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Cold Reign by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
Published by Ace on May 2, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.
Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
I’ll start by admitting I LOVE, LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series and the author, Faith Hunter. I didn’t read until there were maybe 8 books. I think it actually helps when you can read them all in a short time together to keep the information and details fresh. I was careful to read everything, including the novellas, in order. It’s important to me in general, but especially with urban fantasy.
Let’s get right to it. Ricky Bo is here, more than I expected. And I didn’t hate him. I didn’t like him either. I also didn’t crush on Leo. At all. I was furious with Leo. He always has his secrets from Jane and it sucks. He also tries to manipulate her. I didn’t feel the intelligence or maybe vulnerability, which attracted me to him anymore. Bruiser is really good to Jane but I am not feeling him. Ugh.
FINALLY. We meet some European vampires. Everything is not what it seems. Jane and her team have been preparing. She has grown and developed her skills tremendously. It serves her well. The family, with the Youngers, continues to congeal in its awesome way. I’m happy to have Edmund and Brute with them, surprisingly. Cold Reign has plenty of intrigue, action, subtle humor, and suckhead politics. Highly recommended.
We learn somewhat more of Leo’s plan for the EV visit. (#@&$(@!) I’ve always had a strong attachment to Gregoire and he has more of a role here. Katie is a key factor, although she is only mentioned. So I’m excited to have her profile on the blog today.
Character Profile: Katie Fonteneau
AKA: Katherine Louisa Dupris, Katherine Pearl Duplantis, Katherine Vuillemont, Regina Katarina FonteneauBecame heir of Clan Pellissier after the death of Leo’s son, Immanuel.She is the proprietress and namesake of Katie’s Ladies – oldest continuing operating whorehouse in the French Quarter (since 1845). She owned two local hotels, at least three restaurants, and several bars. Numerous off-shore accounts in different names. Her working girls also have excellent financial portfolios.Katie was ‘put to earth’ after nearly being killed and receiving the blood of 8 clans (which no longer exist when she rises). After Mercy Blade, she is no longer sane but very, scary, powerful.Katie appears 20 but has old, old grayish hazel eyes when not vamped out. Long, straight, thick, dark ash blond hair. She is five feet and a smidge tall, and has a fleur-de-lis brand on her upper arm, small brown and uniform. When vamped out, her fangs are 3 inches long and her claws are bone white, 2 inches long.Katie’s laugh can be caramel-liqueur sex-on-a-stick, or delicate and soft and feminine.She loves tea, based on teapot collection and her scent left in the tea cabinet.**Compiled by Melissa M. Gilbert of Clicking Keys, for the Character History of the Jane Yellowrock world**
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