Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1)

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1)

by Faith Hunter
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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1) by Faith Hunter

First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451462800
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Jane Yellowrock Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 84,533
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.

In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.

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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 257 reviews.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
When I spied this book, I knew I wanted to read it. A full blooded Cherokee staring as the heroine of the book instead of ending up on the sidelines only to impart some wisdom and disappear. This story started out in "Strange Brew" under the name "Kits". However, you do not have to read that short story before you pick up this book. This book stands well on it's own. Within Jane, she has the spirit/magic and energy of "Beast" who in one life was a mountain lion. They share a precarious relationship in which they have to agree who is alpha and control of the body. She is able to tap into Beast's energy and strength, and Beast is also able to tap into her power. It is an interesting relationship and is quite humorous at times. Beast has a better sense of humor than Jane in my opinion. Oh, and before I get into the rest of the review, I must mention "Bitsa" as well. Bitsa is Jane's bike and one I'd love to have (if I had any coordination at all, that is...) The story is fast paced. I was surprised there would be so much mystery within the rogue vampire as it seemed that her job was very straight forward. Find the rogue, kill it. But with this story, tracking the rogue proved to provide more information than even Jane would have thought possible. Information about vampires she thought she'd never possess and more importantly, information about herself. Now, with her distant forgotten past less mysterious, will she be able to put together all the puzzle pieces to stop the rogue? Did she trust the right people? Heh... not going to tell you. You'll have to pick this one up to find out. I gave this book 4 stars and recommend this one to anyone to loves a good urban fantasy. "Blood Cross" is the next book in this series which has just been published. I wish I had the second one in my hand, but alas, I have to wait to see what other things Jane discovers. Oh, and as a little trivia I thought I'd add.. In the book, the vampires hate to be called vamps. They prefer Mithrains. Jane connected it to Mithra, but was not confirmed in her observation. Mithra is a sun god in an old religion. So, the question remains... was Faith Hunter using it as tongue in cheek, or is there more to the story. Hope we find out in this series. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's wonderful when you come across a new author that just grabs you... Faith Hunter hooked me in with her strong, wild character and new story line of Skinwalker. If you're a fan of Were's, Vampires and other things that go bump in the night, you will likely find her books to rock!!! Liked her so much, I immediately bought the second book in the series and signed up for more on her website.
Mudepoz More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for science-based urban fantasy. When the story is firmly grounded in physics but takes it one step further to develop a complex world I am hooked. Faith has managed to explain the great mystery as to where mass goes during a shape shift and other mysteries. She brings the typical cast of supernatural characters to her story, but they are dark creatures, no sparkling vampires. Jane Yellowrock is maybe the last of her kind, a shapeshifting Cherokee skinwalker who uses her abilities to bounty hunt vampires. I was pulled into the story and enjoyed the character development and attention to detail.
Crikel83 More than 1 year ago
The Jane Yellowrock series is one of my favorite series. There are currently five books in the series with the sixth one (Blood Trade) set to release in April of 2013. The first book is Skinwalker. The series features a Cherokee Skinwalker who is the last of her kind. Unlike most shapeshifter series, Jane is able to shift into any type of animal and is not limited to one type of animal throughout the whole series. We watch as Jane, a rogue vampire hunter, finds herself working for a vampire, learning of their culture, the culture of the people who serve them and sometimes finding that she is not the top predator in the room. I found her character development interesting. This is not a traditional shapeshifter and vampire series and I found I rather enjoyed the fresh take in the urban fantasy genre. If you like Kim Harrison Rachel Morgan series, Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series, and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series (just to name a few) then you should also try this series!
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Jane Yellowrock is a vampire hunter with a deadly secret; she is also a skinwalker who shares her body with a panther and together they are Beast. Beast roams the night, while Jane functions for them both during the day. In a world where witches and vampires are the only preternaturals to come out of the supernatural closet, she stands alone amongst her kind. Jane accepts a job by a vampire madam in the Big Easy, to hunt down a rogue vampire who has taken up a new cannibalistic hobby, making a good meal out of the local vampire and human community. The job is risky, dirty and dangerous and puts Jane in jeopardy of coming face to face with a being worse than a rogue vampire...a liver-eater. Faith Hunter has such a gift of intertwining a vividly intricate story that I even found interesting during the slow parts. This story was gruesome, dark, and gritty and adds a fresh new take on vampires. Jane Yellowrock is filled with a twisted dark humor that I love. She's a strong woman who is no-nonsense and tough. She gets the job done, doesn't second guess herself to death, she's not too-stupid-to-live and she doesn't whine and pout. I highly recommend this book and also Faith's Jane Yellowrock short story in the Strange Brew anthology. I also look forward to the next book in the series Blood Cross due out 1/5/2010.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1962 vampires were outed when Marilyn Monroe was caught trying to turn the president of the United States, but instead the Secret Service staked her. The press learned of the incident and follow-up investigations led to the knowledge that vampires exist. Not long afterward, real witches were revealed as genuine. Vampires do not possess the same civil rights as mortals have; legislation is being proposed to make the vampires adapt their culture to the masses; which would prohibit the practice of owning blood slaves and indentured blood servants amongst other differences.---------- Jane Yellowrock, a skinwalker of Cherokee descent, can change into any animals she chooses; her preference is the panther, the form of Beast whose soul resides in her body. She is stronger and faster than a human and she hunts rogue (insane) vamps as a slayer. In New Orleans, ancient vampire Katherine Fontaneau, Madame Katie of Katie's Ladies, hires her to kill a powerful rogue vampire who is committing genocide against his species. Jane follows the murderous scent in her human and panther bodies, but Beast believes the predator is not a vampire, but instead a liver-eater who is much more dangerous than vampires or witches combined.---------- Beast and Jane have their own chapters which emphasizes their different values and perspective, which is key to believing that two essences share the same body as opposed to the heroine having multiple personality disorder. Their differences are fascinating and at time often amusing as each come to a scenario with a different agenda similar to that of the comedy All of Me starring Martin-Tomlin, but Jane-Beast are in a lethal world. The killer is super while Jane and Beast feel they are always one corpse behind. With a great unique premise on outing the supernatural, Faith Hunter gives her Rogue Mage Thorn St. Croix a respite as she starts a super new and thrilling urban fantasy series.---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because of the positive reviews. I liked the concept, but I found the book very long and skimmed some of the pages. I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison and hoped this would be a new favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so tired of otherwise good writers using the same old "oh i must choose between a selection of absurdly hot men all of whom have characteristics that cannot exist simultaneously in a single personality. I ragequit reading on page 145.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am tired of finding romance novels shelved as urban fantasy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become a big fan of the Jane Yellowrock books. The characters are interesting and the story kept me turning pages in anticipation. 5 stars for Skinwalker. I also like the way Faith Hunter explains the secrets of shapeshifting and stealing mass from another object. I suck at reviews but highly recommend these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well its ok if you can stand baby talk. Her beast side when it is prominent talks and relays its messages in 2 year old language. Me want. Me see. Etcetra etcetra. I found it to be very annoying. Could not get passed it to really enjoy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, unlike others. This book is full of character. The people, the plot, the story, leave you panting for more. It is the unlimate urban fantasy. Finished this book in about 8 hours reading time. (I read quick). Enjoy this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series !!! Worth reading ! Skin walker, vampires and lots of action. Hope you enjoy! Great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane and Beast share bodies, hunt rogue vamps and kill them. Jane also dances a killer tango and navigates the vampire political hierarchy with skill. Beast is...full of surprises, which I will not spoil here. This is truly paranormal with a unique twist!
anewport More than 1 year ago
Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series is amazing. This series is fast paced and will leave you wanting to read more the minute you finish the book. I give this book and the writer 5 stars and if I could I would give more! This book WILL pull you in to a world full of surprises and tings you do not expect. Please read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so much better than I thought it would be. Very impressed with the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, loved it, could not put it down. Very different, now reading the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written and engaging, I was breathless to get to the next installment. A bit of romance, plenty of action, shapeshifters, vampires and all sorts of fun! Grab it quick.
Diana85 More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of Jane Yellowrock and can't wait for book 3 in the future!
Anonymous 12 days ago
A definite page turner. Loved the Native American folklore woven into the vampire genre. Can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Was conerned at first, Beast talk was stilted, but easily adjusted to the cadence. Kept me guessing, that is not an easy task,lol. Great read! Will now read series, and add to collection.
LadiSteele 9 months ago
Huge fan, have read everything she has written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I wasn't as good at throwing as I was at other sports. I threw like a girl." Stupid author. I really wanted to like this book, but misogyny is not okay. Like A Girl is NOT an insult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story moves at rate of a freight train. You will not be able to put it down. Jane, the main character, is well formed and likable and deadly at the same time. I love books that take the regular world and make it full of supernatural creatures. New Orleans is a perfect place for such musings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago