Review – Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (4.5 Stars)

Posted August 22, 2017 by Nix in review / 4 Comments

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #1
Published by Penguin on 2009-07-07
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Suspense, UF
Pages: 336
Format: eBook

First in a brand new series from the author of the Rogue Mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is a supernatural skinwalker--one sharing her body with the soul of a mountain lion. When the rogue-vampire hunter is hired to hunt down a particularly nasty vamp, Jane is drawn into the steamy New Orleans vampire society where she learns the ins-and-outs of the "sane" vampire culture, more about her own Cherokee heritage, and we are drawn into a rousing, fast-paced thriller.

FTC : I bought this as part of the Jul Challenge. I then bought and read the entire series.

Hash-tags : #Urban-fantasy #strong-heroine #shapeshifters #vampires #smexy #reread #favourite #glommed-the-series

Quick Scores :

  • Plot : 5/5
  • Characters : 4.5/5
  • Romance : NA
  • Smexy scenes : NA

Nix Synopsis : 

Jane Yellowrock is a kick-ass vampire hunter with a mysterious past (even to her!) and a big secret; within her is the soul of creature and she can transform into other animals at will.

When she is hired by a Vampire to discover and take out a rogue vampire who threatens the Status Quo within New Orleans, Jane is dragged into a Supernatural world she has tried very hard to stay out of. The deeper she investigates, the deeper she falls into the politics and traditions of a very dangerous world. Not only that, she attracts the attention of three very different men, each who seem to want to uncover her secrets whilst keeping their own.

As the players in the supernatural world try to entangle her in their webs the situation becomes dangerous to Jane’s health. Even with the backup from her friends, things start to look ropey. Can her Beast save her? Can she save herself?

What I liked :

I glommed this series. Like, I read the whole goddamn thing in a week. I loved it. It’s unique, fast-paced and grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. I knew Jane’s secrets; I wanted to know what everyone else would do if and when they found out.

This series is written from Jane’s POV or from Beast’s. I loved them both (although I think Beast is my fave). I loved watching her try to navigate the supernatural world whilst pretty much everyone else in the book worked their arses off to drag her into it. She tries so hard to stick to her loner status but she’s too mysterious; they all have to know everything!

I also enjoyed the author’s voice. It was a unique style of writing (especially when reading the first animal POV scenes!) but to interweave the story so seamlessly with Jane’s Native American heritage made it so much more interesting. Faith Hunter also writes very good characters. From the mysterious vampires to Jane’s witchy friends, each  player in the tale was fantastic. It’s clear that we are setting up some sort of romance in this book (will it be boring Ricky, mysterious Bruiser or flamboyant Leo? Maybe it’s all three?) and I actually really want to know where we are going with that too.

The plot was fast-paced and I did not see where the book was going … believe me, that is high praise!

What didn’t work for me :

Ricky-boo is boring as fuck and full of himself. Seriously, I hoped he didn’t feature in the next books after this one (spoiler – he does) and that he disappeared into the Ether. I am still slightly irritated I didn’t get my wish.

One Line Review : 

A kick-ass heroine with a massive secret gets sucked into a world full of horny/creepy vampire’s whilst trying to solve crimes in this face-paced thriller.



4 responses to “Review – Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (4.5 Stars)

  1. Amy R

    So glad you loved this series, if you like audiobooks the narrator does a fantastic job with these books. You should also try Faith Hunter’s Soulwood series, it’s kind of a spin-off with some overlapping characters.

    • Nix

      I have wishlisted the series on audio…when my credits come in, I’m getting book one!

      I was thinking of the Soulwood series but wasn’t sure how much Rick was in it (I really didn’t like Rick in this series!)

      • Amy R

        I held off reading Soulwood because of my hatred for Ricky Bo but in the most recent Jane Yellowrock book it mentioned something that was a crossover to Soulwood so I decided to read it. While Ricky Bo is prominent in the books I now hate him less.

        • Nix

          Yeah, I feel I have to read it after the last book kind of wrapped up his particular douchery in a “read the other book” kind of way in a paragraph (I was confused for a while). It may be that I just hate him in the Jane books…. I shall mark it as TR.

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