Series: Jane Yellowrock #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc on April 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Kristina
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line...
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
Got some really hard to kill vampires? Jane Yellowrock can get that job done and then some. In BLOOD TRADE Jane comes back with a vengeance from some difficult circumstances in the previous book. She’s not in a good place during the start of BLOOD TRADE so I was glad when she got some eventual resolution and worked through her issues by doing what she does best; killing vampires.
Unlike the previous books which tended to drag with a lot of character development and exposition, the plot in BLOOD TRADE moved a bit faster. The action scenes in are what I have come to expect in a Jane Yellowrock book; fast paced, brutal, and bloody. I am constantly amazed by the sheer number of weapons Jane can hide on her person and I love the detailed descriptions of the various types she and her friends use in their fights.
Speaking of friends, Jane’s partners, Eli and Kid have grown to become my favorite secondary characters as they help center Jane and give her a sense of a family. I also love the banter they share with Jane which helps compensate for the section where she isn’t conversing with Beast.
The only real miss in BLOOD TRADE is the ‘love triangle’ between Jane, Bruiser, and Rick. Nothing really changes with it and the lack of forward momentum just seemed to get in the way of the more interesting main plot.
Love triangle aside, BLOOD TRADE is a perfect blend of dark fantasy and mystery with a complex and tough vampire killing heroine. There is no release date for BLACK ARTS, but Roc has picked up three more novels in the Jane Yellowrock series so there is definitely going to be more Jane and Beast to look forward to!