Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Posted 29 March, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review | 42 Comments

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First off, let me just say that I’ve been a fan of this series from the start. It’s been consistently strong with an awesome heroine to boot. So, if you haven’t yet picked up a Jane Yellowrock book, I highly suggest it. Secondly, yay — book 10 is coming out April 5th! And we’re celebrating with a rockin’ blog tour complete with a lovely giveaway (check it out at the bottom of this post).

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Shadow Rites by Faith HunterShadow Rites Published by Roc on April 5, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages

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.

        By the tenth book, many series will have grown stale or lost my interest. But Jane Yellowrock keeps me going! And this new addition to the series is no different. I love how Jane is such a hard-ass warrior and yet she’s also so vulnerable because of what happened when she was young and how she wound up sharing her soul space with Beast (who I adore, btw. Not sure if I see her as the alpha in their relationship but the bossy cat certainly sees it that way).
        This time around, Jane’s got her hands full making certain that everything is in place security-wise for the European vampires’ visit (those bastards…the sh*t is really going to fly when they finally cross the pond). She’s also struggling with the repercussions of a lightning strike, which has affected her ability to change forms during combat. And, of course, there are more people out to get her and her growing clan.
        While, at times, I wish Jane had time to sit back and relax just a little bit, the story itself moves forward at a nearly frenetic pace, hauling us along whether we want to or not (personally, I’d like to spend a bit more time in the back yard with a cold drink, watching the boys cook me dinner but, hey, that’s just me). However, the plot hauls us into the back of a limo with hottie Bruiser for a little Jane-on-Bruiser time (amen for that!). Now, if only we could get rid of Leo and his stalker-y tendencies (as well as Beast’s determination to hook up with Leo because he’d be a good mate. Um, no. Gotta disagree with you there, pussy cat. Let Jane decide who to hook up with.).
        I think what I liked best about this story is how Jane has moved from a very solitary individual at the beginning of the series to someone who’s got a seriously awesome system of support, who’s build herself her own clan (I like that term, too. One of the characters used it in this book to describe her peeps and I found myself nodding in agreement.). Granted, this means there are more people who she cares about that she has to protect but it also means that she’s got more people to watch her back and stand up for her even when she doesn’t know she needs it (hard to admit when you’ve been independent and beholden to no one for as long as she has). Her clan really gelled in this installment.
        Along with all the subplots, romance and family matters, there’s an excellent mystery to be solved (who ARE those bad magic users?). I closed this book with a satisfied sigh.

Excerpt #5
It took a while, but Eli finally pulled a tiny device out of one of his stake sheaths. He held it up to the light and it looked like part of child’s toy, a red and blue plasticized square. “That was a good plant,” he said. “A good location, and I didn’t even notice the insert.”
I couldn’t find one on me at all. We turned and retraced our steps to the front, and on the way, I stopped and picked it up. Eli frowned, a slight downward hitch of his lips, before his face relaxed. He said, “She slipped it into your knife retrieval pocket and it went straight through.”
“Yep.” Back at the entrance, Wrassler stood to the side, his hands loose and ready, as if to draw a weapon. Losing a limb could make one hyperalert. “Wrassler’s insert was excellent,” I said. “But not yours. I’m wearing slacks with false pockets and it went straight through.”
The little blonde grimaced. Well, she wasn’t little. She stood five-seven, but that was several inches under my six feet, so she was little to me. Her name was Brenda Rezk and she had been number three in security in Atlanta back when. So far, here, she was feeling frustrated and tentative. It was hard to move in an apparent downward direction in anything, but she was better than she was feeling right now, and if she kept up the progress, when she went back to Atlanta, she would end up higher than number three in the clan home of the new Master of the City of Atlanta.

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About Faith Hunter

unnamedFaith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, 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 rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Now, onto the giveaways! First up, there is a tour-wide giveaway for one complete set of the Jane Yellowrock series (all 10 novels!), plus one $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Visit the Let’s Talk!Promotions Shadow Rites Tour Page to enter.
Secondly, I’ve got a copy of Shadow Rites to giveaway to one lucky winner! The publisher will ship one copy of SHADOW RITES to my winner. US only, no PO Boxes please. Good luck!

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42 Responses to “Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter”

  1. Melodie Luckett

    This is a Great series, Great review…. Counting the days until Shadow Rites is released!!!

  2. Pauline E.

    Great review, covered a lot of territory without spoilers. The anticipation runs high the closer we get to April 5!


    Let’s agree to disagree on the MOC. And go Beast.

    Otherwise, good review. Can’t wait for this book already

  4. Erica W

    If your a paranormal, fantasy, or urban fantasy lover and you have yet to read a jane yellowrock novel you are sorely missing out. Well in general if you havent your missing out. The books get better and better with each new addition. You are instantly drawn into each book by faith hunters great writing.

  5. Tammy M

    I love the review! There were no spoilers, my excitement for the release of Shadow Rites is huge, and your reasons for loving the series are right there with mine! And the excerpt…..ugh, I’m on pins and needles……I can’t wait till next Tuesday!

  6. Sharyonda

    Cannot wait to win the set (10) and start to delve into this series snd the life of Jane.

  7. Stephanie F.

    Im two books behind and really need to catch up. Definitely picking them up soon and catching up.

  8. Alisha

    Great review! I can hardly wait until April 5th … and this short story is really turning my head around … wheeeee!

  9. Larisa

    I hadn’t read any of this series until last spring, which as a plus gave me an epic binge read like I haven’t had since diving into Dresden Files a couple years ago. Now? Jane’s a clear-my-schedule-on-release-day read with plenty of excerpt rereads during the year.

  10. Shawna

    Thanks for the interview. Faiths characters develop realistically and doesn’t get a new one every time there’s a new bad guy. It’s why she’s believable

  11. Julie Zeigler

    I love the Jane Yellowrock series and enjoyed your review very much! I certainly agree with you on Beast’s choice of mates! Not a good idea, Beast!

  12. Diane N

    I liked how the review mentions Jane’s growth through out the series. Eagerly waiting to see where the story takes her next.

  13. Mandy

    Yes, I love this series. Yes, I preordered as soon as Shadow Rites became available. And NO, I CANNOT WAIT until April 5th!!!!

  14. Bkeepr

    Time to reread the previous books to refresh my memory. These books never get old, all are worth at least 2 reads.

  15. Carol Gilreath

    Faith Hunter and Jane Yellowrock are awesome. Can’t wait to read Shadow Rites.