densely written and full of action.  Jane very rarely stops to catch her breath, yet despite of all the action the characters are intriguing, are well-developed and have a lot of depth to them.  In this book we finally learn more about Jane's personal history and we also learn a lot more about the Vampires' Curse and their origins. 

Also as in the first book there is a little chemistry going on between some of the characters.  Jane/Beast continue to find Bruiser intriguing, and undercover cop Rick is also after Jane for at least one date.  Jane and Leo, the Master Vampire, of New Orleans have very strained relations as Leo deals with his depression over the death of his son.  Molly and her kids bring a nice element to the story and force Jane to show her soft side some of the time too.  This helps to make Jane a very believable character.

The world Hunter has created is very interesting and different from many of the paranormal worlds out there.  She really broadens the world in this book and gives us insight into how the Vampires tick.  She does a great job at writing a tight plot without a lot of excess fluff.  Jane knows what she wants to do and gets there, most of the time, dealing with the unexpected in unique and interesting ways.

If I have one gripe about this story it would be that Jane almost dies a number of times, sometimes I was left wondering if Jane was such a fabulous vampire slayer how did she get herself almost killed a number of times in less than a couple days?  That being said Jane has the wonderful ability to survive the impossible and it makes for a heroine that is interesting, yet believable.

I am eagerly awaiting the next Jane Yellowstone book.  Originally Hunter was contracted for three Jane Yellowstone book and I hope that she writes a couple more after that (not sixteen more mind you, but a few more would be nice)!

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 100+ Book Reading Challenge
- Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, Book 2)

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