I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish
Series: The Owl Series #2
Published by Pocket Books on October 5, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
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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. The series also includes Owl and the Japanese Circus and Owl and the Electric Samurai.
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...
This was great! I have had this book for years and I am now realizing that I did myself a disservice by ignoring it for so long. I love the Indiana Jones vibe with a supernatural twist of this series. The characters are great and there is even a thread of humor throughout the novel. I definitely think that is a series not to be missed and I am glad that I finally gave it a shot.
Owl is in trouble once again and I couldn’t wait to see how she would be able to get herself out of this newest jam. Someone has stolen some important but cursed artifacts and everyone thinks that it was Owl but this is not a theft that she would even consider. Now to prove her innocence she needs to retrieve those items and find the real thief. Owl is definitely in for a challenge and everything proves to be more complicated than she could have ever imagined. There was more than enough action and excitement to go around in this installment and I often found the book difficult to put down.
I really like the characters in this series. It was fun to watch Owl, her cat Champion, Rynn, Nadya, and Carpe try to get to the bottom of things. I liked how this group of characters was able to work together to achieve the mission and keep everyone safe. It is obvious how much each of these characters cares about each other. The fact that there is a whole group of supernatural characters in the mix adds another layer to keep things interesting. Even the cat had something important to add to this entertaining story.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy. I would recommend reading this series in order since this book is built on the events in the previous installment. I am looking forward to reading about Owl’s next adventure!
I received a digital review copy of this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley.