Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4)
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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...more
Paperback, 353 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Roc
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Amanda
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Feb 16, 2012 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: UF fantasy fans
I've been following this series since the beginning, full of hope and almost-admiration for the heroine, Jane Yellowrock. She is a fabulous example of what I enjoy in urban fantasy females. She's independent, athletic, even-tempered, kicks butt, almost never talks about her clothes, and intially, couldn't care less if she had a boyfriend or not. (However, she does talk about her weapons and armor--does that count?) Her world is a modern day U.S. coping with the exotic "races" of vampires, weres...more
Andy
Raven Cursed was a fantastic book. It is full of information and demands you slow down and pay attention. Some much needed answers we've been wanting from the end of Mercy Blade are answered in regards to Jane's relationship with Rick and what Evangelina is up to. The witch's nickname is Evil Evie for a good reason! The plot of Raven Cursed itself was good as was it's place in the overall storyline of the series. My only complaint is in terms of Jane's emotional growth throughout the series. I d...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I know there is more to the Jane Yellowrock series than just her love life. I really do. But going into this book, all I could think about was whether Jane was going to end up with Rick now that he's "big-cat" or if she'll kick his big honking cheating ass to the curb. Will Bruiser be there to stake his claim? Will those two finally cross the finish line? So in deference to these burning questions, I'll say right off the bat that after reading this book, I am wholly dissatisfied with this entire...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/12/...

When we last left my favorite skinwalker in Mercy Blade, there were definitely some strings that needed tyin’ up, so I was eager to dive back into Jane’s world in Raven Cursed. In the 4th book of the series, Jane heads out of New Orleans and back to Asheville, North Carolina to provide security for a parley between the MOC of New Orleans and a master vamp that wants to establish his own territory. Unfortunately, Jane gets...more
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
**Also posted at the purlsonline readers forum!**

Raven Cursed opens with Jane in charge of security for a parley between master vampires. Jane is confident and competent in her duties. But after a while the vampire politics takes a backseat to a mess involving witches, werewolves, and Jane’s ex-boyfriend Rick, and even Jane’s abilities are taxed.

Raven Cursed has Jane at her independent and slightly feral best, but with a guilt syndrome that seems out of place in such a competent woman. Beast is...more
Donya
Dear Santa, I want loads of Leo and Jane moments! D:
Thanks~
Lannister
Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series must be one of the most under-rated UF series out there. It rarely gets mentioned in the same company as Kate Daniels or Fever, or other high profile series, and it really should. These books are every bit as good, and they get better as they go on.

Many of the plot lines from the previous novel, Mercy Blade, spill over into this book, as Jane returns to her home turf to provide security for a parley between a local fanghead and Gregoire, one of Leo's associa...more
Suz
Not a bad entry to the series but not something that captured and held me. I felt like I'd missed something regarding the character Rick and later discovered that there is a short story in the anthology "Cat Tales" that fills the gaps in a bit.

I am not always happy with the choices the protag makes in her relationships and this entry was no exception. I have a hard time respecting women who constantly choose to go back to men who have played and gamed them, or men who consider themselves player...more
Hafiza

This series just keeps getting better.
Jane and Beast make for an amazing combo.
This book had non-stop action.
There were lots of plot threads which ultimately came together at then- at one point it was almost too complex.

The relationship issues were touched upon but not fully addressed.
Personally I think Jane meets some stemy sex with Leo, Bruiser and Rick.
Although it appears she is emotionally connected to Rick, as Beast would say, she deserves more than one mate!

I can't wait for the next i...more
Stacy

Jane's duties take her home to Asheville, NC in RAVEN CURSED. She is providing security for the vampires during a meeting between Vamps. As soon as she gets there, there are problems with campers being found dead which leads her to one of Molly's sister witches.

Jane has been bad ass from day one. I have always loved how independent she is. Beast always has the best comments and reasoning's to help her along. I still have a ton of questions, I hope the next book finally puts some of those to res...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
As much as I have enjoyed the series overall, RAVEN CURSED now holds the distinction of becoming my favorite Jane Yellowrock book to date. All of the political distractions of Leo's vampire court fall to the background as Jane heads a security detail in New Orleans, and this leaner, meaner plot style allows Hunter's characters (at least, those present) to shine.

RAVEN CURSED delivers pure action from page one. Though I lost the thread of the story once, this is one of the most accessible books in...more
Dana "dew"


This time around I ONLY listened to this installment of the series.
*** Khristine Hvam does an EXCELLENT job narrating this series, by the way. Giving voice to Beast and Jane... and the "Kits". Fabulous! ***

I give this one a solid 4 to 4.5 stars. I'm too tired for a proper review at this time, I might come back later and try to wax poetic... who am I kidding?... like that's gonna happen.

This is a great series that is well written. Despite the fact that I sometimes want to slap Jane (though rarely...more
whitney
Jane and Beast are back! In RC Jane is in charge of security for a Leo's second in command at a parley for the vampires in Asheville, NC. Of course more trouble falls at Jane's feet in the form of crazy werewolves, crazier witches, and helping Ricky-Bo with his new situation. Jane spends a good amount of the book feeling guilty and struggling with herself. I prefer the confident bad ass Jane but I think by the end Jane figured some things out.

We did get some answers to questions left hanging in...more
Olivia ツ
3.5 stars

This was an infuriating read. Poor Jane is always being blamed for all the shit that goes wrong. Part of it is her own doing. She carries so much guilt over what happened to Rick LaFleur. I'm still not a fan of his and his somewhat guilty admission of cheating on Jane was bullshit. It will be interesting to see what he becomes though and if that opens the possibilities to his relationship advancing with Jane.

We also find out what Evangelina had been up to. Which led to another infuriat...more
Yvenande
Solid 4 Stars

Boy, was this book action-packed or what? I felt like everything just went a mile a minute. I almost got whiplash reading this book, I was reading and flipping pages so fast. I honestly don't know where to start this review, so much happened in the book.

Ok, a little background info, first. "Raven Cursed" is the fourth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane is a Cherokee skinwalker, although only her friend Molly and Molly's daughter know that. She works security for the MOC of Ne...more
Melissa
Mar 13, 2011 Melissa marked it as to-read
I can't be alone when I say I want to read this now! Team Bruiser? Team Rick? I really can't decide but I want more.
Marsha
Jan 06, 2012 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Adult lovers of Paranormal Mysteries
I don't even know where to begin. "Raven Cursed" is such an intense read that I am still reeling from the aftershocks. I devour this book, slowly, deliberately and with purpose. I could not afford to miss one word for fear that I would miss something so very important. When I was finished, I just sat there with my eyes closed so that I could rehash everything that happened in my mind and most importantly, I loved every minute of it!

Jane Yellowrock has accepted a security gig in Asheville, N.C wo...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars/ B+

Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as Mercy Blade, it was still a great story. I appreciate more and more the continuing revelations from Jane's distant past. It might be a good idea to read the short story about Cats, Cat Tales, before reading this one if the reader wants to really understand
Rick's tattoos. Its not critical but I was glad to have an understanding of that history.

One thing that weakened this book, IMO was the overbearing use of guilt! Jane takes on suc...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jane Yellowrock has a job from Leo Pelliser, Master of the city of New Orleans and, as it turns out, Master of the whole South-east of the United States, meaning he has far more oomph than Jane imagined.

He has sent her to escort Gregoire, one of his top vampires, to negotiate with the local vampire Shaddock who wishes to become Master of Asheville on account of his children becoming vampires super-quickly without decades of madness. It’s an important bodyguard job and Jane is focused on it and i...more
Anita
If you wish Anita Blake had never turned nympho, you will probably love this series, though it has less horror. The heroine Jane is a bad-ass, take-no-prisoners vampire hunter, though in this series, she's worked for the vampires since book 1. Her magic powers have been a part of her since book 1 as well. The writing is excellent, the characters interesting. This is one of my favorite newer urban fantasy series. The part that kept this from being 5-stars for me was that it happened out of town....more
Jacob Proffitt
I've liked this series and, until this book, they had been getting steadily better. This book, while not awful or anything, is mostly a holding-pattern that fails to resolve some bothersome developments and, indeed, exacerbates some of them.

I grew almost violently impatient with Molly's husband. I had hoped that the action of this story would resolve his issues as Jane is the outsider dealing with issues originating within his family, this time. i.e. his family is in danger that originates befor...more
mrsj
This is so hard for me.
I can't say I love this book and I can't say I hate it.
But there is something in me that dislike wishy washy relationship, the male disgusts me and the female making stupid decisions.

I love the plot, the actions and Jane/Beast.
This book is all about blood, gore, nudity and a crazy b*tch.

However I am growing weary of the description of the weapons she is carrying, the attire she is wearing when on the job and the constant appearance of man-whore Rick, who in my terms, a goo...more
Torzilla
I thoroughly enjoyed RAVEN CURSED (RC), and yet, despite how much I love Jane and Beast, I haven't the faintest clue how I should write this review. SKINWALKER was Book Faery's first book review ever, so I feel a certain sort of fondness for this series, and yet, I will readily admit that there are sometimes elements in these books that bother me.

One, for instance, was the fact that I could barely remember certain characters and scenes from the last book while reading RC. Some characters literal...more
Cher
Awesome, the best one in the series. Of course I always say that and then another book comes along! I did not want this one to end, I tried to take my time and keep it to a slow pace but alas I would catch myself speeding along anyway. The ending left Jane a little depressed and at loose ends. I'm sure Leo will take care of that! There is no way Leo is letting her go or any of her boys for that matter. I think Ricky Bo and Jane are not destined to be together, but he will always crop up in her l...more
Cheryl
Truly phenomenal book! I really enjoyed this book. I even got to a point where I had to slow down because it felt like it was going too fast. I did not want the experience to end. I love both series and realized I am just a fan of Faith Hunter's writing. I was in a chat the other day where she was the featured author and it was great learning more about her writing process. It was interesting learning how hard she works to research Cherokee customs, folklore and mythology. You can even tell how...more
Betsy
I love Jane Yellowrock. Sometimes I wish I were Jane Yellowrock. She exemplifies what can be a great heroine. While cocky and snarky is a lot of fun I appreciate that she is careful, private and strong for herself, Beast and others. I love her relationships which are so precious to her: Molly and her family, Rick, some of the vamps. While big cats are loners, she is making a pack of her people. She may have to stop riding a bike and start driving a short bus to accommodate the entourage in her l...more
Mark
My wife and I have read all the Jane Yellowrock stories, and this one was very disappointing. Jane doesn't seem like herself. In the previous stories, she was smart. In this story, she seemed to have left her brain in storage along with all her protective gear that she always would have insisted upon before. The characters' motivations seemed weak, and my wife actually gave up reading the story at 30%. I soldiered on for the sake of finding out how everything gets resolved. The note from the aut...more
Douglas Meeks
OK I finally finished Raven Cursed: A Jane Yellowrock Novel and yes it was as good as I had hoped (every one in the series has been) and to me it was a 5 Star effort, but be aware, these are not things to read while doing other tasks, you got to pay attention to the Jane Yellowrock books because there are a large cast of characters and a many faceted plot-line. Hell I am lucky to keep up with who she is/had/will be killing :) These are well written and wonderfully plotted and even with her ultra...more
Sophia
This might be my least favorite book of the series so far. Only because I felt like the whole Rick thing was left on the back burner so was the Bruiser thing. Actually a lot of things were left on the back burner and the crazy Evil Evie stuff took too the foreground. It was exciting and a lot of the times i questioned Jane's actions and got frustrated with her, but in those eyes that makes a good book. If I'm emotionally vested enough to care about their actions then its a good book. I definitel...more
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Faith Hunter's Skinwalker series is dark urban fantasy, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a full blooded Cherokee and hunter of rogue-vampires. Jane Yellowrock is a shape changer (shapeshifter) in a world of weres, witches, vampires, and other supernats.

Her Rogue Mage novels—Bloodring, Seraphs, Host, and the RPG Rogue Mage—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality.

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