This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Cold Reign by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
Also by this author: Blood of the Earth, Curse on the Land
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
It was while reading the Soulwood series that I was introduced to world of Jane Yellowrock. I know now that I was obviously living under a boulder! I knew from reading the Soulwood installments that I wanted to know about this world but I had no idea that I was going to be blown away. This story was everything I wanted and more!
Cold Reign is the eleventh book in the Jane Yellowrock series. Being that this was the first book I read in the series I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to follow all the characters even though they had a long history. Ms. Hunter did a fabulous job of summing up relevant points in the character’s backstories while still being able to keep the plot moving.
The plot centered around the arrival of the European Vampires. They are a sneaky bunch and you will discover that they have had a long game plan that is well, centuries long. The unfurling of the master plan starts off with a few suspicious activities here and there. Revenants start popping up like daisies and Jane is forced to run all around New Orleans in order to do her best to contain them. Being the enforcer for Leo comes with some perks but in this story, I think there are more downsides. The EV’s are not the only characters who has been scheming. Oh yes, expect sneakiness and betrayals that will surprise you.
While Jane is running around dealing with situations that keep popping up, there are others that are attempting to steal magical items that she has in her care. These are items that she does not want in the wrong hands and has taken steps to keep them safe. Unfortunately, it seems that her safety plans failed to take everything into consideration. The end result was that her youngest clan member was in dangerous situations on more than one occasion. I personally enjoyed the magical elements in this story. One item in particular played a large role due to its wreaking havoc on her time shifting abilities.
This story is non-stop action that has many players. There are alliances made where there had been animosity. There is a real firming of the Yellowrock Clan as well as a few new additions. The Younger brothers were an intrical part to the plot as was Bruiser, Jane’s love interest. Their relationship went up a level in this story but it was all sweetness and little steam. Beast, I loved this side of Jane. She really added great interest to Jane’s overall character for me.
What an amazing urban fantasy! This is not a book that you will be able to put down easily! This especially applies if you have been a longtime fan of this series. In this book, there is closure for situations that occurred in previous books that are very satisfying. Cold Reign was a great read and this is a story that I highly recommend to all readers!
*Thank you to NetGalley & ACE for this eARC of Cold Reign*