Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith)

Posted October 5, 2014 by Jessica in Jessica, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 52 Comments

Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith)
Broken Soul by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #8
Published by Roc
Published on: October 7 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….


And I’m in a book funk again.

For me, that’s the mark of a truly great series—every time you venture forth into its world, ready for a new adventure with well-loved characters, the inevitable end hangs like a cloud . . .

You start the book like it’s water and you’re dying of thirst, but the further along you get, you begin to feel taunted . . . by the growing percentage of completion, or the diminishing number of pages . . . and then it’s over . . . until next time.

*gnashes teeth*

Yeah. You know what I’m talking about.

Such is my relationship with Jane Yellowrock . . .

Early in the series, a certain magical artifact began to complicate things for Jane. Since it’s first appearance, the blood diamond has changed hands several times, but even hidden away in a safety deposit box, there’s always someone (or something) who knows about it, and wants to get their hands on it.

Dangerous someones (or somethings). Remorseless and determined someones (or somethings).

It’s a problem.

So it’s not a surprise when Jane gets a call from a much abused (sounding) Reach, warning her that a couple of vamps found him, tortured him for information about her and Leo (that he gave up),  and oh, by the way, they were probably already in New Orleans, b/c all of this took place a WEEK ago, but he couldn’t call before now (b/c torture), that she assumed it (once again) had something to do with the blood diamond.

I’m not saying that it did, or it didn’t. I’m just saying it would probably be a good idea to go ahead and destroy the blasted thing, which has (supposedly) been the plan all along.

And if it can’t be destroyed, then she should take a boat into the middle of the ocean, turn herself in a bird, fly as far as she can and still make the return trip, and drop it.

Yes, I’ve given it some thought . . .

Much to my disappointment, the European Council of Mithrin vampires don’t make an appearance in this book, Hunter is saving that for Dark Heir, but never fear—there is PLENTY going on in Broken Soul to give fellow Jane fans their fix. Just b/c the Council fangheads aren’t stateside just yet, doesn’t mean there aren’t any European vamps in town, but I kind of felt like the villain in this installment took a backseat to other important plot developments. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this book felt like filler until the now thoroughly hyped-up Council vampires show up, it just didn’t feel as personal as I’m used to with the Big Bads in this series.

However, looking back, I think it was necessary—those previously mentioned developments feel mighty important to the future of Jane, and they more than made up for any perceived lack on the villain front. Without getting spoilery, some of those developments include:

  • Fun, new tricks with Jane and Beast
  • Something seriously freaky in the bowels of the vamp HQ (that I totally guessed, btw. Oh yeaaaaah).

Okay, so that’s all I can give you without spoilers.

On the character development front, Eli and Kid (aka Alex) continue to be a fun and colorful presence in Jane’s life. One of my favorite Eli quotes from the uncorrected proof is:

You hurt her and I’ll skin you alive and feed your carcass to the wild boars in the swamps. You copy?”

Hmm . . . I wonder to whom he’s speaking . . . and whom he’s talking about . . . Could Eli be talking to the man who brought Jane flowers, and when she didn’t know what to do with them, told her gently:

“They go in a vase. On the nighstand by your bed. Or on the kitchen table. Or on the coffee table in the living room. They go where you can see them most often, and, seeing them, remember that you deserve flowers.”

I just can’t say . . . *twirls mustache*

I can and will say that it is worth the wait. View Spoiler »

Broken Soul is just the latest fantastic installment in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, which continues to be one of my personal favorites in Urban Fantasy. Old questions are answered, new questions are raised, and though far (FAR *crosses fingers*) from being finished, lovers-of-Jane finally, FINALLY get some satisfaction in the a-male-worthy-of-the-heroine department.

For those of you who have been holding out for just this moment, your wait is over. For those of you waiting for other reasons, tell me why, and I will disabuse you of those notions. For those of you who have somehow made it this far without even hearing about Jane, that’s no longer an excuse. You’ve got until April to get ready for the European Mithrin invasion. The clock is ticking . . . *tick tock*

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.


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52 responses to “Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith)

    • LOL, I know what you mean. Sometimes I’ll put off reading the new installments until I have several that I can read back-to-back, but I can’t do that with this series—I love it too much 😉

    • Well, I’ll be sure to check in with you the next time I reread the series. It won’t be anytime soon, but if you still haven’t found someone (whenever that is), I’m your girl 😉

  1. you are making me want to go back reading this series.. i have read until book 5 and i need to check if i own book 6 and or 7 anyway i’m behind^^ Reach did gave up….from where i have read that doesn’t surprise me what surprise me is that he waited to be tortured before telling them what they wanted…. ) and yes why keep such an arttefact^^ rest assured we area lot to wonder at that^^
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    • I can’t remember if it was book 5 or book 6 that was rough for me, but it was one of them. I started getting really annoyed with Rick, and I just wanted Jane to pick someone. If that was your problem too, then lemme just say—it gets better 😉

  2. How have I not heard of this series before??? “One of your personal favorite UF series”?!? Seriously, that’s a lot of books for me to have missed. I’m baffled and slightly embarrassed. But guess what! I’m somewhat caught up on my reading list and I’ve been wanting to find a new UF series to fall in love with so Book 1 will be read soon. Great review as always!
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    • Like I need a cigarette, LOL. But seriously, if you do decide to check this series out, there may be 8 books out already, but they’re relatively quick reads. I think I read most of them in an afternoon 😉

    • I read Black Arts right before this one too, and it was a sucker punch. It probably wasn’t as bad for you though, b/c I’m pretty sure you already hated Rick . . . I was still hoping he’d pull his head out of his butt, but NOPE. Oh well . . . 😉

  3. OMG please tell me that the flowers are NOT from Rick. Even though I’ve only read the first book I still feel justified in saying that he’s a greasy gross guy. Say that 10 times fast! Clearly I need to power through a couple of these so that I know what the hell y’all are talking about with these blood diamond shenanigans cause I don’t have a clue. I’m so happy to hear that Jane and Best are still going strong this far into the series!!
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  4. I had forgotten about Jane Yellowrock. I have to take this up again, so many new books in this series since last time 😀 I just have to finish up with the Blood Destiny books first. I remember I really liked how the shifting process actually was time consuming, and potentially dangerous if she shifted to something smaller.
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    • YES. That’s one of my favorite things about this series—the hard and fast rules that apply to all the supes. I hate it when an author uses the supernatural has a blanket excuse to do whatever they want.