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Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #10
Published by Roc on April 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story...
Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.
I love the Jane Yellowrock series and Faith Hunter is an awesome person. I love Eli. He is the bestest brother. EVER. I enjoy Jane’s ability to piss off Leo and when she orders him around. Just saying.
The last few books I kept thinking we would see the European vampires and waiting for it. Instead, Jane is learning and growing. She needed this time, and so did Leo, to make more and better preparations. This book is a step forward in their readiness. It was very hard work to accomplish, though.
Many of my favorite characters are here and there is plenty of action and adventure. The bad guys are really BAD. They are evil with a side of crazy. Really, more like a second entrée of insane. Jane has much experience with that type but this is different and provides some new lessons.
There are some loose ends which I’m going to worry over until the next story. They involve Angie Baby, Gee, Ming and Gregoire. I hope we will see more of the Trueblood / Everhart clan but it might be best for them if they were in North Carolina when the European vampires visit.
Edmund has quite a role and it is a bit shocking. Vampires are quite the long-term and strategic planners. This theme is recurring in Shadow Rites. One key component of learning is repetition after all (my learning in this case).
I don’t know if the next book will be the European vampires arrival or not. I’m fine with it either way since there is plenty happening without them. Do read this as part of the series, both because you need the whole story and because it’s fantastic reading. Do also read the short stories, especially Bound No More as it has ramifications here.