Book Review: Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish
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.
"Tomb Raiding Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be"
Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, our rogue (think Indiana Jane) archeologist and fantasy gamer, is back again in another high-octane, globe-trotting adventure where the Supernaturals like to come out and play! Once again, author Kristi Charish gives readers a fantastic mix of action & adventure to thrill for.
"My name is Alix Hiboux, archeology grad dropout and international antiquities thief for hire. Have I mentioned I don't do supernatural jobs? Welcome to my life."
Having a Dragon for a boss can be dangerous, especially one who has a penchant for rare, supernaturally enhanced artifacts - and Owl is about to find out the hard way as she is sent to retrieve treasure from the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead. With the IAAA (an inter- national archeology group which controls/covers up anything resembling supernatural activity) giving chase and a thief who is impersonating Owl, plus her favorite Parisian Vampires keeping tabs on her - Owl is about to have one hell of a day!
"Supernaturals, curses, ancient gods, and thieves pretending to be me. This just kept getting better and better."
And for readers of part one in the series, you can look forward to more time spent with Captain, Owl's vampire-hunting Mau, some big reveals about World Quest and Owl's gaming partner Carpe's identity, plus, a maturing romance (Owl's trying!) with Rynn to keep us romance fans happy.
In the End
From the underground catacombs in Alexandrian and the walking mummified remains of a Roman Emperor to Somali pirates - Owl and the City of Angels kept this reading explorer very happy!
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked it!