My rating: 5 stars!!!
From the cover: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
Note: this review is based on an ARC that I won in a raffle.
Finally, things are looking up for Jane Yellowrock. The previous book, Death’s Rival, left Jane isolated personally, unwillingly entangled professionally, and at one of the lowest points in her life. It was, frankly, heartbreaking. As a fan of the series and of Jane in particular, I was really hoping for some resolution in Blood Trade. I just couldn’t bear to see Jane suffering. Thank you, Faith Hunter, for setting Jane on the road to redemption.
Once again, a job takes Jane to Natchez, Mississippi. Backed by a new team of sidekicks, Jane tackles a new and almost indestructible type of vampire while trying to solve a mystery that threatens a childhood friend and her daughter. Because that isn’t challenging enough, Jane has to coordinate with local and federal law enforcement (including the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart) and rely on help from former friends, one of whom bears a grudge against Jane and one who betrayed her. Saving vigilante grandmas; communing with spirits; disrupting powerful witch magic – all in a day’s work for Jane Yellowrock.
Besides great action and an intriguing mystery, the book continues Jane’s journey of enlightenment and growth. We learn more about her past and how it has influenced her character and decisions. We see the origin of Jane’s need to stand up to bullies/ oppressors/ evil… Perhaps her most perplexing trait, Jane’s compulsion to finish what she starts – even when it leads her in directions she does not want to go, seemingly prioritizing work commitments (to people she neither respects nor trusts) over friends and allies – no longer seems immoderate; it is a logical outcome of her early childhood. And best of all, Jane’s new insight into her own values and behaviors gives her the courage to start mending fences. All is not yet right in Jane’s world, but a promising new day is dawning.