Review: Death's Rival by Faith Hunter

Title: Death's Rival
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #5
Release Date:October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Roc
Reviewer: Krystal
Buy From: Amazon / B&N

Sum It Up! Faith Hunter is a talented author.

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.(Goodreads)
Death’s Rival should not be started without reading the earlier books in the series. I have not read the other novels and felt like I missing some information at times, but still really enjoyed the book. 
The main character Jane has set out to investigate an illness that is affecting vampires. Either submit to a new master or contract the sickness and die. While she is working, her secrets are being threatened, she is finding out information about her past, and she is trying to navigate romance.
Jane seems like a very lonely character to me. I was struck by how isolated she felt despite usually being connected to friends. This loneliness could be related to the many romantic interests in her life and the fact that her secrets were being leaked. I was frustrated by the fact that she kept switching guys; inconsistency bothers me.
I give Death’s Rival 4 out of 5 stars; Faith Hunter is a talented author who knows how to keep a plot moving and a reader interested. If Jane had chosen a romantic interest, I think I would have thought Death’s Rival was a 5 star book.

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