Reviewed by: Krista
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from past books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1 Skinwalker.
If I were a cat, I would have been purring contentedly after finishing the latest Jane Yellowrock novel. It was like a deep, dark chocolate that melts on your tongue, satisfying the craving but leaving you wanting more.
Black Arts is a book about family, which is kind of strange, since when we were first introduced to Jane she was loner who kept almost everyone else at arm’s length. She moved from job to job without anything more than what she carried in her bike’s saddlebags. She would roar into town on Bitsa and leave the same way. But for some reason New Orleans grabbed a hold of Jane and refused to let her go. Almost unconsciously, over the course of seven books, Jane has set down roots and collected a rag-tag family of sorts.
This book definitely gives credence to the saying that “Family is almost more trouble than it’s worth,” because Jane’s family sure does drag her into a lot of trouble. Black Arts begins with Evan Trueblood blowing down Jane’s door looking for his missing wife. I love that while he is trying to be all intimidating his busted-down minivan with his young children is in the background. At the same time some citizens of New Orleans’ other society have either gone missing or been turned to ashes. By the end we find out that everything is connected but it’s almost impossible to figure out until Hunter lays out her elaborate plot piece by piece.
I really enjoyed Black Arts and am now stalking the author’s website for any hints about the next book. I loved how chagrined Jane was when she realized that she had set down permanent roots and how much she enjoyed being surrounded by family. The idea that maybe she didn’t need to be so detached or so secretive was extremely difficult for the character to swallow. I haven’t always enjoyed the journey Hunter has taken me on but more often than not I am happy where I end up.
Sexual content: Sensual scenes