Blood Cross: Even the history was riveting

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsurban fantasy book review Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock 2. Blood CrossBlood Cross by Faith Hunter

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.

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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  1. You are right on the money. This book was soooo very good. It has put Ms. Hunter squarely on my auto-buy list. That means I don’t even need to look at a synopsis before pre-ordering. My only complaint is that I need more!

  2. Okay, I’m trying this series. Kelly’s review of Skinwalker really intrigued me. I’ll get this on my new Kindle. :teeth:

  3. It’s really interesting and well-written. :)

  4. Jazz I am with you, Faith is fantastic. Alas my copy is out there in Mail Purgatory so am still waiting to get my 2nd Jane Yellowrock fix…
    Book 3 “Mercy Blade” is being written and Faith Hunter Enclave site has snippets up if you are interested ( ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)
    Have you read her Rogue Mage series yet? There are 3 books out so far and if enough interest is generated (IE copies sold and reprints made) then there may be a chance of more in the future!!! 1 can hope…

    jackie b central texas

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