Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Audiobook Review: Raven Cursed

Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4)Author: Faith Hunter
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Series: Jane Yellowrock, #4
Released: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Audible
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
Buy: Audible

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.

I’m coming back to this series after a rather long break. Jane Yellowrock books are excellent urban fantasy, but Hunter seems incapable of settling on one romantic interest, which is why I chose to give up after three books, at least for a time. Now, with some emotional distance, I’m able to once again enjoy the worldbuilding and wonderful action without being overly annoyed by Jane’s romantic (non)choices.

Raven Cursed takes us briefly away from New Orleans and Leo Pelissier to Asheville, North Carolina, where Jane is supposed to provide security for vampire negotiations. Leo is now officially Jane’s employer, which doesn’t sit well with her at all, but she sees is as the lesser of two evils and mostly ignores how the whole thing makes her uncomfortable.

Jane has her hands full in this installment. Two weres from the previous book are still on the loose and it’s Jane’s job to hunt and contain them. She also has to keep Gregoire safe and help the witches with the rogue in their family. Her job would be much easier if she didn’t blame herself for everything from vampires to bad weather. The woman takes catholic guilt to a whole new level, which can be a bit tiresome sometimes. She also lets other people blame her for things that simply aren’t her fault. Instead of pointing it out, she just sits there and takes it, which makes me want to shake her more often than not.

Things aren’t going well for Jane on the personal front either. Molly and her lovely family have all but abandoned her, angry because she failed to protect them. Rick is still handling the changes in his own life and besides, Jane can’t quite get over the hurt he’d caused her in the previous book. But Beast has decided that Rick makes a very appropriate mate, which makes it harder for Jane to resist him.

I am, and I suspect I always will be, firmly on Bruiser’s side in the mess that is Jane’s love life. He is mostly absent in this book, except for a few brief phone calls, but even those were full of warmth and hope. I understand Jane’s reasoning when it comes to staying away from him, but I don’t necessarily agree with her.

As usual, Khristine Hvam narrated the story very well. I’m used to her voice as Jane’s and I think she’s doing a brilliant job. Her reading is a bit on the slow side sometimes, but even that works for this story.

This time, I won’t wait long to read the next installment. I’d forgotten how much I like Jane and her gang. Urban fantasy lovers will find plenty to love in the Jane Yellowrock series.


  1. You'll be happy to know that the love triangle aspect doesn't last. :)

  2. Sometimes a good break is all we need. Glad you were able to come back and really like this series again Maja, great review!

  3. Why does she sound like a doormat? I hate doormats. I especially hate Catholic doormats. Lol. I'm glad you found your way back to this series! Sometimes, all we need is a break from it all.

  4. I don't think I'll be reading this series, Maja, as I'm not too crazy about vampires or weres. Also, Jane just sounds plain annoying.

  5. That's great to see that it's still that good. I'm so late in this series. I tried years ago book 1 in French but I've never read more. I really should do that! I need to buy book 2!

  6. The guilt aspect does not sound good to me, I think I'd want to shake her too ! But the series is at my library, so I'll end up reading it some day. I'm glad you enjoyed it again after that necessary break ;)

  7. I'm glad that returning to this series worked well for you and you remember why you like them more than what annoyed you, but I must confess that some of your quips with it would be mine and I don't think I'll be starting this series for now, a main character carrying the guilt of the world for everything and too many romantic interests and not choosing... I cannot with that right now!

  8. I adore Bruiser. I seriously dislike Ricky-Bo (uhg, even that cutsie nickname makes me shudder). Beast needs to get it together.

  9. Heh, oh I am so not a fan of when characters can't make up their mind about love interests. But so long as she does eventually or that aspect is tuned down... I may think about looking into this one as I've been wanting to read more Urban Fantasy lately.

  10. This sounds like a really good series! The fickleness in the romance department is a bit off-putting, but on the other hand ... vampires! I do miss a good vampire story :D Excellent review, Maja, thank you!

  11. You saw on my post yesterday that this is one of my upcoming audio series. I am glad to read your thoughts on the audio. I am not thrilled about another UF with a messed up romance, but I will overllook it.

  12. Hm... I do understand what you mean about Jane. I do love Beast and the other secondary characters (although is Beast really a secondary character? LOL) and they keep me coming back. I do think I'll try these on audio. I've had my request in at the library! :D


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