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Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, Book 3) [Mass Market Paperback]

Faith Hunter
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (4 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463722
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab (for the benefits), tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, and the upcoming Raven Cursed (2012) with more novels to come to come.

Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series--Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host--feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the world book / role playing game, Rogue Mage. This book will be out in 2011.

Under her pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 22 books in print in 26 countries.

Along with 8 other writers, Faith participates in a writing forum geared to helping writers of fantasy called www.magicalwords.net

For more, including a list of her books, upcoming events, and fan giveaways, see her official websites at http://www.faithhunter.net and http://www.gwenhunter.com.

Become a fan at the official Faith Hunter Facebook fan page now located at: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter

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It's not a mercy killing if they fight back.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Yellowrock is back at it again for this third book in the series. Though things start out a bit slow with Jane and her boyfriend Rick out of town in the Appalachian mountains, it quickly heats up. After seeing startling media reports that show Weres (particularly werecats in the beginning) are finally coming out in the open, they are both called back to duty in New Orleans. Jane continues her duties as an employee of Leo, the Master Vampire of the city, and Rick continues his as an undercover cop. Though they apparently began growing close over their one month relationship, this latest crisis certainly puts a strain.

Upon arriving back, Rick quickly disappears to his undercover job and Jane is requested to head up security for upcoming talks among the supernatural creatures. Other duties and tasks quickly pile up as she gets into the swing of things and, as usual, nothing in her job goes exactly as planned. In the aftermath of some bloody battles, she is forced to work quickly to solve mysteries that have a far more reaching impact than she has faced yet. New creatures and secondary characters add to her growing list of troubles, but add also to the excitement. The action is as deadly and bloody as previous books. Jane is left with little time to recover before the next confrontation begins keeping the reader in suspense. This latest installment brings back many of the characters seen before and delves further into their backgrounds. While some questions are answered, many more are brought out. Janes ability to keep her identity a secret will also become difficult. She is exposed to more supernatural races and they join the others in being suspicious of her nature.

Though I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, there are two main problems I would mention.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yellowrock world gets bigger 23 Jan 2011
By J. Mac
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The third book in the Jane Yellowrock series does not disappoint.

The book starts off with the Supernatural world getting bigger with the Werewolves and Werecats coming out of the closet, this in turns throws out a bunch of problems for the Vamps and hence Jane. To top it off her boyfriend, Rick disappears whilst undercover.

I did enjoy this book, but there is quite a lot to absorb - new characters, new species, more lore, quite a few plot lines.

Annoyingly, this book had an amazing ending which leaves you wanting more - like right now!

If you liked the other books, then you will love this, maybe not just for the storylines, but for the character development and flashbacks/insight into Jane's past, oh and tensions between Jane and Bruiser.

I feel I must point out I'm definitely a Team Rick (despite some events in this book...)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid 3rd in series 18 July 2011
By Caitkin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Faith Hunter is an interesting author - its not always a straightforward read - a bit of concentration required, which is because sometimes she goes a bit off piste. Her Jane Yellowrock series is a lot more user friendly and enjoyable than her Rogue Mage series some of which is mad. Jane is a skinwalker and thus can shift into animal form which aids her investigations into the trials and tribulations of the local vampire community in which she seems to be increasingly involved. The romance angle hasn't been at the forefront in this series as some other urban fantasy tales. The 2 interests are cop Rick and vampire associate Bruiser. Hey I'm with Bruiser. I find Rick way too sleazy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 17 Feb 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd advise you to read this excellent series in order.
Skinwalker
Blood Cross
Mercy Blade.

This is the 3rd in the series and it just gets better. This is urban fantasy, with a likeable heroine, who isn't too tough or too hard or even too damaged. She's funny, kind, sexy and kick-ass! But, and this is a big thing for me in urban fantasy, there aren't the long drawn out sex scenes that you get in some fantasy books, there's romance and the odd sex scene, but they aren't all consuming, and they are well written and fit with the story. This is the story first, building in excellent characters throughout.

This book starts with the were population 'coming out' to the World. As security advisor to the big vamp boss, it's Jane's job to make sure all goes well. Obviously it doesn't - cumulating in lots of fights, Jane's new boyfriend going missing, and Jane working with the gorgeous Bruiser, and the fabulous ex-Marines led by Derek Lee to help fix all the problems.

Vampires, Were's and Witches (oh my!) and the excellent Jane Yellowrock, a skinwalker.

I read all three books in 2 days, and I loved them. If you like the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, or the Toby Daye series by Seanan Maguire, then I hope you'll love this series as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Has Faith Hunter killed Jane Yellowrock? 29 Mar 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Awful third installment of the Mercy Blade series! Our heroine has been reduced to a boyfriend infatuated silly little girl! OMG what happened?! The opening chapter is the worst opening of any book that I have ever read. All Jane Yellowrock does is obsess about Rick her new boyfriend of two minutes!!! In fact all she does through out the book is obsess about Rick her cheating boyfriend; but it's ok that he cheats because it is part of his job!!! Has Hunter lost her mind?! I was so bored reading this book and angry how Hunter has changed our heroine. I really enjoyed the first book and though the second was ok. I found Jane's beast side tiresome and unintentionally funny. Their relationship reminded me of Tarzan and Jane; me beast you Jane is about as interesting as it gets. Maybe I've forgotten from the other books but why does her big cat beast speak English, speak at all? Also why did the author think that we the paying readers would care about a two dimensional character like Rick? Why the contrived big romance? Why do our urban fantasy heroines have to have a boyfriend at all; it's fantasy we are after not silly school girl infatuations!The story is in my opinion very weak, and I felt it to be rushed. Jane's infatuation with Rick kills the story dead. I just didn't care if she found him or not. Unless Hunter can redeem Jane in book 4 I will not be following the books anymore. Maybe some evil witch put a spell on Jane and that is why she became obsessed with a male whore masquerading as her boyfriend (I do not care if Rick turns out to not have cheated on Jane; my problem with Jane is that she believes that it is OK for him to cheat on her). Read more ›
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