Today, I am really happy to be part of the Tour for Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter. I have read, and loved the book, and I can’t big it up enough. My review will be up soon but for today, enjoy an excerpt and a chance to win ……
Jane Yellowrock must dig deep and find strength within herself if she is to survive in the latest novel in this New York Times bestselling series.
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal–or to die–from the disease brought on by her magic. But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills.
With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.
Genre : UF, Paranormal, Violence
Nix GoodReads Shelves : Paranormal, romance, violence, magic, part of a series, First – POV, Dual-POV, series-arc, illness.
Content Warnings: Illness. Graphic Violence. Violence towards children. Torture. Mind violation.
Writing Style : First POV
Jane and Beast are back in fine form but this book feels like an ending of sorts – I have no idea what is next or even if there is a next.
Jane and Beast work together more closely than they ever have, all the hurts and recriminations put towards one side whilst they come together to defeat the SOD and save everybody from becoming Vampire food. It is their book more than it is anything else and I loved it, even though it made me quite sad. Jane is weak and sick in this book but, I have to say, I was very surprised at how lightly everyone let her off around her actions during the previous book. Beast is not sick but Beast is tired. In this book, their entire history together is brought into the light and it made me so sad – the sacrifices imposed on Beast by Jane as a child, the sacrifices made by Jane for literally everyone else out of guilt for those same events .. I just wanted them both to get some happy.
Unfortunately, this big bad is the original big bad, more deadly and depraved than anything they have ever seen .. happy is on the back-burner!
The gang all feature in the book, with Molly (the worst best-friend in the world) and the kids taking a major role. The Younger’s, Bruiser, Soul .. all the major players that are in this world are actively involved in its resolution and I love them all. With the exception of Soul. Soul is the worst.
I just can’t seem to review this book without giving away major spoilers so I will just say that a LOT happens in this book. All the little threads that have ran through the previous 11 books come together in this book, answering questions that you didn’t know you had and bringing everything together into one spectacular plot. It was not, by any stretch of the imagination, an easy book to read. There is so much going on, with so many references to previous books, that I had to take it slow or miss something. It was worth it.
I feel that the content warnings that I have above don’t fully tell the story of this book. This book is war and it a war waged to be won by any means possible. There is graphic depictions of violence, torture and brutality. Jane and Beast have to face down the most ancient of beings and not everyone is going to come out OK.
Favourite Moment :
Bruiser. All the Bruiser/Jane moments make me swoon.
Least Favourite Moment :
I really, really dislike Soul and struggled with all of her scenes … she is just so different to the Soul in the early books.
High but not yet … I need to give myself some time before I do.
Faith Hunter is the New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, the Soulwood series, and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the author of 16 thrillers under pen the names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. She has 40+ books in print.
Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunder storms, and writes. She likes to cook soup, bake homemade bread, garden, and run Class III whitewater rivers. She edits the occasional anthology and drinks a lot of tea. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain’t.