Black Arts : Jane Yellowrock

  • by Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Series: Jane Yellowrock
  • 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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The name black arts didn't suit the book.

Where does Black Arts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to all of the Jane Yellowrocks series and i did like this one, but got a little lost with what's happened with Rick and the title i don't think suited it maybe more Death Witch, but that's my opinion.

What did you like best about this story?

Well the main character Jane seemed take a kinda step back, learned more how beast became so, and more play on the boys meaning Alex and Elia had big parts to play in this story.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favourite?

Jane of cause they would be no series without her, beast a very close second, but the one that stays in mind afterwards is Elia the big brooding ranger

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Quite a lot of both the full series has from book 1 had me hooked, so if you like your dose of fantasy with added shapeshifters, wolves, vampires and occasionally witches. Its a must.

Any additional comments?

Please hurry up and bring book 8 out need my daily dose

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- Emma J

Why this series stands out for me.

In my opinion, there is a serious lack of well written fantasy books for women with the kind of narration that really draws you in, without it basically being Mills and Boon. So when you find a series like this it's like gold dust. It's impossible for me to review just this one book as I loved the series so much I read the books back to back, including the excellent book of short stories and there wasn't a weak one amongst them.

At the start of first book it looked like just another plucky in your face heroine surrounded by a harem of beautiful men, which alone really doesn't interest me, but there is so much more to it than that. The lead character Jane has amnesia from the time before she emerged form the wilderness, at the approximate physical age of twelve. While her initial character is relatively two dimensional she develops through the books as she gains ties and her fascinating back story unfolds. Right from the start she is an interesting paradox as she convincingly merges her Christian children's home beliefs with Cherokee heritage and current profession as a vampire hunter. Added to this Jane is a skinwalker and has two soles in her body, her own and that of the beast she absorbed as a child, so the story is told form two distinct points of view; this really gives it a kick that other stories of this nature lack.

The plots are engrossing, the world beautifully described from both characters points of view, giving you a very different landscape when described with Beasts perspective of smells and sounds. The characters are well written. No one is perfect and few are black and white. The vampires are not wholly good or evil, on rare occasions the victims fight back rather than just being sacrificed as plot devices, the evil is defeated and instead of rejoicing Jane is left behind to face their grieving family and friends. Good people slip or act in a self serving manor without automatically being demonised or seen as unredeemable. Jane faces terrible tasks but even when one part of her life is falling apart, she is forming some of the most important relationships and discoveries of her life in others. There is a much better sense of the wider world, than you would usually find in this type of literature.

Black Arts brings together all my favorite characters in the Jane Yellowrock universe. You do need to read the books in order partly to avoid spoilers but also to understand the complicated relationships and series of events that lead up to the plot of this book. Jane has to deal with the complicated world of vampire politics while coming to terms with her own choices and history, mending fences with friends she has neglected and searching for one who has forsworn her.

Lastly Khristine Hvam has become one of my favorite narrators. I know not everyone likes an American accent but hers really grows on you and anything else would be inappropriate to the setting of this book. Her accent when voicing an English character is a bit suspect but charming all the same. She really brings the story to life in a way few narrators can hope to achieve.

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- nicole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios