Book Review

by Faith Hunter

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

At first Black Arts seems like a straightforward mystery set against a backdrop of vampires and magic, but then the protagonist gets sent on multiple seemingly unrelated missions. While the connections between these assignments become clear, the path there is too disjointed. Additionally, a romance that’s introduced and resolved quickly doesn’t seem to add anything to the story. Finally, the conclusion wraps too cleanly, without enough lead-in.

“Skinwalker” Jane Yellowrock is estranged from her best friend Molly, so it’s a shock when Molly’s husband, Evan, shows up looking for her. But before the investigation goes anywhere, Jane is asked to find a pair of vamp girls who are also missing. Then, as an Enforcer for an important vampire, she’s tasked with preparing his home for a gathering. When it’s clear that all these separate threads are related, Jane must fight her most powerful foe yet. (ROC, Jan., 336 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Leah Hanson

Publisher: ROC

Published: January 2014

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Black Arts

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on January 6, 2014 - 1:03pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*eARC received from NetGalley

Wow fans of this series are going to be falling over themselves to read this book.

This installment of the Jane Yellowrock series will tie up unfinished business and give answers that Faith's numerous fans are dying to have, but it's also a lynchpin as to just where this character's journey is going.

This book is by no means an easy standalone novel and is probably best read as part of a series starting with Skinwalker. If you are looking for urban fantasy and a heroine with heart then look no further.

Jane's life as a vampire hunter is finally making sense. Those around her now know of her heritage and abilities and it's strangely liberating to finally show her true self. The only true blot on the horizon is her bust up with her best friend and witch Molly but then again Jane did kill Molly's sister so that's probably to be expected, right? Well actually no as Molly's husband Evan has turned up worried that his wife has disappeared and swearing that Molly had understood and was trying to forgive Jane. Evan is convinced that Molly was on her way to see Jane but she hasn't arrived and the trail has gone cold. Janes not going to leave her friends in the lurch and starts to investigate. Whilst trying to find out if Molly is safe Jane gets a call from the local vampires asking her to investigate the disappearance of two of their working girls. It's not a request Jane can easily refuse but when she meets up with Leo the Master of the City and he needs her to work at beefing up security at an important gathering he's arranged things start to get a lot more complicated. Is it possible that there's a connection between the missing person cases? It could all be a coincidence but vampire politics are very complicated and the world that Jane inhabits is full of danger.

I've only recently started to read this series as I spotted a novella set in this world in Kicking It and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've had to rapidly catch up and I'm so pleased I finally started reading these books. The character Jane leads a complicated life and a lot of this book is inside Janes head as we are treated to the internal dialogue that she has with her inner Beast.

I love Beast! They hardly ever agree but when they do things get done . Beast has very strong ideas about those around Jane but just like Jane is über protective of those deserving it. This was quite an emotional read at one point as Janes love life seems to be at a huge turning point and it's a pivotal moment. I fear there will be readers shouting at their books in disgust but I did say that Jane's life was complicated!

Although I really enjoyed this I somehow still wanted more. It's a very good book and the writing standard is excellent as always but for me a little more action initially would have been appreciated. For that reason I'd rate this a four and a half.