Review: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

shadow ritesReviewed by Jen

Every time I pick up another book in this series, I remember all the things that make it awesome. From the amazing characters, to the fantastic world-building… to the dense storytelling and non-stop action… I didn’t want to put it down. It was a great ride from beginning to end.

The story centers around Jane’s efforts to prepare for the big meeting between the vampires and witches. That would be bad enough, but something –or someone– is targeting Jane with magic. What seems at first just a scan, turns into an external force that’s affecting her abilities and invading her soul home. And the insidious magic is spreading, manifesting differently in different allies, leaving Jane no clear idea what its endgame is, or how to get rid of it.

I love Jane as a character. She is so smart and tactical, so strong, vulnerable, and loyal. And this book expands on the family theme of the last one. This woman who has always been a loner has created a family that is now bursting at the seems. Her circle with Youngers and the Truebloods has expanded to include Edmund, Brute, the grindylow, and of course, Bruiser. It shows just how big her heart is, and it’s so gratifying that she is now surrounded by people who love her as much as she loves them.

The mystery is engaging. It plays in so well with what’s going on with the big meeting and the discovery of a long lost vampire. Even better, it all ties in to an even larger story with roots in earlier books of the series. It’s always such a treat when that happens. You can see the layers built on layers. And it all serves as a foundation for these amazing action scenes. Jane is pushing her limits so hard, it’s a wonder she is still alive. Yet she keeps putting herself on the line, both to do her duty and protect those who matter to her.

I like the addition of Edmund and I am curious about his past and his new role in Jane’s life. I am, however, quite wary of his seeming connection to Angie Baby. I felt like there were hints that something would happen with them down the road. Maybe I am reading too much into it. But I will say now that the squick factor would beyond my ability to set aside if there were a spinoff series where she grows up and he’s a love interest. I’m just saying that now.

That aside (and I really am not going to keep thinking about it) –this book kicks butt. I really enjoyed everything about it. And I am digging the relationship with Bruiser every bit as much as I hoped I would. I’m really interested to see how Jane’s physical issues move forward in the next book –and what happens when the European vampires come.

Such a great series.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Shadow Rites
by Faith Hunter
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Roc

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