But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
What I liked: This is one of my favorite series of all time. I recommend it continually to any reader looking for an Urban Fantasy book. Why, you ask. Let’s see, it’s got a kick butt heroine, lots of man candy, humor, non-stop action and I could go on and on.
I’ve re-read this series countless times and I think Cold Reign is one of my favorite books starring Jane Yellowrock. Ms Hunter ups the ante (I still can’t figure out how she continually improves on the overall plot line with each installment) again with Jane and her crew not only fighting “revenant” vampires and putting out fires concerning the safety of the MOC, Master of the City, and his family of vampires. Centuries old European vampires are playing all sorts of complicated games and Jane doesn’t know all the rules. If that isn’t enough to deal with, the weird weather in New Orleans is being manipulated, traitors within Leo’s House are making their presence known, her magics are changing, and Beast is keeping secrets. The only great thing happening is her relationship with Bruiser, sigh, but….even that gets a hit when Ricky Bo (I despise him, yep, I do) makes an appearance.
Jane has known all along Leo isn’t telling her everything about the upcoming EV (European Vampire) visit. As a matter of fact, Jane feels more like a chess piece than The Enforcer she is purported to be. Too many undercurrents abound as Jane and her crew slash family, Eli and Alex Younger and now including her Primo Edward, along with Bruiser try to figure out the diabolical plans of the EV and Leo’s counter plays. I could go on and on about the core story of Cold Reign but to me, it’s the plotting Ms Hunter has done to get to this point that just makes me shake my head in awe.
This is book 11 in the Jane Yellowrock series but everything and I mean everything ties back to the very first full length book, Skinwalker. I don’t know how many times my jaw dropped with all the different tie ins from earlier books. This series is not only well plotted but the flow is unreal. I know when I read a book, short story, novella, whatever, in this series, I should just take a deep breath and forget about sleep until I finish. Well, I do sleep but the first thing I do after getting ready for my day is dive right back into the story.
The research is another highlight of this series. I don’t even pretend to understand how Ms Hunter does her research but I feel like I AM in New Orleans and I’ve never been there. I’ve fact checked a few things but could never find a flaw in the setting. Then there are the characters and their interactions. WOW. They could be confrontational, funny, or just a shared moment, you, as the reader, won’t forget. For example, Eli is always so self-contained but Jane knows he has a traumatic episode in his past service as an Army Ranger but when Ms Hunter finally reveals the episode, you won’t forget it. Since neither Jane nor Eli are touchy feely people, to see Jane reach out to Eli to console him is newsworthy and funny.
(Note: This quote is from an ARC and might or might not be changed of not included in the final edition of Cold Reign. Even if it's not included, I felt it showed an insight the reader would enjoy) Quote. “… I looked at him quickly. His face was closed and distant, and I suddenly didn’t want to know what he might have done to stay alive. Instead I reached and gave him a hug. Both arms around him. Both hands, on his back. At the same time. And then I didn’t know what to do. … How many Mississippi’s did I hug for?... Unexpectedly, Eli was still laughing, face pulled up in unfamiliar lines. Showing teeth and everything. ‘That felt really weird,’ he said. ‘Think I’ll ever do that again?’ I asked, uncomfortable, and so glad he had let me step away. ‘God, I hope not,’ he said. It’s so girly.’” And don’t even get me started on the interactions between Jane and Beast.
Jane can be snarky, dismissive, focused, business-like, funny and deadly. She is finally learning the politics involved in not only in being Leo’s Enforcer but in getting people to do what she wants, when she wants it. I love every scene where Leo and Jane face off. I sincerely don’t know who is going to win but Leo seems to always have a plan to pull Jane deeper into all his Family drama and use her to get what he wants. Sometimes it’s to Jane’s advantage and more recently she’s able to spoil his plans to use her. The ending scene between them is unforgettable.
What I didn’t like: Absolutely nada. To me, even the $7.99 e-book pricing is reasonable considering the quality of the book.
This review is based on an ARC I received from NetGalley for an honest review.
Yes, I could go on and on and on. I really love the series. Readers should definitely start with the first in the series, Skinwalker but looking back I think the reader is going to have to be patient. The first book is important but like most first books, does not flow as smoothly as the more recent ones. You can see and read the progression of Ms Hunter as an author and fantastic storyteller.