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Mercy Blade

(Jane Yellowrock #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  20,239 ratings  ·  721 reviews
Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires.

As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire. When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Roc
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Robin (Bridge Four)

Oh JaneHow can you be so on point in your professional life and so totally messed up in your personal one. It is baffling to the mind.

Jane in her professional life


Jane in her personal life


Overall I think Id like this if the story stayed more Urban Fantasy and less Paranormal Romance and by Paranormal Romance I mean love triangle/square/quadrangle tangles mess with self esteem issues.

So the things I enjoy in this story are all on the plot side:

◎ Werecreatures have just come out of the closet
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

Another great Urban Fantasy series with my UF Wednesday Group @ BB&B!

This series is so much fun! Not ha-ha fun, but adrenaline rush kind of fun. This being the third book in the series, we already have a relationship with Jane Y., our Skinwalker rogue Vampire hunter. "Have steaks, will travel". She is Cherokee and with a very ambiguous history, but one thing is for sure - the soul of a large wild cat shares her body with her, after a magical accident in a moment of self
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Things are pretty interesting in Janes life lately. She has been dating Rick (which Beast totally likes), but Bruiser isnt totally out of the scene either. Do I need to just totally give up on my shipper hopes of her and Leo? I always seem to pick sinking ships oh well. One of these two will grow on me, Im sure. Theyre both decent guys.

Leo has a little werewolf problem. In this series, weres have just come out to the human population, and are not playing nice. Faith Hunter does a great job with
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Alarm stole over me on little kitten feet.

The third book isnt slowing down at all because theres something always going on, central large mystery story-wise, small side mysteries, personal dilemmas for the main characters, AND personal dilemmas for the side-characters. An unusual thing about this series is that Jane is a form of shifter, although not considered a were usually the first and second books involving shifters involve OTHER shifters as the main focus. Instead Jane Yellowrock has
Well, this was fun!

Only reason I didn't give it 5 full stars is because of the love relationship, I don't like that (view spoiler)

Other than that, well, it was damn fun! I really liked the plot, the whole revenge thing, and the new character was absolutely lovely!

And the cliffhanger, gah! I'm off to read the next one!
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of vamps and young women trying to figure that shit out
Im always on the lookout for the next Kate Daniels, and the Jane Yellowrock series comes close.


Like Kate, she lost parents to violence, and like Kate, she has unique skill sets, both supernatural and physical. Both are young women supposedly comfortable being on their own, working as security consultants and swords-for-hire. Yet, so much of Janes energy is caught up in her negative feels that it is quite distressing.


It begins with Jane and Rick, her boyfriend of a month, packing up her things in
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series gets better and better! A load of action this time involving were wolves and were cats, a grindylow and even a small time god! I really felt for Jane in this instalment as her love life takes a dramatic hit with Ricky- and hers and Beasts' hormones take a hit too with Bruiser. A lot of reviewers seem to not like the fact that Jane's love life is all over the place, but I personally think it keeps it real.
A great contribution to a great urban fantasy series.
Recommended, but start with
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Continuing Jane Jellowrock's adventures as a hunter of rogues, we've set foot in Were territory at last. Not that I'm a huge fan of weres at all, mind you, but I was amused at how litigious they were. Or maybe I'm not all that surprised... :)

I wavered a little bit between 3 and 4 stars, settling on 4 simply because the worldbuilding continues to be above average for the genre.

I do have one little point I'd like to make: Rick was kinda turned into a MacGuffin. It might have been somewhat more
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deadpool and Harley Quinn sit in an all-night laundromat, doing their laundry, playing Chutes and Ladders and discussing Faith Hunters 2011 Jane Yellowrock novel Mercy Blade.

Deadpool: Youre going to need some more lemon juice to get the blood out of that.

HQ: Rats! I liked that T, so whos hotter me or Jane Yellowrock?

Deadpool: Youve definitely got that VW backseat attractiveness but I could take Jane home to meet my mom. But Jane may try to stake mom in under 20 minutes.

HQ: Your mom a vamp?

Angela James
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, urban-fantasy, arc
I came to add a review that said "I don't know what to think about this book" but before I did that, I read some of the other reviews. And found someone else had already left that review. Glad I'm not alone! The thing is, I didn't dislike this book. But I do know I also didn't feel satisfied when I closed it, and I had a harder time getting into this installment.

I think part of my difficulty with this book, and the series, is that I'm not really sure where it's going as an overarching series.
I enjoyed this installment of Jane Yellowrock in spite of myself! Its only book three, and already Hunter has introduced werewolves to the mix. Not that I mind them too much, just that I like vampires so much better. Jane runs into them by accidentor was it an accident? Can she know how much vampire master Leo is manipulating her life?

One of the reasons that I like Jane so much is that she bestows nicknames on the people around her. Thats one of my bad habitsgiving names to those people who I
Maria Dimitrova
Wednesday buddy read with the UF group of BB&B.

Another instalment and another group of preternaturals added to the mix. Or rather two groups. The one was expected to show up sooner or later - the were-animals. They've chosen to reveal themselves to the general public and it leads to some interesting results. In most UF the author would start with the most common were-animal in existence - the werewolves. After all we're all familiar with them. Ms Hunter, however, chose to introduce werecats
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
This might just the worst (best?) cliff-hanger ending of all time. Ever.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it

Jane is taking a mini-holiday with her new boyfriend Rick, when shes suddenly called back to New Orleans by her boss, Leo Pellisier, because Weres announced their existence to the world. And soon Jane is once again placed in the middle of a turf war, this time between vampires and their old enemy the weres. When Jane is sent to deliver a message for Leo, shes attacked by a group of werewolves intent on sending a message to Leo, but shes saved by an intriguing stranger, Girrard. Girrard who used

Mrs. Badass
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans, Fans with Kick ass Heroines, not a lot of romance
Shelves: jan-2011
This was a fast paced gut wrenching read, and I will admit that I went to bed last night, right after I read the part where Jane goes to the restaurant to meet Rick for Breakfast, only he had already been there...(view spoiler) Then I went to bed. And had ALL SORTS of little dreams about what happened, and what who Rick was doing. It was awful and I slept shallowly and debated whether to get up and read in order to assuage my curiosity. I didn't, but now I'm ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
[3.5 Stars] That ending! Really enjoyed this one, but I do think that the ending was a little rushed. It was a bit much to take in. I can't wait to get to the next one because seriously that CLIFFHANGER (it isn't really one but then it really is at the same time)...
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Another 2.5. My masochism knows no bounds. The sad part is that, next year, I'll probably read the fourth installment when it comes out. Yeap, I do stupid things like that.

Writing a review for this one feels a little repetitive since little has changed in terms of what I like/dislike since the first book. In fact, I could copy the review of the second book verbatim and have it work this time as well.

In this one, two new species of supes make their appearance. One that we don't know much about it
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: wtf-is-going-on
Jane Yellowrock and her new boyfriend, Rick, are enjoying a brief respite from supernatural mayhem, staying at Janes residence in the Appalachians as they pack her belongings for a more long-term stay in New Orleans. Their peace is disrupted by an early morning news report that reveals the existence of werecats. As the story travels around the world, werewolves come out of the closet too, and one alpha werewolf appears on national television to accuse Janes boss, Leo Pellissier, of a long-ago ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since there are so many great reviews that express exactly how I feel, Im not sure what I can add to the mix except that I am LOVING this series! At the risk of being redundant, here are the main thought points.
1. LOVE Janes character. There are few kick-butt heroines better in all of publishing today. And, as an extension LOVE Beast, as well. The writing is unique and distinct between the two characters, yet form one whole that is absolutely awesome!
2. HATE that such a strong character as Jane
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this highly-anticipated third installment in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series, Jane's headed to the Big Easy, to do a job for the Master of the City, Leo Pellisier. Not too much of a hardship, as her new main man--undercover cop Rick--is there too. But it's not too long before their jobs get in the way of their relationship...

To add to the man-undercover-angst, her boss Leo's not too fond of Jane right now (after the events in Blood Cross), so she also has stay-under-the-radar angst. But
5 This is the best yet Stars!


I really got to give it to the narrator, Khristine Hvam she is phenomenal!!! Her voice is incredible as Jane, as Beast and even when she switches characters. I don't know if I would truly love these books as much if I was actually reading them. I can't really say much about this one because it would give to much information away, I will say there was more steaminess and a cliffhanger at the end.
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Sara Kate
I must be missing something because the majority of my friends on here love this series and so far it's just not working for me. I want to love this series. I don't know I'll probably do one more and see how it goes. Don't hate me! :-)
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I'm giving up on this series. I want to know how Jane's story will end, but I will be perfectly happy with someone telling me about the ending without actually reading the whole story.

I still don't like Jane and since this was already third book in the series, it's becoming a real problem. Even though Jane knew Rick was undercover and probably couldn't contact her, she acted like a teenage girl abandoned by her boyfriend and even though she had a boyfriend, she kept getting wet over Bruiser. I
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, owned
Jane the ancient skinwalker has stepped into a hornets nest when she accepts a job from the Master of the City to provide security for a meeting of Cat Were's for a parley. There are so many security dangers, Jane thinks she has most covered. Wrong, the political and back stabbing para community has so many dark shadows to throw at her she may never figure it out. Her current love interest is missing and her lust interest is circling her big time. She is captured by magics that confuse her ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I was super high on this series, until Mercy Blade.

Eventually Jane will learn not to attend vampire parties, they always end in violence.

Eventually Jane will learn that vampires lie because they are not good people and don't want the fact that they are cold and manipulative to be common knowledge.

Eventually Jane will learn that vampires are emotionally unstable and seem to suffer from universal manic-depression and schizophrenia.

The cliff hanger ending with Ricky Bo is a little on the nose.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mercy Blade is a dark urban fantasy, with a skinwalker as the protagonist, maybe the last of her kind. Apart from the vampires and witches usual to the series, this installment is spiced with weres, both the lupine and feline variety.

You know how to cook steak?" he asked, his voice warming slightly.
"Light a match under it. If it doesn't kick, it's dead and done.

Lucky I found this series, now I have something to read while I wait for the next Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson book to be
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Still enjoying this series. So far it's consistently good. More good nick names like Zoro, snicker.

We have werewolves and others big cat shifters.

Jane rhymed her words and almost laughed while giving Leo bad news. He tires to kill her again.

What happened to beast at the end?
Alysa H.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite installment so far.
4.5 amazing urban-adventure-fantasy stars!
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