Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…
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.
Death’s Rival kicks things up another notch for Jane Yellowrock with another set of challenges for our heroine. She’s feeling alone and isolated and has some major things bothering her but what else is new? She’s sent off on a job to get in touch with various masters who are sick. Thinking this would be an easy job, she couldn’t have been further from wrong. Death and nastiness is following her around, and she’s feeling rather guilty about it. When she finally heads back to New Orleans Leo’s entourage are essentially under siege by this other nasty master vamp that has been the one challenging and infecting masters around the country with the sicky plague. Jane also suspects there is a traitor in their midst.
Things that worked:
- Jane of course! She’s still as kick ass as ever. I just love this woman.
- The new characters introduced, Eli and the hacker kid Alex. They are a much needed dynamic and shakeup in Jane’s life. Plus you gotta admit she likes them too. I especially like Alex because he’s a teen still yet on the cusp of adulthood and I just adore how these three interact. I’m hoping they are here to stay!
- Betrayal most foul! Ouch that gotta hurt.
What the heck was that?:
- Seriously the ending! Not the entire ending but the climactic part at the end just doesn’t make sense to me. SPOILER ALERT – What the heck would that particular person’s reason be for firing that shot? At that point? – NOTHING! So why the frick do it? There was no justification given and so that left a sour feeling with me because it wasn’t explained.
Another good addition and some ground work was laid for promising developments. If you’re a Jane Yellowrock reader and you haven’t already you need to pick up Death’s Rival.
Overall – 4 stars
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
Blood Trade has the almost non-stop action we’ve come to expect and hunger for in the Jane Yellowrock series, making it another good addition.
Some highlights that I loved:
- – The new characters Eli and Alex ‘the Kid’. I think they were a dynamic that was really needed in Jane’s life. Especially since Molly lives so far away and might not be in the picture so much? Hopefully that won’t be permanently the case. I do however think that how quickly these characters became “family” for her was a bit fast, but then perhaps not because I know I’ve made friends a few times with people in my life almost instantly, such that I would think of them that way as well. But I did have to stop and think about that in order to get comfortable with their new bond.
- – You can expect to see a few characters that we’ve never seen previously before that are from Jane’s past. I found these people to be a very nice touch because there are so many things I wonder about Jane’s past.
- – Jane’s awesome tough as nails yet soft as a kitten attitude. I just love this about her. She won’t hesitate to torture someone when needed yet she can be so unexpectedly vulnerable.
A few things didn’t tickle me quite right:
- – The romantic tensions! If you’re a loyal follower of the series then you are like me and you’re used to by now Beast’s and Jane’s roving eye. She’s just about attracted to everyone it seems. Ok really mostly just Rick and Bruiser. But I felt the tension very heavily in this one, and maybe its because of Death’s Rival but I was really hoping for a bit of relief from the tension and yet this one amped it up tenfold. I know there is only going to be more where that came from, so while I’m still loving it, I’m also aching because of it. I guess this point could be considered both a pro and a con for me.
- – The weapons and detailing around the weapons. I like knowing about the weaponry don’t get me wrong, and I know that is a big thing for this series, but at one point in this particular book there was 3 pages, I kid you not, 2 pages of Jane just weaponing up to go out on one of her hunts. That for me was a bit excessive.
- – There is a Native American dream walker that pops up Blood Trade that we’ve never see before and I just felt the use of this character was a bit too convenient for me. I would have preferred another method for enlightenment be found especially since we already have Aggie in New Orleans.
Story– 3 stars – Overall satisfying, but I’d like some relief on the romantic tensions front.
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