When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.
Black Arts is another enjoyable book in the Jane Yellowrock series. Jane herself is very much my style of character now when she has settled in her role as a rather bad-ass chick and, especially, that her “secret” of being a Skinwalker is out so that she is not tip-toeing around her friends as well as enemies any more trying to hide that she can do some serious ass-kicking.
Speaking of ass-kicking, in this book she is indeed showing off some good stuff in that area. Something that, to my great delight, Leo is given a first-hand demonstration of. I really liked that episode in the book.
As the blurb states her best friend, Molly, disappears and it is up to Jane to find her. Well, best friend and best friend… Their relationship is a tad complicated but if you have followed the series you already knew that.
To complicate things Jane is tasked with finding a couple of missing “fangheads” at the same time and of course the two investigations turns out to be quite related in the end. As you probably can deduce from the title magic plays a prominent role in the story. It is the usual rollercoaster ride where Jane has to divide her time between the investigations, vampire politics, her social relations and some good old fashion ass-kicking.
Jane in particular but also the other characters, for instance Molly and Evan, gets a decent amount of character development in this instalment. The characters add a lot to the enjoyment of the book. Apart from Jane herself of course I do quite like Eli and the “kid”.
As usual the book works itself towards the obligatory showdown against the bad guys. There are a few, equally obligatory I guess, open threads left in the wrap-up in the last few pages but as a whole the book is a finished episode in the overall story arc.
I quite enjoyed it and the next instalment in the series is already downloaded to my tablet.