The MONSTER HUNTER FILES anthology is a brilliant view into the Monster Hunter International series through the lens of some of my favorite authors and some new authors I should explore in the future.
Author: Faith Hunter
URBAN ENEMIES is a pretty fun romp into the twisted minds of the bad guys from various urban fantasy series. There were of course some characters who I had no clue about. Luckily each story starts off with a general summary of the series the character(s) appear in so there was some idea of what was going on.
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 books have the distinction of being a long running series that I can’t keep track of at all but enjoy from book to book. I don’t know what makes details slide away, the similarity of Jane’s nicknames for people? The complexity of mythologies that always underpin the “big reveal” at the end? I know Ricky is gone (in a rather unsatisfying way), Jane and Beast are partners, and vampires are dangerous. Additional details are refreshed in the opening chapters.
A series best, BROKEN SOUL shows Beast and Jane growing ever more united during battle, investigation, and romance. With this new phase of their partnership comes power beyond anything Jane has wielded before, and a price that just might kill her. Not to worry, though, Beast has her back.
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.
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
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.
MERCY BLADE swept me back into a familiar series, carried me along without breath, and then spit me back out at my desk to write a review. In hindsight, I do have a few minor criticisms for this book, but at no time while reading did any of these issues slow me down. I gulped down the story and loved every minute, putting it down at 3 a.m. with an audible “Oooooh.” Talk about your cliff hanger endings, I can’t wait to pick up RAVEN CURSED when it comes out.