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Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  11,810 Ratings  ·  472 Reviews
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 goe
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Roc
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Giulia After the encounter with the angel Hayyel in Evangelina's basement, Beast didn't answer Jane because she was with the angel. We don't know exactly…moreAfter the encounter with the angel Hayyel in Evangelina's basement, Beast didn't answer Jane because she was with the angel. We don't know exactly where she was, it's not explained. But we know that Beast and Hayyel had a long conversation, while at the same time she was pondering whether to abandon Jane or keep staying with her, since the angel offered her these two possibilities. How Jane became alpha to Kemnebi is explained in the short story "Blood, Fangs and Going Furry", in the collection "Cat Tales". (less)

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4.5 What I really like about this series is the original stuff I seem to encounter every time.

Again, this book was pretty addicting, hard to put down and fast-paced. And the characters are evolving, something I rarely see and always appreciate.

Like in the previous books, what I loved the most was Beast. The moments when you see Beast's POV are absolutely great, I fell in love with that cat! Plus, she's damn funny at times, what's not to love.

And I have a feeling that Rick won't be here for much
Jan 09, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
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Katie Michaels
Jan 13, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2016 Sanaa rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] I finished this earlier today, and I must say I quite enjoyed it! There was so much going on in this one, dare I say a little too much? Seriously, that is the only thing pushing this away from a higher rating: the fact that the story just has a little too much going on at once. In this book the mystery/mysteries seemed a bit too nebulous, and I wish they were a bit more contained like in later books. I also feel like there is some development when it comes to Rick and even Kem that I ...more
The Californian
Dec 30, 2013 The Californian rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
Jan 29, 2012 Lannister rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2016 Donya rated it really liked it
Dear Santa, I want loads of Leo and Jane moments! D:
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
Jan 13, 2012 Suzanne (Doppleganger) rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
**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
Jenni Lea
Jul 07, 2016 Jenni Lea rated it really liked it

More 3.5 stars, really. Jane was a bit too... something. Or maybe it was that she wasn't enough... something. I dunno, but this one wasn't my favorite. It lacked... something.
Jan 12, 2012 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
I love, love, LOVE these books. Jane Yellowrock is one frickin' cool chick.
4.5 stars – great!
This book was pretty great. I really, really enjoyed it. It kept me reading long past my bedtime so that I could finish it. (I didn’t go to bed until after finishing the final page at about 7am on May 11, 2016.) :-)

This book even had a couple of lines that almost made me laugh-out-loud, and one line that DID make me LOL. :-) I’d give it a full five stars, but it was missing that extra special something that would have made it a true five star book. So “4.5 great” stars it is.
Apr 06, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I missed Leo but still really enjoyed this one.
Jan 13, 2012 Hafiza rated it it was amazing

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
Olivia ツ
Dec 17, 2012 Olivia ツ rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2016 Tessa rated it liked it
I enjoyed this but the lack of really dealing with what happened in the prior book was frustrating. I hope the next book we can deal with what happened.
Jun 24, 2015 Jeanny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-read June 2015
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I love this series. Even when I feel like Jane is taking too much responsibility for Bad Things Happening onto herself. A lot of the crap that happens is not her fault and the people that blame her for it need to understand that, including herself.

A lot happened in this book. We finally find out what Evangelina was up to and honestly, she got what she deserved in the end. Her family is going to have to understand that. Evan needs to understand that the situation with the two wolves was not reall
Jacob Proffitt
May 29, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Dana "dew"
Feb 07, 2012 Dana "dew" rated it really liked it

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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 21, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 13, 2012 whitney rated it it was amazing
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
What in the world is going on with one of my favorite kick ass heroines? Jane is beginning to sound...I don't want to say pathetic, but she sure is not as confident as she seemed in the very first books. Anything that happens to go wrong or doesn't work out exactly as she imagined it she starts to think it's her fault. I can deal with that attitude a little bit because we all have our doubts, but it's getting to be a bit too much. C'mon Big Cat you need to get out of this funk your in and ...more
Sunshine ♥
Jan 13, 2012 Sunshine ♥ 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.
I want to be Jane Yellowrock when I grow up.

Review to come!
Jul 26, 2013 Torzilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, wishlist
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jun 20, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
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
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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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Jane Yellowrock (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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