Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #10
on April 5th 2016
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.
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I’m so far behind. I really need to start this series. I keep hearing great things.
Melanie – It happens to all of us. I caught up on this series last year reading everything in a few months. This year I finally read Chicagoland vampire series by Chloe Neill. A couple years ago I read the Kim Harrison series the first time just in time to review the final book. There’s lots of great books out there so it is always tough. That said, this series is great and one you should try. 🙂 Anne
Awesome review! I love this series, and can’t wait to read Shadow Rites! I love that the characters deal with real life issues, and continue to grow and discover more things about themselves. I also love that there is always a well written plot that pulls you in, and doesn’t let go! Thank You for reviewing Shadow Rites and sharing with us!
Thanks Tammy. You’re right – both the characters and the plots are consistently good throughout the series which makes it a pleasure to read every book. Anne
Anne, I loved your review !!! It doesn’t happen often but this time yeah no doubts ! You did it just right and I’m on fire for the book ! (I think it’s because it involved Leo twice, with a mention of other characters, and basically no Bruiser. My goodness, I’ve been hearing from him left and right in others reviews, I think I was close to overdosing on it !)
Thanks Margot. I’m not the biggest Bruiser fan so I don’t talk about him much. It’s a great book and will be available very soon. Anne
Great Review, and Great Series… I love Jane more and more each book… Love them All….
I’m really into books with a strong female lead… and Jane is that a much, much more….
Can’t wait for Shadow Rights!!!
melodie – Thank you! These are just great books and I am always excited to have a new book. Anne
I love the Jane Yellowrock series. Thanks so much for such a great review.
Penny – thank you! It is a series which inspires love. Anne
LOVE JANE! Thanks so much for a great review! It’s an exciting time in Jane-world!
jpdawn – thank you! It certainly is exciting.
oops jodawn. I was typing too fast there. Sorry.
Thank you for the review. I need to start this series sometime soon.
Angela – yes this is a really really great series. It’s definitely one of my favorites. When I have trouble getting started on a series I try audio to fit it in at different times like when I am in the car, at lunch at work, or doing chores at home. Anne
Great review. I’ve been really eager for where the series is going and what will happen with the European vampires. Can’t wait to read this book and the next.
Stephanie – thanks. I was all waiting for the European vamps but then the books were so good and Jane is learning so much, so I got over wanting that to be the next book. But I’ll be excited to see what happens when they arrive. Anne
Can’t wait for this next book!
I enjoyed the review, it reminds me why I like this series so much (although I don’t know whether I am braced for that second entree of insane, lol). Thanks for sharing!
elf – thank you! There is so much to like. The insane just keeps it interesting.
Cant wait to see more of angie baby. I get more excited each time I read about this new book.
erica w – Angie baby is one of my most favorite characters. She is very a part of the short “Bound No More” which is in Blood in Her Veins, so you need to read it if you haven’t yet.
Fab review – LOVE your header artwork – books, cats, drinks – who needs reality?!
larisa – thank you ! I’m glad you like them. The artwork is all Jenifer tho.
Love, love, LOVE this series! Can’t wait to get my hands on Shadow Rites!
Nice review! I’m looking forward to seeing Angie and Edmund in this book.
brenda r – thanks! As you can tell from the review, Angie baby and Edmund are favorites of mine.
I’m enjoying watching the changes Jane is going through during the course of the series. After each one I have trouble waiting for the next.
diane – I always enjoy character growth and Jane is an amazing character. It is really hard to wait for the next book! But this year we will have some Soulwood books to make it easier. Anne
Can’t wait for the release day. The evolving situation with Edmund is fascinating–love a guy who can potentially throw a wrench into Leo’s plans 🙂
janet – Edmund is quite the interesting guy. Anne
Can’t wait!!! Love Jane and her family!!!
This series was my introduction into the world of Urban/Paranormal Fantasy or Romance. I have loved how Jane keeps growing and growing and getting stronger.
I have felt my heart break as series are ending and I hope this series has more life yet in it.
Sounds really good
Faith Hunter and Jane Yellowrock are awesome! I can’t wait to read Shadow Rites.
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