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…
Broken Soul shows once again why the Jane Yellowrock series is one of my top 5 Urban Fantasy series still going strong. With the pending arrival of a delegation from the European Mithrian Council, the desire of the council to gain powerful artifacts from Leo Pellissier, and Leo's intentions towards Jane not fully understood, Jane is definitely on edge.
After being tasked by Leo to ensure the safety of his kingdom, while keeping everyone, including her own partners Alex and Eli safe, things take an interesting twist. Jane's own collection of artifacts, including The Blood Diamond, comes into play. Jane has no idea how dangerous things can and will become until she is betrayed, and faces formidable enemies with the ultimate goal of Leo's destruction. Jane will have to use abilities previously out of her reach, in order to stay alive, and keep fighting the good fight.
One of the more interesting dynamics of this series has been the relationship between Beast and Jane. Broken Soul digs even deeper into their ability to continue to co-exist. One cannot push aside their story as cannon fodder, and not be interested in what happened in their past, or how they are able to switch places. I thought Hunter did a fantastic job of bringing understanding between Beast and Jane after years of antagonism, while finally giving them amazing new abilities that have been lingering for awhile now.
One part of this series has always left a bit leery but not enough to throw up my hands and scream, is that of Jane's relationships with savory men. Thankfully for readers like me, Rick the dick doesn't show his face at all. Oh, sure, he's there in spirit but his participation is no longer necessary or required to ensure Jane's happiness. I will say that I am kind of torn towards Jane's new love. I still remember his previous actions, and haven't quite forgiven him for them. However, I remain ever faithful that Hunter knows what she is doing.
Broken Soul is filled with action, a bit of romance, a mysterious character found in the basement of Vamp HQ, and situations where lesser characters would throw up their hands, and run away screaming into the night. I continue to enjoy the family style relationship Jane has with Eli and Alex. They keep Jane sane and thankfully, they have her back when the chips are down.
It will be interesting for me to see what happens next in Dark Heir, the 9th installment. Especially since it is expected that the Europeans will play more of a role. If you haven't started reading this series yet, I encourage you to pick it up and start NOW! Hey, what's another book to add to your Mt. Everest of TBR piles? Especially when you have a character who keeps you thoroughly entertained like Jane does.
Author - Faith Hunter
Title - Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock # 8)
Published by ROC
Released: October 7, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback 336 pages