True Dead: Jane Yellowrock, Book 14 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Jane Yellowrock goes back to the city where it all began in the newest installment of this thrilling New York Times best-selling series.
Jane used to hunt vampires, but now she’s their queen. She’s holed up in the mountains with the Yellowrock Clan, enjoying a little peace, when a surprise attack on her people proves that trouble is brewing. Someone is using very old magic to launch a bid for power, and it’s all tied to the place where Jane was first drawn into the world of Leo Pellissier - the city of New Orleans.
Jane is compelled to return to NOLA because someone is trying to destabilize the paranormal world order. And because she now sits near the top of the vampire world, the assault is her problem. She will do what she must to protect what’s hers. Her city. Her people. Her power. Her crown.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 29 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#3,469 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#50 in Contemporary Fantasy
#51 in Urban Fantasy
#80 in Paranormal Fantasy
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Jane as a warrior has a difficult time reigning herself in when it comes to being right in the thick of fighting and taking out enemies. If she goes down, Bruiser, the Younger brothers and every one of her followers will suffer. Once in NOLA, she has to get accustomed to queenly duties and protocol which chafes Jane mightily. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and, in this case, Jane’s stubborn resistance to the role Leo forced her into makes everything that much harder.
This book has so many twists and turns including a certain vampire’s body being stolen, questions about whether Sabina survived the devastating fire at the mausoleum, Eurovamps still trying to conquer all, and spies in Jane’s own court. Thankfully, there is a handy dandy timeline in one of the chapters that helps readers remember who is on first. With so many enemies, Jane and Bruiser need a scorecard to keep it all straight.
Those of you who have been waiting for Jane to get into it with dear old granny will not be disappointed. Jane and Ayatas still have a prickly relationship too; however, that will have to change when certain very difficult facts come to light. Jane still has a lot of deep-seated hurt feelings when it comes to poor treatment by her family in the far distant past as well as now.
With the usual high body and weapon count, it is no surprise that there are new and old enemies at every turn who want to take Jane out. With a lot of help from her found family, the love of her life, and friends, Jane throws everything she had in staying alive and protecting her people. This book is non-stop action with some events that will have readers so excited and doing the happy dance. At book #14 and the penultimate in the series, Ms. Hunter does a fine job of keeping her fans entertained especially with a big surprize or two.
FAITH YOU ARE A GENIUS. You've given new life to an already amazing series. You've sent some surprising shockwaves through Jane's world that are sure to massive consequences and reverberations throughout the rest of the Jane series and into Nell's series as well. And you've just blown me away.
I loved the heck out of this one. More big bad setup. Some storylines tied up, but in a way that means they were really threads of a bigger story. Progress on some already setup plotlines. Huge shocks. More Jane-family. More Beast.
Needless to say, I am even more excited about the next (and final *sad face*) Jane book now, and I know that while it's a longer wait, it'll be worth it.
Gosh, I can't rave about the Jane-verse enough!!!!
GO READ THIS! But if you've not read the rest of the series and it's Nell spinoffs, please read those too. You'll be glad you did, both because they're awesome books and because there's so much history that you'd miss out on!
This was an enthralling read, once I started I could not put the book down. I kept telling myself “just one more chapter” until I reached the end. There is sad death, surprising revelations and almost non-stop action until we reach an exciting climax that leaves us longing for the next book to see what happens. The whole series is highly recommended
I devoured this book -- does that make me u'tlun'ta? I can't wait for next one!
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This is the 14th book of a continuing series. You need to read the rest of the series before this book or it won’t make much sense. There is a tiny cliffhanger, but the narrative ends at a natural break.
Now Jane has been brought back to health and recognised the hardships her people have been exposed to in her absence, she is ready to head back to NOLA. Though she’s still having a little trouble controlling her shifting, at least she’s no longer dying.
She is returning in part for Wrassler and Jodie’s wedding, as well as to provide stability and protection to her people. Before she leaves she has arranged a sweat with her brother Ayatas Firewind and her ‘Grandmother’. Only once she comes face to face with the woman who made her into a War Woman she realises that maybe her Grandmother is not what she thought.
With her return to NOLA there is a confluence of events that has been centuries in the making. There are plots within plots within plots that reach into every aspect of Jane’s interactions with the vampires, except she has always been the wildcard that Leo named her, and she never reacts the way everyone thinks she will.
There is a lot of complex plot manoeuvring in this book, covering things that happened in books way back in the series. Long strings of incidents are tied together in a way that makes you ‘oooohhhh’ out loud. This book is fast paced and as usual there is plenty of violence and fight scenes interspersed with complex and mighty magics. Several new characters are introduced and recent characters become better known.
There is not a lot of space for fun and relaxation in this book, which makes me sad for Jane and her family and things are definitely ramping up for the next book in the series, when Jane will have to face the ultimate puppet master.
As always this is an entertaining and engrossing read that kept me turning page after page until I was done. I wish I hadn’t read it as quickly because now I’m going to have to wait for ages for the next one.
Okay, Jane's possible grandmother finally shows up and, unsurprisingly, has her own Plans. She also has many, many secrets-and Jane discovers what might just be the worst almost immediately after meeting her. Fortunately, Jane has family, friends and allies watching her back. Unfortunately, she has to leave her new Clan Home and return to New Orleans to deal with what she's discovered.
Along the way we find out what has happened to Leo and Sabina, discover a Plan dating back most of 300 years that is only now entering it's Endgame, uncover a shocking truth about Jane's maybe-ally Hayyel and witness a Wedding. Wrassler and Jodi are finally taking the plunge, not for lack of trying, so Jane is determined everything will go off perfectly. Of course, when has she ever been that lucky?
There is also a hysterical bit of humour when the Arcenciel's who have attached themselves to Jane's Court try to insist they go on Wrassler and Jodi's Honeymoon with them. They want to experience how humans live, it seems-so Eli introduces them to burgers. Given what Arcenciels are, you have to wonder how scared the fast food staff were when they were confronted by seemingly beautiful young women all demanding lots of burgers, no?
Also, Faith ties off a lot of loose ends by having Jane have to assemble a timeline in the story to uncover the Plan and it's authors and how everything she's done and become since New Orleans has affected the Plan. She suspects she has, accidentally because this is Jane, gained the power and status and position those who created the Plan long ago have been working towards. So, to take it from her? They'll have to go through her...
All in all a fantastic story. If you've read the series, you will be smiling for a whole day afterwards. If not? Enjoy...
Nowhere enough of Beast and zero Truebloods or Aggie in this chapter.
It felt a bit 'tacked on'; as always happens with revived TV shows.
That said, it is an enjoyable romp, almost, but not quite, closing the circle from book 1: Skinwalker.
The reboot has possibilities IF FH can find a new direction.
It does seem like she is retreading the JaneVerse without due care and attention though.
Perhaps flashbacks would work better; as long as she does not do to the JaneVerse what happened in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan!
I hope she does treat it as a reboot.
FH has shifted her efforts to the Soulwood series and it shows; I really like the Soulwood series too.
Crossovers would work too!
Without spoilers and assuming you have read the previous 13 books, she progresses the secondary characters fairly well in this book and answers series long questions reasonably and logically.
I got the feeling she was trying not to wreck it; shame her publishers did not recommission BEFORE she wound it up.
Bit like Babylon 5 - but done better than JMS.
I won't spoil it, but there are a few clumsy clichéd tactics used that work wonderfully; FH's snark which she always attributes to Beast abounds - making it an easy read.
The book ends such that a 15th could flow from it, or the series just end.
Just bear in mind Jane / Beast are different - the series has altered accordingly.
Not good or bad, just different.
I'll keep buying & reading them if she keeps writing them.
Sometimes you'll need to pause and take stock of what's happening, which characters are where; it does get complicated at times!
What I like about Faith's writing is that the stories continue to evolve, the characters with it. What an imagination!!
This series is well worth a read; roll on the next instalment!