It has been a while since there has been anything approaching a review on the blog, but Doug Meeks was kind enough to send his over for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, Dark Queen. It took me a while (and a couple of false starts) to get into the series, but when I did I didn’t look back. I have had this one pre-ordered for a long while now, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
What Doug said…
Ok, where to start … probably unknown to most people is that this was originally thought to be the last Jane Yellowrock book (a crime beyond comprehension). The series got a reprieve and there will be at least 2 more books BUT according to the author most of this book was written by that time and so it does some things that you might not like (I can think of several of them). In the long term I am sure it will be fine but you can see it was lining up for a finale and then the story turns a corner and starts down a new road.
Pretty much everything that has been happening for the last several books (and the series in a couple of places) is coming together for a final battle. There are some serious surprises here and a story that is addicting, we have what seems to be a requirement in recent books to have a lot of pages of “naval gazing” and while not boring you keep wondering what is happening while she is doing all this self introspection with the almost non-stop action in this book.
There are a couple of new characters, some more revealing things about some old characters and some side stories that left me a bit depressed. I was never really bored but Jane’s reaction to some things got somewhat redundant if not a small bit irritating.
The book starts with a bang and after release day you can read the teaser that Amazon shows (WARNING: You better be ready to buy the book if you do LOL). The action only lets up a few times which makes the quieter parts seem slower than normal.
I don’t dissect plots in my reviews, more of a feeling when I finished and this one kept me thinking about it long after I went to bed and the sorta cliffhanger ending (I am still considering if it is a true cliffhanger since you can mostly guess at the general direction of the plot). All I can say is she better write fast, I want to know what happens next ! I should add there is actually 2 sorta cliffhangers (HATE THAT)
Bottom Line: Loved it, mixture of emotions, love, hate, rage, warmth, and my favorite …. revenge. Obviously this is NOT a place to start this series at book 12 and one of the few series that the random short stories/novellas released along this journey DO matter. Jane is the hand of justice and while she might not love many of the aspects of that responsibility, she does not shirk them. These last few books have had a multitude of plots and subplots, this one is no different so hang on and don’t even try to scan through or you will miss something that might leave you confused later. Jane Yellowrock and Kate Daniels still sit atop the world of urban fantasy genre in my opinion and always will I am sure.
I am still more team Nell rather than team Jane, but the gap has been closing a bit with the last couple of Jane books. I think it is my love for the supporting cast that is helping that along. Who do you most love – or loathe – in Jane’s world?
Oh, and totally off-topic, but I need to vent. I haven’t been able to go to the movies for something like a year now because of my wonky work schedule, but I figured I would make an exception for The Avengers – just so I wouldn’t get spoiled as to any major deaths. I did watch a spoiler-free review on Youtube, though, which was great. What wasn’t so great? The douche-bag top commenter who listed the three who get killed. Seriously?!? What a bastard.