Jane Yellowrock #8: Broken Soul
by Faith Hunter
Roc, $7.99, 352pp
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Having finished book 7, Black Arts, eager to read the next installment I was pleased to find this in the mailbox for review.
Jane, after charging a huge fee, has been tasked with upgrading security at the headquarters of Leo, Master of the City of New Orleans. A group of European vampires is slated for a visit in the near future and trouble is expected so security must be extra tight. There are already problems with things in Leo’s newly rebuilt HQ with the elevator taking people to floors they are not authorized to access.... including a trip to a dark, dark sub-basement that houses some unknown terror. To complicate matters, something is attacking Jane.
Throughout the series Jane has grown as a character, learning more about herself and forging a family with Eli and The Kid, as well as the bonds between her and Molly, though Molly does not appear in this installment. Jane and Beast continue to grow more powerful, we get some questions answered and new ones to take their place. The vampire politics grow more convoluted and Leo..... well, Leo is as manipulative and secretive as ever, even when forced to reveal what is hidden in the basement. Overall this is a wonderful series, I had not realized quite how good until I sat down and re-read it all in the lead-up to Blood Trade and now, Broken Soul. Faith Hunter is a skillful writer who takes her readers along on Jane’s journey of growth and adventure and leaves us eager for more. Highly recommended. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon