Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter

Publication Date: 5/1/2018
Series: Jane  Yellowrock #12
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

I want to start off my review with a bit of a question. As a reader, how do you prepare yourself for the game changing book in a series? Do you put it off? Dread it? Devour it? Any of those answers could be correct.

For me, it was a mixture of both.  It was clear from the last book that the proverbial crap was about to hit the fan. Jane was about to be tested far more than she had ever been before.  And, I was right. Dark Queen while only a new title for  Jane in the previous book took on an entirely new persona.  Her already complicated life twists around, dipping and diving into depths that we could have never dreamed of.  Jane is forced to make decisions she never wanted to have on her plate, and to become the one thing that she didn’t want, the Dark Queen. Blood is spilled, death dealt, and lives changed forever.  

This is the story that changes the seri
The dark and uncertain undertones in Dark Queen are slightly softened with reminders of Jane’s relationships and her relationship with Beast. A new player on the field brings more memories of her past, and honestly, his presence didn’t make much sense to me until the end.

The end. How do I even  go about explaining it? The unanswered questions, and hopes for a different outcome run rampant when this story comes to a close.  Hopes for survival, hope for the future, and above all, hopes for love. Hunter has truly outdone herself with this book, and it makes the long wait for the next one even more torturous than in books past.


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