Review: Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock #1
Faith Hunter
Urban Fantasy
Penguin Group USA
July 7th 2009


First in a brand new series from the author of the Rogue Mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is a supernatural skinwalker--one sharing her body with the soul of a mountain lion. When the rogue-vampire hunter is hired to hunt down a particularly nasty vamp, Jane is drawn into the steamy New Orleans vampire society where she learns the ins-and-outs of the "sane" vampire culture, more about her own Cherokee heritage, and we are drawn into a rousing, fast-paced thriller.


The Jane Yellowrock series is one that has been recommended to me by many a book lover. I’ve had it on my TBR for years now and finally I’m starting this series and seeing what everyone is talking about.

Skinwalker is book one in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. It was a delightful start to the series. We get action, adventure, mystery, and a diverse bunch of supernatural creatures.

I enjoyed Jane and the Beast. They both are kick-ass and distinctive. I found the alternating POV’s between Jane and the Beast to be remarkable and gripping. I like that Jane’s heritage is Cherokee, she reminded me a little of Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series. I also enjoyed that her past is murky and that we only get little tidbits on her background. It wasn’t a lot, but enough to wet the appetite. I also liked that she enjoys tea’s. I find that refusing; especially in this day and age where authors have their characters drinking coffee all the time.

Skinwalker focused on the characters and a mystery. I enjoyed the mystery. The pace was steady and the mystery was not apparent until it was revealed. Always good to be keepet in the dark until the characters figure it out. Their was a lot of information on all the other paranormals in the world. With Jane very little, but we get a diverse bunch of supernaturals and information explaining them.

We also have a little attraction going on, no romance, but you can see that Jane or should I say Beast wants Jane to find a mate. Jane understands and notices an attractive guy, who wouldn’t notice a hot guy, but she doesn’t just give in to attraction. The chase is half the fun.

Skinwalker was a good read and I look forward to the next.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Review: Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

  1. I have the first three books waiting for me in Audible. I’ll get to them one of these days. I’ve heard such great things. And hey… I drink tea! Thanks for the review.
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    • ^_^ I like tea too. I had to request my library buy book 2. Then didn’t have it, but they had several in the series. It finally came in and I’ve got it now, but first I need to read some review books before I can dig into the library books. I’m a little behind on those review books =/ Ya, I’ve heard wonderful things about this series too. I’m hope it’s as good as people say. I did enjoy book one and am curious to see what comes next.

  2. I have the second book for a while but I still need to read it

    • I just picked up book 2 from the library.

  3. I finally got the first few books in this series at my local used book store. Been wanting to start the series after several friends told me they knew I’d love it!

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    • I had several bloggers recommend this series, so I thought this year I’ll give it a try. Only read book one so far. Waiting on my library for book 2.

  4. This was a series I saw a lot about last year and wanted to try but just never dove in yet. I like strong female characters but not overly gruff ones. Wasn’t sure if this one fell into the too gruff category.

    • I don’t know if I’d say Jane is gruff. I’ve only read this one book so far, so I can’t make a far judgement on her character. I liked book one Skinwalker but wasn’t overly inthralled as other series books I’ve tried. I’m going to read book 2, but at this time I’m not see what everyone else is seeing and raving about. It was enjoyable and a good read.