Review: Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish

Review: Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi CharishOwl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish
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Pages: 423
Series: Adventures of Owl #2
Published by Pocket Star on October 5th, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy

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...

Owl – thief, gamer, and snark expert – has returned in this fun, fast and hilarious sequel to Owl and the Japanese Circus. While Owl’s back to her usual tricks, someone has been stealing under her name and now the IAA are hunting her down. This action-packed sequel is even better than the first (review here).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and almost wished I taken my time to read it instead of devouring it on the train to and from work. But I was also under the assumption that the third book, Owl and the Electric Samurai had been released (instead the date is now May 2017) and so disappointed to find out it had been pushed back. Alas, I’ll be stuck waiting patiently for May 2017!

Expectations for this sophomore effort were a tiny bit higher than they were for the first book, and boy was I blown away with what Charish brought to the table. She brings us right into the action, wasting zero time uncovering the next supernatural plot that Alix finds herself entangled in. I loved getting see more of World Quest and Carpe, learning about more supernatural beings, and the pace and layout of the overall story. I felt like I understood the trajectory of story much better than the first. Owl was a little annoying at times, she remains rash and really doesn’t know when to shut her mouth but other than that I’m really enjoying her narration in this series.

Now, patiently waiting for Owl and the Electric Samurai!

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