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Broken Soul
Faith Hunter
Roc, 352 pages

Broken Soul
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

Faith Hunter continues the Jane Yellowrock series at the same high level with Broken Soul, the eighth book in this fabulous urban fantasy saga. Jane and Derek Lee are helping prepare for a visit from the Eurovamps that no one wants as they lust after Leo's territory and power. Jane has asked for an astronomical amount of money to help, but it turns out she has much more to deal with including fighting an enemy she can barely see, a creature of rainbows and light. Dangerous artifacts from the past raise their ugly heads as vampires of all kinds and others crave power. But can Jane keep the ones she's collected hidden? And can she stay on the right side of the vampires for long enough to do what she needs to do? After all, she hasn't read How to Make Friends and Influence People lately.

Broken Soul has all the action elements we've come to expect from a Jane Yellowrock novel, but it also delves into the characters of Jane and Beast and what the angel did when called up to help banish a demon. Jane knows something happened with beast, who disappeared for a while after the event, but Beast hasn't share the details with her whether from a lack of need or ability isn't clear.

Still suffering from the pain of Rick's betrayal, Jane is hesitant to get into another relationship, but the man in question just might be able to wear her down. The big question is his ties to the vampire community as Jane's contract runs out in six months. We also spend time with Derek Lee and the Younger brothers, and Jane, who has been a loner for most of her long life, finally understands what family and friendship mean. It touches her deeply, and she's almost embarrassed and feels she's becoming too much of a "girl," but it works. Lots of enemies and frenemies appear. Betrayals abound, and it's hard to know whom one can trust. While she doesn't figure it all out in this book, Jane has to determine her own beliefs and ethics as they come into question.

While Skinwalker will always be my favorite in this series, Broken Soul is tremendous. Hunter has always been able to juggle many "plot balls" in the air without dropping them, weaving past events and possible futures into her stories without a misstep. I like Jane even more as I get to know her better, and I can't wait for Dark Heir, the next in this amazing series.

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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