Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story...
Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.
What I liked: Well, absolutely everything! I loved this series from the very beginning but Ms Hunter has made it better and better with each new book/novella. This series has so much going on in each installment but, Jane/Beast is one of the best developed characters I've ever read. And the good part, she's still growing, still learning, and is totally badass.
Each and every character plays an intergral part. You can't forgot about one character because if you do, that character might come back to bite you in the butt. As much as Ms Hunter has revealed about each character so far, I find myself thinking, she's only let us see so much of each one. There is a depth to the characters and the mystery surrounding each one makes the book just that much better than the next.
In Shadow Rites, many of our favorite characters are front and center and of course, when that happens, the mayhem expected will be off the charts. I'm so very glad Bruiser has evolved as much as he has so he and Jane can go their own way without too much interference from Leo. Well, Leo will always be interfering but he can't compel Bruiser as much as he used to which made it much easier for me to deal.
While Shadow Rites has a beginning and an ending, there are so many questions and situations brought up that I'm hopeful of many, many more books in this series. Believe me, when you're done reading it, you'll think "what a great book" and then realize, Ms Hunter has opened up a plethora of possibilities with several of the characters and some of the questions surrounding them.
A couple of blogger friends and I were talking about how hard/easy it is to write certain reviews. I said it was easier to write top reviews and now I'm eating my words. I can't do Shadow Rites justice in a review. I don't have the magical words to tell you how much I loved this book. What I can say is, it kept me up way past my normal bed time, I wished others had read it at the same time I did so we could talk about it and I couldn't easily put the book down and walk away. I wanted to analyze every little tidbit. See, totally obsessed.
What I didn't like: Huh, am I supposed to write something here? Yeah, I loved it all!
You know how I always have something to say on the pricing of some books....well, not in this case. As a matter of fact, if Shadow Rites was in hardcover, I would buy it. The Kindle pricing is definitely worth it at $7.99 and I also have it in audio book. I don't often buy a book across all the different ways it's published but I will with the series!!
I was provided an ARC through NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (And yet, I still ordered my own Kindle version).