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<br/>Cold Reign is book #11 in the compelling Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. In many ways the Jane Yellowrock story reminds me of the parable of the blind men and the elephant, the one where each man describes the elephant as being like a snake, rope, fan, tree and wall. Leo the Master Vampire of New Orleans has taken great care to make sure Jane only seen parts of the elephant. Cold Reign is the book where Jane steps back and sees the whole elephant for the first time. <br/>Cold Reign starts by exploring Jane and her adopted family. Then builds to non stop action,as the European vampires arrive in secret and with the help of traitors, try to take over Leo's city. And there is a magic driven storm that threatens to finish what Katrina started.<br/><br/>The Younger brothers are in the thick of things, with Alex showing a new maturity, Eli opening up about his military experience, and the emotional scars he still carries. Edmund, Gee, Gregoire and Brute play key roles in the fight against the Europeans. Jane's relationship with Bruiser deepens, and PsyLed Agent Rick Le Fleur returns and tries to apologize for past sins. Leo is his usual manipulative self, and some of his actions, or lack of action, suggest he's still playing the long game. Jane's angel makes an appearance, and there are cameos from Soul, Opal and several of their "sisters". An number of evil vampires meet their well deserved end.<br/><br/>Cold Reign is a great addition to the popular Jane Yellowrock series. The writing is superb, plotting complex, with compelling characters. All of the things that author Faith Hunters does so well. Another 5 star effort from Ms. Hunter.<br/><br/> If you have never read the series, it might be better to start with the first book Skinwalker, and enjoy the books in order as this complex story unfolds. ***Warning. Readers of Skinwalker often experience sudden onset binge reading. Enjoy!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Never too "heavy" but not really fluff. This series is a perfect blend of fantastical mystery, action/adventure, and just a bare touch of romance. SO good it requires a run-on sentence:
If you like tales of strong heroines, heros and villains with a complete story in each book yet a plot that is NOT simply on repeat in which both the characters AND the story build, grow and are reavealed in layers of complexity- GET these books but start at the beginning because they are too good to just skip!!!
Honestly, this series is, IMO, the best in its genre, and Kristine Hvam is the BEST of the best of all narrators. Her voice brings to life the deeply multifaceted characters and the similarly multidimensional city of New Orleans. While fantasy fiction, the characters are none-the-less "real" as they struggle toward self-awareness and self-acceptance while trying to be/become the men/women they hope to be/become.
P.S. Thank you Ms. Hunter for Jane Yellowrock! She is my definition of a heroine. A strong female, who is (1) honest with herself and others, (2) has integrity, (3) loves others despite being scared and scarred, (4) is just plain bad a55, AND (5) is strong enough to face mistakes and flaws WITHOUT whining about how she feels guilty because she is responsible for everyone else's B.S.!!!!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I've been a long time fan of the Jane Yellowrock series and found this one a little disappointing. It had its moments and Khristine Hvam provided excellent narration as always but the plot seemed to be all over the place. While there was a central story arc it didn't seem to keep the narrative focused and the various sub plots just seemed to be there to fill space. In the end I was left unsatisfied and with too many deliberately unanswered questions. It felt like this book is meant as a lead up to the next but it only really introduced that kind of anticipatory tension in the last chapter and seemed to deliver more of a "light" version of what's to come.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
One of the things I love about this series is that the past doesn't just go away. It means some of the novel is taken up with reminders to give context, and it means the story is richer than usual. Jane's choices mean more. At every incident she risks winning this fight but losing the war. She wants more than just to stay alive, she wants human relationships and her integrity too. That keeps me coming back in spite of the violence, which isn't really my thing. You can't skip the fight scenes because too much of importance happens in between the shootings & beheadings.
Jane continues to gain unusual powers, and fears becoming less human as a result. And being used as a more powerful tool by Vampire king Leo. The novel ends in a satisfying close with a hint of future complications.
As an aside, I find the obsession with not swearing while toting -and using - guns, swords & knives both amusing & heartbreaking.