This ongoing fantasy written by Faith Hunter features the strong and sexy Jane Yellowrock, the last of her kind, a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps. Once she solves that case Jane finds herself caught up in the vampiric politics which cascades her into a series of unwanted adventures. This is a series of Urban Fantasy novels that are half romance, half Transformation Comic, with elements of Supernatural Romance thrown in.So far there are five published books in the series and two series of short stories:
Have Stakes Will Travel
Provides the following tropes:
Bad Powers, Good People: the Skinwalkers as Jane discovers throughout the series are a protector people who looked after the Cherokee, despite having a reputation for evil.
Beast Woman: Played with. Jane looks human almost all of the time, but Beast's traits show up visibly on her when she is upset, mortally wounded, or under extreme stress. Over time, Jane learns to let Beast show when she wants, to make others realize she's not all she seems.
Big Eater: The Vodka and Tequila Boys as humans go, but Jane can make them all stop and stare. Her regular appetite is big for a human, but after a shift, she eats enough for herself, for Beast, and to make up from calorie loss caused by the shift and by her activities in a different form.
Blood Magic: Used throughout the series by vampires and witches both.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: Played with. Rick LaFleur, one of Jane's many interests. Due to being supernaturally contagious, and forbidden from sharing the contagion, under penalty of death. He can, however, have sex with those of his own supernatural type — which do not exist on the North American continent — besides himself.
ChildProdigy: Angie Baby, magically so. The same is true for her baby brother Evan, Jr.
Cool Boat: The handmade wooden airboat Jane gets to ride on in "Cajun With Fangs"
Domino Revelation: Well we have vampires, shifters, and witches...so all other things are probably real too!
Duel to the Death: How Jane gets out of trouble she didn't even intend to get into in "Death's Rival".
Emergency Transformation: A human servant is brought over as a vampire to not only save her life but to prevent the vampire who drained her from being declared rogue and killed for it.
Extended Greetings: any formalities undertaken by vampires or weres require arrival by rank, and then introduction by title, of which there are many because higher rank means more titles — especially among the supernats who are long-lived to immortal.
Female Gaze: A lot of the narrative in the book is given over to describe how hot the men Jane encounters are in their various outfits (or lack thereof).
This is also true of the Never Mess with Granny types Jane encounters. They are not shy about the hot men they encounter either.
Mama Bear: Jane, to a fault. This is one thing she and Beast never, ever disagree about. If children are endangered, the children will be saved. This includes pregnant mothers who haven't even given birth yet.
Monster Is a Mommy: One of the new creatures showing up in Mercy Blade reveals itself pregnant in Raven Cursed.
Mooks: There are some in every book. Some survive, some don't. Derek Lee's Vodka and Tequila Boys both fall under this trope as well.
No Guy Wants an Amazon: Subverted. Although there are many sexy and delicate women in the series, Jane who stands six foot in her bare feet has no shortage of men interested in her — in many cases because she can fight, eats like a truck driver, and knows her weapons.
Our Angels Are Different: Angie Baby has one she can see, and talks to. Her father has two. Her mother had some but they left when Molly's faith waned. As of Raven Cursed, Jane also has one.
Our Vampires Are Different: As opposed to most vampire stories, these guys go all beast-like and kill indiscrriminately until they are tamed after a few years..sometimes a few decades or centuries to make them less beast and more human.
Rick's were meant to give power to someone else, and now they kind of get in the way.
Lucky Landry's are the real deal - a witch with witch-created tattoos.
Rapunzel Hair: Played with. Jane has black hair to her hips at least. She usually keeps it braided up, and the narrative is careful to mention her putting it into styles that make it difficult to use as a handhold in a fight. She also hides guns and stakes in it when she forms it into a giant bun.
Skinwalker: Jane is a good kind, not based on the skin-thievery of legend.
Trademark Favorite Food: For Alex Younger, it's carbs and junk food — forbidden by his brother except as rewards or treats.
Two Beings, One Body: Jane accidentally absorbed Beast's soul as a child without knowing what she was doing. The two have shared the body ever since, though who is dominant varies from time to time based on the shape Jane has taken.
Unstable Genetic Code: She is a skinwalker who must study the DNA of other creatures via meditation in order to copy their forms.
Urban Fantasy: True to form, its a modern day adventure of the paranormal.