Published by Pocket on Oct 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.
Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.
There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.
Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...
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.
This book is all about adrenaline. It’s starts off with a bang which got my heart racing, and it didn’t stop until the end of the book. There is so much action and excitement, it felt like I should read faster and faster in order to match the pace of the story.
Even with all this excitement, the characters and plot are well developed. I love all the various creatures that Owl interacts with. Her firm no supernatural rule really likes to slap her in the face, as her circle of friends and jobs keeps expanding into that territory. It’s interesting to see how Owl reacts and adapts as it feels realistic and believable. Her sometimes sketchy moral compass plays a part in this as it gives her character more depth. No one is all good or all evil, and this side of Owl really helps to prove that, which is so much better than having a cookie cutter heroine.
This installment of the series brought a lot of and adventure to the series, as well as more of the humour that permeated the first book. I loved seeing each new development, and there were some trails started for future development, particularly when it came to the World Quest video game and Owl’s entire relationship with Carpe. Both of these are things I’m excited to read more about.
Overall, I really loved this book, almost as much as the first, and I can’t wait for the third to be released. This entire series is a fun adventure, and I love every minute of it.