Review: Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter ★★★★★

Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Shifters, werewolves, magic, witches, tough female protagonist, mystery, kick-ass chick)
Series: Book four in The Jane Yellowrock series
Original Language: English
Publisher: Roc
Country: USA
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
ISBN: 978-0451464330
Page Count: 320
My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.


REVIEW


Another excellent thrill ride from Faith Hunter.

I really enjoyed this. The last book ended on a pretty major cliffhanger. I seem to recall having to resist the urge to throw it across the room it was that bad. And so it was with eager anticipation that I began this story. And I can safely say, it was well worth the wait.

Jane is a very likeable MC. I love her Cherokee heritage, I love her cool, calm demeanour, I love that she's one of the boys and has absolutely no idea how strikingly exotic people find her to look at. As if it's every day you see a six foot leather-clad woman with hair to her waist and more weapons and ammo strapped to one thigh than the entire British Armed Forces combined. She just rocks!

The story was great once again and you'll be glad to hear we got some answers to the question raised by the aforementioned cliffhanger. Although perhaps not nearly as much resolution as one might have hoped. There are still many questions up in the air and decisions to be made where Ricky Bo is concerned. I just don't know what to make of his character at the moment. He has me all befuddled. I sort of fell in love with him somewhere around book two. Then the terrible events of book three happened, and now, although I kind of forgive him for that- he was only doing his job etc, etc- I just don't know if I can fully trust him. He never seems to be able to switch the undercover cop persona off and seems incapable of telling the whole truth or giving a straightforward answer. I don't know, time will tell on that one, I guess. But it's all very intriguing.

Faith's writing style continues to improve book on book it seems. I know a couple of people who have read book one and found it kind of slow and over explanatory. Faith is certainly a very descriptive writer and because of Beast and Jane's heightened senses we always get a veritable cacophony of sounds and smells described in vivid detail. Sometimes it can get a bit much, but most of it I found truly stunning. She has great flow and sentence structure and it really is a joy to read. As an action lover would I be tempted to cut down some of the descriptions and get moving with the action? Possibly. But as I said, credit where credit's due, she is without doubt excellent at her craft and even more so now that she's more comfortable writing Jane and Jane's world.

I also really got a blast out of Jane's inner conversations with Beast in this one. Beast-speak took some getting used to but now that I am, I just find Beast's confusion over the things Jane says and thinks hilarious. They provided many moments of comic relief.

I will be picking up the next book, Death's Rival, as soon as it hits the shelves which apparently is sooner than usual, 2012 sometime. Can I get a whoop whoop?

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