Synopsis and Details:
Jane Yellowrock must dig deep and find strength within herself if she is to survive in the latest novel in this New York Timesbestselling series.
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal–or to die–from the disease brought on by her magic.
But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.
Series: Jane Yellowrock #13 | Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal | Release Date: October 29, 2019 | Publisher: Ace | Pages: 380 | ISBN: 978-0399587986 | ASIN: B07NCR7CKX | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Shattered Bonds is a thrilling story that’s filled with action, suspense, and it was also intensely gripping! Throughout this series, the one thing Jane Yellowrock has never been was weak or helpless but in Shattered Bonds, that feeling and sense had become an everyday occurrence for Jane. Even though she had decided in the previous book, Dark Queen, that she was going to enjoy her remaining days by herself, there was no way that her friends or family were going to accept her decision. If she was going to die, she was not going to be doing it alone. Despite her wishes they had gathered around her, rallying for a miracle which in hindsight was the best thing that could have happened to her knowing now what was to come.
At the opening of the book it was hard to see Jane as weak as she was but despite her weakness and her easy acceptance of what she thought was to be her fate, she hadn’t truly given up. Even though she had declined all the responsibilities that had been foisted upon her when she had defeated the former Master of the City, there was more than one person who declined to give her refusal of leadership much validity. Some were for Jane’s benefit because they were hoping for a different outcome but one being, known as the Son of Darkness (SOD), was coming for Jane and her crew no matter what the cost and his determination to end her, though stressful, would force Jane to dig deeper than she had ever done before.
The SOD’s arrival into Jane’s retreat was a catalyst that sparked a fire that would forcefully burn the blinders that Jane had put in place. She would come to realize that, whether she liked it or not, she was important and needed by many people. She would have to fight for all that she held dear and there were times where that didn’t seem like it would be enough. I loved the emotions that were squeezed out of me from chapter to chapter! There was much uncertainty about the future and not just for Jane but for everyone that I had come to adore in this series and that feeling kept me flipping the pages to figure out what was happening next. Though, what really stayed with me while reading Shattered Bonds was that this story felt like a new beginning rather than an ending and I am looking forward to more from the Jane Yellowrock series!
*Thank you to Penguin Random House & NetGalley for this eARC of Shattered Bonds*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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Excerpt from Shattered Bonds:
“Do the Everhart-Truebloods know how sick you are?” Eli asked me as we reentered the office.
Beast snorted. Louder, Alex said, “Yeah. They know.” The younger Younger had been putting out the word, asking about magical treatments or cures for magical cancers. That meant talking to witches and revealing everything to Molly, my BFF, and her husband, air-witch Big Evan. Witch boy children got magic-induced cancers often. Fighting the cancers meant a lot of study had gone into the magical and mundane cures. However, I wasn’t a witch. My cancer was different.
Molly had mostly given up on finding a cure for me. She wanted me to drink a lot of vampire blood and cross my fingers that the healing of vamps would work on me. The only problem with that cancer treatment was that Ed was my first and only safe choice. Any other vamp would see how sick I am and challenge me to blood-duel on the spot to get my lands. And besides. I knew in my heart, no amount of vamp blood was going to heal me. My DNA had doubled, folded, multiplied, shredded, and knotted itself when I bubbled time. Vamp blood wasn’t going to fix that.
My partners and I had been looking for a permanent cure. I wasn’t dead. Yet. We still had options. Sort of.
Eli placed my cell phone on the big desk. His face was intent, the expression he wore when he was strategizing, ideas coming, undergoing scrutiny, being filed or discarded. To Alex, he said, “Yeah. Okay. We can do this. A house full of magic-using kids.” He smiled slightly as if he was anticipating it. “This will be interesting.”
Alex tapped keys, scanned screens, grunted, and swiveled to us. “I got something,” he said.
SHATTERED BONDS by Faith Hunter, ©Faith Hunter
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About the Author:
Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Timesand USAToday bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats series. In addition, she has edited several anthologies and co-authored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects.
She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since.