Series: Adventures of Owl #3
Published by Pocket Staron May 8th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.
Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.
Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…
Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions.
All in all, just another great day on the job.
If you’ve followed my reviews of the previous Adventures of Owl series you know I’m a big fan of Owl and her archaeological hijinks. This is by far the most significant in terms of the direction this series and its characters are going. Charish delivers in this slower, more deliberate story telling. While the archaeology is lacking, it delivers on a much greater scale.
Owl is tasked with finding the creators of World Quest, her beloved online RPG game, and “hired” to find the Electric Samurai, a mystical armor that binds itself to whoever wears it. With the IAA, Lady Siyu, and elves at her back, Owl is feeling the heat. It’s hard to go into much detail about the plot without giving it away so I will say this – Charish promises a lot but consistently delivers with high quality story telling, realistic character arcs and action scenes that manage to not overwhelm or steal the show.
The climax arrives at a steep price and that cliffhanger has me anxiously waiting for the release of Owl and the Tiger Thieves.