Review: Death’s Rival (Jane Yellowrock #5) by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock #5
Faith Hunter
Urban Fantasy
October 2nd 2012


Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.


Death’s Rival is book five in Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. 

Jane, kicked-ass and Beast, really shined. 

I was pulled in from the first to the last page. So much happens that you just can’t help, but get pulled in. The story is action-packed, full of suspense, secrets, and shocking moments. The story was set at a perfect pace and gives readers no excuse not to gobble this one up. 

I enjoyed Jane. Loved Beast, Eli and the Kid. It was great to get some new characters. I hope Eli and the Kid become more then colleges, more then friends, maybe a family and that Jane can rely on them. She needs someone in her life. Someone to rely on. Rick is gone and that relationship is over and Molly isn’t her friend anymore, so Jane is alone and has no one to trust or be in her corner. 

The author treats us to a more in-depth look into Jane’s personal history. Her memories of her past are frayed and it’s more difficult then she anticipated to pieces them together. As we all know by now Jane is a unique Skinwalker who houses Beast inside her, which only adds another element. 

Beast, was her own character in this one. She’s smart, has a hidden depth to her, and we learn a few rare things about her. I loved learning more about Jane and Beast. It made both of them more real. 

I do have issues with this series and they are: 

– The love triangle. I still have issues with the men in Jane’s life and Jane thinking that every man she meets is sex on a stick. I’m so over this and wish she would be done and pick a man. Rick, also pops bak up near the end in Death’s Rival. He was a dick at the very end to Jane. OMG, I’m so over him and have been from book one. 

– Then their was The Thing that happens in Death’s Rival. I’m going to call it The Thing with Leo. This scene was so wrong on so many levels. Trust was lost all around. I hated what Leo did to Jane and to Bruiser. As for Bruiser I feel sorry for him. He couldn’t help his part in it. It was just wrong all around. 

– And last I don’t get why Jane is still in New Orleans and working with Leo. Their has to be rogue vampires somewhere else for her to go after? She knows being around vampires will only bring trouble. Why does she stay? 

Death’s Rival is a major turning point. At least for me. After five novels I finally see what everyone raves about. I had a blast reading, loved the non-stop action, and learning about Jane’s heritage. I couldn’t put this book down. 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

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Bambi Unbridled
July 31, 2017 4:21 pm

I love this series – but tend to listen in audio. The narrator really shines and brings Beast to life. Get used to being in New Orleans though, that is where the series is primarily staged. I like that it stays in place somewhat – it gives time to develop lots of secondary characters.

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader
July 25, 2017 12:23 pm

I haven’t heard of this series, but the issues you brought up seem legit. Overall, it does look good and I’ll put it on my TBR list. Great review. 🙂

Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons
July 25, 2017 7:34 am

I keep hearing great things about this series. I really need to try it. You are flying through it.

Debbie Haupt
July 25, 2017 6:53 am

Oh new to me author and series and your great review makes me put this on my wish list. Thanks

Laura Thomas
July 25, 2017 6:37 am

Yippee. You loved it. I’ve had this series on my wish list for some time and finally just ordered the first book. Can’t wait for it to arrive so I can read what I’ve been missing!

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
July 25, 2017 6:09 am

This series is on my TBR and I think I have some the first ones in my Audible library. I’m anxious to read them since I read Cold Reign without all the back story. Great review!

Mary Dellenbusch
Mary Dellenbusch
July 25, 2017 5:25 am

I love to read your reviews for these books! This series is one that again, I still have not read as of yet. I want to and will have to wait until I get my others first in line finished with. The fact that this is a series makes me very happy. As I love series!!! Thanks for posting these and I hope to read more until I start the first one.

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