Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock Series #10)

Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock Series #10)

by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock has her hands full in the latest novel in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).
Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story...
Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

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ISBN-13: 9780451465979
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Jane Yellowrock Series , #10
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 108,424
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, including Dark Heir, Broken Soul, and Black Arts, the Soulwood series, set in the world of Jane Yellowrock, and the Rogue Mage series.

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Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock Series #10) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Dragonfirez More than 1 year ago
Faith Hunter is a master story teller. Jane Yellowrock is a complex. smart, sexy, tough as nails heroine that makes the reader love her more with each book in this series. I am thoroughly enjoying the relationship between Jane and Bruiser. What can I say about Beast other than I love her character and want to hear more of her thoughts. Shadow Rites is another winner for Faith Hunter and her fans!!! I would recommend this and any of Ms. Hunter's work to fans of urban fantasy and even those that are not, because once they read a Faith Hunter book they'll be hooked for life! I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
The action starts immediately in Shadow Rites, book #10 of the Jane Yellowrock series. A magical attack on her house throws Jane into high gear as she tries to find and fight the two witches who are responsible before the Witch Conclave happens to avoid it turning into a major disaster. Jane has fought magic users before; however; it seems that a lot of residual magic has built up in her body causing some issues. So this fun new complication related to all the whammies Jane has sustained from previous encounters with supernatural spells adds new challenges to Jane’s abilities. When Jane Yellowrock lets fly with some cuss words, you know things are getting dire. One of the enemy witches has been drinking a lot of powerful vampire blood which is a Bad Thing. Jane meets one of her toughest challenges with the witch in question, and her mother, who are trying to sabotage the Witch Conclave where they are about to reach an accord with Leo. This is essential before the Euro vamps show up since it is likely they will try a takeover of Leo’s territory. The two uber powerful witches keep causing havoc for Jane and her security crews as well as Leo and his vamps. Jane has a houseful of help when Molly and Evan show up with their own scarily powerful daughter, Angie, and little Evan. It will take all of them to prevent an all-out war from happening because if Leo goes down, Jane knows things will be bleak once the Europeans finally arrive. One thing you have to say for Leo, he is consistent. As in he consistently goes after “my Jane” with his “vamp hunting purr that made Beast sit up and purr back.” He speaks to her with pointed innuendo while always trying to seduce Jane into his bed: “You make the chase so delightful.” Leo continues to be a very political animal with multiple levels of plots and devious schemes to keep his power and gain more that are so complex, he could Machiavelli’s number one student. One such plot seems to be attaching Ed Hartley to Jane in a magically bound way which of course seriously steams her. As for George Dumas, aka Bruiser and Jane’s “sweetie pie,” their story is still developing as she notes, “we were still figuring out what kind of relationship we had,” so while they get to spend time together in between all the major crises drama, it’s not a focal point of the story because so much is going on as the bad witches always seem to be one step ahead of all Jane is doing to find them and bring them down. Such is the nature of Urban Fantasy though; more action, less love story. I think Jane cares a lot for Bruiser, but that player Ricky Bo really broke her heart so she is hesitant to be that vulnerable again. I have high hopes for them as Jane and Bruiser’s relationship continues to grow, and they work well together in this story on both sides of the sheets. For anyone this far into the series, you should know by now that where Jane goes, trouble follows or in her case, attacks with a vengeance. The pace is fast and furious as Jane and her crew deal with all witches, lethal and otherwise, and vampires as well as Jane’s own magical issues. Credit goes to Faith Hunter for keeping this series fresh and exciting; her fans will be well satisfied. ARC courtesy of Penguin/Random House Books and NetGalley/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent storyline. Some of the (seemed to be) minor details from earlier books come together in this installment of Jane's adventures. Family is the bedrock in the fight against evil... A "must" read.
raesv1 More than 1 year ago
The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter is one of those rare series where each book is better than the last. Shadow Rites starts out immediately with action. The witches are back in this one with some new ones stirring up a lot of trouble. Jane has a lot on her hands with getting ready for the European Vampire visit and she doesn't need the added stress of evil witches casting deadly spells but that's what she gets. I think Jane is finally getting used to the fact that she now has family, a lot of family, but it also gives her more people to protect and worry about. As Jane stays busy tracking down the evil witches she also has to deal with a spell that's been cast on her and repercussions of that spell on others. I liked that Brute and the Grindylow are back in this one, they are two of my favorite characters and always interesting. We also get some romance with Bruiser who has been my favorite since the first limo ride, and we even get to revisit that limo ride. The book holds at a steady pace all the way through with Jane trying to figure out what the witches are up to and exactly what she needs to do to stop them. The ending was so exciting that I found myself holding my breath at times. Jane is put through a lot but she also learns a lot about herself and the people she cares about the most. I know I just finished this one but I already can't wait for the next Jane Yellowrock book. I received this as an advanced readers copy through Netgalley and ROC.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Jane once again is caught up in a magical mystery. There has been random magical attacks made against Jane’s household and spells placed on powerful allies that cause them to randomly attack. Jane and her crew must unravel the mysterious magic users plot before their plans come to fruition. Meanwhile, a master that has assumed dead is found tortured and barely alive. Who is behind the master’s entrapment? Once again, we are provided with a meaty mystery that you can really sink your teeth into. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all mystery. There is a lot of action, a healthy layer of romantic heat and plenty interaction with the family of main players we’ve come to love. If Faith Hunter writes it, I’ll be reading it. It really is that simple. She writes complex characters that grow and evolve. She builds amazing worlds were the fantasy becomes reality and vampires, magic and mayhem live alongside the cities and places you know. She is a brilliant writer with a magical pen, that is my take and I’m sticking to it. Ten full length novels and this series is still going strong. I received this ARC copy of Shadow Rites in exchange for a honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from February 18 to 19, 2016 — I own a copy Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Roc Original Title Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock, #10) ISBN 0451465970 (ISBN13: 9780451465979) Edition Language English Series Jane Yellowrock #10 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Jane Yellowrock has her hands full in the latest novel in the New York Timesbestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site). Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story… Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep. A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war. My Thoughts Having watched Jane change over 10 books from a loner to embracing a few friends than over time adding a few more people into her circle of trusted companions to now owning her own home, running a business with her partners, expanding her job with the MOC Leo to include taking on other responsibilities that has translated into more people depending on her than she ever dreamed of when she first came to New Orleans with only her trusty Harley Bitsa and a few personal belongings. The Arcane and the physical are combined to create one of the more complicated threats to Jane yet and kept a fairly swift pace reading about one of my favorite urban fantasy characters. I slowed down and savored the last of the book but it was hard where Jane Yellowrock is concerned as she captures me in a way that makes it hard to stop reading her adventures once I start. Poor Jane, her cup and house overfloweth! The growing circle of family and friends may have Jane in a panic but it also has her happier than she has ever been so it is a good trade/balance for her new life in NOLA. Suffice to say Shadow Rites was one of my all-time favorite installments in the series and that is saying a lot when have loved Jane since day one, she has not only grown as a woman but fully embraced her Shiftwalker powers while amping up her game as a security specialist as well! Jane has always been a thinking-outside-the-box character and as she puts the puzzle pieces together for herself and the reader connecting obscure pieces of info to solve what is at the heart of her troubles in each story it has been a pleasure to see her hone those skills to their fullest in Shadow Rites. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book of course. So much action and twists and turns. As always just love angie baby.
RoMoore More than 1 year ago
Shadow Rites is one of those amazing books that hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. I am a long time fan of the Jane Yellowrock series and I firmly believe that Jane is one of the most captivating, interesting and down right motivating female leads in any series. Shadow Rites is a book for the long time fans of the series, picking up threads that we didn’t even dream were dangling. Jane is challenged in a way she hasn’t been before. This is her book about discovering her hidden depths and the lessons she has strived so hard to learn. Each well-written chapter takes you further into an exciting, action packed novel that kept me up way too late several nights. 5 stars and then some!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter has become my favorite. The main reason I love this series so much is because in each book, the main characters grow and develop, the storyline never gets old or tired. Shadow Rites, the tenth in the series started out with excitement in the very first paragraph and it never ever slowed down. A lot of questions were answered in this book, a lot of development in character relationships progressed, and with all these developments came more questions. I love this series. Jane and her family are perfect.
Erinia More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, proving that Hunter is a master of the urban fantasy genre. Prepare to hold on to your seats as she integrates story lines from previous books into one overarching tale of woe and hope. You should also prepare to be awake ALL NIGHT so you can finish this book. Sleep is for the weak...or the bookworm!
BCTM More than 1 year ago
I love all the books in the series, but Shadow Rites is now my favorite! Some things that were set up in previous stories are addressed here, proving plans can be in the works for years! You are pulled in from the beginning, and there is never a dull moment! There are times of insight where you think..."now I get it", and times where you are on the edge of your seat. The snark we've come to love is still there, along with some unexpected surprises. And best of all (in my opinion) is the diverse group of people who have Jane's back, and have become her family!
ChristaB73 More than 1 year ago
When I initially read the book blurb, I was prepared to be a bit annoyed with this book. We've been waiting for the big European vampire showdown for a couple books now, and I was getting impatient. I was concerned this might be a filler book. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Shadow Rites is an essential installment in this series. There are so many threads from interwoven plot lines that come together here. Some long standing character conflicts are resolved, while the foundations for future intrigues are laid. The action is well-spaced throughout the book, with brief pauses to let the characters connect and evolve. One of the things I've always loved about Hunter's writing is that the characters evolve, often in unexpected ways. Jane really is changing - the woman she is in this novel would be unrecognizable to her character from early in the series. And the changes read as real. She doesn't always move forward but sometimes seems to take two steps forward, then one step back. Like I said, real. On the plot side, I loved that I couldn't figure out which direction(s) events would take. It kept me engaged and anxious for the next scene. And once events were revealed, I often had to stop and think back through the events to truly connect all the dots. I'm a huge fan of the series and can't wait to read the next book. If you're new to the series, this is not the book to begin with. Do yourself a favor and go back and read the previous books. But if you're looking for a book (and series) that combines well-developed characters, action-filled plots, rich settings and descriptions, and just plain good writing, you don't want to miss this!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter is the 10th book in her wonderful Jane Yellowrock series. After finishing this book, I can’t say enough how Faith Hunter continues evolve Jane and pull us totally into her life and her ever increasing family. I have always loved Jane Yellowrock, and Beast. Now Faith has given us so many wonderful secondary characters who are part of Jane and Beast. I love the Youngers (Eli & Alex), who are part of Yellowrock Security. They are an awesome team. Love Jane with Bruiser. Love Edmund and all the Yellowrock clan, especially young Angie. Shadow Rites was so exciting, emotional, tense and non-stop action all the way through; and in my opinion was best one yet. What an awesome ride. Jane is still recovering from her lightening shock in the last book, but it is no time to rest. The Witch Conclave is about to start, with Leo (Master of the City) preparing to present a parley between the witches and vampires. Jane, as Leo’s Enforcer, must make sure the security is tight, and to protect Leo. While she, and her right hand man, Eli are busy working with Leo’s people, as well as the place where the meeting will be, strange things are happening at Jane’s house. Something magical is targeting Jane, and soon the Truebloods (Molly, Evan, Angie, little Evan ) will be arriving to help ward the house. But nothing is easy, as everyone in the house will be in danger. There is someone who has become very powerful and Jane begins to fear what they will be facing at the Conclave. Eli and Alex try to investigate the trace they find of witches, and Jane sees the power coming from two witches maybe more than anyone anticipated. Rather than tell too much more, what follows is an intensely exciting pulse pounding adventure that is non stop. Yes, we get some romantic, sexy and fun situations with Jane and Bruiser. We also get to spend a little time with little, Angie, who promises to be the strongest witch of them all, when she grows up. While we hold our breaths during each powerful attack, and fear who will survive, it is the new additions to the Yellowrock family that will make us happy. Edmund will be added, even if Jane wasn’t thrilled, and Brute will be one of the family, too. It is amazing how Faith Hunter gives us so much action, pulling on our emotions that had us fearing for many lives; but she can lift our spirits to lessen the tension. She has changed Jane and Beast so much over the 10 books, and together they are a great pair, and even more powerful then when this all started. Leo played a bigger part in this book, and I loved some of the humor between him and Jane, not to mention when they worked together. Shadow Rites was a mind bending thriller as we raced to the finish, unable to put the book down, as our hearts raced with deep chilling fears for our favorites. So much has happened, and so much more to come, especially with Euro Vamps coming soon. This is a fabulous series, with a fabulous cast of characters. If you have not started Jane Yellowrock, you are missing a gem. Shadow Rites was fantastic.
madurden More than 1 year ago
Could not wait to read the latest in this series!! I would recommend this to anyone who loves kick butt female characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. I can not wait for the next book in the series.
Covegirl More than 1 year ago
Another intriguing book in the Jane Yellowrock series! I recommend reading this series from the beginning as there is a lot of ongoing plots. Once you start the series though, you will want to plow through them! Interesting characters, multiple story lines and a little romance but not over the top.
knobren More than 1 year ago
Action, family, and snark The tenth novel in the Jane Yellowrock series is full of the action and heart that we expect by now. Jane's self-made family keeps growing, and we feel lucky to be included in her hearth and home...the Yellowrock Clan. This menagerie of species, races, cultures, and personalities makes up the heart and soul of my favorite series. The characters are multi-faceted, complex, flawed, and ever evolving. Then, Faith Hunter brings in the action, mystery, suspense, and heroism combined with luscious, multi-sensory descriptions that draw readers in. She has also constructed a background world with rich cultural history and traditions and "sciency" sort of magical rules. Magic requires energy from some kind of source. it isn't "free". There are laws of governing the conservation of mass and energy. Like good science fiction, this lends the fantastic elements of the story a sense of legitimacy. However, as in sci-fi, sometimes knowing how messed up the "science" is can detract from an otherwise good story. This is the case with Shadow Rites. I have always had to figuratively stick my fingers in my ears and run around crying, "Nah Nah Nah," whenever we get the explanation for witch genetics, because that is simple not how X-linked genes work, but I try to just grin and bear it, as I have for the rest of the series. But, it gets worse with this book, and to add insult to injury, incorrect terminology is employed. I assume it was the editor's choice to use more familiar sounding, but incorrect words. Sigh. We also got O2 with two as a superscript, instead of a subscript, and a few more typos than usual. Overall, I enjoyed Shadow Rites. It was fast paced. There was mystery, action, snark, and even some nice romantic breaks between Jane and Bruiser. Beast was let out to play more than she has been lately. (Yay!!!) Pretty much all of our Yellowrock extended family members make appearances, as do many other secondary characters. (Yay!!!) We learn more background info about my favorite vamp of the series, Edmund. (Fascinating, yay!). We even have ties between current and past events. SPOILERS BELOW! However, there were a few things that brought my star rating down to a four, instead of my usual five for a Yellowrock book. I've already mentioned the genetics. I also didn't understand some of the magical problems very well. I don't want to go into specifics. I also thought the story ended rather abruptly, and we don't even know whether some characters made it out alive or whether they will suffer lasting injuries. I'm not even sure exactly what was wrong with Beast earlier and whether she is fully recovered. For that matter, Jane was out-of-control a couple of times, too, and we know she still has some new problems to address in the future.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
I like this series but this novel didn’t strike me as having quite the edge that many of the previous books had. First, on the good side, this novel rewards people who have read the whole series by tying many elements from previous books into one vast conspiracy. Unfortunately, it does this while frustrating the reader by having Jane and especially her witch friends make mistakes that make them look incompetent and even stupid. The mistakes are all about dragging out the suspense to build tension, but it didn’t work for me. I mean, how many times can the magic experts miss a spell? The whole plot seems to be built on this oft repeated failure and it gets old fast. The action is pretty good, but the investigation is subpar for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series enjoy how it has progressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Younger brothers. I want to know more about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theses book continue right where the left off. The get better each time.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic story about Jane and her growing clan, a great read; the repetition of weapons and scents is still on the over done side however.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The Witch Conclave is planned and it’s up to Jane Yellowrock to protect Leo and the witches. Unfortunately there are two witches with amped up powers that are targeting the Witch Conclave and Jane. Their goal is to see that the conclave doesn’t happen. But attacking Jane personally is NOT going to end well. Leo is trying to get everything situated before the European vampires make an appearance. But when a master vampire is discovered locked in a well, starved and insane things are going to take a turn for the worse. But this is nothing new in a day of Jane Yellowrock. Jane Yellowrock is one of my favorite characters and since this is the 10th book in the series I’m clearly not the only one. Jane is trying to keep everyone safe but just keeps finding herself hip deep in trouble. It seems all of those spells she has taken over the years are finally starting to catch up with her. I really loved seeing all of the old characters and seeing how they have grown. I have loved reading Faith Hunter’s stories since I first read Bloodring. The Jane Yellowrock series is one of my favorites and I love watching everything happen to Janes and seeing her get everything taking care of. If you like fantasy stories you need to get this book. Although I recommend reading the rest of the series, it will make you feel more comfortable with the story. I received Shadow Rites for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago