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Death's Rival

(Jane Yellowrock #5)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  14,199 ratings  ·  568 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
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Roc
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF fanatics @ BB&B - because we love the Beast in all of us!!!

I was not planning on writing a review, but I felt I had to say couple of words about this very important point of Jane's development in the series. When we left her at the end of the last book, Jane's boyfriend went the way of a separate from her life and somewhat blames her for being a cheating douchebag and screwing his life up; her best girlfriend turned her back on her and blames her
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oh Jane I want to love you but you make it really hard sometimes. At least I always love beast.


Honestly I was the most engaged in this book for various reasons and I had probably my strongest emotional reaction to this one so I think that in ways FH’s writing is getting a better but I struggle with Jane’s incessant need to take responsibility for abso-freaking-lutely everything. If a meteor hit near New Orleans I’m sure Jane would find a way to make it her fault and her responsibility to clean
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
There’s a disease of some sort infecting vampire covens. Once infected, covens are switching loyalties over to a different head vampire in exchange for a cure. Hmmm… sounds fishy. When one of Leo’s cities is infected, he sends Jane to investigate. And of course, everywhere Jane goes, people keep trying to kill her. This one was kind of murky for a while with lots of Jane on her own with random people trying to assassinate her every few pages, and then dying plague victims. Still, a super-cool ...more
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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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
Maria Dimitrova
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
alicat ♡➹♡
3.5 stars. A bit of a rant review.

At the start Jane is lonely, she has lost her best friend and boyfriend and says she goes to work for Leo Pellissier "to do the right thing" but really I think she doesn't know what else to do with herself.

From here the story is pretty fast paced and exciting as Jane is drawn deeper into vampire society whether she wants to or not. Jane seems irresistibly drawn to work for the vampires and ends up entrapped by something that is somewhat her fault, though this
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Death’s Rival is book five in Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.

Jane, kicked-ass and Beast, really shined.

I was pulled in from the first to the last page. So much happens that you just can’t help, but get pulled in. The story is action-packed, full of suspense, secrets, and shocking moments. The story was set at a perfect pace and gives readers no excuse not to gobble this one up.

I enjoyed Jane. Loved Beast, Eli and the Kid. It was great to get some new characters. I hope Eli and the Kid
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
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
Jen Davis
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
In some ways one of the best - and in many ways one of the worst and most frustrating. I'm at the point of the time lately to WANT Jane to try to leave just to see what would happen. Molly is pissing me off, Derek is pissing me off, and screw Reach now too? There is a horrible scene with Leo and Katie (can't stand that twisted vamp) that made me turn against the master vamp - although again there was some redemption at the end of it. Bruiser is still my favorite - a particularly steamy scene ...more
5 Stars... This read left me feeling an array of emotions from anger, to sadness, to disgust, and ultimately to relief... There are acts of betrayal that cut deep as well as acts of loyalty that are a testament to the strength and dignity of the characters' relationships... The storyline in and of itself is intriguing and challenging; built with multiple layers of history and paranormal myth that paint a picture of several of the characters' backgrounds and true nature... Although I find some of ...more
Jenni Lea

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.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a point in a few very rare series that one must admit that no matter what is happening in the storyline, the writing is near perfect and there is very little one can honestly fault. This is one of those books. So no matter what I think of the events in the book please remember, the overall is almost pitch perfect.

NOW... what I think about certain aspects? Oh My GOSH. The scene where Jane was betrayed about tore my heart out! After growing to love this character for four previous
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
Mindy Mymudes
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sheyla ✎
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
So, I Read This Book Today
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
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
Death's Rival
4 Stars

Leo Pellisier, Master of the City of New Orleans, hires Jane to discover the identity of an unknown master vampire, who seeks to supplant him by using a deadly plague that targets the Mithrin. As Jane gets closer to uncovering the truth, her role in the mysterious vampire’s dangerous game becomes more personal and she will have to deal both with threats from afar and betrayals closer to home…

Unlike the previous books, the storyline in Death’s Rival is less convoluted and
Douglas Meeks
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that Jane Yellowrock is one of the best female action heroines in Urban Fantasy and while this was an outstanding novel and 5 Star I still had a reservation or two about her seeming forgiveness of some of the folks involved in the betrayal she suffered (no spoilers here, sorry). It kind of goes against who she is in my opinion after reading everything she has written in this series. The story here is amazing and complex, the action unparalleled but the conclusion left me ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kathy Davie
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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