Saturday, April 21, 2012

110:48 Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

The first book in the Jane Yellowrock series.  Urban fantasy but with a different twist.  The vampires are fairly standard, exist in families, drink blood, have just come out, etc.  Where we see differences are that there are only rumors of weres, elves, fairies, etc.  Jane herself is not a were but a skinwalker, one who can transform into more than one animal although she now has Beast living within her and they have an uneasy alliance but Beast and Jane are separate beings sharing a body.  More of a take on old Cherokee legends than the traditional European.

In this first novel, Jane has been hired to track down a rogue vampire in New Orleans.  Beast keeps referring to the rogue as liver-eater and that he smells of rot but also insists that his scent keeps changing.  Ms. Hunter keeps us guessing as to what exactly is going on up until the last act and does it well.  We only ever know as much as Jane/Beast does and her knowledge is limited.

A good start to the series and I'm eager to see where things go from here.

Page count: 320p/14,970p ytd

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