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2. Oktober 2012 Jane Yellowrock (Buch 5)

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.


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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Roc (2. Oktober 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0451464850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464859
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 2,5 cm
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Praise for the novels of Faith Hunter:

“A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre.” —New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison

“Hunter’s very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres.”—Booklist

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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. 


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jane Yellowrock lässt sich nicht unterkriegen 3. Oktober 2012
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"Vamps don't get sick. They may go nuts at the least provocation, but they don't get sick."

Wenn sich Jane Yellowrock mit dieser Einstellung mal nicht getäuscht hat - was niemand für möglich gehalten hätte: Vampire können doch krank werden und sterben, und eine rätselhafte Seuche unter ihnen greift um sich. Das einzige Heilmittel befindet sich im Besitz eines Vampirs, der auf der Bildfläche erscheint, die kranken Meistervampire herausfordert, und dann ihr Revier übernimmt. Das kann natürlich Leo Pellissier, der bisher einen Grossteil des Südostens der USA unter sich hatte, überhaupt nicht gefallen, und er schaltet Jane ein. Diese sagt zu, kann sie doch nicht tatenlos zusehen, wie die Vampire, mit denen sie vertraut ist, in Gefahr geraten- auch wenn sie nicht unbedingt wieder einen Auftrag von Leo annehmen wollte. Und dann wäre da natürlich noch Bruiser...

Mit dieser Folge hat Faith Hunter der Serie ein neues Glanzlicht verliehen. Die Handlung rollt mit Schwung an von der Eingangsszene und hält die Spannung durch bis zum Ende. Jane muss sich mit einigen schier unlösbaren Anforderungen und ganz neuen Problemen herumschlagen und zeigt sich von ihrer allerbesten Seite: gewitzt, kampfesstark, manchmal trägt sie nur der schiere Mut und die Weigerung aufzugeben durch einige äußerst brenzlige Situationen. Schon bei der ersten Kampfszene ist man restlos hin und weg, und wenn man sich fragt, wie die Autorin das Tempo halten wird - es wird immer spannender. Nicht nur Jane zeigt sich von ihrer kämpferischen Seite, auch Beast erscheint stärker und unabhängiger denn je und schreitet ein, wenn Jane allein aufgeschmissen wäre.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Go Jane, go! 21. Oktober 2012
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Ich habe dieses wirklich eindrucksvolle Buch nicht ganz in einem Rutsch gelesen, es aber umso mehr genossen. Tolle Leistung, tolles Buch.
Jane Yellowrock untersucht im Auftrag von Leo Pellissier eine Krankheit, die die Vampire befällt, deren Master sich nicht dem Ultimatum eines unbekannten Herausforderers unterwerfen - nämlich das eigene Territorium und die eigene Herrschaft an ihn abzutreten. Diese Vampire siechen langsam dahin und nur das Blut eines von dem Herausforderer geschickten Menschen lässt sie überleben. Die Mission ist ansich schon schwierig, denn welcher Vampir gibt schon gerne Blut ab und das benötigt Jane, damit es untersucht werden kann.
Dann stellt sich aber heraus, dass noch mehr dahintersteckt als sie vermutet und dass das Ganze auch deutlich persönlicher ist, denn sie wird beschuldigt, den Enforcer des Unbekannten in Asheville ermordet zu haben und soll sich dafür rechtfertigen. Der Plot entfaltet sich rasant wie immer, und wenn man die ersten Kapitel gelesen hat, dann wird das Buch extrem packend.
Auch wenn ich Gefahr laufe, mich zu wiederholen (siehe Rezension Band 4), Faith Hunter hat es einfach voll drauf, die persönliche Entwicklunge der Heldin und ihres Beasts mit einer guten und gut durchdachten Geschichte zu verquicken. Beast ist in diesem Buch differenzierter dargesetellt und hat eine enorme Entwicklung durchgemacht. Jane ist wie immer in Liebesdingen unentschieden und auch dieses Buch hat keine Lösung im Sinne einer Partnerwahl zu bieten, aber das macht nichts, weil es gut zur Figur der Jane passt.
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Das Buch ist wirklich toll geschrieben. Es ist voller Spannung und unerwarteter Wendungen, rasant geschrieben, man wird in die Geschichte reingezogen und fiebert mit.

Jane ist seit zwei Monaten aus Asheville zurück und versucht über die Beziehung zu Rick zu kommen. Beast hat sich verändert, seit sie die Möglichkeit hatte, aus der Dualität mit Jane auszusteigen. Die Episoden mit Beast sind wirklich süss, man muss sie einfach lieben.
Leo Pellisier, der mächtige und unberechenbare Vampirchef von New Orleans, braucht einmal mehr die HIlfe von Jane. Mehrere ihm untergebene Meistervampire sind krank, werden von Unbekannten erpresst und wechseln das Lager, damit sie das Mittel gegen diese tödliche Krankheit erhalten. Jane wird in Hinterhalte gelockt und überlebt nur Dank Beast. Es wird immer klarer, dass in Leo's Lager ein Verräter sein muss. Die erotische Anziehung zu Bruiser wird immer stärker, Jane will nicht mehr widerstehen.
Schwer zu schaffen macht Jane, dass sie von ihren engsten Verbündeten auf üble Weise verraten wird. Und immer wieder sucht Jane in ihren Träumen ihre Vergangenheit auf und erfährt Wichtiges über ihre eigenen Hintergründe.
Die Geschichte folgt nahtlos dem Vorgängerbuch, ist sehr gut aufgebaut und bringt interessante neue Erkenntnisse. Die Charaktere sind gut gezeichnet und überzeugend. Es werden zwei neue Gesichter eingeflochten, was auf Zukünftiges hoffen lässt. Lange ist nicht klar, wer der Verräter ist- spannend bis zum Schluss. Ich bin gespannt auf die Fortsetzung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The series just gets stronger and stronger! 2. Oktober 2012
Von Mindy Mymudes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The latest installment of Jane Yellowrock's story, Death's Rival could also be called Jane's Revenge.

Jane walked out of the forest as a young child, without memory of who she was and not speaking. As an adult she becomes a vampire hunter, killing rogue vampires for a living. I guess it's as good a profession as any.

In Skinwalker we discover Jane's dark world, a universe filled with vampires and Jane, the last (?) Cherokee Skinwalker. Skinwalkers are able to shift into various animals when she has a sample of their DNA. Jane also shares her body with the soul of Beast, a cougar. Molly, an Earth Witch, is her best and pretty much her only friend. Molly and her immediate family are the only ones to know Jane's secret.

Her life takes an about turn when the Vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Leo Pellissier, hires her. Now she's working closely for vampires, rather than just being hired to kill them.

In addition to Leo, we are introduced to some interesting men, including Rick, a cop, and Bruiser, Leo's blood servant and right hand man.

In Death's Rival, she feels very alone due to events in Raven Cursed. She is estranged from her best friend, and lost her boyfriend. Things are not going well and now she is drawn back into the world of vampires.

Death's Rival is a foremost a mystery. Vampires are not supposed to be able to get sick, yet they are. There is a plague taking down the MOC throughout the US and Jane has to find out the cause and who is behind it. We are there every step of the way, as Jane's support team, Derrick and his men, and Reacher, an computer expert, teases out the answers.

While she works through the threads, untangling the answers, she also discovers what happened to her people so long ago.

In addition Jane hires her own team, not associated with Leo. I adore these new characters--they are wonderfully developed. An ex-ranger and his younger brilliant brother are hired on as a team. The former ranger is the brawn of the family, and the younger brother is the brains, able to hack into anything. Which landed him on probation and under his brother's care. Jane is sucked into the family dynamics, the squabbles and compromises of a typical family.

It all seems to puzzle Jane a bit, but she rolls with it and we see a more mature Jane.

Unfortunately, she still has trust issues and it's interfering with her love life. Her lack of trust may mean the irreconcilable end to one of the men in her life. There appears to be a strengthening with another. This makes Beast very happy.

Beast is becoming a very strong character in her own right. We see more of the story through her point of view and the change in voice from Jane to Beast is marvelous. The big cat remains an animal, with animal senses and thoughts. She has accepted something that Jane hasn't yet--they are more than just Jane and Beast. Together they are stronger and more.

I can't wait until the next book in this series, and while the mystery is solved, there are so many places it can still go. Excellent story!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Holy Crap Jane kicks some ass - best book in series to date 3. Oktober 2012
Von David G - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The series keeps getting better as Jane & Beast come into their own. Already a strong heroine Jane reveals even more strengths and history. It is the best book yet in the Jane Yellowrock series and can be read alone without the background books. But, for maximum enjoyment consider reading the entire series in order to watch Jane's character grow. You will want to anyway, after reading this story.

Background:

Jane is a skinwalker, a shapeshifter, able to take on the shape of other animals. Beast is a mountain lion, a puma, that Jane inadvertently merged with as a child. Her long association with Jane seems to have Beast developing more cunning and a stronger independent personality.

Jane was found wandering through the forest as a child years ago. After growing up under the governments foster program she sets out on her own to try and find a job working security. She becomes a vampire hunter, a good one. This brings her into the world of the vampire leaders and oddly enough she starts working for them. Vampires are neither good nor evil. They are what you would expect if you gave humans superpowers and long life. Some good, some bad, all arrogant and a law onto themselves. Jane helps enforce that law, becoming "The Enforcer" for Leo Pellissier the Vampire Master of New Orleans and by extension the most powerful vampire in the country.

In the previous novel Jane best friend breaks their relationship after Jane is forced to kill her sister and she loses her boyfriend to a were curse. She starts this novel emotionally isolated, alone and yet her independence shows her inner strength.

Death's Rival

Death's Rival starts with the unexpected. Vampires are getting sick. But vampires just don't get sick. They die and can get hurt, but disease has never touched them before. As the sickness develops vampire city leaders lose their independence and bow to a new unknown master. This new vampire is making a move on Leo's turf and things are building to a vampire war. As Leo's Enforcer, Jane must identify and fight the minions of this challenger. But although she claims the title, she is not truly Leo's Enforcer as she never accepted the blood bond and servitude that go with it. Leo views this as a weakness and perhaps even a threat and moves to correct this. Jane views this attempt to ensnare her as a betrayal and their relationship continues to be complicated.

Leo's forces contain a traitor who is feeding information to the enemy. Who is the traitor and the face of the enemy is revealed as the story progresses. The enemy is a very old and very powerful vampire. He and Jane's mysterious past have a history together. Jane find more of her skinwalker tribal roots and recovers more memories. She emerges stronger and determined. He destroyed her people,hunting, enslaving and draining them of blood. He rejects the rules of the vampire laws and feeds indiscriminately and to the death on humans. This makes him very powerful and a cruel enemy. To defend Leo, the rule of vampire law and for vengeance for her people, Jane (and Beast) enter into a truly climactic battle that can only end in one of them lying dead. This is one of the best battles I have read, leaping from one high to another as Jane battles this ancient enemy and his allies.

If you like excitement read this book. If you are already familiar with the Jane Yellowrock series you will not be disappointed.

As a bonus the author throws in a teaser from her Rogue mage series, another excellent read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen They just keep getting better! 2. Oktober 2012
Von Melissa Gilbert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From the first line - vamps don't get sick - Faith Hunter takes Jane Yellowrock on a gritty, bloody, and suspenseful ride navigating vamp politics, brutal fights, and Beast's longing for a mate. Readers had better buckle up before take-off because Death's Rival is a wild ride full of twists, turns, and surprises.

In Death's Rival, Jane is commissioned with the seemingly impossible job of taking blood from master vampires who have become physically sick after a challenge from an unknown master. The past catches up with Jane and hits her hard as she struggles with her past decisions, her kill count, and her childhood. She is saddened by those she's lost and concerned about those she still stands to lose, including some new friends. Overshadowing Jane's personal demons is a vampire war, unknown assailants, and a mysterious disease threatening those she holds dear. The body count is high in this book, so get ready for a bloody adventure.

Beast fans will love the scenes where Beast takes control. Faith Hunter has perfected the shift between consciousnesses in this book, and there are some great scenes involving Beast and one of our favorite boy toys! Perhaps Beast will even find the mate she has been dreaming of...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wanted to like 5. Oktober 2012
Von Tabais - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I like this series. I just don't like where it's going. The main character has gone from a fearsome vampire hunter to a beaten dog. She seems to only care about money and the fact that she keeps working for the very people who betray and hurt her repeatedly just made me lose any respect I had for her. Frustrated me to the point I had to put the book down and walk away.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It is painful to watch Jane's moral decay accelerate 18. Oktober 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Jane Yellowrock series has always been characterized by some great action scenes and this novel delivers in spades. But the other thing that always made this series so good was the ability to follow Jane's internal moral arguments with herself through the device of first person narration. This is hard to pull off and Ms. Hunter has so far done a fantastic job. In this novel, though, things happen that either seem contrived to continue the series or else don't fit the moral framework that has been the centerpiece of the series to date.

In the last novel, Jane and Rick seem to have found a solution to his "little problem", and Rick has decided to take a job with PsyLed. This should allow him to be productive in his current state and stay with Jane even if she moves around, yet at the beginning of this novel Jane is convinced that she and Rick are over as a romantic item and she considers herself friendless and homeless. How did this happen? Why was the conflict in the relationship off camera? Then when they finally get together in this novel, he informs Jane that they cannot be romantically involved, because the Grindylow will kill both of them. This flies in the face of what we already know about the were society: that the Grindylows are there to protect humanity by killing any weres who attempt to turn a human into a lycanthrope. In previous works we find that this occurs from biting, not sex (else all werewolves would be being hunted by Grindys by now), especially in light of the were reaction to Leo trying to pimp Jane out in the third novel. Addtionally, both Rick and the grindylow know that Jane isn't human, so doesn't fall under the writ of the grindylow as we have been told to now. Even worse, Rick and Jane agree to date others, just after Rick has informed Jane that having sex with someone not a were will get him killed! Who is he going to date?

Stranger than this is her reaction to the Vampires of New Orleans. She claims to be motivated by money, but that is patently not true as one of the characters points out that she has more money than Midas and by now has a national reputation that would get her work anywhere. Yet despite this, she stays to work as an enforcer for a demonstrably evil group of people. Even after she is essentially raped in the middle of the book by her so called friends, she doesn't react like someone violated in such an intimate manner.

Which leads to the real problem. In the early books in the series, Jane is a good person who is working to protect humanity from monsters. In the last couple of novels, we have watched her turn into a person who now works as muscle for a group of people who enslave the will of humans, who no longer has much of an internal conversation about her faith and who is only interested in her spiritual journey as it allows her to uncover her past. It is like watching an idealistic cop being turned into a mafia hit man. Where before she agonized about being forced to kill a human, now it happens all the time and is OK because it helps the "good" vampires maintain their power base. This after she has learned that the vampires are direct necromantic descendants of Judas Iscariot! She has abandoned any real, honest friendships (e.g. with Molly and her family) for the self-serving power acquaintances with the vampire power structure in New Orleans. As we saw with the rape scene in this novel, any friendships (like with George Dumas) cannot be real as they are secondary to the enslavement of will that all the blood servants operate under. Yet she stays around, risking her own free will and not surprisingly, loses a large portion of it at the end of the novel.

As I mentioned at the top, the action scenes are fun, the story line is intense, but it is painful watching someone that we care about fall from grace and turn into an amoral vigilante. She isn't there yet, but it won't be long at this rate before she is just another Rambo.
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