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Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock #5)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  10,222 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a wa
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Roc
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Aisling Zena
3 stars

Incoherent rant ahead, more as a reminder to me, why I will put this series on pause.

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Oct 09, 2012 mrsj rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-get-list
Not a bad read, more likely a 3.7 rating for me but Jane has to really decide who the hell she wants??

Everyone is good mate...
Everyone wants a piece of Jane...

Leo... Bruiser... Rick... Eli....

Damn vampire politics.
Damn the crazy vamps.

What I really hope not to read again?
What type of gear she is wearing.. what weapons she has on.
Just go out and kill someone.

And really.. the romance.
Fix it, if not sleep with everyone and move on!
Wow, this was the best one so far!

Truth be told, I didn't expect more than a 3.5, 4 star rating on this book, saw some pretty bad reviews. But wow, I absolutely loved this one!

I mean, I don't even know where all those pages went, it was a really fast paced novel that I couldn't put down. I love the Jane we find here, and the plot was brilliant!

What more can you want from a book, great characters, an excellent plot, really good writing and a fast-paced story. It's the kind of book I'd read again
So I've had a nasty migraine lurking all day, getting breathers for an hour or two after i take some drugs. It's my sister's birthday and she kind of insisted on having lasagna, and by 'insisted,' i mean that she threatened to have a temper-tantrum. So I had to run to the grocery store with a pounding headache because she was only in town for ten days. Drugs kick in again and I'm feeling almost human, so I drop off the groceries with my mom, so she could do the truly dirty work of putting the ...more
Jenni Lea
Jul 08, 2016 Jenni Lea rated it really liked it

Much better than the last one. Love Eli and the Kid. Don't like Leo. Not sure about Bruiser. I'm not even sure I like Jane right now. And Rick... well, we'll see in the next book. I'm reserving judgment on him right now.
Death's Rival is the 5th book in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series. If you haven't read the first 4, stop reading this and get 'ta readin' those! Spoilers may exist throughout - consider yourself forewarned.

I'll let Jane give ya a rundown of the sitch ~
I'm Jane Yellowrock, and I used to kill vamps for a living. Until I started working for them. It wasn't easy money, and I'd dumped the contract with Leo Pellissier, the chief fanghead of the Southeastern U.S., when the retainer ran out. But wh
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
This latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series has me so ready for the next one!

So much happens in this one and it all seems that it is a direct result of Jane killing a man in her hotel room during Raven Cursed. Poor Jane. How was she supposed to know that guy was the Enforcer of another MOC come to check her out so that he could challenge her to fight so that a Blood Challenge could be made against Leo? But like others said, why did he come into her hotel room, at night, while she was s
Katie Michaels
Sep 06, 2016 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
I have to say, I didn't love the last Jane Yellowrock book, but this one came back for me with a vengeance. I was absolutely enthralled in the story from the beginning to the unexpected ending --which left me gaping like a fish.

This latest installment follows Jane as she investigates a mysterious illness that is infecting some of the vampires. It seems an unnamed vamp is making a power-play, using the illness to force other vampires to swear fealty to him. Leo thinks it's the same person who att
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 11, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well good. We get back to the Jane we know and love with this book and the story elements I care about got some definite... progress (even if some of it was retrograde).

This one starts off a bit slow and, for me, boring. I mean, fighting a disease is dramatic and all, but it's all labs and blood samples and infection avoidance. It doesn't help that all the fighting is by proxy--neither Jane nor those close to her are infected... yet... Still, the whole time she's wandering around trying to get t
Lady Jaye
Three stars do not accurately reflect my feeling/appreciation of this entry in the Jane Yellowrock saga, but more than three stars ignore the many problems that plagued this book.

This series has been something of a surprise to me from the beginning, and after reading I am still very impressed with the scope of the plot Ms. Hunter has created. I find myself reading to find out what has happened, which is out of character for me- I usually read to follow a character, not the plot.

However, Jane cha
Sheyla ✎
Oct 14, 2012 Sheyla ✎ rated it liked it
Jane, our little Vampire Hunter is still working for Leo. She is now sent to two different states to retrieve blood samples from sick vampires.
A new master is getting vampires under his wing, if they don't plegde to him, they get infected with a disease that can kill them.
During these two trips, Jane is attacked. Again, Beast comes to the rescue.
As Leo's Enforcer she is to have a blood Bond with Leo. She is trying to avoid this.
Jane decides to hire two guys to form her own team. The older broth
Aug 30, 2014 Mandapanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm trying to stick out this series because a) I love urban fantasy and there's not enough of it, and b) I'm still (unreasonably) hoping for some romantic resolution or character growth for Jane.

I'd also like to give a big shout out now for all those liar-liar-pants-on-fire reviewers who said this series is like Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson. That could not be further from the truth. If you're looking for a good comparison think Anita Blake (and getting more cray-cray by the minute) or Sookie S
Dec 07, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
I loved this series from the beginning. I love Jane, the way she walks, the way she talks, the way she kills and her regrets aftwerwards, her relationship with Beast, her indecisive nature regarding Leo, her interactions with Bruiser and especially the fact that she (view spoiler)

I think she will eventually have to give in to Leo and be his mate, because if Beast wants to submit to him, then Jane will desire him too.

All in all, excellent installment! Looki
So, I Read This Book Today
Feb 28, 2013 So, I Read This Book Today rated it did not like it
Jane is raped, tortured and betrayed by everyone she held dear. Beast was raped, tortured and betrayed, and is now enslaved. And you people think this is good? The total annihilation of yet another strong female character?

Hunter did a crap job in this one. Leo sent her to Ashville to do a job, she protected herself from death, and protected his scions also, and she was punished for it.

A man breaks into her room in a hotel while she is sleeping, naked, and shoots at her, TWICE, before she respond
Kathy Davie
May 06, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
First read November 24, 2012.

Fifth in the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series based in New Orleans and revolving around a skinwalker who works security for a kiss of vampires.

My Take
Arghhhh!!! I do NOT want to have to wait until April 2 for Blood Trade . No…don't make me!! Faith Hunter, you are so unfair leaving us as you did in Death's Rival!

This was so excellent! Resolves that Rick/Jane question that's been floating around GR! Even as it opens some new ones. We learn about a very formative e
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 20, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Vampire Masters of the City across the US are being afflicted by a plague. Which should be impossible – vampires are immune to disease. Yet Sedona and Seattle have both been afflicted – and when in their weakened state, they were threatened with take over. Both cities now look to a new, unknown master. And to make it even more worrying, some of Leo’s own vampires are being afflicted with the disease.

Time for Jane Yellowrock to do some investigating, using her new team to track down how the disea
Mindy Mymudes
Sep 06, 2012 Mindy Mymudes rated it it was amazing
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Nov 06, 2012 Arushi rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Death's Rival is the 5th Jane Yellowrock novel. A lot has happened in the past 4 books.

Jane started out as a 'rogue vampire' hunter, who was not averse to taking contracts even from vampires. After all, money speaks and vampires have a lot of it.

Now, she is in (almost) permanent employ of Leo Pellisier, the Master of the City of New Orleans. She is a lot of things, a bodyguard, an investigator, a solver of violent problems, and sometimes an errand boy. She is also too deeply enmeshed into the
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Jane is working for Leo Pellesier again and he’s got her hunting down the cause of a vampire plague that’s being spread by a mysterious alpha vamp. He’s making MOCs (Master of the City) and their minions sick, and forcing them to recognize him as their master before offering them the cure. There might be a traitor in their midst too. Jane is soon thrown into a maelstrom of murder and carnage, and it’s not helping that she’
With this book Jane discovers some important facts about her life and her family, it really seems to throw her off and makes her rethink her role in life. Things seem to come to a head with the vampires too. Leo manages to step over the line, Bruiser hurts Jane when he does just what she has been waiting for him to do, yet she has a hard time blaming him. I hated that Jane felt betrayed by all of them. She has lost so much lately that the vampires were starting to become a family to her.

Even her
Mar 25, 2013 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
This was another absolutely fabulous addition to Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series. Even better than the previous couple of books. You know why?

There was an edge of desperation to Jane, and like with all the predators it only made her so much more lethal. I loved this book in all its savage wonders!

Great thing about Death's Rival, - it digs into Jane's childhood, forces her to uncover more of her memories and face her oldest trauma and fears.

She also has to face her current greatest fear and
Apr 08, 2013 Feminista rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
An explosive addition to the Jane Yellowrock series. I had almost lost interest in this series, but this book revived it!

Jane is back to working for Leo as a strategic plague strikes the vampire population. There are two new character additions to the novel, the Younger brothers, that the readers will love. We also learn a lot about Jane's past. And finally, there is the ever present Beast. She is such a hussy :) I love her. She always keeps pushing Jane to take more mates, because why have one,
October 2nd 2012 by Roc
I really enjoyed this book. The story was very intense and super gripping. I did have a couple of minor complaints, though, that are keeping me from rating it "4.5 stars - great!"

In this fifth full-book outing, Jane (view spoiler)
This review might bounce all over the place. I might clean it up later, but most likely I won't. To summarize I liked the plot, but not the characters or the 'romance'.

So, I started this book this book when it first came out and had to put it down because the way Jane spoke worked my last nerve. I want to say she used 'peeps' or something and it was just so out of nowhere that I had to stop until I was clearly less irritable to pick it back up.

Started it this morning, was enjoying it until the
Oct 02, 2012 Zeenat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Synopsis: Leo, MOC of New Orleans, has sent his "enforcer" Jane Yellowrock to investigate a series of vampire illnesses. Someone wants Leo's throne, and won't hesitate to go to war over it. Jane, nursing a broken heart over losing her boyfriend and her friends, is chasing a killer all over the country to prevent a war. But who will help her win her own battles?

Review: I knew this book was going to be good, but I didn't know HOW good.

I would say the 5th installment of the Jane Yellowrock series i
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The impossible has occurred. Vampires are now victims in a plague that is stretching across Seattle and Sedona. More and more vampires are being taken down due to this outbreak. This shouldn’t happen. Vampires should be immune to disease, and yet Jane Yellowrock gains further proof that curse is spreading as she sees the deterioration in people who should be eternally resilient. Sent in to investigate, Jane Yellowrock is placed right in the center of it all. Added to th
I was worried about Jane after the last book. She's lost some of the most wonderful people in her life. How is she going to cope? Well, I was right to have worried. Jane has lost some of her more endearing qualities because so many of the important relationships in her life have fallen apart. I really felt for her, but there wasn't too much time to mourn. The book quickly begins with Jane pretty much at war against an unknown vamp infecting his enemies with a plague. The action is fast-paced and ...more
The 5th Jane Yellowrock book delivers as much action and fun as the last four. Things are heating up in the Vampire community when a mysterious vamp begins challenging other masters and taking them down with a deadly plague that can render them true-dead. Jane, as Leo's enforcer, has to help stop the mystery vamp only to discover her own actions in Asheville are being used as a thinly veiled excuse for this all-out vamp war.

The book was action-packed and fast paced with strong writing, strong c
Vampire masters are being hit by a plague from which even their legendary healing powers can't save them and then, when they are at their sickest, they are being forced to submit to a new mysterious master in order to get the cure and if that threat is not bad enough, as Leo's self proclaimed 'Enforcer', Jane's past actions trigger a call for bloody old school vengeance against Leo's clan.

Death's Rival was really hard for me to rate because the setup was really good and the ending was epic with
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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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