Owl and the City of Angels
Author: Kristi Charish
After the cliffhanger of the previous novel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in this sequel to Owl and the Japanese Circus. What I found was another gripping and exciting adventure for Owl, along with watching her grow and mature. It was truly an enjoyable sequel.
The book opens with Owl on the job for Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon, thus confirming that she will work for him per the agreement they made at the conclusion of the previous novel. Though tasked with getting one of two artifacts, Owl can’t resist going after both (with a small side trip for a personal acquisition). Of course everything falls apart, and the ride is on. Nothing is as it seems, and it was surprising to find the different connections that each of Owl’s adventures related to in the overall plot. I really enjoyed the twists and turns, old enemies and new.
I continue to enjoy the development of Owl’s character. In this sequel, we see her learning from past mistakes. I love having the opportunity to experience her navigating the perils of relationships, most notably her relationship with Rynn. The maturity we see in her is refreshing, especially the soul searching she goes through. I find myself able to connect with her and relate, even though we are nothing alike. I continue to respect the honesty she has with herself about her shortcomings and areas of personal growth.
Although things are resolved at the end of the book, we are still given a bit of a cliffhanger. We still do not know the identity of the person “behind it all,” the sacrifice that Owl had to make, and the mysterious offer from IAA. This is definitely a series that builds from book to book. The world continues to not only evolve, but reveal itself. I enjoy the adventure and suspense and most especially Owl and her friends. I eagerly await the next novel in this series. If you enjoy nail-biting adventure, fascinating world-building, and a smart-mouth female Indiana Jones, this is the series for you.
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…
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Series: The Adventures of Owl #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Source: NetGalley
Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2)
Reviews in the Series:
Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish (The Adventures of Owl #1)