Review: DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter

October 7, 2012 Review 1


Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5)


(Jane Yellowrock, #5)
by Faith Hunter

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by:  Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451464850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464859


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

One sex scene, references to sex


Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.


DEATH’S RIVAL was an excellent mix of action, investigation, and surprising personal changes for Jane Yellowrock. The story barely gave me a chance to breath either from the frantic action scenes or the imminent danger Jane was in in each encounter with a vampire. I enjoyed the  murder mystery story feel in this book as the bad guy is a unknown resulting in Jane playing detective visiting various vampire houses. It was a great way to learn more about how vampire society works and how they live in this world.

Jane remains one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines in part due to her willingness to keep on fighting even in the direst of situations and in part to the shear amount of weaponry she carries on her body.  I also loved learning more about Jane’s past which brings some more revelations about what happened to her and her family.

One of the relationships I enjoy the most is Jane and Beast with their hilarious banter and sometimes very different reactions to situations, vampires, and men. I especially like it when Beast takes control and we see her perspective of the events and her mating choices much to the dismay of Jane. There were some changes between Jane and Beast’s bond that has me wondering what this will mean for Jane in future books. The final result of Jane’s actions in working with the vampires on this investigation and her changing bonds is a big shocker and left me impatiently waiting for the next book.

DEATH’S RIVAL is a thrilling mystery with epic action scenes and a kickass heroine with claws and fangs.  The sixth book in the Jane Yellowrock series; BLOOD TRADE comes out April 2, 2013.

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One Response to “Review: DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter”

  1. neal b

    Hate having to write this again, my bad. Just sayin’ the book was great, Faith delivers and Jane and Beast are so interesting. What happens with Leo really makes me want to know where Faith is going with this, but I would love to see Jane get some down (and dirty) time with at least one of her paramours, preferably Ricky Bo..