Black Arts by Faith Hunter (Ace, Jan. 7th, 2013)-Watch out, Jane fans, you’re in for a helluva ride in Black Arts. I mean, this series has always been superb, and has suffered none of the afflictions that can hit series when they get to the 4th, 5th, etc books. There’s all the action you’ve come to expect, but what made it a standout to me was Jane’s very personal journey. I’ll get to that, but first, if you haven’t caught up with the series and don’t want to feel all spoilery, stop now. I won’t spoil this book, but, you know, there might be details that you may not want if you’re not caught up. That said, the huge thing at the center of Black Arts is Molly Everhart is missing, and her husband, Big Evan, and two kiddos, Angie and Evan, have come to Jane for help. Molly indicated that she would be dropping by Jane’s at some point, but she never made it. Jane puts Alex on Molly’s trail, and gets Evan and the kids settled in for the duration as best she can. Before she can blink, she finds out that two of Katie’s girls have gone missing, and one is a witch. Hmmm, seems to be a bit coincidental, yes? Maybe, but Jane also has a security job coming up for MOC Leo Pellesier, and it’s a really big deal, so she not only has to find Molly and the girls, but prep for a huge gathering of vamps.
We all know our Jane is up to the task, but even she can get overwhelmed, and in Black Arts, things really pile on, and fast. She’s got Big Evan staying with her, and their relationship is tenuous, at best, but he seems to know that Jane is really his only hope if he’s going to find Molly. Angie, Molly’s daughter, is beginning to show her magic, and it’s very strong, and an appearance by Ricky Bo has Jane in a tailspin. Jane does a whole lot of soul searching during the events of Black Arts in order to come to terms with her past and how she sees herself, not to mention her relationship with Beast, and this will be very important in order to reach Molly. I loved how this one ended and as much as Jane must endure, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve said before that this series just keeps getting better, and Black Arts is no exception. Can’t wait for the next one!