I found Faith Hunter’s books in the also-bought on Amazon after buying the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series. I read the blurb for Skinwalker and decided to give the vampire-filled world a chance. It turned out to be an action adventure filled with dark magic, blood, and deceit.
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, her motto is Have Stakes Will Travel. And that is the best synopsis about her attitude towards life and vampires. She lives on the road, moving to the next job. Maybe it is because she never had a real home. People say she was raised by wolves, but she doesn’t remember the first twelve years of her life before she walked out of the woods.
Now Jane is a professional rogue vampire hunter and has been hired by a brothel madam vampire, Katherine. Fontaneau, to remove the rogue vampires hunting her territory in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the first time Jane had been hired by vampires she is usually paid to kill, and it stirs up a whole new pile of danger.
The book series follows Jane as she works for and against the vampires of New Orleans, depending on the stakes. Through the the series Jane realizes her history is intwined with that of the vampires. The longer she stays, the more she learns, but she loses pieces of herself through it all. Unlike, Mercy. Thompson, Patrica Briggs coyote shifter, Jane seems to get hurt often by the ones she loves.
I consider this series Dark Fantasy due to Jane’s continued betrayal by those she cares about and works for. She keeps taking beatings and I am not sure if she can walk away. She is so desperate to belong somewhere, even if she hasn’t realized it yet. If you are looking for a series with a happily ever after, I am not sure this will be the one. I am currently reading Book 8, Broken Soul where Jane takes on a riskier contract, one that comes dangers that are not vampire in nature, in fact, it is nothing she can see.
I enjoy the action and the unique take on a skinwalker who can turn into any mammal she had the bones for. It opens up more possibilities for her to find more truths while increasing the risk to her personally if she is unable to change back. It is another binge-worthy series. Happy reading!