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Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destru Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal. Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.


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Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destru Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal. Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

30 review for Dark Heir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    In any long running series there are a many things that have to happen and here are a few: 1. The main character has to have growth (you can't write about a never changing character for 9 books) 2. There has to be interesting secondary characters that are more than cardboard cutouts (this series has them by the basket full) 3. While we need growth, the character can't change so much that it is not the same character you bought books 1 & 2 and loved. 4. No repetitive plots (this one kills a LOT of go In any long running series there are a many things that have to happen and here are a few: 1. The main character has to have growth (you can't write about a never changing character for 9 books) 2. There has to be interesting secondary characters that are more than cardboard cutouts (this series has them by the basket full) 3. While we need growth, the character can't change so much that it is not the same character you bought books 1 & 2 and loved. 4. No repetitive plots (this one kills a LOT of good series) Jane Yellowrock series has all these covered and probably a few more that I have forgotten but they never cease to entertain. The plots are multilevel and there is just enough humor thrown in with the action to keep you coming back for more. This time you wonder if Jane has finally met her match in one of the strongest vampires alive but she feels it is her job to try to protect the people of New Orleans and marches on regardless of the odds. About the only thing I can say in the way of negative is it seemed she spent a lot of time involved in self loathing/guilt which after a few times wore thin a bit (pretty much the ONLY thing you will see me write negative about this book). It started to make me think of the TV show Arrow, loved the first season when he was killing the bad guys, then he was "enlightened" to not kill any of the scumbags he runs up on (give me a break) so I left him to his "don't kill the scum" plots. Jane was giving me those kinds of vibes for a bit there, I am pretty sure she got over it. Means I am still addicted to this series. Jane and I share a common belief, if you kill them they really don't bother you anymore and can't hurt you :) The action is fast and furious, the plot is wonderful, the interaction with other characters was amazingly good. Jane was Jane and THAT is always entertaining and there is never the same bad guy and seldom if ever the same solution to the plot (again, originality in spades). Bottom Line: 4.5 Stars, rounded to 5 and I loved pretty much every minute of it and the strong points more than outweigh any negatives I may have had about this exceptional novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

    Yay, the badass skinwalker again! Jane is as just much fun as I remember. I can't wait to see what more she can do! Ah, and I have to say this (and I know some of you will hate me), but WHEN will she and Leo start being a thing?! I really can't wait for that to happen! I appreciate this series not being about romantic relationships (much), but I need my thing, I wanna see those two together! The plot is just as interesting as always and the characters are just as wonderful. I really liked Pinky too Yay, the badass skinwalker again! Jane is as just much fun as I remember. I can't wait to see what more she can do! Ah, and I have to say this (and I know some of you will hate me), but WHEN will she and Leo start being a thing?! I really can't wait for that to happen! I appreciate this series not being about romantic relationships (much), but I need my thing, I wanna see those two together! The plot is just as interesting as always and the characters are just as wonderful. I really liked Pinky too... And now I can't wait to see what happens next! Hope everything goes as I want them to, some really interesting stuff happen here!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    3.75 Almost 4 stars….Almost This is book 9 (or like 327 if you read all the shorts, I haven’t and that might be a slight exaggeration) so I’m going to keep this short since if you are in this series your IN and if you gave up on book 3 or 4 I totally get it. You know who is carrying this book for me now besides Beast who is always fantastic, its Bruiser. He is amazing. Not sugar sweet perfect or anything like that and he tells Jane when she is wrong but he is just genuine and says all the right th 3.75 Almost 4 stars….Almost This is book 9 (or like 327 if you read all the shorts, I haven’t and that might be a slight exaggeration) so I’m going to keep this short since if you are in this series your IN and if you gave up on book 3 or 4 I totally get it. You know who is carrying this book for me now besides Beast who is always fantastic, its Bruiser. He is amazing. Not sugar sweet perfect or anything like that and he tells Jane when she is wrong but he is just genuine and says all the right things and does all the right things that I just love him. Jane isn’t bad or anything she just bugs me a little with how much she tries to take responsibility for the actions of everyone else and I swear she said the events in this book were her fault 15-20 times. When in all actuality none of it was really her fault at all. I blame Leo for everything, because it was all totally his fault. The bad guy in this one was SO BAD and I mean that in a He was crazy good as the villain kind of way. He put the E and E-vil and he needed to be put down….bad. But I understood the dilemma in the political ramification that could happen if Jane ended up killing him instead of just capturing him. The thing I never get about this series is how a friend of Jane’s or an acquaintance of hers can go from regular everyday conversation to violence in 2.5 sentences. There are a lot of times that the transition of the story seems really clipped for me and I wonder what is really going on. One minute she is thinking of Molly as her BFF and then they almost seemed on opposite sides. It was just weird. But beast as always is great and Jane is growing a little book by book. The Younger brothers also add a little something to the mix. Even though sometimes the banter between Jane and Eli is strange because she talks like he is her brother but then she flirts with him and for me that combo is awkward. But the best thing about this book was again the absence of Rick. He has one phone call appearance and that is it. Thank you Faith Hunter for finally pushing him to the side.

  4. 5 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    This is the book where we finally find out what the ‘thing’ in Leo’s subterranean prison really is…and then it escapes. Jane is sent to hunt him down and bring him back. There's a lot of 'Jane' in this book; and a lot of things going on with other plot threads. Dark Heir is a great story if a little slow to get going. At about 30% though, the book takes off and never looks back. Problems between the humans and the vamps are coming to a head, as well as the feud with the European vamps. No one d This is the book where we finally find out what the ‘thing’ in Leo’s subterranean prison really is…and then it escapes. Jane is sent to hunt him down and bring him back. There's a lot of 'Jane' in this book; and a lot of things going on with other plot threads. Dark Heir is a great story if a little slow to get going. At about 30% though, the book takes off and never looks back. Problems between the humans and the vamps are coming to a head, as well as the feud with the European vamps. No one does back-stabbing, bloody, and deadly vampire politics quite like Faith Hunters vamps (especially Leo). Don’t hear a lot from Beast, and that’s a shame. There’s a reason, but I missed their interactions; I really like Beast. The practice of magic (death magic/black magic/bending time) is increasing in these books as the series progresses, something I’m not sure I’m completely on board with. I miss the badass Jane (and Beast) who took on missions and hunted the bad guys without the aid of quite so much dark magic. Leo is his usual enigmatic self. He shares only what he considers strictly necessary with Jane, and keeps far too much crucial information from her until it is almost too late. Jane is continuing to solidify her familial bond with the Younger brothers. There is a lot of interaction with Eli especially, while they are tracking down Santana. These interactions are both humorous and meaningful to the characters, and they humanize Jane. Jane’s love affair with George is also going well, if not yet getting much deeper emotionally. Looks like Rick LaFleur is finally out of the picture, something the Ricky Bo haters will surely appreciate. Jane again spends way too much time blaming herself and beating herself up for everything that happens to everyone. It was tiresome in the last book, and it gets tiresome here. This self-flagellation and all the minutia and overdescription were the main reasons the first part of the book was such a slow read for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel V.

    As long as I've been reading the Jane Yellowrock series Faith Hunter as never let me down. Each and every book filled with excitement and kickass action, Dark Heir is no different and I don't know how she keeps doing it. This time Jane goes up against probably the biggest, baddest, most powerful creature yet. The book starts off with action and never really slows down. Jane, Eli, and Alex don't get much sleep and neither did I because once I started I couldn't put it down. Jane has to deal with As long as I've been reading the Jane Yellowrock series Faith Hunter as never let me down. Each and every book filled with excitement and kickass action, Dark Heir is no different and I don't know how she keeps doing it. This time Jane goes up against probably the biggest, baddest, most powerful creature yet. The book starts off with action and never really slows down. Jane, Eli, and Alex don't get much sleep and neither did I because once I started I couldn't put it down. Jane has to deal with one of the most powerful Vampires that's ever been undead, her friend Molly who still doesn't have full control of her magic, angry police frustrated because they can't protect the humans, angry citizens wanting to kill anything not human, and worst of all Vampire politics. She gets closer to understanding herself and Beast a little more and also finds out information that makes her feel better about her future. She does get just a little down time with Bruiser which made me happy. Bruiser has been my favorite man in her life since the very beginning. I think if you haven't been a Bruiser fan before now this is the book that will change your mind. Faith Hunter is one of the few authors who can write sex into a book but not overwhelm the book with it, she knows how to get the mix just right. One of my favorite things about Bruiser is that he's always let Jane be Jane, never trying to change her and never trying to coddle her but just stepping back, supporting her and waiting in case she needs him, then he's there for her. This was one of my favorite books in the series and as always just makes me want more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Now that we’re on book nine in the series, the world building has gotten super twisty and complex. In the last book, we learned that Jane (view spoiler)[ has the ability to bend time using her beast form, which causes all sorts of interesting complications and side effects for her and those around her. I’ll admit there was a place or two I had to go back and reread to get everything in. (hide spoiler)] A terrible vampire has escaped from Leo’s clutches and a mass murder has occurred. The human Now that we’re on book nine in the series, the world building has gotten super twisty and complex. In the last book, we learned that Jane (view spoiler)[ has the ability to bend time using her beast form, which causes all sorts of interesting complications and side effects for her and those around her. I’ll admit there was a place or two I had to go back and reread to get everything in. (hide spoiler)] A terrible vampire has escaped from Leo’s clutches and a mass murder has occurred. The human world is in an uproar. Leo is being Leo. Jane is assigned to bring them in. Except there are a few complications from previous books (view spoiler)[ like that pesky blood diamond and the witches (hide spoiler)] that are making things a bit hairier. Interesting world building as always! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    Dark Heir is book nine in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Jane and the Younger brothers find themselves in trouble again all due to the Master of New Orleans, Leo. In this novel they are trying to stop a crazy old vampire that Leo had chained up in his basement. Vampire politics are involved and Jane can’t just stake the vampire and be done, nope he has to be alive in someway. Leo. He’s one of those characters that's not quit good and not quit evil. All the vampires in this series ar Dark Heir is book nine in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Jane and the Younger brothers find themselves in trouble again all due to the Master of New Orleans, Leo. In this novel they are trying to stop a crazy old vampire that Leo had chained up in his basement. Vampire politics are involved and Jane can’t just stake the vampire and be done, nope he has to be alive in someway. Leo. He’s one of those characters that's not quit good and not quit evil. All the vampires in this series are pretty much in the same area as Leo, with a few of them more evil then others. Leo's a frustrating man and Jane’s problems are all because of him and his secrets, but that’s the vampire game he plays. I don't know why Jane doesn't just stake him for good and be done! She has staked him a few times, but he’s not anymore dead then before. There’s a lot of emotional and relationship stuff going on for Jane in this novel. The Younger Brothers are becoming more of a family to Jane then partners. Molly, her BFF, visits and she is walking the line between a good and bad witch plus their friendship is still on rocky ground. Then we have George aka Bruiser. He and Jane seem to be heading in the right direction for their relationship. I like seeing them together. I also really love the Younger Brothers. They are fun and I love seeing them with Jane. Last, I really enjoy Jane and Beast; especially seeing them grow and the challenges they face. The one thing I could have done without is Ricky. He still pops up, but this time it’s just a phone call and Jane has the right reaction to it, but still I just want him gone and not popping up in anyway. Dark Heir was another exciting action-packed adventure in the Jane Yellowrock series. Rated: 4 Stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Iris Hunter (InstagramREADS)

    Love this series. But in compare to the other books from the Jane Yellowrock series a bit slow and boring :( In short - 90% just about Jane - 50% Jane with Eli - 10% of this was the bad ass Jane, rest ... I don't know. - Almost no to none Leo action - Almost no to none Best action or dialogues i really love - Half of a page of some George action - More practice of magic (not really a good sign) Jane spends way too much time blaming herself and beating herself up. Where is the kick-ass Jane ?? All over a v Love this series. But in compare to the other books from the Jane Yellowrock series a bit slow and boring :( In short - 90% just about Jane - 50% Jane with Eli - 10% of this was the bad ass Jane, rest ... I don't know. - Almost no to none Leo action - Almost no to none Best action or dialogues i really love - Half of a page of some George action - More practice of magic (not really a good sign) Jane spends way too much time blaming herself and beating herself up. Where is the kick-ass Jane ?? All over a very slow book. I don't know what the rest of the hard-core fans will think of this book >!? It was a long wait. Let me know when you are ready :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Mymudes

    Little Janie is growing up. From once believing everything in the world was black or white, including herself, she's learned that there is a lot lurking in the gray. She's settling in with her new family, new beau, old shower, and just as things are comfy, the scary thing in the basement has reached the light. The Son of Darkness is loose and so is hell, 52 people dead, and Jane has to find him... and not kill him. The Euro vamps are coming, the witch accords are coming up. And Jane is right in Little Janie is growing up. From once believing everything in the world was black or white, including herself, she's learned that there is a lot lurking in the gray. She's settling in with her new family, new beau, old shower, and just as things are comfy, the scary thing in the basement has reached the light. The Son of Darkness is loose and so is hell, 52 people dead, and Jane has to find him... and not kill him. The Euro vamps are coming, the witch accords are coming up. And Jane is right in the middle of it all. Fast paced action, killer descriptions, all the things we've come to expect from Faith Hunter, and a developing Jane that adds new depth to the Urban Fantasy genre.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Things are really heating up between the New Orleans vampires and the powerful European Council. Deceptions run deep and it’s about to bite the New Orleans vampires. Jane Yellowrock is once again tasked with saving the day and her foe is one of the original and most powerful vampires. The deeper Jane digs the more machinations she uncovers. Not knowing who is friend or foe, Jane struggles not to make enemies of her allies. I love the Jane Yellowrock series. Dark Heir was another amazing installmen Things are really heating up between the New Orleans vampires and the powerful European Council. Deceptions run deep and it’s about to bite the New Orleans vampires. Jane Yellowrock is once again tasked with saving the day and her foe is one of the original and most powerful vampires. The deeper Jane digs the more machinations she uncovers. Not knowing who is friend or foe, Jane struggles not to make enemies of her allies. I love the Jane Yellowrock series. Dark Heir was another amazing installment in the fantastical adventure. Jane has really come into her own. She is no longer trying to make it alone but has collected a team to have her back, and her team is truly amazing. Many times Jane’s survival lays heavily in her teams hands. Sexy, strong and amazingly loyal, Jane Yellowrock is a persona you can really get behind. Faith Hunter never fails to provide a nail biting adventure that has you white knuckle reading. Her journey is always fast paced, so don’t forget to come up for air. Of course it isn't all action, we are also given a complex and intriguing mystery as well as some heat in and out of bed. Dark Heir is a perfectly balanced storytelling and a brilliant urban fantasy. I highly recommend this book and this series to any urban fantasy fan. I received this ARC copy of Dark Heir from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication April 7, 2015. Written by: Faith Hunter Series: Jane Yellowrock Sequence in Series: Book 9 Page count: 384 pages Publisher: Roc Publication date: April 7, 2015 Rating: 5 Stars ISBN-10: 0451465962 ISBN-13: 978-0451465962 Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Richardson-white

    Jane Yellowrock, Cherokee skinwalker, is always ready to defend her friends, her family, and her city. In the latest novel from the Jane Yellowrock series, Jane is up against even bigger forces than before. Jane and her team - and the whole city - are in grave danger, but to figure out what to do about it, they must spend time delving into Mithran history. As with her other novels, Faith gives us more glimpses into the past and inner workings of Mithran society, while at the same time raising ne Jane Yellowrock, Cherokee skinwalker, is always ready to defend her friends, her family, and her city. In the latest novel from the Jane Yellowrock series, Jane is up against even bigger forces than before. Jane and her team - and the whole city - are in grave danger, but to figure out what to do about it, they must spend time delving into Mithran history. As with her other novels, Faith gives us more glimpses into the past and inner workings of Mithran society, while at the same time raising new and interesting questions about the supernats in Jane's world. In addition, Jane embarks on new levels of self-discovery. As I have read through the Jane Yellowrock novels, I have gotten to care more and more for the main characters. I love how character development progresses right along with the action in the story, so that the readers are brought to greater insight about the protagonists. I was left at the end of the book feeling utterly satisfied, yet at the same time breathless for the next installment in the series. Bravo to Ms. Hunter for a fantastic read! Reviewer's note: I received an ARC of this novel, but am not being compensated in any way (other than by the great enjoyment reading the book brought me).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    After a powerful vampire, one of the very first vampires, escapes from the sub-basement where he was kept prisoner serious carnage on the streets of New Orleans follows. With the residents up in arms and baying for vampire blood; the council of European vampires threatening war over the imprisonment of one of their own; and traitors working against the Master of New Orleans, it's left to Jane to hunt down the rogue vampire and do it before seething animosities boil over. Dark Heir is really a tr After a powerful vampire, one of the very first vampires, escapes from the sub-basement where he was kept prisoner serious carnage on the streets of New Orleans follows. With the residents up in arms and baying for vampire blood; the council of European vampires threatening war over the imprisonment of one of their own; and traitors working against the Master of New Orleans, it's left to Jane to hunt down the rogue vampire and do it before seething animosities boil over. Dark Heir is really a transition book. It deals with a few things which have been bubbling away in the background of the last few books and sets the scene for the next in the Jane Yellowrock series. In that sense, it's an important book but probably not as good as some of the other books in the series. It was entertaining, especially the climax but the stars of this series are Jane and Beast, and sadly Beast was mostly absent. Here's hoping the next in the series has Beast and Jane back to doing what they do best, hunting vampires together.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Rezk

    I was privileged to be able to read an advanced copy of this book. It's packed with almost nonstop action from cover to cover, as Jane and the Younger brothers try to stop, first the escape of, and then the murderous rampage of, the Son of Darkness who Jane had encountered locked in Leo's basement in the previous installment of this fabulous series. Being one of the creators of the vampires, he is naturally very old, very nasty, and very powerful. His murderous rage at being locked up in a dunge I was privileged to be able to read an advanced copy of this book. It's packed with almost nonstop action from cover to cover, as Jane and the Younger brothers try to stop, first the escape of, and then the murderous rampage of, the Son of Darkness who Jane had encountered locked in Leo's basement in the previous installment of this fabulous series. Being one of the creators of the vampires, he is naturally very old, very nasty, and very powerful. His murderous rage at being locked up in a dungeon for a century leads to lots of human bloodshed and subsequent human fear and anti-Mithran sentiment. This actually leads to a different dynamic between the MOC and Jane! Also, Jane needs to work with some characters we haven't seen much of lately in order to get control of the situation, figure out who aided the SoD, and find a way to contain him. You might want to reread the series before reading this installment, as several old threads are revisited and tied up during the investigation. Readers are also treated to a little Jane and Bruiser time. Yum! Molly also comes to town to help.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Jane and Beast are back! Dark Heir will be available April 7th --Do yourself a favor and read or reread (refresh your memory) all of Jane's and Beast's adventures now while you still have time. I was lucky enough to win an ARC from Faith Hunter. I am blown away! For those unfamiliar with the series, Jane is a Cherokee Skinwalker whose soul is twined with Beast's, the largest puma concolor. She/they hunt rogue vampires (Mithrans), but end up working for Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New O Jane and Beast are back! Dark Heir will be available April 7th --Do yourself a favor and read or reread (refresh your memory) all of Jane's and Beast's adventures now while you still have time. I was lucky enough to win an ARC from Faith Hunter. I am blown away! For those unfamiliar with the series, Jane is a Cherokee Skinwalker whose soul is twined with Beast's, the largest puma concolor. She/they hunt rogue vampires (Mithrans), but end up working for Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans aka the chief fanghead himself. Each book goes deeper into the layers of vampire existence. Each step brings more understanding and more questions to Jane/Beast about their history and their future. Fight scenes, weapons, magic, motorcycles, high-tech military gadgets, emotions, and maybe even love? The Jane Yellowrock series has all this and more. Definitely the series is on my top five favorites list. I'm sure it'll end up on yours too!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olivia ツ

    This series has slowly improved and I think it might be the first 5 star rating in the series from me. I think the main reason is that Jane is no longer alone. Once her identity as a shifter was exposed, it opened her up to alliances and relationships that she previously denied herself. Her relationship with Beast has also solidified. I feel like they’ve finally meshed. This also lacked the relationship bullshit with Ricky. Glad he wasn’t featured and hope it truly stays that way. Bruiser accept This series has slowly improved and I think it might be the first 5 star rating in the series from me. I think the main reason is that Jane is no longer alone. Once her identity as a shifter was exposed, it opened her up to alliances and relationships that she previously denied herself. Her relationship with Beast has also solidified. I feel like they’ve finally meshed. This also lacked the relationship bullshit with Ricky. Glad he wasn’t featured and hope it truly stays that way. Bruiser accepts and respects Jane in ways Ricky never could. In this installment there is an evil, ancient vamp on the loose and Jane & Company must do everything to track and kill it. There is always vampire politics. The vamps are tricky beings that don’t apologize for their behavior and Jane has learned to maneuver the politics as much as possible. What I don’t understand is her relationship with Molly. It is obvious that Molly doesn’t have Jane’s best interests. She proves time again that witches come first at any cost. Family is important to Jane so I understand why she doesn’t push Molly away but it’s not right. Both Eli and Alex have proven to be loyal and true family. Loving the direction this relationship has gone. I got a tear in my eye in a couple of chapters. The fact that her shattering relationship with Molly isn’t addressed bothers me. It doesn’t mean that Jane has to turn her back on them, but she also shouldn’t be Molly, Evan and the witches’ doormat. I’m looking forward to where this all goes, hope that her relationship with Bruiser grows stronger and there isn’t cheap drama on the way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *My Thoughts* Dark Heir is the NINTH installment in the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane is a Cherokee skin walker who operates Yellowrock Securities. She hunts down bad vampires and has had her hands full since arriving in New Orleans and learning more about the Mithrans and their long g **I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *My Thoughts* Dark Heir is the NINTH installment in the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane is a Cherokee skin walker who operates Yellowrock Securities. She hunts down bad vampires and has had her hands full since arriving in New Orleans and learning more about the Mithrans and their long game. Working with Fangheads isn't a job for just anyone, and Jane has gotten into a few deadly scrapes working for Master Fanghead Leo Pellisier who I still can't figure out. *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews 04/10/2015* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201... Published: April 7th 2015 by Roc - Blog tour/Review coming to Gizmos Reviews on April 10, 2015.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock has faced many challenges and met them head on. As she fights bigger and badder bad guys she is discovering that the support system she has built, quite unintentionally, may be the thing that gets her through the biggest and baddest bad guy to date. It is going to take everything that Jane, Beast and all of her friends have to take down one of the oldest vampires out there. This may hurt a bit. Poor Jane doesn’t get much rest but that means more action and Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock has faced many challenges and met them head on. As she fights bigger and badder bad guys she is discovering that the support system she has built, quite unintentionally, may be the thing that gets her through the biggest and baddest bad guy to date. It is going to take everything that Jane, Beast and all of her friends have to take down one of the oldest vampires out there. This may hurt a bit. Poor Jane doesn’t get much rest but that means more action and adventure for us. I like this Jane. She is badass but she has grown with each book. I think her circle of close friends has helped her tremendously. I know they help her through the betrayal of those she thought she could trust. I can’t wait to spend more time in her world. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    SheLuvsGod

    Another good installment, I love really love the secondary characters especially the Eli and Alex and the family ceremony was so sweet. I guess this means that Jane and Eli will never get together, lol - sorry Bruiser but I just love Eli to death. What's going on with Molly? Damn girl make a choice - be good or be evil, the skirting the edge is starting to get on my nerve. Only negative - no Angie Baby in this one :) I love Molly's pups. Another good installment, I love really love the secondary characters especially the Eli and Alex and the family ceremony was so sweet. I guess this means that Jane and Eli will never get together, lol - sorry Bruiser but I just love Eli to death. What's going on with Molly? Damn girl make a choice - be good or be evil, the skirting the edge is starting to get on my nerve. Only negative - no Angie Baby in this one :) I love Molly's pups.

  19. 4 out of 5

    CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD

    Just because…. I loved it! There are huge character growth, lots of kick ass action and another stunning Yellowrock adventure! Best urban fantasy series ever and it only keeps getting greater and bigger! It never disappoint. Faith Hunter rocks! Just because…. I loved it! There are huge character growth, lots of kick ass action and another stunning Yellowrock adventure! Best urban fantasy series ever and it only keeps getting greater and bigger! It never disappoint. Faith Hunter rocks!

  20. 5 out of 5

    JAIME

    No fewer than 2 star wars references + Jane Yellowrock = ***** Full review laters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    [image error] Jane Yellowrock has come out swinging like never before in Dark Heir. Beastly Jane must use everything in her arsenal in order to defeat the “thing” in Leo’s basement that has been peeking her interest. It’s going to be the most dangerous and deadly foe she’s ever had to face and it will leave you hoping that curiosity doesn’t kill the cat. Jane’s growth as a character will suck you in just as much as the story and plot. As the series has progressed, Jane has grown from a hired [image error] Jane Yellowrock has come out swinging like never before in Dark Heir. Beastly Jane must use everything in her arsenal in order to defeat the “thing” in Leo’s basement that has been peeking her interest. It’s going to be the most dangerous and deadly foe she’s ever had to face and it will leave you hoping that curiosity doesn’t kill the cat. Jane’s growth as a character will suck you in just as much as the story and plot. As the series has progressed, Jane has grown from a hired gun to a respected enforcer for the vampires of New Orleans. Her life has changed in ways even she can’t believe. One of the best things in my humble opinion about Dark Heir is Jane and Beast’s symbiosis finally running together on all cylinders. For so long these creatures that make up Jane Yellowrock have fought against each other that it’s refreshing to see their progression into being one being. Her somewhat steady relationship with one man gives me hope that maybe Jane has found someone who can love her for what she is and what she does. Let’s just hope that these two have a snowballs chance in hell of making it to the end of the series still together. I’d like to mention a few more characters that really shined for me in this novel. Leo really has taken a step in the human direction when it comes to Jane. He finally seems to understand what the kind of boss Jane needs to do the task at hand. Bruiser unfortunately wasn’t featured enough in my opinion, but when he was around good lord was it good. Rick is just.. Don’t even get me started on him. Jane wouldn’t like the words I’d like to use to describe him. The Younger boys have really stepped up and shown us how much they’ve grown up when it comes to their partnership with Jane in Yellowrock securities. Something really exciting happens with them that I hope we see in the next novel! All in all, I absolutely loved Dark Heir. Truth be told, this was the book I was waiting on simply because this is the first foe that I honestly wondered whether or not Jane would live to see the end of the book. He was ridiculously powerful and wasn’t about to go down in flames. Hunter has delivered an amazing new additional to the Yellowrock series. Dark Heir will sends other Urban Fantasy novels up in flames with the heat it packs within its pages. Call the fire department, and put them on standby, this might be a 4 alarm fire

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jaymie

    Our favorite badass Cherokee skinwalker and shapeshifter, Jane Yellowrock, is back for another action packed installment in this series. Remember reading about the big, bad, and spooky things in Leo's basement in past episodes? Well, get ready to get up close and personal with with the newly escaped and very peeved Son of Darkness who is not at all happy about his long imprisonment spent chained to Leo's dungeon wall. The SOD carves a bloody swath through NOLA's human citizens as he seeks blood Our favorite badass Cherokee skinwalker and shapeshifter, Jane Yellowrock, is back for another action packed installment in this series. Remember reading about the big, bad, and spooky things in Leo's basement in past episodes? Well, get ready to get up close and personal with with the newly escaped and very peeved Son of Darkness who is not at all happy about his long imprisonment spent chained to Leo's dungeon wall. The SOD carves a bloody swath through NOLA's human citizens as he seeks blood to heal and leads Jane/Beast on their most dangerous hunt yet. Accompanied by Yellowrock Security partner Eli and his brother Alex on intel, Jane fights a desperate battle against time, intrigue, and vampire politics to find the SOD and stop the body count from rising even higher. Brewing in the background is a potentially catastrophic international incident with the European vampires regarding the disposition of the SOD that could cause an all out war with the American Mithrans. Closer to home, the brutal attacks and resulting deaths are causing public unrest and protests from angry, frightened humans. It won't take much to set the gathering protesters to violence against the Mithrans. As these dire events unfold, Jane is also learning to balance her new understanding with Bruiser with both their respective responsibilities. She is not used to having a partner or family, but seeing her growth as Bruiser and the Younger brothers become these things is truly wonderful. Some of the secrets Jane uncovers in her investigation spark her continued internal struggle with her own heritage. We get some really interesting foreshadowing in her evolving relationship with Leo, the Master of the City of NOLA and many of our favorite characters from past installments have pivotal roles as the action builds to the climax. Another thoroughly satisfying yarn form a darned good author. Great action throughout, personal growth, deadly weapons, tender moments, and scary dangerous foes will keep you reading long past your bedtime. Note: I had an opportunity to receive an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. Publication date for this book is April 7, 2015.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Faith Hunter does it again. Lots of action, a dangerous dilemma, friends, family and a bit of love round out DARK HEIR. If you have been reading the Jane Yellowrock series this long, you already know Jane is badass. You know the main secondary characters and you know that no matter what the situation, Jane is always in the thick of it. DARK HEIR is no different. The story unfolded at a great pace. The fight scenes were packed with danger and the characters as always shined. Leo really surprised me Faith Hunter does it again. Lots of action, a dangerous dilemma, friends, family and a bit of love round out DARK HEIR. If you have been reading the Jane Yellowrock series this long, you already know Jane is badass. You know the main secondary characters and you know that no matter what the situation, Jane is always in the thick of it. DARK HEIR is no different. The story unfolded at a great pace. The fight scenes were packed with danger and the characters as always shined. Leo really surprised me. I'm not sure if he is just tired, but I think we got to see a different more vulnerable and human side to him in DARK HEIR. I was really disappointed with Molly in DARK HEIR. I of course can't go into the reason why, but their friendship has definitely changed since the beginning of the series and it's really a shame. Jane and George's relationship continues to grow stronger. I *think* her feelings for Rick are finally on the outs and that makes me so excited. I didn't feel like we got as much Beast time as we usually do. I will have to pay attention as the series continues to see if it will be a trend. As always I enjoyed following Jane around New Orleans as she fought off bad guys and investigated the events of DARK HEIR. The problems are far from over and the European Council still hasn't visited so I am excited to see what will happen next. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Leah Olson

    Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Faith Hunter’s Dark Heir, the ninth book in the Jane Yellowrock series, continues the thrill-ride that was established when we first met Jane. When the ancient vampire witch known as the Son Of Darkness escapes from Leo’s dungeon, no one is safe. Not humans. Not the Mithrans. No one. And when the body count begins to rise, Jane has to find a way to stop a monster who seems invincible. Oh, and th Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Faith Hunter’s Dark Heir, the ninth book in the Jane Yellowrock series, continues the thrill-ride that was established when we first met Jane. When the ancient vampire witch known as the Son Of Darkness escapes from Leo’s dungeon, no one is safe. Not humans. Not the Mithrans. No one. And when the body count begins to rise, Jane has to find a way to stop a monster who seems invincible. Oh, and the Big Bad has a personal grudge against Jane. With the help of Beast, her partners Eli and Alex, friends, allies and semi-allies, an injured Jane goes on the hunt for what could be her final hunt. Dark Heir starts out fast and furious, and maintains full velocity throughout. I love that each book in this series doles out a little more information regarding what makes Jane... Jane. The relationship between Jane and Beast continues to grow and well as her relationships with other characters. Dark Heir gets 5 skulls and two thumbs up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    Quick review: Cover: Not loving it Rating: NC-7 Thumbs Up: 3.5 Overall: Boring then Interesting Characters: Well Written Plot: Jane to the rescue Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend: Yes Book Boyfriend: Eli SUMMARY (50 words or less) For the longest time, I felt like this book was like the last UF I read, (Kara Gillian’s latest). Jane running around like a chicken with her head cut off. We weren’t really learning anything new and it got old. Patience and things got better. For a full review Quick review: Cover: Not loving it Rating: NC-7 Thumbs Up: 3.5 Overall: Boring then Interesting Characters: Well Written Plot: Jane to the rescue Page Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend: Yes Book Boyfriend: Eli SUMMARY (50 words or less) For the longest time, I felt like this book was like the last UF I read, (Kara Gillian’s latest). Jane running around like a chicken with her head cut off. We weren’t really learning anything new and it got old. Patience and things got better. For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at: http://www.mybookboyfriend.net/2015/0... Audio Review Khristine Hvam continues to do an excellent job with the narration.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by Roc ISBN 0451465962 (ISBN13: 9780451465962) series Jane Yellowrock #9 other editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by Roc ISBN 0451465962 (ISBN13: 9780451465962) series Jane Yellowrock #9 other editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade… For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal. Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy. My Thoughts Hey it is Jane Yellowrock people and no way can wait to get my long ago pre-ordered book if given the chance to read early! Gladly have made the sacrifice as this was a thrill ride all the way. Jane has finally come to understand that there are more than black and white shades to right and wrong, gray is also in there as a fine line to walk between being on the side of good versus on the side of evil. In this 9th book Jane walks that line tighter than she ever has, she also has to make some hard choices that lead to some even harsher consequences a time or two. As a loyal fan of Ms. Yellowrock since the very beginning this was one of the more intense reads for me, Jane has faced challenges that tested her limits in the past but none come close to ending her the way this one seemed to several times. As others have stated seeing the characters change and grow is the best part of following along with them for 9 books, Jane has come so far since her introduction and to be honest this time her growth was kind of scary. What enjoy best is knowing ahead of time that no matter how bad it gets, no matter how big or how bad the ugly is that Jane pits herself against it will end with her winning with or without help from allies and friends. Admit it was touch and go a time or two but satisfyingly Jane Yellowrock and Beast once again prevail, keeping Jane’s humanity as intact as possible while still allowing Beast to share her power as needed. There is a ceremony that Alex, Eli and Jane talk about that will choke you up like it did me when read it. Seems like the boys and Jane have finally acknowledged they are more than partners and it was very touching as well as portents of things to come. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Dark Heir begins with Jane in the middle of a nightmare. The Son of Darkness (SoD) has escaped, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. It is up to Jane and friends to stop him and save Leo's life in more ways than one. Tension runs high in the Big Easy where humans are getting tired of the vampires and their death toll. Jane Yellowrock is one of my favorite heroines. She is strong and loyal. She has surrounded herself with people that she now considers her family. She has stakes and she is n Dark Heir begins with Jane in the middle of a nightmare. The Son of Darkness (SoD) has escaped, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. It is up to Jane and friends to stop him and save Leo's life in more ways than one. Tension runs high in the Big Easy where humans are getting tired of the vampires and their death toll. Jane Yellowrock is one of my favorite heroines. She is strong and loyal. She has surrounded herself with people that she now considers her family. She has stakes and she is not scared to use them. I just wish I could tell her to stop blaming herself for everything. Nothing is her fault. Most of the messes she gets herself into is because everyone hides things from her, especially Leo and his vamps. I'm ecstatic she has accepted a relationship with Bruiser (about freaking time!). Every time Bruiser had page time, I turned to mush. I love him. He is there for Jane more than once. He has picked Jane over the vampires. I hope the next book has more of them together. “The MOC’s hot-chick Enforcer has a boooyfriend,” I'm more ambivalent towards Leo as a character. I haven't liked him in the last few books. He can be mean, rude and some of the things he has done to Jane are completely unforgivable. This book had a couple of things that made me like him but never more than George Dumas. I sure hate how despite Jane saving his heine so many times, he still wants to "drain" her. What's up with that? Every vampire wants to drain Jane. And how about, "you are dismissed", made me so mad. I don't know how Jane doesn't just stake them all. Ok, rant done. The fighting scenes were amazing. You can feel the adrenaline level sky rocketing. This book is pure action. No time for sleep. One thing I missed is more Beast dialogue. She usually is so funny and strong. She protects the people Jane loves like her own cubs. Love the mud scene :) “You are my people now.” Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series has some of the most impressive character development I've read in a UF series. Jane's growth throughout this series is so well done I've never felt as if anything happened too quickly. Each book features an event that sets about change in Jane's life. In Dark Heir, Jane is still testing her boundaries and new abilities. (view spoiler)[These have changed dramatically following the soul-bonding between her and her Beast. (hide spoiler)] Additionally, her rel Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series has some of the most impressive character development I've read in a UF series. Jane's growth throughout this series is so well done I've never felt as if anything happened too quickly. Each book features an event that sets about change in Jane's life. In Dark Heir, Jane is still testing her boundaries and new abilities. (view spoiler)[These have changed dramatically following the soul-bonding between her and her Beast. (hide spoiler)] Additionally, her relationship with the Youngers, Alex and Eli, continues to grow. They are a vital part of her life now and she wants to make sure they know how important they are to her. One of Clan Pellissier's biggest secrets has just gotten out. Down in the bowels of vamp HQ, one of the Sons of Darkness (oldest vampires on Earth/maker of vampires) has been held captive. He's now free and roaming the city. As you'd expect, chaos follows and so does Jane. She and her boys must find a way to stop this nearly immortal vampire. She's been asked to try to capture him, but with so many dead in his wake, that might be easier said than done. Some fans of the series may find Jane's guilt a negative. I don't particularly like it when it becomes a bit repetitive throughout the story. But, I remind myself that, from the start, Jane has been struggling with her actions and the actions of others while working as a hunter/Enforcer. She doesn't go around indiscriminately killing. In Dark Heir , Jane does put a lot of the blame on herself, feeling as if everyone's death is because of her, because she's not enough. We know that's not the case, but it continues to be her internal struggle. What I once looked at as a potentially interesting read about another vampire hunter is so much more. The fight scenes are, at times, epic. There's always a new evil to be fought. You'll find some humor mixed in throughout to break up the tension. The relationships are touching and realistic. And, the character growth, as I mentioned, is top notch. Even the side characters are interesting and well written. I highly recommend this series to UF fans. You will not be disappointed!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    5 Stars... Faith Hunter continues to weave an intricate tale unfolding bits and pieces with each book added to the series... We continue to see the progression of Jane as she moves through each case and connects the pasts' secrets and unravels their impact on current political maneuvering... Her own identity as a skinwalker becomes clearer as she is pulled into the world of vampires and witches and the magics that surround them... Faith Hunter writes with exquisite detail building this supernatu 5 Stars... Faith Hunter continues to weave an intricate tale unfolding bits and pieces with each book added to the series... We continue to see the progression of Jane as she moves through each case and connects the pasts' secrets and unravels their impact on current political maneuvering... Her own identity as a skinwalker becomes clearer as she is pulled into the world of vampires and witches and the magics that surround them... Faith Hunter writes with exquisite detail building this supernatural world in an intriguing theological foundation that readers simply want to devour... She ties each book into one another connecting the pieces for the reader until the puzzle at large begins to form and take shape... I find myself enthralled with each read and eager to get to the next.:)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Skye

    Sometimes when an author has a long-running series, things start to fall apart after about the fifth or sixth book. Characters become flat and one-note. Plots get recycled. Action becomes boring and tedious. And sometimes you find yourself wishing the author would just kill off the characters and stop writing the series because it’s so painful to read. (I’m looking at you, Laurell Hamilton.) Fortunately for fans of Jane Yellowrock, Cherokee skinwalker and badass vampire hunter, this is not the ca Sometimes when an author has a long-running series, things start to fall apart after about the fifth or sixth book. Characters become flat and one-note. Plots get recycled. Action becomes boring and tedious. And sometimes you find yourself wishing the author would just kill off the characters and stop writing the series because it’s so painful to read. (I’m looking at you, Laurell Hamilton.) Fortunately for fans of Jane Yellowrock, Cherokee skinwalker and badass vampire hunter, this is not the case. The newest book in the series, Dark Heir, is still as wonderful and engaging as the first eight and ensures that readers will not tire of the series. In fact, I’m eagerly awaiting the next book! It’s been such a joy to see how Faith Hunter, the series author, has let Jane’s character evolve and grow. Sure, Jane’s still one kick-ass heroine who’s not afraid to jump into a fight, guns blazing, and she takes crap from exactly no one, but with the introduction of her romantic relationship with Bruiser, also known as George Dumas, we’re allowed to see a different, sweeter, more vulnerable side of Jane, and I for one love it. It’s wonderful to see her becoming so comfortable in her own skin–both of them. Other fan favorites return: Molly Trueblood, Jane’s bestie and an earth witch with a dark twist to her magics, Eli and Alex Younger, Jane’s partners in Yellowrock Security, Leo Pellissier, vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, and Edmund Hartley, mild-mannered helpful vampire who intrigues me a great deal. Even the biggest, most dangerous baddie Jane has ever encountered, the original Son of Darkness, is back and when these two go toe to toe, it’s explosive…literally. My only quibbles with this book are really just me being a sullen and petulant spoilt child. There’s simply not enough Bruiser or Beast in Dark Heir. These are two of the most interesting characters in the entire series and to only have about a half a page with Bruiser and only a few scenes inside Beast’s head seems criminal to me. I’d love to read more about them! All being said, this is an excellent, exciting, and engaging read and will not disappoint Jane Yellowrock fans. I give it four out of five stars and recommend it heartily!

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