Faith Hunter continues her tradition of sprinkling anthologies between her Jane Yellowrock full-length releases with this collection. I like the way some of the prequel stories she writes help enrich the world-building. In this group, I especially enjoyed “Signatures of the Dead.” Here’s a look at the stories included.
We Sa and the Lumber King – I have to question what the point of this story was, unless it’s just to please fans who enjoy the voice of Beast. There is very little to this, just a couple of pages from Beast’s POV while Jane was a little girl who lived in her mind. We get Beast’s perspective on the white men who are cutting down the trees and destroying her home. And then Beast kills the leader. The end. I didn’t get much out of it.
Haints – This story made up for the first one, giving us an action oriented tale told from Molly’s POV. It’s set before Skinwalker. Molly has been tasked to get to the bottom of a haunted house and she drafts Jane to help her. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a pretty cool story involving magic, a vampire, a witch, and a pocket universe. We also get some quality time with Evan and a visit with Angie Baby. I liked this one.
Signatures of the Dead – The events of this story are referenced often in the series. It’s the vampire case that made Jane Yellowrock a well known vamp-killer. A rouge group of vampires is on a killing spree and Molly and Jane are on the case. No one is safe from the vampires’ blood hunger and gleeful violence. Even one of Molly’s sisters becomes a victim. When Jane, Molly, and a police officer friend named Brax go into an abandoned mine to confront them, the results are bloody and the lives of the survivors will never be the same.
This story kicked ass. We get to see Jane and Molly both doing what they do best. And we know it’s pivotal to where Jane’s life will go. You don’t want to miss this one.
Cajun With Fangs – Eh, this one was ok. It’s set just after Raven Cursed, though it doesn’t really draw much from that book. Jane is on her way back to New Orleans when she has bike trouble and has to stop in a small bayou town. She discovers quickly that there is a war going on between the vampires and witches there and she gets drawn in, despite her best efforts. It ends up something like a supernatural Cajun Romeo and Juliet. Being from New Orleans, the coon-ass accents kind of grated on me. The story itself was fair. I could take it or leave it.
There’s also an extended preview of Death’s Rival. As always, the stories are short, but for the most part they are entertaining and are good for fans looking for a bit more of a Jane Yellowrock fix.
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Have Stakes Will Travel
by Faith Hunter
Release Date: September 4, 2012