Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Urban Fantasy Review - Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she’s been working for them.

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock.

But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical? Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It’s a good thing she’s worth every penny.


Raven Cursed is the fourth installment of the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series and continues to deliver high-octane action combined with the entertaining smart wit and self-deprecation of Jane. Set in the Appalachian area of Jane's roots this is a less "urban" adventure then in the past. Jane juggles a lot of responsibilities searching for a mysterious supernatural killer, managing a parlay between vampires and trying to maintain important friendships. She endures a fair bit if hardship. The pacing never flags and the story delivers sufficient twists and turns for any thriller/adventure fan.

As with many series it helps to have read previous novels, but I believe Raven Cursed provides sufficient background to cover earlier events. The novel wraps up a number of plot threads from Mercy Blade (#3) and ends on a high note setting the stage for new and exciting opportunities for Jane. No cliffhangers. The Jane Yellowrock character is one of the most memorable and well defined heroines in urban fantasy and I heartily recommend this book and series to UF readers.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464330
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Series: Jane Yellowrock #4
 Read an excerpt.


  1. I'm a fan of this series, it's certainly different from the rest of the UF pack. I didn't like Mercy Blade as much as the first two (maybe because the secondary characters didn't have as big a role), so I have high hopes for Raven Cursed.

  2. Anne there is lots of secondary character action in this one. Rick is present, Mollie and her sisters and more...


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