Dark Queen



❮Epub❯ ❧ Dark Queen Author Faith Hunter – E17streets4all.co.uk Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight and win beside themAs Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on kee Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight and win beside themAs Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences Jane can t let that happenPreparing for the duel requires all of Jane s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight Only two things are guaranteed nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.Dark Queen

Faith Hunter s Junkyard Cats novella series is brand new, with book one available only in Audible at this time Faith 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 supernatsThe Soulwood series is a dark urban fantasy paranormal police procedural para thriller series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, an earth magic user and Special gent of PsyLEDHer Rogue Mage novels Bloodring, Seraphs, Host, and the RPG Rogue Mage feature Thorn St Croix, a stone mage in a post apocalyptic alternate realityFaith writes full time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic She gave up cooking for lent one year and the oven hasn t been turned on since Okay that s a joke She does still make cold cereal and sandwiches Occasionally, she remembers to turn on Roomba that she named Duma because it fell down the stairs once Faith researches in great detail, and tries most everything her characters do Research led to her life s passions jewelry making, orchids, bones, travel, white water kayaking, and writingJewelry making was the occupation of two of her characters Thorn St Croix, the Rogue Mage, and the main character of BloodStone, written by her pen name, Gwen Hunter She fell in love with the art form Faith makes, wears, and sometimes gives away her jewelry as promo items to fans and as prizes in contests See her FaceBook Fan Page at for pics She works with stones, pearls, crystal, and glass, wire wrapping larger, undrilled, focal stones Labradorite, ite, apatite, aquamarine, and prehnite are her favorite stones Faith loves orchids Her favorite time of year is when several are blooming Pictures can be seen at her FaceBook page And yes, she collects bones and skulls Many of her orchid pics are juxtaposed with bones and skulls a fox, cat, dog, cow skull, goat, and deer skull, that is, unfortunately, falling apart and the jawbone of an ass She just received a boar skull, and the skull of a mountain lion legally purchased from a US tannery killed in the wildShe and her husband RV, traveling to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast And that leads Faith to kayaking her very favorite sport Faith discovered whitewater paddling when she was researching her Gwen Hunter mystery book, Rapid Descent She took a lesson and after a bout of panic attacks from fear of drowning discovered she loved the sportFaith is one of the founders and a participant at the now defunct and archived MagicalWords, an online writing forum geared to helping writers And she is a voracious readerUnder other pen names, notably, Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in As Faith, her books have been on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists, been nominated for various awards and won an Audie Award with Khristine Hvam, among other awards Under all her pen names, she hasthan books, anthologies, and complications in print in countries For , including a list of her books, see faithhunter , gwenhunter , and magicalwords To keep up with her daily, join her fan pages at Facebook.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 432 pages
  • Dark Queen
  • Faith Hunter
  • English
  • 11 September 2019

10 thoughts on “Dark Queen

  1. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Faith, you ve destroyed me You wrote this masterpiece, filled to the brim with countless emotions You created these characters that I ve come to care about over the years You have been guiding them towards this showdown with the European Vamps for the last half of the series But what you haven t been doing us is preparing us for JUST HOW HARD IT WOULD BE You didn t prepare me to have my Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Faith, you ve destroyed me You wrote this masterpiece, filled to the brim with countless emotions You created these characters that I ve come to care about over the years You have been guiding them towards this showdown with the European Vamps for the last half of the series But what you haven t been doing us is preparing us for JUST HOW HARD IT WOULD BE You didn t prepare me to have my heart shattered, then pieced back together, then shattered again You didn t prepare me for new revelations, for devastating losses, for elated moments of love and family.But one thing you did prepare me for The next book Thank goodness this wasn t the end Thank goodness we ve gotThank goodness that we get to see where this new path, this new journey, this entirely new world you re going to rebuild from the one you just demolished will lead.I ll be there I can t wait.If you haven t picked up Jane Yellowrock yet, what are you waiting for Start with Skinwalker and prepare to binge On a similar note, thank goodness we ll have a new Nell book while we wait for the next Jane one Now if you ll excuse me, I need to go try to find some way to process these myriad emotions that I just can t seem to get a grip on even though I finished the book yesterday and still can t seem to handle them all Review to come closer to release date, but OH DEAR GOD.This masterpiece was emotionally overwhelming She went places I didn t think she d dare to go, and she did it well.SO GLAD WE GET TWO MORE BOOKS NOW

  2. says:

    Ok, where to start probably unknown to most people is that this was originally thought to be the last Jane Yellowrock book a crime beyond comprehension The series got a reprieve and there will be at least 2books BUT according to the author most of this book was written by that time and so it does some things that you might not like I can think of several of them In the long term I am sure it will be fine but you can see it was lining up for a finale and then the story turns a cor Ok, where to start probably unknown to most people is that this was originally thought to be the last Jane Yellowrock book a crime beyond comprehension The series got a reprieve and there will be at least 2books BUT according to the author most of this book was written by that time and so it does some things that you might not like I can think of several of them In the long term I am sure it will be fine but you can see it was lining up for a finale and then the story turns a corner and starts down a new road.Pretty much everything that has been happening for the last several books and the series in a couple of places is coming together for a final battle There are some serious surprises here and a story that is addicting, we have what seems to be a requirement in recent books to have a lot of pages of naval gazing and while not boring you keep wondering what is happening while she is doing all this self introspection with the almost non stop action in this book.There are a couple of new characters, somerevealing things about some old characters and some side stories that left me a bit depressed I was never really bored but Jane s reaction to some things got somewhat redundant if not a small bit irritating.The book starts with a bang and after release day you can read the teaser thatshows WARNING You better be ready to buy the book if you do LOL The action only lets up a few times which makes the quieter parts seem slower than normal.I don t dissect plots in my reviews,of a feeling when I finished and this one kept me thinking about it long after I went to bed and the sorta cliffhanger ending I am still considering if it is a true cliffhanger since you can mostly guess at the general direction of the plot All I can say is she better write fast, I want to know what happens next I should add there is actually 2 sorta cliffhangers HATE THAT Bottom Line Loved it, mixture of emotions, love, hate, rage, warmth, and my favorite revenge Obviously this is NOT a place to start this series at book 12 and one of the few series that the random short stories novellas released along this journey DO matter Jane is the hand of justice and while she might not love many of the aspects of that responsibility, she does not shirk them These last few books have had a multitude of plots and subplots, this one is no different so hang on and don t even try to scan through or you will miss something that might leave you confused later Jane Yellowrock and Kate Daniels still sit atop the world of urban fantasy genre in my opinion and always will I am sure

  3. says:

    We don t poison We shoot, stab, cut, slice and dice, eviscerate, disembowel, and decapitate Sometimes shoot and blow up our enemies We ve been known to bury our dead in the swamp But we don t poison Poison is wussy Some series get weaker as they continue past a certain high numbers, but some stay strong Jane Yellowrock continues to shine with keeping some of the same aspects that made fans fall in love with it in the first place, but there are enough changes to keep it interesting The We don t poison We shoot, stab, cut, slice and dice, eviscerate, disembowel, and decapitate Sometimes shoot and blow up our enemies We ve been known to bury our dead in the swamp But we don t poison Poison is wussy Some series get weaker as they continue past a certain high numbers, but some stay strong Jane Yellowrock continues to shine with keeping some of the same aspects that made fans fall in love with it in the first place, but there are enough changes to keep it interesting The setting up of the clans was especially fascinating So much in this book went into the development of the showdown fight that it was hard to attach to as many characters I m a bit over Jane still reliving her past but there is a new twist about that I don t buy into the whole European embrace thing and hope the author doesn t change Jane too much to where I don t recognize her with future changes.In this one Leo is making a stand and some major changes, including finally getting along better with Jane for the most part when can he be trusted fully Perhaps never The big battle that s been building for awhile is finally here, and the losses will be sad.The cliffhanger I was fearing from reviews wasn t as brutal as I thoughtit sof a geez hope all will be okay, not a sudden fall off a cliff to a gruesome death kind of ending I will say though that if a certain someone really is dead then the series will have lost a lot of it s soul There is a sad loss as well in this oneThere s a new relative in town and I m not sure how I feel about it The character himself isn t bad but it s an almost bizarre twist from going alone to a hidden village filled with her relatives I also am not sure she needed this to keep the plot intriguing, but we ll see Leo has some books where I borderline despise him, borderline love him, and this one is for his favor I was happy to see the shifters are playing aprominent role I like these werewolves and how they work with Jane, and I hope they are included a lotin the future novels.We get Bruiser time and I m always a fan of the pair but I do miss some of his wicked spark and layers from earlier books He s almost too perfect now if this makes sense Edward the dark knight is part of a hilarious phone call with Angie and her brother, but I did take issue with some of his comments to Jane agreeing she s not a good person He goes through some rough patches though and I m hoping one day I think we will that we get a series with him and Angie Beast is, of course, awesome as always, but she doesn t get enough of her presence.I m confused on the author completely dropping an Eli relationship that started last book with absolutely no mention in this bookweird because it was a neat fit that made sense As always loved the book but some of the overdone details of security, some sadness and some distance keeps it four instead of five I also missed Beast a bit

  4. says:

    I can t get away from that effing c word This better be okay Mel I can t get away from that effing c word This better be okay Mel

  5. says:

    Finally, the showdown has arrivedI can t even remember the first time the European Vamps were brought up possibly back at book 5 or 6 and finally we get the to big battle The one where two vamps enter and only one vamp leaves This is a game where cheating is encouraged and permitted and it seems no one is pulling any punches.This was a peddle to the mettle, high octane ride from the moment Jane opened a knock on the door just to have someone shoot at her on page 2 to the last words on the fina Finally, the showdown has arrivedI can t even remember the first time the European Vamps were brought up possibly back at book 5 or 6 and finally we get the to big battle The one where two vamps enter and only one vamp leaves This is a game where cheating is encouraged and permitted and it seems no one is pulling any punches.This was a peddle to the mettle, high octane ride from the moment Jane opened a knock on the door just to have someone shoot at her on page 2 to the last words on the final page There is very little down time in this book between getting the duel going and fighting the betrayers of Leo and his posse there were very few slow down and take a breath moments.The Sangre Duello has finally been completed Whew about damn time is all I ve got to say about that It was brutal and there was a heavy cost that came with it It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out in the next book A few of the best moments Any moment Jane and Bruiser are on the page together Especially one moment near the very end of the book Angie Baby She will be a handful one day, heck she is a handful nowSo what did you do to make the butterfly grow big I didn t make one grow big I jus made a big one come to me From one of the other places I breathed through my mouth in the beginnings of panic What other places There s bunches of other places One has big butterflies with pink wings and purple eyes and blue bodies and feet I just pulled it over Mama s mad at me, she said again, with pride. Beast She makes this series for me sometimes Jane with Eli and the Kid I need a big bro Eli of my own He is the best big little brother a girl could haveWe don t poison We shoot, stab, cut, slice and dice, eviscerate, disembowel, and decapitate Sometimes shoot and blow up our enemies We ve been known to bury our dead in the swamp But we don t poison Poison is wussyMeeting another shapeshifter and learningof Jane s past ALL THE BATTLES And the biggest baddest battle of them all new the end The Dark queen challenges you.I have enjoyed the last 3 4 books of the series so much I admire how far Faith Hunter has come in her storytelling ability and although I m a little nervous to see what the future holds for our characters I m also extremely excited

  6. says:

    Blog Tour GiveawayClick to Enter for Chance to Win 1 of 2 SETSof THE JANE YELLOWROCK SERIESWe knew it was coming but the battle between Leo with his American vampires and the European vampires is finally here And boy, did Hunter pull out all the stops and send us on an emotional roller coaster Jane, being Jane, ended up front and center for everything No one is sure what she ll do next I m not sure she even knows Just when I thought she finally got a handle on the entire family has you Blog Tour GiveawayClick to Enter for Chance to Win 1 of 2 SETSof THE JANE YELLOWROCK SERIESWe knew it was coming but the battle between Leo with his American vampires and the European vampires is finally here And boy, did Hunter pull out all the stops and send us on an emotional roller coaster Jane, being Jane, ended up front and center for everything No one is sure what she ll do next I m not sure she even knows Just when I thought she finally got a handle on the entire family has your back thing, we are thrown for a loop with a bunch of new possibilities and they didn t have her back in any way, shape or form.Hunter provided a white knuckle, binge readable novel at its finest I laughed, I cried and I cheered but in the end I was left completely STUNNED Talk about a cliffhanger I received this ARC copy of Dark Queen from Berkley Publishing Group Ace This is my honest and voluntary review Dark Queen is set for publication May 1, 2018.My Rating 5 starsWritten by Faith HunterSeries Jane Yellowrock Book 12 Mass Market Paperback 432 pagesPublisher Ace Publication Date May 1, 2018ISBN 10 1101991429ISBN 13 978 1101991428Genre Urban Fantasy Noble for

  7. says:

    Even though I was prepared for the worst event thanks to Steven, Dark Queen wrecked me I don t know how to describe how much it affected me or how much it got me speculating about the future I have my own hopes and ideas about where things can go from here but I hardly dare think them let alone say them out loud so I don t jinx it settles in for a long wait I ve been hoping for a resolution to the EV plotline for a few books now and I finally got my wish I actually expected the duels to take Even though I was prepared for the worst event thanks to Steven, Dark Queen wrecked me I don t know how to describe how much it affected me or how much it got me speculating about the future I have my own hopes and ideas about where things can go from here but I hardly dare think them let alone say them out loud so I don t jinx it settles in for a long wait I ve been hoping for a resolution to the EV plotline for a few books now and I finally got my wish I actually expected the duels to take a bigger chunk of the book but I think it was better this way I believe that otherwise the story would have felt unbalanced There was a well developed plot that led to the duels and I adored that There s also an inkling as to what the next story arc will be about but I could be wrong Still exploring Jane s past and what it means to be an ordinary if such a word is even appropriate skinwalker will definitely be a part of that future.There was a particular scene that really caught my attention When Jane was view spoiler swearing her oath as a bloodmaster of Clan Yellowrock and she drank Leo s blood she experienced some of Leo s memories I particularly liked this because it let me get a glimpse inside the head of the head bloodsucker, someone, who s fascinated me since the first book Leo s feelings for Jane and the events she instigated shed a new light at his actions and while he is still a bastard at heart, I fell a little bitin love with him because of that scene hide spoiler So after experiencing this, the ending was that much harsher and it makes me desperate for the next book and seeing what will happen A note on the audio Khristine Hvam did a magnificent job as usual

  8. says:

    Eagerly anticipated book in this series, I am blown away B.L.O.W.N A.W.A.Y For those who have not read the first eleven books in this series, it is a must read prior to this one In Dark Queen, the intimidating European Vampires finally show up The build up has been coming along with scary powerful Vampires ready to take Leo and his coven down The preparation has made it stressful for Jane and her team who have to protect Leo I thought this installment would be all doom and gloom It would Eagerly anticipated book in this series, I am blown away B.L.O.W.N A.W.A.Y For those who have not read the first eleven books in this series, it is a must read prior to this one In Dark Queen, the intimidating European Vampires finally show up The build up has been coming along with scary powerful Vampires ready to take Leo and his coven down The preparation has made it stressful for Jane and her team who have to protect Leo I thought this installment would be all doom and gloom It would be fight after fight to see the winner take all To my surprise, Jane s quirky rebel attitude influences Leo and how he handles the Europeans The flippant way Leo treats the Europeans had me in stitches Make no mistakes, the actual showdown is not an easy win for team Leo There are unpleasant outcomes and losses for both sides.What also took me off guard is finding out about Jane s family We learnabout her past and it brings up old wounds that never healed I feel sorry for Jane just as I feel anger towards the ones who bring up the old memories It is interesting to see the story of her young life from a different perspective It s also interesting to see how centuries have not change the competitiveness between family members.The climax of this story is shocking and I am devastated Ms Hunter does the unthinkable and I am hoping that in the next book, there will be a revival Because if not, my heart is broken by the ending of this story and I think Jane will never recover from it either This story kept my attention from beginning to end A page turner filled with action and and plot twists This urban fantasy is highly recommended to all readersprovided by NetGalley

  9. says:

    3.5 starsI love the world Hunter has created with the Jane Yellowrock series, and many of its characters have become favorites The previous several books all have been leading up to this final face off between Leo and the European vamps as well as their respective allies All that build up All that tension AaaaandI found the story satisfying and frustrating in not so equal measures.First the good stuff Over the course of the series, Jane has grown from a loner to one who has built her own 3.5 starsI love the world Hunter has created with the Jane Yellowrock series, and many of its characters have become favorites The previous several books all have been leading up to this final face off between Leo and the European vamps as well as their respective allies All that build up All that tension AaaaandI found the story satisfying and frustrating in not so equal measures.First the good stuff Over the course of the series, Jane has grown from a loner to one who has built her own family and circle of friends Her relationships with the Younger brothers, with Bruiser, and even with Edmund all are highlighted with some satisfying warm fuzzies There s plenty of Beast, always an enjoyable thing Beast is best ambush hunter Jane recallsof her past, learns about a possible family connection, and ponders what she really values in her life The Sangre Duello finally takes place and there is some resolution, even if some things are left uncertain at the end.Then there s the not so great stuff Things are left uncertain at the end with a cliffhanger, and Jane s progress on letting others into her life takes a temporary hit Getting to that cliffhanger, the story meanders and at times makes little sense Some events and new characters seem stuck in without making much impact on the plot, only to be forgotten view spoiler like the rogue werewolf pack working with a local gang to attack Jane, with the jewelry shop owner introduced only to be killed later off page hide spoiler Some major characters act in ways inconsistent with the books thus far view spoiler like acompassionate Leo or Jane being so lax with security as to allow enemies into HQ and to get to the SOD multiple times without taking new precautions hide spoiler Some things were explained in ridiculous detail such as the construction and then room assignments at the Duello site while some crucial events view spoiler like the aftermath of Jane killing the EV emperor then letting Beast take over hide spoiler are told about after the fact rather than shown While the one family related plotline was intriguing, I had a hard time accepting some of the particulars about it view spoiler Jane had been in the public eye for a good three years It would have been difficult for anyone reading news, and certainly for a law enforcement officer like Aya, Jane s brother, to have missed what should have been a giant arrow pointing to her How could they not have noticed and wondered about her identity long before This makes Aya s excuse of childhood jealousy all theridiculous and damning of him hide spoiler Despite these frustrations, the book is a must read for fans of the series A lot does happen, even if arrived at in a circuitous manner, with some long running issues resolved and others raised or in limbo I ll await the next book with fingers crossed

  10. says:

    I can t remember when the European Vampires first showed up on the scene but I guess it was 5 or 6 books ago So this final battle with the EVs has been a long time coming and honestly I m a little conflicted I m still trying to figure out if I love this book or if it s a disappointment A lot of what I love changes in the pages of this book and I guess that s the issue Book 13 is going to look very different and calling a spade a spade, Dark Queen didn t leave me satisfied Do I wanter to ven I can t remember when the European Vampires first showed up on the scene but I guess it was 5 or 6 books ago So this final battle with the EVs has been a long time coming and honestly I m a little conflicted I m still trying to figure out if I love this book or if it s a disappointment A lot of what I love changes in the pages of this book and I guess that s the issue Book 13 is going to look very different and calling a spade a spade, Dark Queen didn t leave me satisfied Do I wanter to venture into the brave new world that s to come I m not sure, but I guess I have 12 months to decide

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