There is a reason Faith Hunter has bypassed many authors to earn herself a spot on my top 3 list. Her fantastic storytelling and world building are but just a couple of those reasons and Mercy Blade was no exception.
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker ? and a vampire killer for hire. But lately she’s found herself taking blood money from the very vampires she used to hunt…
Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence tot he world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire.
When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding were-wolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo’s “Mercy Blade,” a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans ? or, more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier…
Much like Skinwalker and Blood Cross, the world and story building in Mercy Blade was fabulous. That really is an understatement, but I am running out of words to describe how utterly wonderful Hunter’s writing really is. Hunter has a skill for great story writing and as such each book sucks you in right from the start.
In Mercy Blade, the Weres are “out” and causing trouble for Pellissier so Jane is called in to help with the situation. A new character is introduced, one that I really hope Hunter writes more about later, I won’t spoil it for you but he is tied to the vampires very closely and I have to admit he is one of the most interesting characters since Beast herself.
The plot in Mercy Blade is fast paced and action packed with lots of vampire and were politics that, at times, left me a little confused. In spite of my confusion, I really love how Hunter puts everything together. I also really enjoy Jane’s growth throughout the series, especially in Mercy Blade. She is still a bad ass but also finds herself just being a woman with real feelings and it’s a joy to see the progress – as well as setbacks – she makes.
Mercy Blade ends with a cliffhanger that WOW’d me, and made me want to throw the book at the same time. I am definitely becoming impatient about waiting for Raven Cursed after the big kicker Hunter through at us at the end.
Raven Cursed (1/3/2012)
Death’s Rival (2012)