Series: Jane Yellowrock #7
Published by Roc on January 7, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost...
When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.
BLACK ARTS is possibly the best Jane Yellowrock book to date. With a perfect balance of action, relationships, magic, and healing, fans will love it and new readers will get sucked in. BLACK ARTS has reinvigorated my interest in Jane Yellowrock like I'm discovering her and Beast for the first time.
One thing that has slowed me down reading this series has been difficulty keeping track of the story from book to book. Any vampire politics outside Leo and Bruiser often fades from memory, and I have struggled to remember past events. With BLACK ARTS, Faith Hunter unobtrusively orients new readers (or fans that are a few books behind), without slowing the current plot down at all. Jane's world is in flux as many of her key relationships change and grow. More than the parochial question of "who dates who", Jane is finding her place in the ever growing web of adopted family and power around her. I love her interactions with Beast, I love her nesting with Eli and the Kid, and I love how Jane's memories and mysteries are coalescing upon wholeness and forgiveness. In fact, my least favorite piece of the book was something I'd normally applaud, a cameo from the heart-pounding Ricky-Bo. Rick pops up just long enough to remind readers that as much progress as Jane makes in BLACK ARTS, there are still some major love life decisions looming on the horizon.
While "will she/ won't she" tension between Jane and Rick seemed silly in comparison to the life altering events around them, I'm eagerly awaiting the book that will bring Jane and Beast as much clarity in their love lives as BLACK ARTS brought to their friendships and alliances. In the meantime, however, BLACK ARTS was the most satisfying, entertaining, and uplifting Jane Yellowrock book that I've read in quite some time. Sure, Jane has more ground to cover, but in the meantime, she's kicking butt just fine.
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