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Jane Yellowrock #3 Mercy Blade
by Faith Hunter
Roc, $7.99, 320pp
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
The third entry in the Jane Yellowrock series takes us further into the world of the supernatural. This outing finds Jane in the middle of a twisted plot of vampire politics, old feuds and the announcement of a new breed of supernatural being - were-cats from Africa. Also turning up are were-wolves, extinct in Europe and long-hidden in the Americas.

Jane is a skinwalker, possibly the last of her kind, and older than even she knows. She works as a rogue-vampire killer and is currently under contract to Leo, the Master Vampire of New Orleans. Called back to New Orleans, Jane has been charged with keeping the summit between Leo and Kemnebi, head of the were-cat delegation from Africa, secure. Leo also has a personal task for Jane, to warn off an unwanted visitor. When she goes to meet the unwanted visitor what she finds is a pack of were-wolves intent on killing her as the first step in their revenge upon Leo.

Barely escaping with her life, after receiving aid from the very being she was sent to warn off, Jane turns her attention to the summit. The night of the summit brings even more problems - one of the were-cat envoys is killed, apparently by a deranged vampire (Katie from Skinwalker) and, to top it all off, a bunch of were-wolves drop in, literally, to break up the party. To make matters worse, most of the carnage is caught on film by the press.

Now Jane must find out who killed the were-cat Sabina, how the were-wolves invaded the secure vampire HQ and all the while she is fighting her worry about Rick, her undercover cop boyfriend, who has gone missing on an undercover assignment to get close to the were-cats.

We learn more about Jane’s mysterious past as well as the vampires and other supernaturals history. The action is fast-paced and the tension draws you along on a break neck drive to a conclusion that, while satisfying, also leaves the reader wanting the next installment right now so that we can learn even more about Jane, Rick, Leo and Molly.

I had some time over the past month and with book seven in hand decided to re-read the entire series. Highly recommended.~~ Stephanie L Bannon

(For reviews of other books in the series click the title: #1 Skinwalker, #2Blood Cross#4 Raven Cursed, #5 Death’s Rival, #6 Blood Trade,  #7 Black Arts) and #8 Broken Soul)

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