Review – BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter

February 28, 2014 4 Star Reviews, General, Reviews 13 ★★★★½

Review – BLOOD TRADE by Faith HunterBlood Trade by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #6
Published by ROC BOOKS on April 2, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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.

As some of you may already know, I’m a big fan of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.  It’s one of my auto-buy UF series and while I may not review each release on the blog, rest assured I read them.  I recently devoured book six, BLOOD TRADE, and loved it. 

BLOOD TRADE has everything I’ve come to love about a Jane Yellowrock book –- action, mystery, and just the right balance of dark and light to make it heavy without being too over the top.  While I liked the movement in the series arc in the last book, DEATH’S RIVAL, I wasn’t terribly engrossed by the mystery of its storyline.  Don’t get me wrong, something major happens in book five, something that’s upsetting and traumatic and changes the course of relationships.  But the vampire plague that’s the central focus of DEATH’S RIVAL wasn’t terribly engrossing to me.  Enter BLOOD TRADE which builds off the events of its predecessor and, for me, completely sucked me in.  Hunter has expanded Jane’s world — she’s lost one family, the Everharts, and gained another.  With the introduction of Eli and The Kid as Jane’s partners, a new dynamic has been created which is a lot of fun.  I love that Jane has gone from being a complete loner in book one to opening herself up to the possibility of deeper connections and trust by book six.  Her romantic relationships with Bruiser and Rick, while still unresolved, are finally beginning to move towards something.  I want her to make a decision between the two men but I understand the complications with both.  And Jane herself is such a complex character, filled with the torment of a dark history that is slowly coming to light but motivated by a pure heart full of good intentions and honor, that she fascinates me.  She’s become a more emotional creature and watching her awkwardly deal with feelings and trust is humanizing and endearing.

The events in BLOOD TRADE revolve around Jane and crew assisting the head vampire of Natchez, Mississippi in eliminating a problem with Naturalezza vampires.  The action is intense without being too much; the imagery is disturbing and almost cinematic.  There are, quite simply, a lot of cool scenes — the dreamwalker in the church, the transport circles, the witches — all these elements add up to powerful images that at times could be intensely creepy.  The mystery of BLOOD TRADE connects with the events of the last book and delves into the history of the Mithrans and the Naturalezza and the connection with witches and Jane herself, thereby paving the way for book seven.  Hunter’s strength is in plotting the series as a whole and I love the way each book builds on the other.  Finally, though the key to the mystery, or the villain, felt somewhat obvious, I enjoyed the path Jane takes towards finding the answers.   

Jane’s character development is spectacular and I highly recommend this series based on that alone.  But honestly, this is just great urban fantasy.  With its great action and mystery, and a superb heroine who continues to grow with each installment, BLOOD TRADE is a solid entry in the powerful world that is Jane Yellowrock.  4.5 Howls!


About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival, Blood Trade, and Black Arts. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage.
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.
Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

13 Responses to “Review – BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter”

  1. Melliane

    I’m so behind in this series. I only read book 1 in French but I was a little mixed about it but it sounds like it’s really good and maybe it was only the French part, I’ll try book 2 in English, we’ll see.

  2. Mogsy

    I would love to start this series, but at this point I don’t know if I could ever catch up! Definitely one of the big urban fantasy titles and authors that are constantly catching my eye and piquing my interesting/temptation though.
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    • shewolfreads

      It’s a great series and worth the investment. Some people don’t like the way Jane’s mountain lion other half is written in the first one, but that voice really evolves over the course of the series. This is one of my favorites!

  3. Tabitha the Pabkins

    Yes I love Eli and the kid! I can’t wait to see how their dynamic builds and adds to the story – I was wondering what Hunter was going to do because of the loss of friendship with Molly. I’m actually going to start this one this week cause I just finished Death’s Rival last week or before I forget. woohoo so excited.
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  4. Debbie

    I love these books, read them on Kindle and run them on audio in the car as my husband enjoys them too. I am about 40% through blood trade and confess to finding the Ricky-bo/Bruiser triangle tiresome. I am also kinda confused as I have read a short story somewhere where her and Ricky were “playing” but not sure if this happens before she accused him of shooting her or after. See my dilemma, so instead of working I find myself trawling Google looking for reviews that may/maynot shed light on what is currently doing my brain in…….sigh!

    • Lee

      This is one of my favorite series! What short story are you referring to? Not sure if I’ve read it but would like to check it out. I really hope with this last book the triangle ends because it’s been to long drawn out.