Although I’m still struggling to keep up with all the details, I enjoyed Blood Cross a lot more than Skinwalker. A lot of the groundwork is out of the way and I feel like that let the story captivate me much more – and I do REALLY like the Jane Yellowrock world.
I think my favorite thing is the blending of Native American lore – Jane is a Cherokee Skinwalker – with some of your more standard paranormal woo-woo elements – namely vampires and witches. And even those “normal” elements feel fresh, because Hunter really gives them a fresh spin. I wasn’t expecting the religious twists – Christianity and its role on vampire lore shows up quite a bit – nor would I have expected to enjoy those twists so much. It’s just all very unique.
I also love Molly – Jane’s witch friend – and her kids, especially the freakishly powerful Angie. I can’t wait to see how the story develops around that gifted little witch. And they were a HUGE part of Blood Cross – which they weren’t in the previous book, so that was a bonus.
I get the extra players a bit confused though. Jane has nicknames for a lot of the guys – like Bruiser and WWF Guy – and while I think the names are funny, it doesn’t help me keep people straight. I know who Bruiser is, but use his real name and I’m lost for a bit. I think it would help if I could keep people straight a bit better for the overall feel of the story, which I liked a lot as it is.
I have to mention that Beast didn’t bother me AT ALL this time around – I had mentioned not enjoying those bits as much last time, despite seeing them as very well written and smart portrayals. I don’t know if I just expected it, got used to Beast, or if something changed – but I thought they were still really well written bits that I enjoyed much more.
I also still really enjoyed Khristine Hvam’s narration – she does incredibly well with the pronunciation of the ancient Cherokee language which leaves me baffled at both her and Faith Hunter. Pulling out your Spanish or French or even Latin is nothing like pulling out Native American. That’s not something you just HAPPEN to learn as you go through school. So hats off to both ladies, seriously. But especially Faith. Wow!
If you like Urban Fantasy and Native American elements, this is a series for you. I’m glad I picked it up and hope to get caught up with it this year! (This review was from 2015 and I haven’t read anymore… so I failed at that goal 🙁 maybe this year?)
Berls is growing to really like Jane Yellowrock! 4/5 stars to Blood Cross! Click To Tweet