Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.
Disclaimers: This review may contain spoilers for both the book it focuses on and the previous nine books in the series. You have been warned.
Why we chose it: Jane Yellowrock is a winner.
Review: Between reading book nine in the Jane Yellowrock series and reading Shadow Rites we took a very long break because we were feeling a bit burnt out from binge-reading most of the series and due to that we forgot a great deal of stuff.
For example, we had no idea who Ming was. We didn’t remember that Molly was pregnant or that there were vamps from a different city on transfer to New Orleans. We had forgotten that Derek was also Leo’s enforcer and that he’s basically going to take over the job full-time somewhere in the future, but Jane said something near the middle of the book that made us think Derek is some sort of blood servant. We can’t be sure because we still don’t fully remember.
The first chapter felt more than a little disorientating with the way events unfolded. Things were happening. We were right in the middle of them and yet we couldn’t grasp the gravity of the events. We did eventually and damn did they set off a wonderful rollercoaster ride of a book.
Let’s talk characters and their increased or decreased page time in Shadow Rites.
So, in this book Edmund, Angie, Brute and a little Grindylow who’s name we do not know had a much larger presence. Edmund and Angie, as always remain a mystery of sorts and both have so many avenues that we feel need to be explored. Now, Edmund being an old enough vampire who was once a Master and Angie being a ridiculously powerful witch child means that both are excellent and lovely.
But they had some odd interactions. In fact, the way the two shared the page and the dialogue that passed between them was, at times shocking. Without telling you specifics we’d like to mention that oaths and vows were took by both and those oaths are binding in a way that make all the adults in the room uncomfortable.
Rick popped up only briefly in Shadow Rites and he left us confused. In the Soulwood books he doesn’t come across as an annoying piece of magically affected meat and we enjoy his presence, but whenever we read of him around our dearest Jane he becomes unbelievably irritating. He makes us want to execute him like Pea would. Slice his head off. Douse him in fire.
Essentially, he inspires violence within us.
Jane was a bit dense in this book. We figured things out before she did and it was awkward because waiting for a Skinwalker to uncover things when we have already done so makes reading a little redundant at times, but IT’S OKAY.
Jane and the Youngers and her personal growth and the acceptance of family more than made up for it. Her development as a character is really what sets this series apart from other Urban Fantasy novels and the fact that the myths and legends and magic in these novels are inspired and based on Native American, European and South American myths, legends and magic creates so many unique things for Faith Hunter to explore in her writing.
When you think of Jane Yellowrock it’s virtually impossible to get her confused with any of the other character in the same genre.
Win, win for cultural differences and uniqueness.
We absolutely adore Beast and we love when she takes over for Jane. When she is the dominant soul and force and her perspective in those times is so refreshing and simple in some ways that it lightens up the novel when so many plotlines are being woven together to create a pretty streamlined conclusions to subplots from earlier books in the series and still leave new things to uncover in future works.
We want to think like Beast. Everyone should think like Beast. She is funny and she appreciates sexy people and she will always without fail do her best to protect those she considers family. She’ll rip your throat at and not think about it later.
Okay, so we’ve a few things to admit.
- We secretly and now not so secretly since we’re publishing this review online for your viewing pleasure want to see a vampire, no Mithran (they prefer Mithran) recuperation session because that would be fun and exciting. And totally not PG13
- We feel that Grégoire and the Onorio twins just aren’t utilised enough. They could have their own spin-off series and we would totally read it.
Naturally we have demands wants for Cold Reign which is book eleven in the series and will be published sometime in May next year. We want Molly’s husband Evan to be forced out as the very rare male witch that he is and we want to see the consequences unfold. We want to find out whether Evan Junior inherited the witch gene from both sides or just one because if it’s both then we have another crazily powerful child to deal with. Or Molly does. Parenting must be hard for that woman.
We want the Europeans to be absolutely decimated in the most spectacular way and that reminds us. SHADOW RITES did a great job distracting us from the imminent arrival of the European Mithrans because it was very much focused on witches and that was nice. We like a good dose of magic
Obviously there are a whole load of other things that happened in this book and those are things that we’ve conveniently forgot to mention because we want to see whether you’ll be as dense as Jane or whether you’ll be like us and be geniuses. Be like us. You know you want to.
To conclude, Shadow Rites was a excellent instalment in a series that is quite long and if you’ve been paying attention then you’ll have noticed that we have reviewed a few books lately that are the latest instalments in long book series. We never got bored while reading and we have to say that Faith Hunter is easily becoming a favourite of ours. Shadow Rites delved further into strenuous political relations, but never dropped the action or the snark or the really nice family moments. Go read it, go read it now.
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