Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....
When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.
Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….
Broken Soul by Faith Hunter is the eighth book featuring Jane Yellowrock, which means there’s quite a lot of history to keep in mind. This time, Jane has been asked by the Master of New Orleans to take charge of security improvements for an important visit from a delegation of European vampires. Despite Jane naming an exorbitant price, Leo agrees to it - because the European vampires are making a power grab for Leo’s territory, and Jane can help him prevent things from getting messy. But, Leo doesn’t go into any detail about how this job will put Jane and her entire team in a huge amount of danger. To anyone who’s followed the series for any length of time, Leo’s non disclosure of important information is nothing new, and it’s gotten a bit old.
In the meantime, Jane has other things to worry about besides vampire politics - something is stalking her, and she has to figure out what is going on in a hurry. This involves her delving into the history of vampires, while also working with her team, aka her chosen family, which nicely highlights the character growth Jane has undergone since the beginning of the series. The relationship with Beast isn’t neglected, and is strengthened by the events of the book, which bodes well for further books and plotlines.
In general, the Jane Yellowrock series has a great track record when it comes to the plot and overall worldbuilding. Of late, the romantic subplots have been scattered, if not a complete mess. Fortunately in this book, the romantic tangle seems to have turned a corner, in a dramatic way that helps to move things several huge jumps ahead.
Although there is definitely an antagonist causing problems, in some ways this book feels a bit like Jane and the rest of them are waiting for the European vampires to show up. That caveat aside, it moves relationships and plot forward competently, and sets up future conflicts in such a way that readers will want to pick up the next book in the series.