Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Shadow Rites
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Roc
Jane Yellowrock Book #10
ISBN:   0451465970
ISBN13: 9780451465979
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Jane Yellowrock has her hands full in the latest novel in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).
Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story...
Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.

A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

I loved everything about SHADOW RITES from beginning to end.

Jane's house is full again when the Youngers come for the witch conclave—which does not go as planned by the way. I love when they visit and the interactions with Angie and Little Evan are getting more entertaining—and a bit scary— as they grow up. On top of that Jane is forced to add yet another member—or three—to her household. She might have been hesitant about her new housemates, but they did a lot of good in SHADOW RITES and I think they will continue to be a good addition to Jane's little family.

Speaking of Jane's little family. I love Eli and Alex. They are a great team and I can't imagine her without them now. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Jane and George's relationship. It is really coming along and watching them grow closer makes my heart smile, they make a really great couple.

The Jane Yellowrock series never lacks action. Every book is full of bad guys and Jane kicking ass. Her life—and those she loves—are usually in danger and SHADOW RITES is no different. Thankfully everyone makes it through the book intact even though they were a little banged up at times.

Will the European vampires finally visit in book 11? Only one way to find out and I will be the first in line to read it.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.