Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #2
Published by Roc
Published on: January 5 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night...
The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules — but Jane 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 begins with house guests, a power outage (b/c hurricane), and restless villagers.
And by “villagers” I mean “vampires.” FYI.
Molly is visiting Jane with Angie-baby and Little Evan while Big Evan is doing whoknowswhat in Brazil. Leo is deep in the dolore (<——when vamps fluctuate at varying levels of crazy b/c SAD), and sees Jane’s inability to call for help as an opportune time to seek revenge for thatwhichisnotherfault, and shows up with some of his top scions to literally burn Jane out of New Orleans.
With torches and gasoline and shit.
Dolore also means drama queen, I think.
But before things can get too heated (HA!), Angie strolls out on the upper balcony and starts asking questions/saying things like, “I like fire. Can I come play?” “What’s your name?” and “Mama says you eat people.”
*snickers* LAWD, I love that kid.
Fortunately, Leo isn’t so far gone that he wants to kill Jane badly enough to go through children to get to her. He warns her that, “This isn’t over,” exits, stage left, and leaves his scions raising their eyebrows, b/c he nearly had them burn a couple of kids alive, and as Master of the City, it’s his responsibility to be in the know about these kinds of things.
The next day George (aka Bruiser) shows up with a letter from Leo (handwritten on vellum, and sealed with wax and blood, b/c YEP, dolore = drama queen) ordering her to leave the city immediately after completing her contract with the vamp council, or else.
The contract is to find and eliminate the rogue vamp maker we were made aware of in Skinwalker, and it doesn’t take long for Jane to figure out that the rampaging baby vamps and a long-running string of disappearing witch children are connected.
Do you see where this is going?
YEP . . . not long after that both Bliss (one of Katie’s Ladies in denial about her witchy heritage) and Angie and Little Evan are kidnapped.<——so, so bad.
Molly is nearly killed in the attack, but Bethany (creepy, hella old out clan vamp) heals her, and when Jane shuts down emotionally, b/c 1. she’s bad with FEELS, and 2. she’s blaming herself for not making Molly leave when she found out about the missing witch children, BEAST takes over . . . yes, you read that correctly—Beast takes over, comforts Molly, and promises pain and death for “thief of kits.”
Beast is kind of badass.
In Skinwalker we learned that Jane spent an indeterminate number of years in cat form before wandering out of the woods in Jane form and being placed in a Children’s Home. Jane had no memory of being in cat form, and doesn’t shift again until she’s 18 and stumbles upon the ability. After that she’s aware of Beast’s presence, and sometimes Beast fights Jane for supremacy, but unless Janes’s in cat form, the most Beast can do is make her uncomfortable or seek petty revenge the next time Jane shifts.
Or so it seems . . .
In Blood Cross, Beast takes over Jane several times, and whether she’s able to do this as a result of Jane being off balance and emotionally distraught, or b/c she has more control than we originally thought, but exercises restraint, we don’t know . . . but it’s unnerving. It also provides valuable insight into what makes Beast tick.
And Beast isn’t the only character to benefit from this kind of development. We also learn oh-so-many interesting things about George, Rick, Angie, and about vampire history in general (if you’re the kind of person who views extremely altered versions of biblical events as origin stories for supernatural creatures as heretical, I’d skip this one). ALSO—there may or may not be some seriously HOT developments with one (or MORE) of the above mentioned men . . . it’s a possibility . . . *taunts* *blows nose at you* *maybe even throws a cow . . . *
All in all, a most satisfying second installment to the Jane Yellowrock series. Next up—Mercy Blade!
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Well, I’m happy to hear this second installment is quite good, and even if I’m not too big a fan of vampire drama queens your review has made me snickered in a pair of occasions, and that’s always a sign that I should at the very least check the first book of the series for sure!
Great review, Jessica!
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Drama queen! *snickers* So apt, Jessica! I used to love this series, and the first few books are really strong. This one was especially unnerving because of the poor kids. But last two books I kind of gave up on..:(Fabulous review as usual!
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This was my favorite, actually, and I really enjoyed the audio format. I was always a huge Bruiser fan for some reason so when things started taking a diffferent direction, I kind of gave up on the series altogether. I just can’t stand Rick, I’m afraid.
Sounds interesting. And a VERY detailed review. It sounds like it made a big impact.
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This is another UF series I really need to read. Hopefully I”ll get to it one day. =)))
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I know I have book 1, I won it at a blog, and of course I haven’t read it still. I haven’t read a good vamp book in a long ass time, I have to admit, I miss them fangers sometimes.
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LOL, you kinda have a way to made EVERY UF series you like AWESOME. The way you talk about the characters, perhaps. But no good for my TBR. I’d love to start Kate Daniels, by the way, but do you think I should finish a UF series before? Hmm…
Anyway, fantastic review! 😀
OMG, I can’t wait for you to debate me on The Kiss of Deception, LOL
SHE WAS NOT A GIGGLER, FYI. (IMO.)
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I love books about vampires and haven’t read this author yet. So many books so little time it seems. Thanks for letting us know about this one.
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Whoa there are a lot of them already. I was just hearing about this from a friend when we got together and she loved them too. One day hopefully I’ll make it to these 🙂
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Oh Beast, you naughty kitty! I’m soooo excited about this, Jessica, it’s not even funny. More Molly, more Angie, more Beast? Hell yes. But I have to say…I still think Ricky’s gross. *stomps foot* YOU’RE GROSS, RICKY! Bruiser/George/excellent dancer man all the way.
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sign me up. I have to read book one of course
Lovely review, badass Jessica
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I have the first book on audio…may have to start this series soon. It sounds very kickass endeed.
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I really want to start this series on audio, and I will someday! The narrator of the books is one of my favorites and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this!
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I literally JUST bought the first book on my Kindle for $2. I don’t know why all these urban fantasy series book ones are suddenly on sale these days – Kate Daniels, The Hollows (and that was FREE!), Jane Yellowrock, etc. – but they’re all by authors I’ve wanted to read since forever, so I’m not complaining!
Mogsy recently posted…Sunday Musings
Fun review, Jessica! I’m not sure I’m up for an emotionally unstable vampire(?) and drama llamas but I’m definitely intrigued about Jane’s ability to transform into a cat. Because if I can do that, I can do all things. Lol
Fun review, Jessica! I’m not sure if I’m up for an emotionally unstable vampire(?) and drama llamas but I’m definitely intrigued about Jane’s ability to transform into a cat. Because if I can do that, I can do all things. Lol
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It is great to see that you are this far into the series and the author can still throw in some twist to keep you surprised! I think I’d really enjoy this series! Thanks for sharing Jessica, fab review!
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“extremely altered versions of biblical events as origin stories for supernatural creatures” <– SOLD!! Bwahahaha Jessica, your reviews are always so much fun! I've had Skinwalker on my nook for – well, I can't even tell you how long. (have I told you this already?) Anyway, I'm even more intrigued with Jane and crew now. *ducks to miss cow* Your taunts and teases are moving this series up on my calendar. (do I have a calendar?!?) But seriously, I'll be starting this series SOON. 🙂
Heh, love the sound of Angie and her questions.
This sounds like another great series, Jessica! Seriously altered biblical events as origin of supernatural … Yes, I’m in & curious now 🙂
I hadn’t heard much about this book/series but you’ve got me interested now. Especially in the whole altered biblical events part! Great review 🙂
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