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Black Arts
Faith Hunter
Roc, 336 pages

Faith Hunter
A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does. In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own.

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A review by Katherine Petersen

Black Arts Faith Hunter returns with a bang with Black Arts, the seventh book in her Jane Yellowrock series. This novel has the same level of plot complexity and character depth as Skinwalker, the first in this fabulous series, which is still my personal favorite. Jane is still distraught over the loss of her longtime friendship with Molly Trueblood and hasn't spoken to her since she killed Molly's sister in an earlier book. So it's a bit of a shock when Molly's husband, Evan Trueblood, shows up at her New Orleans home in search of his wife. Evan says Molly left their home in search of Jane to make things right. But Jane suspects something more sinister is afoot when more things start to go wrong. Two of Katie's girls vanish after a party, and blood slaves begin to get mysteriously sick. Jane and her two partners, Eli and his younger brother, Alex, are trying to put the pieces together, and this investigation will pit her against some of the most powerful forces she's ever faced.

Hunter shows a tremendous flair for intrigue in this tale with strong action scenes and many twists to relationships readers might have thought were previously understood. Without giving away spoilers, Hunter fans will be in for a lot of surprises: some of them good and some of them heartbreaking. We tag along as Jane learns more about herself and those around her. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know friend from foe. But Jane also comes more to terms with her childhood which leads her to better understand and accept her "warrior" side. We also see further into Leo's personality than we have before. There are other changes in the master vampire's household that prove intriguing. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the future.

Hunter's mastery for writing suspense-filled chapters that keep the reader on pins and needles turning pages shines through. She manages to juggle multiple storylines, letting them touch just enough to give hints of what's to follow until the story reaches its breathtaking conclusion.

Copyright © 2014 Katherine Petersen

Katherine Petersen started reading as a young child and hasn't stopped. She still thinks she can read all the books she wants, but might, at some point, realize the impossibility of this mission. While she enjoys other genres, she thrives on fantasy, science fiction and mysteries.

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