In Dark Heir by Faith Hunter, the action starts pretty much from the moment you start the book. There is a brief respite from time to time, but basically it’s a quick moving, action filled book. This is book 9 in the Jane Yellowrock series.
Jane Yellowrock, owner and active manager of Yellowrock Securities provides security for the Master of the City, that is to say, the head vampire of the city. She and her officers are called to headquarters because of an altercation on a lower level. Things go from bad to worse and next thing they know, the team is hunting the Son of Darkness, one of the biggest, baddest vampires ever.
Synopsis from Publisher:
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…
For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.
Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.
Review: The book is well written. The pace is quick. The characters are well rounded. Alex is her go to tech man and his brother Eli is her partner in action. Bruiser is her “something,” her romantic interest. There isn’t much of what you would consider gooey romance here, but there is definitely a developing relationship between the two. And for those of you who prefer your books sex free, keep looking. There aren’t many sex scenes, but when those that are in the book are pretty hot.
Jane is a tough woman. A Cherokee shapeshifting skinwalker, Jane has an alternate shape of a mountain lion. This gives her an advantage over regular people in regards to senses, strength, and healing. She can be one of the guys. But in the end, she is also still a woman who will cry when it’s appropriate, and hang with her besties.
I give this book 4 stars for the action, the characters, and the writing. There is humor in the mix. The way she and others call the vampires suckheads is just one example. This was the first Jane Yellowrock book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. It can function as a stand-alone novel. I can only imagine that if you’ve been following the series it would be even better. The book was released April 7, 2015 by Roc. More about the author and her books can be found at Faithhunter.net
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.