Series: Jane Yellowrock #14
Published by Ace on September 7th 2021
Genres: Urban fantasy
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About True Dead
Jane, Bruiser, and company are back in NOLA. Wrassler and Jody are getting married. And Jody’s very clear that Jane’s not to screw things up!
Jane’s cancer is gone but she’s still having issues with shifting which means she could end up dead, for real.
As the Dark Queen, she’s trying to adjust and understand that she can’t lead the charge any longer. She and her team are trying to unravel plots that have been unfolding over centuries.
My thoughts about True Dead
I always love the inner dialogue between Jane and Beast – both have such well-developed voices and personalities.
Despite Jane not leading the charge, mostly, there are plenty of battle scenes – lots of blood.
Lots of snarky dialogue between Jane and her team – especially the Youngers. A tender bit about Wrassler.
With the team back in NOLA, there are some delicious food descriptions. I’ve never been there but the books certainly seem to capture the flavor of NOLA.
I appreciate that, unlike some urban fantasy series, Jane’s powers don’t seem to grow and grow exponentially. I also appreciate a lack of orgies.
I enjoy that Jane suffers losses – emotionally and physically. Being powerful doesn’t mean she wins with no cost. Some urban fantasy series get predictable in that the MC increases in powers and powerful allies but never pays a price. And the fighting never takes a toll. I like that Jane for all of her badassery is vulnerable and has scars.
Not a good entry point to the series if you’re a newcomer. Start at the beginning so you can appreciate the build-up to True Dead. Long-time readers, we get some but not even close to all of our questions answered. But don’t despair, there are some great revelations that make it worthwhile.
Thank you NetGalley and Ace for the ARC.