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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4)Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall, this is a solid book in the series, focusing mostly on the primary plot than interpersonal drama... but you know how a lot of these UF's go. They always stand or fall because of the characters. You can throw them into a whole bunch of action scenes and get them fully involved with mysterious murders, supernatural factions, and have their cred grow as each successful mission comes to a close, but in the end, it all boils down to what the main character believes and upholds.

Jane Yellowrock seems to have a little issue with her beliefs, and it's not quite as organic as you might expect. It kinda pops up, like guilt without a mom hanging around to instigate it, at the weirdest times. Religion? Which is it, the Christianity side, or the Cherokee spiritualism? Is she just exploring both? I don't know. It doesn't seem to have much reason. And besides, aren't there a bunch of werewolf murders to solve?


THAT BEING SAID, I like the new supernaturals even if the character logic surrounding it seems more on par with a kind of spiritual nod to Anita Blake (in more than one way). I'll ignore this for now. The core tale is still good and it has all the normal features that draw us to UFs in general.

Magic walking the world, getting political, and developing a complex society side-by-side with us. :)

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