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Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

Broken SoulTitle: Broken Soul

Author: Faith Hunter

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane Yellowrock (Book #8)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: Paperback, 329 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451465954 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451465955 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs….

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….

Quick & Dirty: Jane finds herself in trouble again, with a light dragon and a deadly trio on her tail in this fast paced addition to the Jane Yellowrock series.

Opening Sentence: Visiting the Master of the City of New Orleans was always challenging, but it was worse when he was in a mood.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Life has never been simple for Jane Yellowrock, and her current situation is no different. She keeps getting attacked by a light dragon, with no knowledge of what it really is or how to stop it. She’s being courted by Bruiser, and while interested, she’s still nursing some hurt left in Rick’s wake. She’s trying to prepare for the European vampires’ upcoming visit – and by prepare, we mean training in various fighting styles so she can handle all the duels that will be coming her way. To top it all off, a deadly trio known as Satan’s Three is in town, and they’re looking for Jane. Nothing is ever simple, is it?

I have never been so happy to be so wrong about a series after reading the first book. I was less than impressed with the first two books in this series, but I have since become a complete Jane Yellowrock convert. I can’t read these books fast enough. Thankfully, this book is no different. It’s fast paced, and full of all of the things I have come to love about this series.

First off, I adore Jane. I love how she so tough and yet vulnerable at the same time. She’s adjusted to having a family in the form of Eli and the Kid, and it’s great to see her so comfortable with them. I also love how her relationship with Beast has evolved over the course of the series. When the series first started, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about Beast and really didn’t like the parts that were narrated by her. As the books and their relationship has progressed, however, Beast’s appearances have come to be some of my favorite parts of the book. I’m very interested to see how their relationship continues to evolve.

I can’t do a review of a Jane Yellowrock book without mentioning Bruiser. To all Bruiser fans: our patience up to this point has been greatly rewarded in this installment. Greatly. Rewarded. There was plenty of Bruiser to go around in this one, and I am just so happy that we got to see so much of him. The exposure to him in this book just solidified my opinion that he is the best option for Jane in the Bruiser, Jane, Rick triangle.

As for the plot of the book itself, I have no complaints. It was fast paced – although it did take a bit to get underway, as is the case with many of the books in this series. Once the action picked up, it was a very hard book to put down. There were some developments that have me very interested to see what’s going to happen next. All in all, aside from the slow start, I have nothing but praise for this installment in the Jane Yellowrock series. If you haven’t started it yet, do yourself a favor, and get the first book in the series ASAP!

Notable Scene:

“I thought for a long time about how to approach you. I thought about jewelry, or a Harley. I have a beautiful, fully restored Indian I thought you might like. I thought about a piece of Cherokee pottery I have somewhere, packed away. But each of those things touches on only a part of you.”

I tilted my head, watching out hands, not his face. His hands were well formed, fingers slender and strong.

Not reacting in my silence, Bruiser went on. “I chose these things because they seemed to speak to the heart of you. To the deep darkness that is part of you. That still, lightless, solemn place where, I think, no one has ever gone.”

My hand tightened, ever so slightly, when he described me, the hidden me, the soul home where all that I was, and all that I am, and all that I might someday become, lived. My soul home, in the tribal fashion, was a cave, an empty cave, with water-smoothed rock walls, and a fire pit in the center.

“You have honor,” Bruiser said. “That is a rare quality in this world.” He lifted my hand and pressed my knuckles to his mouth. His lips were hot and firm on my icy flesh.

I was now breathing too fast and shallow and I felt the cold prickles of hyperventilation.

“Men don’t think to give you flowers,” he murmured, his lips moving on my skin before he let our hands drop, still clasped, “because you have the heart of a warrior. The soul of a priestess. The heat of a long-burning fire. But we should give you flowers, all of us, if for nothing but to share their wonderful fragrance and beauty.” He smiled slightly, his lips moving in my peripheral vision. His thumb stroked the skin on the back of my hand, once, twice, slowly. “That is why the flowers. The catnip, that quiet, delightful scent, is for your beast, the cat I saw you become, one night.”

I pulled in a slow, nearly painful breath. Smelling the catnip.

Inside, Beast rolled over, paws in the air, and purred.

Jane Yellowrock Series:

1. Skinwalker

2. Blood Cross

3. Mercy Blade

4. Raven Cursed

4.5 Have Stakes Will Travel

5. Death’s Rival

6. Blood Trade

6.3-6.5 Black Water

7. Black Arts

8. Broken Soul

9. Dark Heir

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

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