Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost...
When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.
Black Arts, the latest installment in Faith Hunter’s long-running Jane Yellowrock series is a tangle of storylines and a mystery that its protagonist has to solve in a hurry if she wants to find and save one of her friends.
Evan Trueblood comes into town in search of his wife Molly. As she’s Jane Yellowrock’s best friend, it makes sense for her to head to New Orleans on a visit. But apparently Molly, who happens to be a witch, barely made it into the city before she vanished.
Jane and Molly are still friends, although that friendship has been on shaky ground since Jane killed Molly’s sister. Unlike some urban fantasy heroines, Jane has had to face the consequences of her actions, and wrestles with whether or not what she did was ultimately the right thing or not, and if that makes her a bad person. While all of this is understandable, it means that Jane is a bit distracted from the situation at hand, and it takes her a good portion of the book to figure out what’s going on.
The search for what’s happened to Molly, as well as several of Leo’s second’s employees exposes Jane to the longstanding conflict between witches and vampires, and things snowball from there.
On top of the mystery, there are other problems facing Jane. Having been outed as a shapeshifter to the supernatural community, she is having some difficulties, and Leo is also facing territorial issues that make for ongoing complications for future books. As with other series, many of the plot threads are tied up by the end, but enough are left loose that readers will be interested in seeing what happens to Jane and the rest of these characters.