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Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock Book 5) Kindle Edition
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For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.
Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.
“A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre.” —New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison
“Hunter’s very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres.”—Booklist
“A thrill ride from start to finish…Hunter has an amazing talent for capturing mood.”—SF Site --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B007P7ESS6
- Publisher : Ace (October 2, 2012)
- Publication date : October 2, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1548 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0451464850
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,652 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So to date: Leo has tried to kill her many times, he tried to pimp her out to his friends a few times, and now he and his friend force feed from her to force a link, and later he managed to chain her Beast to him! And she kind of shrugs about this? "Oh well the money is good". No no NO. I will not read any more books in this story line because I assume now with this link she will be even more under Leo's will and he'll just add her to his sexual rotation etc. Nope. Jane isn't learning from her mistakes but I sure am. I'm done.
Honestly I was the most engaged in this book for various reasons and I had probably my strongest emotional reaction to this one so I think that in ways FH’s writing is getting a better but I struggle with Jane’s incessant need to take responsibility for abso-freaking-lutely everything. If a meteor hit near New Orleans I’m sure Jane would find a way to make it her fault and her responsibility to clean up.
I’ll mention the good here and then I’m going to rant for awhile *clears throat*
The bad guy. We don’t get a ton of time with him but his entire power play in an effort to take over various vampires territory is really different and interesting. Using illness to make the vampires so weak they need to concede to his rule to receive an antidote was a new take that I hadn’t seen before in a UF book so far.
I loved seeing Sabina and her role on the vampire council. She is amazing and I really want to learn more about both her and Bethany since they are both outclan and we get a glimpse of what that means here.
There is also the addition of Eli and his brother to Jane’s inner circle. I like those two and it looks like Eli has no intention of getting mixed up in Jane’s love life so I hope he will be a good friend to her and his little brother a.k.a. ‘The Kid’ will offset all the dark characters lingering in Jane’s life. They seem like work wise they can be a good team and be totally on Team Jane as opposed to Derek who also seems to work for Jane, himself and Leo depending on the situation.
The reveals about Jane’s past and what happened to the rest of the skinwalkers was also a nice addition to the story and did give her some purpose in the fight against the big bad unknown vampire in town.
I have a few issues with this book and this series is general. I haven’t read any of the short stories in-between books and so when we go into this and Jane says that her relationship with Rick is completely over, Molly isn’t her friend anymore and she has left Leo’s service to I seriously went back to see if I accidentally skipped a book.
But nope I was on the right book I’m just missing the shorts in-between and so I have no context for most of that and it really isn’t explained it is just dropped and then we are moving on.
I was actually really happy that the Rick debacle was supposedly over. I’ve hated that dude from book 1. But nope he shows up later this book too and we are back to the oh he is so cute I think I love him we can find a way to be together. *throw up in my mouth a little*. No just no. I’m so over the love triangle quadrangle that is this series. Pick a dick, pick a chick, pick to be celibate the rest of your life if these are your choices but decide already. Jane had thoughts that she was in love with Bruiser and Rick in this book I HATE that part of this story. I think it is time for beast to take charge and sleep with all of them and then decide. Just kidding I really hate love triangles and Jane seems to think every guy out there is sex on a stick.
Why is Jane still with Leo in New Orleans??? I don’t get it she is miserable. She talks about how much she doesn’t like the person she is becoming and how horrible everything is. She was a rogue vampire hunter there have to be some rogue vamps somewhere else you think that she would do that instead of taking everything as her responsibility so she must stay and help Leo (who I remind you has tried to kill her more than once). *Throws hands in the air* why are you still there.
Okay and now we come to The Thing. Look I am of the opinion you hang out with Vamps or anything long enough and stuff just becomes normal. If you put yourself in that kind of proximity to them then yes at some point you are going to get burned. I still hated what Leo did to Jane. It was wrong on so many levels especially since she had recently saved him from something similar. I don’t blame Bruiser, if anything I feel so sorry for him and hope this is the wake up event he needed to see that if he is with Leo he can never have Jane. I feel bad for Jane too she played with fire and got burned but both lost trust in things they took for granted when ‘the thing’ happened. Beast is smart after this happened and she knows how to win in the long run.
*** Beast lost much here. Beast lost winter food. Beast lost meat. Hissed thought, Lost to pack. Tonight Jane lost to pack. Bruiser lost to pack. But Jane is not pack. Bruiser is not pack. Jane is Jane and Bruiser is Bruiser. I batted a rib bone hard with paw. It spun into dark and landed in brush. There is no shame in losing to pack with strong alpha. Shame is from not fighting again when pack is smaller, when pack-alpha is not expecting attack. Only shame is giving up. ***
I wish that the character relationships were stronger in this series. Most of the time I think that many things can be cleared up with a simple conversation but it never happens and I wonder how long Ms Hunter plans on dragging out certain plot arcs.
I need Jane to grow up a little and take charge of her personal life. She can kill and maim and hurt but she needs to balance that with a few other life skills. Even when others are telling her that she isn’t responsible for certain things she still claims them.
The ending with Rick is again something I just toss my hands up in the air and say “REALLY?” It needed to go down like that??? *Sigh, double sigh*. Rick is an utter jerk 90% of the time but Jane is clueless when it comes to other people. But maybe this means that we have really seen the last of him. At least that is my hope.
Since I’m reading this with a group I’m continuing on. Maybe just because it is so fun to argue and rant with them. But if I were reading it on my own I’d probably drop it and wander off to read some Kate Daniels so my faith in the Urban Fantasy Heroine could be restored.
The act alone, though horrifying, wasn't the issue. The issue was how that assault and mental rape was handled and somewhat accepted by the main character and everyone else. It was a horrendous and unrealistic response.
At no point should it be acceptable for a character to take blame for being assaulted in such a way regardless of their prior actions. Even slightly justifying such an act made my skin crawl and though the writer tries to set up that Jane has not forgiven the act, it feels like an afterthought. Emotionally she would not be able to forgive those involved even if logically she knows some of them had no choice or control. Bruisers reaction to events seems almost more appropriate though still not enough.
For me personally as someone of Native American decent, it hit me twice as hard to witness Jane, a powerful native woman subjugated and assaulted by mostly white vampires in such a way. Especially after recently regaining her memories of witnessing her mother being raped by white soldiers after they killed her father. The author missed an opportunity to connect the atrocities that happened to her people and her mother with her current life working for beings old enough to have committed those same crimes, but instead made the act seem not that important. Then to have Jane kinda accept it so quickly made no sense when memories of her mother haunted her. It was badly handled and from an emotional trauma place, completely unrealistic.
The only reason I gave the book two stars is because of past books, the foundations of a good main character, good new characters in the form of Eli and Alex, and the hope that future books don't make such emotionally tone death mistakes.
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There's a terrible, awful betrayal that made for uncomfortable reading and left me feeling quite disturbed and angry. It has ramifications that run through to the end, and into the next book. I now know very clearly who I rate and who I don't.
I liked the addition of the Younger brothers; they provide Jane with two people who are hers alone, and who she can trust, and the interactions between the three of them bring a little light relief to things. Rick reappears, and his scenes with Jane (and with Beast) are lovely, but sad. Jane spends a lot of the action as part of a team run by others which is unusual for her, and the outcomes suggest she's right to not trust to others to organise things, but she reverts to form for the end, and what a humdinger that is.
The next book is under way, and I see from the author's website that she's been contracted for a 9-book series, so Jane is around for a bit yet, yay! I just hope she manages a little fun and warmth and peace along the way.
I just wish she had more of a life outside of Leo at this point I think, or more of a relationship with him...? Anything but just a following of a morbid un-relationship with everyone she can't or wont have.
All out war is declared by a foreign vamp who's enforcer was killed when he snuck into Jane's hotel room armed with a gun and silencer.
Jane finds out more of her personal history and manages to get beast bound to Leo by accident.
Just like Anita Blake (Laurel K Hamilton), Jane is losing her innocence as she gets more and more involved with the vampires. Which is sad. She also doesn't seem to be leading much in this one but instead becomes part of a team with 2 humans and I must admit that I missed Beast as I felt she took a back seat.
That said, the story of the mysterious Mithran who seems to be infecting MoCs with a plaguelike disease is gripping and lets the reader wonder whodunnit until the big reveal.
I now would like very much to see what happens next!