Review – Faith Hunter’s Black Arts

Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the upcoming Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock book, Black Arts. Doug got his hands on it early, but it will be officially released on January 7th.

black artsWhat Doug said…


Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost….

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.


When I got this I was already sure that I was going to like it (since I have loved every installment in this series) but this was a major step up in not just the story but the look inside to see exactly who Jane Yellowrock is under the hard exterior.

Don’t get me wrong, Jane is STILL Jane but she does a lot of self introspection during this novel and comes out better for it.  I must admit I still spent most of the novel wishing for or waiting for her to kill someone that richly deserved it (and there are a plethora of candidates).

The main thing here is that Molly is missing and she has to find her since Evan is a loose cannon without Molly but nobody seems to know what happened to her but Jane will be piecing things together all through the book and concurrent plotlines that all converge with deadly results as always.

The book comes to an explosive conclusion with most things settled but some things are left for the next book so it is not a cliffhanger but everything is not settled …. yet.  Ms. Hunter tried to give us a bit of payback for the acts of betrayal of Leo/Katie/Bruiser back in previous story but maybe I am a hard case since I was not really satisfied yet, but it was not overlooked completely which would have been completely out of character, there may still be some payback.  We shall see……

Bottom Line:  This is 5 Stars with no real reservations other than maybe I am such a revenge junkie I might want more payback but that was not the real story in this novel.  Jane is her deadly best and she handles things better than anyone could and her love life still sucks but what else is new.  You don’t want to miss this so get your order in now and read it the first chance you get.

How may Jane Yellowrock fans are out there? It is a series that you always see good things about, but it never usually gets mentioned with the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels crowd, which is a shame.


15 thoughts on “Review – Faith Hunter’s Black Arts

  1. Rachel V. says:

    Jane Yellowrock is one of my all time favorite series. I always preorder as soon as I can then wait and wait till I can’t hardly stand it till release day. I’m never disappointed with this series or Jane/Beast. If there’s some hot Bruiser in it, then all the better.

  2. Denise Matthews says:

    This is an awesome series! And a great review. Thanks Doug. I have been hooked on Jane and Beast since Skinwalker (book 1). For all y’all who already love the series. Coming out on October 7, 2014 is the next book in the series, Broken Soul. I can’t wait. There are also other Jane and Beast books to keep y’all busy until then. Check out Easy Pickings by Faith and CE Murphy. It is written in an alternate world where Jane meets Joanne Walker from CE’s series, the Walker Papers. Find out where the mysterious earring that keeps moving around on Jane came from. There are several more short stories and an anthology of Jane’s stories. Grab a copy of Jane Yellowrock World Companion, Have Stakes, Will Travel, and Cat Tales. If you like audio, all of Faith;s Jane Yellowrock series, even the anthologies, are available and narrated by the fantastic. Khristine Hvam. Check out one (or all) of the Jane Yellowrock series. It really is a great series.

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