Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

May 18, 2015 3 stars, Book Review 6 ★★★

Review: Dark Heir by Faith HunterDark Heir by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #9
Published by Audible Audio, Roc on April 7, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 363
Length: 15 hours, 41 minutes
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Death's Rival & Blood Trade, Black Arts, Broken Soul

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

DARK HEIR is the 9th book in the Jane Yellowrock series and she certainly has gone thru a lit up to this point.

The state of affairs
– Leo had kept information from Jane again that leads to all hell breaking loose. Please don’t act surprised Jane, it’s not like that isn’t the way he operates.
– Jane and Beast have soul bonded and what that means for the birth of them is being further explored.
– Jane is definitely changing and I’m fine by that. She has her half puma form and another type of puma form but I kind of miss her changing into other animals.
– It’s nice to see a lack of romance drama! Jane and Bruiser feel comfortable to me, which is a plus. I totally liked the accent that The narrator gave Bruiser!
– Time bubbles…ergh, no. I personally don’t like this new ability of Jane’s. It’s just a bit too hokey for my tastes.
– how many books am I going to have to hear about the European vamps? I guess I was wrong in my thoughts that I wasn’t seeing any bigger picture story arcs. I guess this could be considered one but ultimately it just sounds like more big baddies are coming to town.
– Magic, witches and Molly. I’m always pleased when Molly shows up in a book!

Admittedly I’m not as excited anymore about this series as I once was. Normally these would fit my adrenaline junkie tastes perfectly but I find I’m no longer emotionally invested and don’t believe I’ll continue for now. One big baddie has just been blurring into the next for me without me seeing much indication of a bigger picture type of story arc or any end game in sight. The books are still enjoyable but I think my tastes are veering away from the long drawn out urban fantasy series. It makes me wonder if I personally have a threshold number of books in a series before I burn out on it and some start to feel like rinse repeat. Tho really that’s what some of these series are, meant to fit a certain mood or reading appetite and I think mine are just going thru another phase.

Thoughts on the audio narration
This is the first time I went with the audiobook format for this series. It was difficult to get used to for the first few chapters but once I did I slid right into the narrators characterizations and really enjoyed it. She does accents really well as far as I can tell. They sounded natural and not forced at all. I think if I were ever to revisit the books I would choose to go the audio route for sure.

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6 Responses to “Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter”

    • Pam Blome

      Go ahead, it’s one of my favorites! Take a chance!

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yeah it’s an action packed series. I don’t think I’ll continue any further tho because I don’t know when the series is supposed to finish. I don’t like never ending series.