Friday, 12 October 2012

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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...

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Jane Yellowrock is a freelance vampire hunter, and she’s also a skinwalker. Jane can take any shape she wants, but she mainly takes the shape of the ‘beast’ living inside her.
Jane’s beast is a big cat, and she lives inside Jane as a separate consciousness, with thoughts and desires of her own.
Jane is in New Orleans, trying to track a rogue vampire who has been murdering other vamps, and hoping to do it within 10 days so that she can get her bonus! Trouble is that Beast doesn’t think that the rogue is a vamp, she thinks he’s a ‘liver eater’, which apparently would make him some kind of skinwalker too.
Can Jane work out who this rogue is, and can she stop him in time?

This book was pretty good, and left plenty of room for the next book in the series. Jane was an interesting character, and It was nice to find a book where the main character was a Cherokee.
I liked how ‘Beast’ was a separate entity from Jane, and how she had her own thoughts, ideas, and wants. I found it interesting that the ‘beast’ wasn’t just Jane in her other form, and the problems that sometimes caused when Beast wanted something that Jane did not.
As a friend pointed out there were some bits in this book that really didn’t tie in with New Orleans, but I was unable to spot this flaws having never been there myself.
I was unable to guess who the rogue was, and liked the explosive finish which was probably the best part of the book.
Overall; an interesting urban fantasy, with a different sort of ‘shifter’ idea.
7 out of 10.


  1. I love this book. Beast is an awesome seperate character. It made this book unique. Happy you enjoyed it mostly.

  2. Talk about kick-butt heroines...this girl sounds like a modern mercenary Xena Warrior Princess!