From the cover: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker–and a rogue-vampire hunter for hire. But lately she’s found herself taking blood money from the very vamps she used to hunt.
Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies — vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the crossfire.
When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo’s ‘Mercy Blade,’ a sacred position charged with killing young vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans. And more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars (you may be starting to guess that I really like this series)
Wow. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but the third, Mercy Blade, is the volume that sunk its claws into me and wouldn’t let go. I think this is the fourth time I’ve read this book and it still hits me like a steel-toed boot to the gut. It’s an emotional roller coaster with revelations that upend Jane’s world, a tricky mystery and plenty of action.
Elation. Rage. Heartache. Guilt. Hope?
For all that is going on around her, Jane has some fabulous coping strategies. She doesn’t curl up on the couch with chips and ice cream and throw herself a pity party. Nope. She takes a long, fast ride on her Harley. She works out her aggression by sparring with her sensei. And when she’s still wound up after all that, she heads to the shooting range and blows a bunch of holes in targets that she has named according to her frustrations. I want to be more like Jane.
As a reader, you get the feeling that Jane has reached a turning point in Mercy Blade. She has made a lot of progress developing relationships and generally becoming more enmeshed in society, but are the accompanying hassles and headaches worth it? How far can Jane be stretched before she breaks? This tension, combined with the book’s cliffhanger ending, had me anxiously awaiting the next book’s release and rereading the series in the interim.