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Raven Cursed

(Jane Yellowrock #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  15,080 ratings  ·  592 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 Leila 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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Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF fanatics @ BB&B!

Jane does not disappoint! This Cherokee tall, dark and dangerous lady who shares a body with the soul of a Big Cat, is one very exciting character whom we can always count on for some danger and adrenaline rush! She is so beyond awesome, but despite all around her seeing that, she still has a lot of self esteem issues...

Because of the nature of her job, a rogue Vampire hunter, it is only to be expected that many creatures, and even
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Jane Yellowrock is back! Our favorite cougar-shifter has been dispatched to investigate an attack on humans that is being blamed on vampires. But when she arrives, Jane isn’t so sure. This wound up being a great mix of detective work, plus plenty of Jane and a certain ex (view spoiler) I always enjoy when urban fantasy books incorporate complex storylines and lots of different sups, and this book had that in spad ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Chicken, yeah, that's me. I'd rather fight an old rogue-vamp in my underwear, with my bare hands, than deal with relationship problems.”

Raven Cursed takes Jane out of New Orleans and back to her hometown Asheville, but she’s not running from the vampires – she’s on an extended job. Accompanied by Gregoire, who hasn’t really been around since the first book, Derek and the marines, the two twin blood servants Brandon and Brian, I got over my irritation of her being out of the city when the rest
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Faith Hunter barrels into the fourth book in her Jane Yellowrock series with all the subtlety of a monster truck rally.

If fine literature is wine and roses, then this series is beer and pizza – lively and fun.

Truth be told, I am a late arrival to the urban fantasy party. I was introduced to the idea by Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series and was hooked. Hunter’s Yellowrock also introduced me to her Soulwood series and now I’m open for all kinds of fantasy hiding in broad daylight. The premise that
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
Feb 03, 2012 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
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jen Davis
Nov 26, 2011 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
Aug 20, 2015 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 h ...more
I was far from bowled over by this offering in the series. It felt too long and poorly paced. Also - and I never thought this would matter to me- there's too much Rick and no Bruiser (except for a couple of phone calls).
The Californian
Dec 28, 2011 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 d ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
See Jane Run….

See Jane Hunt.

See Jane Fight.

See Jane have weird spells cast on and about her.

See Jane take the blame for absolutely everything that is happening around her, even thought the majority is really not her fault.

See Jane make horrible personal decisions or non decisions about her love life.

See Jane call an angel.

See Jane battle a demon.

In the Jane Yellowrock series I like the magic, some of the characters and story plots. But I struggle with Jane’s interpersonal communications with mos
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

I'd rather fight an old rogue-vamp in my underwear, with my bare hands, than deal with relationship problems.

Perhaps that’s because Jane’s love life is complicated. That would have to be her Facebook status! She is so busy fleeing from all the men in her life that she allows herself to take the blame for a bunch of things that truly aren’t her fault. But, realistically, that’s what happens when you’re a woman in charge of something—the men involved feel fre
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dear Santa, I want loads of Leo and Jane moments! D:
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
Jane needs to stop blaming herself for other people's actions and everything that goes wrong. Otherwise, awesome book.
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
Apr 26, 2011 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
Jan 29, 2012 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
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Wednesday UF Group over at BB&B.


Jane Yellowrock has climbed all the way to my favourite self. I'm kind of in love with her. Or rather with Beast. Beast is amazing! I can't believe that a cat can be this interesting. Kudos to Ms. Hunter for writing such a believable animal character.

It's time for a change of scenery in the Yellowrock series. We're in Asheville for a high-stakes vampire parley. And Jane was the dubious honor of being responsible for
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4.5 stars

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.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it

Still loving the series, just wasn’t as riveted in this installment. It seemed to puddle along a bit slower than the first three. I was also perfectly disgusted with the way Jane allows Rick back into her life so easily. Especially since she is completely aware, not just of his indefensible cheating, but of the fact that he still drools over every other woman with two legs. OBVIOUSLY this is a character trait not a one-time indiscretion! Why or why does she so easily ignore all that? Does
Jun 17, 2011 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
Jenni Lea
Jul 06, 2016 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.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This series has sucked me in, I'm here trying to figure out what Jane is and who's her love interest and I look up and see I'm already on book 5. Slow clap for you , Faith Hunter, slow clap for you.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I missed Leo but still really enjoyed this one.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Olivia ツ
Dec 16, 2012 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
Apr 10, 2011 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
Sara Kate
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why does everyone blame poor Jane for EVERYTHING!!! It's not her fault bad shit keeps happening.
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Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series is a dark urban fantasy. Jane is a full blooded Cherokee skinwalker and hunter of rogue-vampires 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.

The Soulwood series is a dark-urban fantasy / paranormal

Other books in the series

Jane Yellowrock (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)
  • Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, #2)
  • Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3)
  • Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5)
  • Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6)
  • Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7)
  • Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock, #8)
  • Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock, #9)
  • Shadow Rites (Jane Yellowrock, #10)
  • Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock, #11)
“Chicken, yeah, that's me. I'd rather fight an old rogue-vamp in my underwear, with my bare hands, than deal with relationship problems.” 23 likes
“Vamps who are dying, or think they are, give a piercing, eardrum-bursting shriek, like the love child of a screech owl and a mountain lion on crystal meth, amplified like a seventies rock band.” 19 likes
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