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Broken Soul
Author: Faith Hunter
Reviewer: B.
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

BrokenSoul_Hi-ResContinuing her employment with Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans and most of the southeast, Jane Yellowrock has been through more, and lost more, than she ever imagined she would. Unfortunately, the challenges aren’t going to end anytime soon. With a delegation from the European vampires with conquest on their minds due to visit in the near future, Jane will have to work harder than ever before to maintain stability for her boss and his clan, as well as for the humans who will be affected, whether they’re party to the coming events, or not. Finally learning to coexist with her Beast, Jane is better, smarter, and stronger than in previous novels, but even that might not be enough to save her and those she’s come to care about when the fighting starts.

Unlike some series where there are only one or two standout characters, the Jane Yellowrock novels have a lot. Each and every character has a unique voice, even the more minor ones having carved out a distinct place for themselves by this point. Ms. Hunter has created a beautifully imperfect hero with Jane, who has only gotten better as her defenses have crumbled and been rebuilt, her previously impenetrable walls now being reinforced with her chosen family and allies. Leo Pellissier, on the other hand, is one of my favorite characters to hate. I absolutely loathe him right now, in fact, yet I can’t wait to see him again in the next book. As Jane’s “adopted brothers,” The Youngers have increasingly important roles to play in the series, for which I’m delighted. The list of notable characters continues to increase as this series goes on, and in Broken Soul, there really wasn’t a weak link that I could find.

Absolutely one of the best things about this story was the ongoing evolution of Jane’s love life. As in, she sort of actually has one again. While I don’t expect much in the way of romance with urban fantasy titles, I’ve been hoping that Jane would find some happiness in that department for a long time—and now, she’s finally found a little. Thanks to Leo, it was interrupted and temporarily spoiled, but still, it’s a wonderful start for a most deserving character. Jane has grown tremendously in so many ways since the beginning of the series, and it’s perhaps most evident in her acceptance that she and her Beast are worthy of love, and the bravery she shows in taking the chance.

Despite its length, Broken Soul moves fast. Every chapter is filled with battles and mysteries; old questions finally being answered even as new ones arise. When Jane stops for an infrequent rest (or collapses in her bed, to be more precise), I felt as drained as she does, her exhaustion a tangible feeling on the page. Dealing with the Mithrans is dirty business, the “nearly immortal” vampires having many human lifetimes to enact their vengeance and intrigues, and no compunction about their own duplicity. There is simply no way to deal with them and not lose a part of yourself, as was most clearly evidenced by Derek (another great secondary character) in this story.

Broken Soul is indisputably my favorite Jane Yellowrock story so far. I can’t recommend this book as a standalone, however, since every previous novel in the series has been just as packed with cumulative details, characters, and events as this one. Having followed Jane’s adventures from the beginning, I was able to keep up better than I had been in the preceding novels, and to really lose myself in the story. I couldn’t be happier with how Broken Soul ended, which, given how quickly fortunes change in this series, is sort of terrifying. But in the best way, as well-liked series tend to be. Jane isn’t done yet, though, and I’m very excited to see what wonderful torture Ms. Hunter will come up with next.

My Rating:  A, Loved It

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About the Book:

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….

Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher:
ROC
Series:
Jane Yellowrock #8
ISBN: #978-0451465955
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Format(s):
paperback (352 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8)

Reviews in the Series:
Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #3)
Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #4)
Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #5)
Blood Trade by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #6)
Black Water by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #6.5)
Black Arts by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #7)
Kicking It Anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

About the Author:

FaithHunter5SmallNew York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal urban thrillers.

Her long-running, bestselling, Skinwalker series features Jane Yellowrock, a hunter of rogue-vampires. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality. She has a new paranormal crime solving series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, who can siphon away the magic of others, to be released in late 2015.

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, thrillers, women’s fiction, a medical thriller series, and even historical religious fiction. As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in 1995 in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in 2008. Under all her pen names, she has over 30 books in print in 29 countries.

Faith is a founding member of MagicalWords, a writing forum at www.magicalwords.net geared to helping writers of fantasy and other genres.

For more, including a list of her books, see www.faithhunter.net , www.gwenhunter.com  and www.magicalwords.net. To keep with her, join her fan pages at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter

Giveaway:

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  • Janet Walden-West

    Jane Yellowrock is easily my favorite UF series. Although Darynda Jones Charley Davidson, C E Murphy’s Walker Papers, and M L Brennan’s Gen V are in the top 5.

    • That’s an impressive list! I have the Gen V series on my TBR!

    • B.

      I have really grown to love this series, so it’s good to hear that others enjoy it, too. I haven’t read the others you’ve listed, but I’m adding them to my TBR pile!

  • This 8th installment was your fav to date? Now that’s something! I shelved this series after book 3 because although it was good, I wasn’t exactly wowed by it, and had difficulty reviewing ’em as a result. I’m sure that I’ll give Jane a 2nd chance eventually…

    • I know that B. adores this series, but I haven’t yet tried it. I do love when books get better and better!

    • B.

      I really did enjoy this one the most so far. I do get what you’re saying, though. Jane was a difficult character for me for a long time, but I think she’s very different at this point. The scars are showing and she’s better, in general, for it. It also helps that some of the busier parts of the series have had time to settle, and seem easier to follow. If you do start reading it again, I hope it’ll pick up for you better, and that you’ll enjoy it!

  • Mud Mymudes

    This character has grown so much in this series. She’s gained a certain amount of humanity, friends, and even a family support system. And definitely a little more depth and emphasis on the friend part… Love it@

    • Character growth and development is the key to long-running series.

    • B.

      Absolutely! I love her new reliance on the few others she’s come to trust. She’s still not comfortable with it, but that’s part of what I liked so much about her this time. I thought it was a good story all-around.

  • My favorite would be between this, Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones, and Molly Harper’s series. It would be hard to pick just one 🙂

    • I need to read the Molly Harper series! I’ve read one of her books and found it absolutely delightful.

      • The Jane Jameson series is delightful. Something about a ex-librarian being shot while someone is deer hunting and getting turned into a Vampire is just fun! Plus you haven’t experienced Dick Cheney yet —he is my ultimate book boyfriend 🙂

      • B.

        I’m adding these to my TBR list, too! The Jane Jameson series sounds fantastic!

      • Oh… I’ve met Mr. Cheney, albeit briefly, in the one book I read: A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses. 🙂

  • Brenda R.

    The Jane Yellowrock series is my favorite UF series! I’m really looking forward to this book! Other favorites include the Mercy Thompson and Rachel Morgan series.

    • I’ve just started Mercy Thompson and I’m loving it!

  • Joylyn

    I have to say this series and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews are my two favorite. Really hard to choose! I have also really been enjoying The Others series by Anne Bishop.

    • Love Kate!

    • B.

      I love The Others, too! I have re-read the first two in the series several times, and can’t wait for the next one!

  • Cate S.

    lol I don’t have just ONE anymore! Night Tracker by Cheyenne McCray, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Anita Blake, Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep & Black Wings by Christina Henry are among my top ones though. 😉

    • OMG… I LOVE Black Wings… I don’t know too many people that read it. I am reading Black Spring next!

      • B.

        There are so many good ones! I want them all. I haven’t read Black Wings, but It sounds like a must-read!

  • Alicia Obertin

    Jane Yellowrock and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews are my two favorites.

  • I can’t pick just one 🙁

  • Teresa Brewer

    This is one of those few series I preorder before the release. Faith Hunter and Ilona Andrews are my favorite writers. I can’t wait for broken soul the wait is killing me.

  • Jess1

    Since I started late in reading the UF, PNR and Steampunk genres, I’m still trying to catch up, especially since there are so many long series out there. I would pick the Mercy Thompson series as my favorite. I really like the Kate Daniels series too.

    I’ll have to write down this series too.

  • Elizabeth

    Hmmm kate daniels

  • Texas Book Lover

    Don’t shoot me but I have yet to read this series. I am working on collecting all the books and once I have them all will devour them all at once! I recently read Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series and loved it and am on book 5 of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series which is really good too!

    • I haven’t read it either, so no worries! It’s on my list!

  • Lanie Adams

    I love Jane Yellowrock, Alpha and Omega, Anita Blake, The Hollows series. 😀

    • I’ve heard The Hollows is amazing. It’s on my list.

  • Kia C.

    Faith Hunters ‘Jane Yellowrock’ series and Kim Harrisons ‘The Hollows’ are by far the best UF books out there!

    • Sounds like a lot of people agree with you!

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    This series is at the top of my favorites list. I love Jane, Beast, Leo, Bruiser and the rest of the crew. Others that are on the top are Kate Daniels, Charley Davidson, October Daye and The Dred Chronicles.

    • Charley is one of the funniest series out there!

  • Pam Blome

    I have several favorites, including Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson, and Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye, but Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock is the best!!

  • sony killian

    What is your favorite Urban Fantasy series? I have so many that I love to read. I love to read Kim Harrison, Karen Chance, Keri Arthur, Alyson Noel, Jennifer Estep, P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast…. so many to read and all so good!

  • Jennifer Mobley

    I love Jane!!

  • Zee

    The Jane Yellowrock series along with Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompsone series and Kim Harrison’s Hollows Series are my favorite right now.

  • Melanie Simmons

    This is the series that everyone is talking about and I haven’t read.

  • MBH

    Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

  • James35

    I love the Jane Yellowrock it’s one of the series out there

  • DariaL

    Jane Yellowrock is definitely one of my favorite series as is Kate Daniels

  • M Lackland

    Yellowrock series is good. I also enjoy the Dresden files lots. I have an addiction.

  • Dawn Cavenee

    My favorite series is Darynda Jone’s Charley Davidson, but my other favorites are: both series of Faith Hunter, Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinals of New Orleans, Kim Harrison’s Hallows, and Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Erika B.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series!

  • Judith

    Jane Yellowrock series is by far my favorite. Kim Harrison’s Hollows is a close second.

  • LynnL

    Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I like the Jane series but her love life or lack thereof drives me batty. And Ricky Bo! Oy!!!! He needs a trip to the wood shed.

  • Jill Jennings

    I am not blowing smoke here, but will say the Jane Yellowrock series is my favorite…and I have read ALOT of books..i read really fast and sadly lament the gaps in new books being released…right now I am finishing up Black Water…can’t wait for Broken Soul….being in the South, part Cherokee, and ex Army…well…she is my alter ego just about! Just wish I was a few inches taller lol….and that I could wear her leathers lol…other than this series there is a series by Laken Cane, the Shiv Crew series that I enjoy also…plus too many others to count….have invested so much in amazon is all I will say there…

  • Traveldog

    Jane Yellowrock is So Much Fun

  • Carl Fox

    I am just starting with Jane Yelloerock series (on book#3) but enjoying immensely.

  • Michelle Willms

    This is such a horrible question. I have so many UF series I love. There’s JT Geissinger, Cynthia Luhrs, Darynda Jones, and the list goes on. My mind simply goes blank whenever I’m challenged to select anything approximating a favorite.

  • Shannon Quinn Nicole

    I’m partial to Richelle Mead’s Sucubus Blues series.

  • bn100

    Don’t have a fav; haven’t read many

  • sandra nichols

    I cannot wait for Broken Soul. Jane Yellowrock is my favorite heroine

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