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Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock Novels)
Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock Novels)
by Faith Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.71

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3.0 out of 5 stars Struggling to connect with the characters, 29 Jan 2013
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The plot here isn't bad, but I found didn't care very much about the outcome when it came. Jane comes across as quite a cold and closed-down character, and avoids emotional intimacy with others. She has good reason for this, but since the story is narrated in the first-person, and Jane refuses to emotionally connect with other characters, the reader doesn't get to connect with them, either. Faith Hunter doesn't employ any other devices to expose her characters emotions or motivations; we only get to see them through Jane's eyes.

For example - Rick was obviously upset about having his cover blown, and was quite cavalier with Jane (locking her in the file room and without ensuring she could get out) yet she didn't confront him about it, and we didn't get to hear anything from Rick about how his life had changed or how he justified treating her like that. Yet Jane decided to jump into bed with him, anyway, quite arbitrarily. There was no payoff for the reader in that plot development. It rang very hollow.

The series has promise - I like the skinwalker aspect, the Beast, and the possible implications for Jane's power and place in the supernatural order. However, there's no joy in Jane, and spending time with her is kinda depressing. Not sure I want to read the rest of the series.

Taken: An Alex Verus Novel
Taken: An Alex Verus Novel
by Benedict Jacka
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and entertaining, 29 Jan 2013
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A solidly crafted urban fantasy. I like how Jacka continues to explore the ramifications of Alex's limited clairvoyance, and the mechanics of Luna's misfortune-curse. Inventive and fun.

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