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Jane Yellowrock is still reeling from the bond that Leo forced on her, depressed, lost and apathetic and afraid even to shift for fear that Beast would go running to Leo, she needs a distraction. So a call to Natchez to kill Naturaleza vampires sounds like the best thing. Except these vampires are worse than your usual Naturaleza.
This is one of those hard reviews to right because so much is done well that it creates an excellent book. But the things that were more shaky are things I can write much more about. The book is really well written. Everything is largely balanced well.
Jane has personal, emotional conflicts, her depression over the actions in the last book are really well conveyed through her apathy and tiredness far more so than by her sitting in a corner and wailing. Her relationship with Eli and the Kid is shown really well, again without lots of excessive telling, just the way they bounce off each other shows this developing family. Jane herself is a complicated character, her balancing of her spirituality and morality with her complex belief system, history and profession is deep and interesting.
Even as she hardens after the events of the last few books, she still holds onto her morality and the guilt that clings to her. I loved her reconciliation with Evan because it was all it should have been — perhaps a little too perfect and pat because of that. Jane has been beating herself up about Molly for a long time and it was a relief to finally have this resolved not with Jane being forgiven but with Jane refusing to be a scapegoat.
The story itself is excellent, it draws upon all the vampire lore that has been developed over the series and makes it relevant rather than just backstory. It also helped really nail down the different kinds of vampires out there and their relative strengths and weaknesses finally in a defined form.
It is a twisty mystery with more than a few surprises. Telling anyone that things are far far different from what she expected or doing any real research beyond setting the Kid to perform minor miracles.
She keeps doing things in the romance that I hate and then turning round and skewering all those things with challenges. If Jane were spying on you, I think the easiest way to have a private conversation would be to mention Bruiser or Ricky then talk quickly while she inevitably zones out.
His leopard?! His solitary leopard that meets a female briefly for quick sex then disappears again? That leopard is forming jealous mating bonds? Ricky attacks violently, then realises how out of line he is and even while using his leopard as an excuse, he apologises. She tells the flexing and posturing Bruiser and Ricky how unromantic jealousy is and Sylvia recognises her own schoolyard jealousy over Eli and how silly she sounds. So we get all these annoying tropes — and then every last one challenged.
What I will be looking for next book is not just Jane breaking the bond with Leo established last book, but some consequences for that. She was angry with Bruiser, but that was dealt with and it was more sad and betrayed than enraged.
I want to see some rage over what Leo did. This book has a large number of POC. Also, in a genre that constantly romanticises the ex-confederacy states, Jane Yellowrock casts a refreshingly harsh gaze over everything.
I was more irritated as well that the one Native American elder that did show up seemed to be a magical guide with extra cryptic woo-woo. There were no GBLT character sin the book, though some of the dead villains were posthumously revealed to be lesbians or bisexual women we never saw them alive. And for some bizarre reason Eli decided that this is inappropriate to talk about in front of ladies personally I think being a lesbian is, by definition, a female topic.
That kind of treating GBLT people as taboo is really homophobic. Oh and there was a priest who learned to be a more tolerant person after driving his lesbian daughter away never to hear from her again. So no GBLT people, but learning moments of straight people it seems. We do have plenty of calling out of ridiculous homophobia, but a glaring lack of GBLT people that sits poorly with the series record.
He does have woo-woo and fits many of the tropes of disabled people with special powers; but at the same time he also has a level of agency and choice. He helps because he chooses to, when Jane tries to stop him, he refuses and he himself makes brave decisions to accept pain and fight to help save his friends.
In general, this is a good book, perhaps even a great book. It was a book that, when it ended, I reached out for the next book and was disappointed that I have another wait ahead of me. Newer Post Older Post Home.
Jane Yellowrock is still reeling from the bond that Leo forced on her, depressed, lost and apathetic and afraid even to shift for fear that Beast would go running to Leo, she needs a distraction. So a call to Natchez to kill Naturaleza vampires sounds like the best thing. Except these vampires are worse than your usual Naturaleza. This is one of those hard reviews to right because so much is done well that it creates an excellent book. But the things that were more shaky are things I can write much more about.
Blood trade : a Jane Yellowrock novel / Faith Hunter.