Release Day Review: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter

May 4, 2017 Review 0

Release Day Review: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith HunterCold Reign by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
on May 2, 2017
Pages: 378
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: References to sex and rape.
4 Stars

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Action layered upon politics upon history, COLD REIGN is a procedural that doesn't slow down. Long time fans will enjoy Jane's ever developing relationships and magic, but even those new to the series will find lots to enjoy in this installment.

The Jane Yellowrock series has always been a mix of continuity and "I can't remember where I am in the series but damn this is fun".  COLD REIGN is even more "jump on board" enjoyable than most, as the risks facing Jane unfold with plenty of backstory and development.  Bruiser has never felt like much of his own character, but that is immaterial in the face of how he makes Jane feel.  Their happy domesticity is the reminder, again and again, of why Jane is happy with him (though I agree more with Beast, who is game to continue collecting mates).  There is also some intensely satisfying "look how great I'm doing" when Ricky-bo and PsyLED show up, and I'm not above taking petty pleasure in his pain.

COLD REIGN is vamp politics to the nth degree, but the main focus is on how all of these dangers could impact Jane and the people she loves.  It is this very human touch that makes the intrigue so satisfying, and ensures I'll be back for book twelve.

Series Titles:
  1. Skinwalker
  2. Blood Cross
  3. Mercy Blade - 4/4
  4. Raven Cursed - 4/4
  5. Death's Rival - 4/4
  6. Blood Trade - 4/4
  7. Black Arts - 4/4
  8. Broken Soul - 4/4
  9. Dark Heir
  10. Shadow Rites - 4/4
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  • Faith Hunter's books have a very no-nonsense writing style, with characters that do more than feel.  For another Urban Fantasy series that focuses more on action than introspection, try Laura Anne Gilman's Retrievers series.
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