A few short weeks after Skinwalker ends, Jane Yellowrock is in trouble again. Leo Pellissier, the leader of New Orleans’ vampires, is mad with grief after the recent events, and in his madness, he blames Jane for his losses. And this time it’s not just Jane who’s in danger. Her witch best friend, Molly, and Molly’s two children are staying with Jane now, and Leo’s grudge could cost them their lives.
As if this weren’t enough trouble for one girl (and one Beast), there’s an even more dangerous vampire on the loose, and he or she is kidnapping witch children for nefarious purposes. This vampire’s deeds threaten to upset the balance of power among the city’s vampires and start a cataclysmic war.
And so, Faith Hunter plunges the reader into another harrowing episode of Jane’s life, filled with action and written in thick, detail-rich prose. (When I say detail-rich, I mean it; I considered taking notes at one point in order to keep the vampire factions straight in my mind.) Along the way, Jane learns more about her Cherokee background, the tangled history of the vampire clans and the witch covens, and the genesis of the very first vampires. I think these revelations of history were actually my favorite parts of Blood Cross! I enjoyed the present-day action, but every time Hunter delved into supernatural history and how it fit in with “real” history and religious lore, I was riveted.
There was a bit too much deus ex machina in the climactic fight, but I did enjoy the resolution of the romantic subplot, and the reason Jane chose as she did.
Blood Cross isn’t perfect, but it’s cemented my belief that Hunter is an urban fantasy writer to watch.