Book Review: Blood Trade by: Faith Hunter

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Roc

Publish Date: April 2, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Jane Yellowrock has been invited back to Mississippi by the Master of Natchez, Hieronymus, to root out and destroy the Naturaleza in his territory. Also, she has been contacted by someone she knew in the children’s home she lived in after she came back to society, Misha, who is now a reporter. Eli and The Kid (Jane’s new pseudo-family) come along with Jane to Mississippi, but she has an unexpected complication show up. Rick LaFleur, Jane’s ex-lover, cat-shifter, and part of PsyLED. Meanwhile, Jane is trying to find a way to break the bond between Beast and Leo Pellissier, Master in Louisiana and Jane’s boss. In a nutshell – Jane’s life is complicated. To make things worse, the Naturaleza in Mississippi are not like the others she’s encountered before. They’re stronger, faster, and stranger. Jane has her hands full…

‘Blood Trade’ is a complicated and convoluted story. Aside from bringing back Evan Trueblood (which I was happy about) and introduced an even freakier type of vampire, this book didn’t seem to add much momentum to Jane’s story. There was, as always, the continuing sexual tension and moral struggles on Jane’s part about her feelings for Rick, Bruiser, and Leo. As well as dealing with the feelings of betrayal from the events in the last book. Don’t get me wrong, I love this series, but I was really hoping we’d see more of Jane’s quest to discover her deeper abilities and past. The second part of the book was full-speed breakneck action with some dangerous twists. . I do hope the author brings back the Trueblood family in the next book, because I’ve missed them. Overall, I liked ‘Blood Trade’ but I felt this book was a way of putting off dealing with Jane’s core issues until “later”.

Jane Yellowrock Series: Skinwalker (1), Blood Cross (2), Mercy Blade (3), Cat Tales (3.5), Raven Cursed (4), Have Stakes, Will Travel (4.5), Death's Rival (5), Blood Trade (6)


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