Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

Publication Date: 4/7/2015
Series: Jane Yellowrock #9
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

Jane Yellowrock has come out swinging like never before in Dark Heir. Beastly Jane must use everything in her arsenal in order to defeat the “thing” in Leo’s basement that has been peeking her interest. It’s going to be the most dangerous and deadly foe she’s ever had to face and it will leave you hoping that curiosity doesn’t kill the cat.

Jane’s growth as a character will suck you in just as much as the story and plot. As the series has progressed, Jane has grown from a hired gun to a respected enforcer for the vampires of New Orleans. Her life has changed in ways even she can’t believe. One of the best things in my humble opinion about Dark Heir is Jane and Beast’s symbiosis finally running together on all cylinders. For so long these creatures that make up Jane Yellowrock have fought against each other that it’s refreshing to see their progression into being one being. Her somewhat steady relationship with one man gives me hope that maybe Jane has found someone who can love her for what she is and what she does. Let’s just hope that these two have a snowballs chance in hell of making it to the end of the series still together.

I’d like to mention a few more characters that really shined for me in this novel. Leo really has taken a step in the human direction when it comes to Jane. He finally seems to understand what the kind of boss Jane needs to do the task at hand. Bruiser unfortunately wasn’t featured enough in my opinion, but when he was around good lord was it good. Rick is just.. Don’t even get me started on him. Jane wouldn’t like the words I’d like to use to describe him. The Younger boys have really stepped up and shown us how much they’ve grown up when it comes to their partnership with Jane in Yellowrock securities. Something really exciting happens with them that I hope we see in the next novel!

All in all, I absolutely loved Dark Heir. Truth be told, this was the book I was waiting on simply because this is the first foe that I honestly wondered whether or not Jane would live to see the end of the book. He was ridiculously powerful and wasn’t about to go down in flames. Hunter has delivered an amazing new additional to the Yellowrock series. Dark Heir will sends other Urban Fantasy novels up in flames with the heat it packs within its pages. Call the fire department, and put them on standby, this might be a 4 alarm fire!

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