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Review: Black Arts by Faith Hunter

Black ArtsTitle: Black Arts

Author: Faith Hunter

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane Yellowrock (Book #7)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Format: Paperback, 325 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451465245 (ROC/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451465245 (ROC/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost…

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

Quick & Dirty: Jane Yellowrock must balance her duties as a friend with her duties as Leo’s Enforcer in this gripping addition to the Jane Yellowrock series.

Opening Sentence: The crash shook the house, sounding as though the front wall had exploded.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This is one of those series that makes me happy I have a rule about always reading the first two books in a series before deciding if I want to continue it or not. I was not thrilled with the first book, but now at book 7, this is quickly becoming a favorite series of mine. As with all the Jane Yellowrock books, this one is full of action from the start and extremely hard to put down.

Jane is settling back into New Orleans life after returning from the previous book’s trip to Natchez. One night, Big Evan shows up unexpectedly at her door, with his kids in tow. Evan is furious, demanding to know where Molly is. Jane, not having seen or talked to Molly since an incident a few books ago, is understandably confused. Evan shows her a note Molly left, saying she was going to see Jane. “The Kid” is able to track her to New Orleans hotel, but then the trail goes cold. The scents in the room lead Jane to the conclusion that Molly has been taken by vamps. Now, she is on a mission to find her friend before it’s too late. Add to that the fact that Leo has a case for her, and Kitty has two girls who’ve gone missing, and life certainly isn’t dull for our favorite skinwalker.

I have always liked Jane. I love tough heroines, and she fits that description perfectly. Her snarky personality and tendency to give people nicknames just make me like her even more. I like how in these last couple of books, she’s let her guard down a little, at least in regards to Eli and The Kid. They’ve created a great little well-armed family. I also love her relationship with Beast, and while we don’t see a ton of Beast here, what we do see is excellent and makes me very excited to see how their relationship progresses from here.

The one thing I have never liked about this series, and the aspect that has kept the last couple of books from being 5 stars for me, is the love triangle. I have disliked Rick from book 1, and just can’t bring myself to feel anything other than annoyance whenever Jane will go on and on about him. I’m Team Bruiser all the way, so bring on more Bruiser action! Despite my clear preference for one person over the other, at this point, I just want Jane to make up her mind. It’s been going on for 7 books now. Make a decision! I might grumble a bit depending on her final choice, but at least the uncertainty will be over.

All in all, this book is everything I’ve come to expect from this series: nonstop action with a great main character and secondary characters who leap off the page. Fans of Jane Yellowrock will definitely not be disappointed!

Notable Scene:

“But Leo hurt you. And you’re staying anyway.”

I nodded.

Softer, she said, “He hurt you, and you would do that to someone else?”

My old pal guilt squirmed under my skin. Knowing I was slipping down some slippery slope, ever farther away from any kind of high ground, I said, “Every blood-servant here has been drunk from. Every one of them signed away their rights to personal freedom. Being here, being dinner, isn’t against their will. No one’s going to refuse being sipped on except the ones holding out on me. I won’t force them, but they will be turned over to Leo for judgment.”

“And you think them signing a piece of paper is an excuse to let a Mithran hurt them?” This time her tone was curious, as if she were peeling back the layers of me to see what rotted underneath, at the heart of me.

“They signed a contract. You’re a lawyer; you know what that means. I could ignore it, but that person might have other orders, like, to kill Leo in his sleep, or set off bombs during the gather. Orders that will kill people, Del. Humans. Vamps. People I like. People I don’t like but have sworn to protect. So yes. I’ll hurt the guilty.”

“And how will you know they’re guilty?”

I smiled grimly. “I’ll know.”

Jane Yellowrock Series:

1. Skinwalker

2. Blood Cross

3. Mercy Blade

3.5 Cat Tales

4. Raven Cursed

4.5 Have Stakes, Will Travel

5. Death’s Rival

6. Blood Trade

7. Black Arts

8. Broken Soul (October 7, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: ROC/Penguin provided me with a copy of Black Arts. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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