Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

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Broken Soul by Faith Hunter will leave fans breathless!


From Faith Hunter’s website:

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs….

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….


The Enchanted Alley’s Review

As a long-time reader of the Jane Yellowrock series, I have come to expect great things from these novels: intense action, well-developed story and series arcs, and just a little bit of romance.  Broken Soul exceeded all of my expectations.  It takes readers back to the basics with a tight cast of characters (don’t worry; your favorites do have cameos) and a storyline that pulls just the right threads from previous books.  It also ups the stakes (see what I did there?) to an unprecedented level.

While the author does a great job of reminding the reader of past events, important characters, and crucial story lines, readers really should read the earlier books in the series, especially Black Arts, before reading this one.  If you haven’t read Black Arts, there are a number of major events that you may not understand.  Even though the events are recapped briefly, the emotional depth and consequences of the previous books’ events simply can’t be summed up in a few sentences.

Team Bruiser fans will also love this book.  And quite possibly want to throw it.  All at the same time.  Just like a cat and mouse game, Hunter plays with the readers who so desperately hope to see Jane and Bruiser jump between the sheets.  Will they?  Won’t they?  I am not telling.


BrokenSoul_Hi-ResEssential Info:

Title:  Broken Soul

Author: Faith Hunter

Publisher: ROC

Length: 351 pages

Price: $5.99 Kindle, $7.99 Paperback

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

 

 


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Review: Thieves’ Quarry by DB Jackson

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Travel back in time with Thieves’ Quarry by DB Jackson


The Enchanted Alley’s Review

When Thieves’ Quarry released, I was one of the first in line. I couldn’t wait to find out what Ethan, Diver, Sephira, and Kannice had been up to while I had been gone.

As it turns out, a lot has happened.  There are new conjurers in town, Sephira has acquired a new weapon to use against Ethan, and the British are coming!  (Corny, I know…)  The story really begins when Ethan is woken by a strong conjuring, but he’s not entirely sure if he dreamed it or if it really happened.  From there, he begins to investigate, making some unlikely alliances along the way.  Big changes are on the horizon, not only for Ethan Kaille but for Boston as well.

This book, the second in the series, has a much more oppressive and, frankly, creepy tone than the first book.  Readers could easily pick up this book and enjoy it without having read Thieftakerbut those readers wouldn’t understand the weight of some of the decisions that Kaille has had to make, decisions that haunt him perhaps even more than the mysterious deaths aboard the Graystone.

Thieves’ Quarry is one of those books that I read again and again, not only for the excellent writing and world building, but for the complexity of the story as well.  Even when I know the “aha” of the book, I re-read and still find new clues buried in the prose that I didn’t see before.

Well done, sir.  Well done.


From DB Jackson’s website:

Autumn has come to New England, and with it a new threat to the city of Boston. British naval ships have sailed into Boston Harbor bearing over a thousand of His Majesty King George III’s soldiers. After a summer of rioting and political unrest, the city is to be occupied.

Ethan Kaille, thieftaker and conjurer, is awakened early in the morning by a staggeringly powerful spell, a dark conjuring of unknown origin. Before long, he is approached by representatives of the Crown. It seems that every man aboard the HMS Graystone has died, though no one knows how or why. They know only that there is no sign of violence or illness. Ethan soon discovers that one soldier — a man who is known to have worked with Ethan’s beautiful and dangerous rival, Sephira Pryce — has escaped the fate of his comrades and is not among the Graystone’s dead. Is he the killer, or is there another conjurer loose in the city, possessed of power sufficient to kill so many with a single dark casting?

Ethan, the missing soldier, and Sephira Pryce and her henchmen all scour the city in search of a stolen treasure which seems to lie at the root of all that is happening. At the same time, though, Boston’s conjurers are under assault from the royal government as well as from the mysterious conjurer. Men are dying. Ethan is beaten, imprisoned, and attacked with dark spells.

And if he fails to unravel the mystery of what befell the Graystone, every conjurer in Boston will be hanged as a witch. Including him.


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Title:  Thieves’ Quarry

Author: DB Jackson

Publisher: Tor Books

Length: 320 pages

Price: $7.69 Kindle $19.29 Hardcover

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

Blog Tour Stop: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

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Broken Soul blurb:

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs….

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….


About the Author

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New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal urban thrillers.

Her long-running, bestselling, Skinwalker series features Jane Yellowrock, a hunter of rogue-vampires. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality. She has a new paranormal crime solving series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, who can siphon away the magic of others, to be released in late 2015.

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, thrillers, women’s fiction, a medical thriller series, and even historical religious fiction. As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in 1995 in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in 2008. Under all her pen names, she has over 30 books in print in 29 countries.

Faith Hunter writes full-time, and is a workaholic with a passion for jewelry making, white-water kayaking, travel, all which appear in and are used in her novels. She gave up cooking for lent one year and the oven stayed turned off for so long that it refused to come back on and had to be replaced, but she is having a hankering for homemade bread, and is considering getting back to baking in her remodeled kitchen. Occasionally, she remembers to sleep. The jewelry she makes and wears is often given as promo items to fans who come to her signings, and is used as prizes in contests. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. (The poms don’t whitewater. The pampered dogs stay in the RV in lazy, air-conditioned comfort!)

Faith is a founding member of MagicalWords, a writing forum at www.magicalwords.net geared to helping writers of fantasy and other genres.

For more, including a list of her books, see www.faithhunter.net , www.gwenhunter.com and www.magicalwords.net. To keep with her, join her fan pages at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter


Author Interview

Faith Hunter, author of the Jane Yellowrock series, stopped by The Enchanted Alley to answer a few questions about her writing life and relationships with other writers.

What is the most important element in writing fantasy—to you?         

I say it often, but, voice. Character voice, narrative voice, authorial voice. Think about the sound of a Sam Spade crime / mystery novel versus a Sue Grafton crime / mystery novel. No one would mix up the two. The voices of these mysteries are different, and it’s the voices that set the mood and tone of a book. In the Jane Yellowrock world, the novels are written from Jane’s Point of View, but the shorts stories are often viewed and experienced through other characters. Every single Point Of View character has a unique voice. When I write in Molly Everhart Trueblood’s POV, she thinks and sounds very different from the way that Jane Yellowrock sounds. Rick LaFleur’s voice is more different still. And of course, Beast, well, Beast is a voice that takes unique to new levels. (see writer rolling eyes)

Who helped you get a start in the writing business?

Sadly, no one. Which is why it took so long to get published! Twenty+ years ago, it was the slush pile for me and it was hard to break in! I said a lot of prayers and had a lot of … either heavenly help or luck.  Since then I’ve mentored a number of writers, and have given a lot more writers a cover blurb to help them get off the ground in a writing career.

Do you ever help other writers get a start in the writing business?

I  used to mentor new writers. It’s been a while since someone I introduced to an agent or editor got published, but I am proud of the writers I mentored in the past. Some of them have found agents, gotten published, and found a writing niche that made them happy and fulfilled as writers. I admit that I no longer help others as much, not because I no longer want to (I do) but there is not enough time in a year to be a mentor anymore. Am I the only one who sees time moving by faster?

Who have you helped get a start in the writing business, and why?

Kim Harrison, Misty Massey, Craig Faris, Lillian Archer, Mindy Mymudes, Fran Rizer, and others. They were great writers with the ability to find voice, that magical element in all the best writers’ work.

Have you ever been part of a writing group?

Yes. I was part of a small (six member) critique group that lasted maybe 5 years. It was close and intimate and the people on it became really good friends. Out of that group came some of the names mentioned above.

You’re one of the founders of Magical Words. Tell us how that came about and what it is please.       

I met David B. Coe / D.B.Jackson (who writes urban fantasy, historical urban fantasy and epic fantasy) and were best friends instantly, totally. It was so instantaneous that it was weird. We wanted to do something together PR-wise and came up with a fantasy writing site that would cover everything. Writing, plot, blocks, muses, characters, character development, good writing chairs, good tea, PR. Everything. I brought Misty Massey (my other best writing pal) in and we 3 fit nicely together. Besties! And www.magicalwords.net was born.

This year (2014) we’ve tried a new format, bringing in a lot of new writers, names and faces. And I think we’ll mix it up again for 2015.


BrokenSoul_Hi-ResEssential Info:

Title:  Broken Soul

Author: Faith Hunter

Publisher: ROC

Length: 351 pages

Price: $5.99 Kindle, $7.99 Paperback

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE