True Dead by Faith Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the fourteenth book in the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series, about a Cherokee skinwalker who gets tangled up with vampires, witches, angels, and all kinds of supernatural denizens. A few books back she took on the mantle of Dark Queen and became the ruler of all the Mithrans (the author's name for vampires) in North America. This book is about Jane's coming to terms with her new role, and recognizing just how much her life has changed.
That is actually the more interesting storyline, but by necessity it was buried in a massive amount of fights, gore, and bloodletting. I think this entry in the series is one of the goriest (although the very nature of an urban fantasy world where myths, legends and creatures of the night actually exist is bound to be a bit bloody), especially the climax. It seems the series is setting up for Jane's confrontation with the ultimate Big Bad? If so, I think it's time. I like this series, but at the same time it seems like the character and world has run its course, and I wouldn't like it to hang on past its expiration date.
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