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...
Kindle Edition, 423 pages
Published October 5th 2015 by Pocket Star
Three and a half stars: Another exciting and entertaining read, but it left too many story lines open.
Owl is once again knee deep in trouble, or in this case water deep. She is currently in a long buried tomb, standing in filthy water, looking for a prized Medusa head. Enter in a mummy and mayhem. This is just the beginning of her troubles. As Owl flees the tomb, she discovers that the IAA is after her because they believe that she is responsible for a number of thefts. Someone is stealing artifacts from the City of the Dead and selling them to the public, not realizing that these artifacts carry a deadly curse. Can Owl clear her name and get to the bottom of who is really stealing from the City of the Dead without dying?
What I Liked:
- Once again I was swept into the crazy, exciting world of Owl. What makes this UF series shine is that it features archeology. I love that Owl is always landing in ruins looking for artifacts, while dodging paranormal creatures like mummies, golems and vampires. This series has an Indiana Jones feel to it, but it notches it up with all the paranormal. If you want an exciting adventure, give this one a try.
- This book has a lot going on, and I loved the crazy mayhem. Owl is constantly dodging trouble and trying to save her skin, but as she does so she manages to dig her hole a bit deeper and deeper. Never a dull moment in this one.
- I was enjoying the inclusion of a new character, and then I was blindsided by a big twist regarding this character. I certainly didn't see that one coming.
- The world building continues to shine. I like all the archaeological ruins, the traps, the curses and the antiquities, not to mention confrontations with all sorts of paranormals from mummies, incubi, dragons and vampires to mention a few.
- I like all the humor and snark peppered in. It really livens things up.
- Surprisingly, one of my favorite aspects of the series continues to be the online game that Owl plays, World Quest. This time, the game plays an interesting part in the book, and I was left wanting to know more about who is behind the game.
And The Not So Much:
- Many readers complain that they have a hard time with Owl due to her impetuous behavior. I admit, I am one of those readers. This time around, she has matured a bit, but she is still rash and jumping into trouble way over her head, and she continues to shoot her mouth off, which gets her into more hot water. She is improved over the first book, but she still needs to mature, I am hoping she will continue to grow. She remains a bit rough around the edges.
- Even though I liked that this was a busy book, sometimes it got to be a bit much. I especially felt like some of the chase sequences went on and on.
- I was a bit disappointed with the whole City of the Dead. It was built up to be this mysterious, deadly place with a curse, and then when they got there, it kind of fizzled. I wanted a bit more with the City of the Dead.
- The book ends on a cliffhanger note, and it left me with a whole bunch of unanswered questions. It wasn't clear who the evil master mind was and why. Not to mention, the whole thing with World Quest, what is going on there? Then there is the thing with Captain. I felt like too many plot lines were left undone with this one.
Owl and The City of Angels was an entertaining and exciting read in a unique UF series. The world building is excellent, and I love all the archeological references. This is series that will appeal to fans of Indiana Jones. My only hesitation is that Owl needs to mature, and that the book ended on a cliffhanger with lots of undone story threads. Still, I am enjoying this series, and I will continue with the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.