Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Tour / #Review / Giveaway - Dark Queen by Faith Hunter (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Jane Yellowrock # 12
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: ACE/Penguin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

Dark Queen is the 12th installment in author Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series. Series overview for those who haven't :::shocked face:: read the series yet. Warning number one: don't think you can jump into this story without having read the previous books in the series. Doesn't work, and there is so much that has happened that you will be utterly confused and disappointed. Second, this is an urban fantasy series featuring shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, who both works for vampires and hunts them in the city of New Orleans.

Along with Beast, her constant companion, Jane has made a name for herself as someone not to take lightly. She stands as Enforcer for Leo Pellisier, the Master Vampire of the City of New Orleans, and something else which hasn't been explained. For an extended storyline now, the author has laid the groundwork for what is to come. She has given every opportunity for fans of this series to be ready for anything and everything that can happen. 

This is the book that Jane and her allies, vampires, witches, werewolves, and humans, must stand and fight against the European Vampires who have desired to take control of Leo's territories as well as the entire United States. The so called Sangre Duello will be the highlight of the entire story, but don't ignore the arrival of a shocking new character who arrives and upturns Jane's life. This wouldn't be a Jane Yellowrock story without plenty of action, and mystery. 

Yes, we do get more than our fair share of Beast as well as as past that Jane is only now coming to remember. Yes, we do get more than our fair share of Jane and Bruiser. I am holding my breath trying not to let in spoilers to this review. So far I think I've done okay. Especially since this is part of the books blog tour. Let me say this; be prepared for anything to happen. Be prepared for the return of characters who are new, and old. 

There are characters who are loved, and not so much. By the way, I love the relationship between Molly and Jane. I am happy their issues have been resolved, and yes, Molly is nobody you should mess with. I also love how much respect and love Jane has for her partners/brothers Eli and Alex Younger even the prickly Edmund Hartley has found himself a home with Jane. When I finished this book, I immediately went on Goodreads and posted this. "If someone spoils the ending of this book for anyone, they'll be hell to pay."

Seriously folks. If you've read this book, don't go posting any spoilers. What happens at the end of this book, and to Jane herself and others should be a surprise and let's leave it at that. I'd love to ask the author questions about why she did what she did, but I trust her in that she knows what she's doing. This book is an end of a very long story arc that has seen Jane face her own past, her relationships with best friend Molly, Leo, Edmund, Gee, while forming a wonderful relationship with Bruiser that is much, must more appealing than Jane's previous loser. She has so much more ahead of her that I will be looking forward to the 13th installment.

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BIO – New York Times and USA Today bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.


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  1. I can't really answer that question as I'm only about 5 books in and I don't know what's really going to happen :) thanks for the fun spotlight and giveaway! I'm really enjoying this series and I"m trying to to glom too fast.

  2. Thanks so much for joining in the blog tour for this book. So many of us are waiting to see what all the new fuss is about, anxiously awaiting our own copies. Great review! P. Easter

  3. *wails*
    My case of can't wait just got exponentially worse!!

  4. May 1st is so close, yet so far away!

    1. As for what I hope to see in the series, I'd love for Jane to need to partner with the Psy-LED squad.

  5. What I want to happen most will NEVER happen since Rick got his own series! lol I’ve never been a fan of Bruiser as Jane’s beau.

  6. I'd like to see more of the cross over in the Soulwood series and I love Angie Baby so I would like to have more of her as well.

  7. I would love Yo See some final resolution between Jane and Rick. Their story seems unresolved and in constant limbo.

  8. I would love to see an Angel Baby spinoff.

  9. I would love to see Jane remember her past fully and find peace with it. Oh, and more of Molly and her family!

  10. I want to see Jane stick with the family she’s made and of course Bruiser.

  11. More of Molly and her family! Angie is the best.

  12. I work outdoors and have the series on my iPhone. I have listened to the whole series many, many times. I cannot wait to listen to book 12 and add it to my favorites! Although....I roll my eyes when Jane goes all guilty and unsure of herself. Fight girl! LOL

  13. I don’t want the series to end. It’s one of my all time favorites. Jane and Beast are best hunters!

  14. Id like to see her pair up with psy-led. Maybe a different version then Ricks. But really i love the series so Ill take whatever Faith gives us!

  15. I enjoyed your review and appreciate the lack of spoilers. Looking forward to reading it myself.

  16. I would like Jane to meet another skinwalker, a sane one.

  17. See Jane kick Leo's butt better then she did before

  18. For Jane to find happiness and to finally have all her memories back. Love this series.

  19. I can't wait for May 1st. I would really like for her and Bruiser to get their HEA. I also love Molly and her family! Can't wait ��

  20. I want Jane to find happiness and peace with her past.

  21. So many things - mostly that those that I love survive, that they defeat the Europeans, and have some happy-we-survived time.