Dark Queen: Jane Yellowrock, Book 12 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 51 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #15,144 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#203 in Contemporary Fantasy
#260 in Urban Fantasy
#420 in Paranormal Fantasy
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Pretty much everything that has been happening for the last several books (and the series in a couple of places) is coming together for a final battle. There are some serious surprises here and a story that is addicting, we have what seems to be a requirement in recent books to have a lot of pages of "naval gazing" and while not boring, you keep wondering what is happening while she is doing all this self introspection with the almost non-stop action in this book.
There are a couple of new characters, some more revealing things about some old characters and some side stories that left me a bit depressed. I was never really bored but Jane's reaction to some things got somewhat redundant if not a small bit irritating.
The book starts with a bang and after release day you can read the teaser that Amazon shows (WARNING: You better be ready to buy the book if you do LOL). The action only lets up a few times which makes the quieter parts seem slower than normal.
I don't dissect plots in my reviews, more of a feeling when I finished and this one kept me thinking about it long after I went to bed and the sorta cliffhanger ending (I am still considering if it is a true cliffhanger since you can mostly guess at the general direction of the plot). All I can say is she better write fast, I want to know what happens next ! I should add there is actually 2 sorta cliffhangers (HATE THAT)
Bottom Line: Loved it, mixture of emotions, love, hate, rage, warmth, and my favorite .... revenge. Obviously this is NOT a place to start this series at book 12 and one of the few series that the random short stories/novellas released along this journey DO matter. Jane is the hand of justice and while she might not love many of the aspects of that responsibility, she does not shirk them. These last few books have had a multitude of plots and subplots, this one is no different so hang on and don't even try to scan through or you will miss something that might leave you confused later. Jane Yellowrock and Kate Daniels still sit atop the world of urban fantasy genre in my opinion and always will I am sure.
Jane has to accept the fact that people she loves and other folks of the natural and supernatural kind may not survive this battle. Beast has become even more assertive and as usual, knows things that Jane does not, some of which may have devastating consequences. All the major players are here including Jane’s significant other, George Dumas, and her ex, Rick LaFleur. Because of Were politics, Jane and Rick are thrust into a new dynamic that has all kinds of potential for trouble for whatever kind of relationship they do or don’t have. I am sure Brusier will not be amused either way even though he understands how tricksey things are with supernaturals in the mix.
Readers of this series will be left with many strong emotions about this book’s outcome, many of which have been building for quite a while. Some questions about Jane’s background are answered, but others are raised. Feelings will run high as this is a very gut-wrenching story in some respects for fans who have followed the series. Ms. Hunter deftly runs the reader through several emotional wringers and powerful scenes especially during the final battles. Jane’s personal and professional story comes to a major turning point which may seem like a cliffhanger, but thankfully, at least two more books are to follow so after this very intense ride, we are left with the happy thought of more to come.
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Of course the story is the usual action packed, battle ready, beast form filled, political quagmire of my favourite supernatural world, with actions hidden behind actions. No change there, but obviously this time the 'stakes' are higher! Like outcome of the world higher. And Jane, showing how far she has come, puts plans in place to ensure that those she loves and indeed the fate of humankind, are not affected by the sangre duello - too much! There is one surprising new player on the scene and it blew my socks off a little. I'm with Jane on this one, still confused, overwrought and swinging between disbelief and longing.
The sangre duello itself was - unexpected. Jane proves her worth time and time again, just not in the way I had expected. With people falling at every step all looks to be bleak, and indeed the world surrounding NOLA will indeed change drastically after this. I'm just not sure how. I've never wanted a next book in the series so badly. Where Jane leaves off is emotional in the extreme and plays on a feeling that has nothing supernatural at all to do with it, but sits as a fear deep inside of us all. A massive turning point and culmination of the last 12 books. Faith Hunter remains, for me, the bench mark of every urban fantasy book out there.
Leo has been planning for this for 200 years, and Jane has done more than anyone to tear apart the Eurovamps own long-term Plans and ambitions, so his plans centre on her in this case-not that she knows that for some time. Yet again Leo and his loyal people and followers are betrayed, and this time a new threat is the reason. Plus, old threats and evident betrayals may not have been what they seemed. The new mega-werewolf Pack shows up to strike a deal with Leo, but matters are never that simple and Brute becomes an issue when he is not impressed with attempts by the Werewolves to reach out to him. He has his duty-and even Jane knows better than to challenge that.
Leo sets out to reinforce his power base and Clan Yellowrock is formally brought into being, and Angie Babies "Uncle Leo!" on the phone to the ceremony is a laugh-out-loud moment that leaves even a centuries-old Mithran Blood-Master floored. Plus, while Jane isn't exactly sure what accepting the title of "Dark Queen" from Leo might mean still, she is quickly learning that she is a more key component in Leo's plans than anyone but Leo ever realised. The title doesn't make her some sort of monster, but it might just make her what Leo ultimately needs to carry the day. The list of Eurovamps and associated wanting to fight Jane fluctuates as she plows over enemies and agents sent after her, but Titus is almost 2,000 years old and plans in ways Jane can barely keep up with. It was always going to come down to this-and Jane knows it.
Also, it becomes apparent that Jane's time-shifting abilities have been damaging her health whenever she use's them in previous books-and not just because she often ends up vomiting blood. Even Beast is very worried at the damage Jane has done to her genetics, which haven't affected Beast's own DNA since it's Jane who use's the power. The consequences of using a power like this, even with Skinwalker magic and healing, come home in this book. I understand that this won't be the last JY book, but the ending will make the hair on your neck stand up. Can even Jane survive this? Faith...?
Following the character of Jane Yellowrock from the young adult and watching her develop and grow in to a formidable warrior woman accompanied by Beast's soul within her body.
All I can say is that Dark Queen is one pretty awesome read. The novel builds up in to a crescendo which will have you wanting to be left alone to witness the outcome of the fight scenes.
Dark Queen is simply one hell of a trip. I thoroughly LOVED it!
All my favourites are here from Eli who always understands just what Jane really needs to Beast who just merrily chuffed away confident that Beast is the best Hunter bar none. We get tiny snippets of Molly and of course Rick although his presence adds little to the overall plot. Bruiser fans will cheer but for this reader Angie baby steals every scene she's written in. This definitely shouldn't be read as a standalone as to do so would make you miss so much that has built up to this grand showdown so I certainly recommend reading this series as its urban fantasy that leaves the rest behind !