Format Read: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Release Date: January 5th 2010
Formats Available: Paperback, e-book
Purchasing Info: Good Reads, Book Depository, Author’s Website
As a vampire hunter and skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock is public enemy number one in the vampire community – even though she’s also the key to their survival. Now she’s about to learn that working for the enemy can be just as dangerous as hunting them.
The Vampire Council of New Orleans has hired Jane to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules. But she quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.
With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries – and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.
Blood Cross is the second book in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Skinwalker, this review might be a bit spoilery but I’m being as vague as I can.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed reading the first book in the series but Blood Cross was even better.
Jane Yellowrock is a Skinwalker, she can change into the animal of her choice (but not without a price). But Jane is also sharing her body with the soul of a Mountain Lion that got accidentally trapped in her a long time ago (as in a LONG long time ago) : Beast. I loved the dual identity, Jane is sometimes Beast, Beast is sometimes Jane, and sometimes she’s both. You can never mistake who’s the narrator, Beast and Jane have a very different voice. Anyway, her true nature is a secret and only her best friend and her daughter (both witches) knows the truth about her. For the rest of the world Jane is only the best kick ass Vampire Hunter you can find.
Speaking of her best friend Molly, she’s visiting Jane with her children (Angelina and little Evan) and I can’t say enough how I love little Angelina. Angelina is a very powerful 6 years old witch with very interesting powers. I wish the story had let us see more of her, I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It felt like Angelina wasn’t in danger at all and could have saved herself if only she’d tried. But that’s not a big issue.
If I had to compare Jane to another book character it would be Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher…I know it looks like they have pretty much nothing in common but it felt that way. Where Jane goes trouble is never far, just like Harry Dresden. The feel of the book is very similar to the Dresden Files (which is a very good thing).
The story is a bit complex when it comes to Vamp politics, many factions, many families, many enemies, it was a bit confusing sometimes to get it all right but never so much that I’d lose interest. The story is full of action and I loved it, I had a hard time closing this book.
There’s a little bit of romance going on in this book and I think it deserves mentioning. Let’s just say that Jane is caught kissing (and a bit more *wriggles eyebrows*) 2 guys in this book, yes there’s a love triangle of some sort. There’s Bruiser, Blood servant of the city Vamp Master Leo Pellissier …Bruiser is HOT (yes that’s my point of view), he’s also very intriguing and I just LOVE the interactions between the two of them. There are several sensual/hot scenes that are worth mentioning, let’s say one of them includes the floor of a limo. I love Bruiser (By the way it’s not his real name, that’s the nickname Jane gave him, she’s very good at giving nicknames).
The other one is Rick Lafleur, we met him when he was undercover in Skinwalker and now he’s a ‘regular’ cop (If you call wearing a tie with farm animals on it to annoy his boss, ‘regular’ lol), helping Jane. Rick shows a growing interest in her, and she can count on him when she needs him (Which is not the case with Bruiser, who’s bound to his Master). Beast likes them both and she’s making it difficult for Jane to resist the temptation. Beast wants to mate, it leads to some pretty funny situations.
I’m not happy with Jane’s choice in the end, but I can’t say much more without revealing which one she chose (after all I like them both). I’m hoping there will be a change in the next book, I think it’s still possible, there’s a little bit of hope at the end. If she stay with the one she chose I’ll accept it but I need more proof that they are good for each other, right now her decision feels too…rational.
I cannot wait for book #3 Mercy Blade, which will be released in January 2011. This series is really worth reading. Blood Cross is the best in the series so far and I recommend it to all the fans of Urban Fantasy with strong heroines. I give Blood Cross 4 bookies.
I purchased this book myself.
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