Faith Hunter – Jane Yellowrock
My sister first introduced me to Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series on a wine tasting trip. I finished it in a weekend. Finally! A heroine who kicked butt, was no nonsense, still feminine when she wanted to be and could deal with any bad ass out there. Oh, how I had longed for a book like this growing up.
This series holds me tightly. Every time a book comes out, I’m gripped by a need to buy it right away and if I don’t, it’s one of the few things I will actually remember, a mantra that repeats in my head, “I must buy that book next pay day.” My favourite books are Skinwalker, Black Arts and Dark Heir. However, more are on the way and who knows, my favourites may change.
Having someone to cheer for will always bring me back and Jane Yellowrock is someone I can cheer for. She tries to do the right thing by taking out the bad guys and protect the most vulnerable, whether they be humans or other “supernaturals.”
In Skinwalker, Jane is hired by a vampire to find and kill a rogue vampire, one who’s killing other vampires. In the process, she meets several women who work as prostitutes for vampires and when one of them is attacked and killed by the rogue vampire, her desire and drive to find the killer increases. She must protect the vulnerable and innocent. It is who she is.
In Black Arts, it’s much later in the series and Jane is now working full time for Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans, setting up his security for a gathering of supernatural creatures. By now, she’s acknowledged and accepted that who she is is the protector. She’s on the trail of someone killing Katie’s women, some of them friends of Jane’s, and she’s also looking for her missing best friend, Molly.
In the end, she has to place herself on the line to protect Leo’s business interests, find the killer and protect her best friend from herself.
In Dark Heir, she tasks herself with protecting a variety of supernaturals and humans. Humans she protects from a homicidal, old vampire intent on just killing, European vampires from sexual abuse and arcenciels from being trapped and used for their magic. In our world where good and evil keeps getting re-defined for monetary and power interests, escaping into this world with a character who can and does protect those who need protecting makes me believe it’s possible we will come back to this.
These protective instincts flare up throughout the series and as the oldest sibling, I can understand them. It’s a wish for everyone to be able to live safe and happy without being preyed upon by others, whether physically, emotionally, or mentally. For me, it’s a desire to see balance in the world, that those who deserve it stay protected and those that deserve, pay for causing harm to others.
How many of you have a protective instinct and why do you think you have it?