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I Belong

Review: Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Eye of the Tempest (#4) by Nicole PeelerTitle: Eye of the Tempest

Author: Nicole Peeler

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane True (Book 4)

Publication Date: August 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316128082 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316128087 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Sheila


Nothing says “home” like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she’s not the only thing that’s been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped…and Jane’s just the halfling for the job.

Quick & Dirty: A tense race to find out what is stirring beneath Rockabill before the bad guys do.  This book is progressively more serious than the rest of the series, but still delivers all the jokes and jabs we expect from Jane and her friends.

Opening SentenceI awoke slowly, languorously, my still-mostly-sleeping brain registering surprise when my nose smooshed into soft leather rather than sheets.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Jane True series has been a delight to read; the new installment, Eye of the Tempest, is no exception.  Jane has been roped into a dangerous and time sensitive mission with the whole world riding on the outcome.  Though it sounds a little intense for Jane, believe me when I say that she is up to the challenge with her usual flare.

Jane is not the girl you would choose to save the world.  She has only been aware of the supernatural community, her mother’s people, for barely a year.  Her control of her magic is still rudimentary and she still relies heavily on those around her for support.  So why is it that she is the one in charge of finding the four locks that hold an ancient weapon away for hundreds of years?  Maybe because the locations seem to hold significant memories for Jane.  Maybe it’s because Anyan and Nell are incapacitated and she is the next best thing.  Maybe it’s all based on the word of Blondie, the Original who seems to always be there when Jane needs her the most.  Or maybe it is just a pre-ordained destiny that is calling to Jane to fulfill.  We know that Jane will do almost anything for those she loves, but can she be counted on to save ALL of man and supernatural kind, both good and bad?

Jane’s love life with Anyan is hard to decipher. Though it seems that they are now trying to be a couple, Jane still has doubts.  They even try to have several intimate moments; all of which are interrupted in one way or another.  The idea of the two of them together is terrific.  I find him so much more Jane’s type than Ryu was.  Can Jane get over her reservations about being with Anyan?  Can Anyan talk her into it?  Will they ever have a chance to knock some boots or will the sexual tension be dragged out through the next book as well?

Blondie’s character is still an enigma for Jane at the beginning of the book.  While Jane was in a coma for a month, Blondie made nice with Jane’s friends and earned their trust.  Of course, she has yet to earn the trust of Jane, and for good reason.  Blondie keeps secrets; a lot of secrets.  These secrets, both about her past and her motivations, she slowly reveals to Jane throughout their search.  Jane really gets annoyed that she waits to fully reveal everything until the very end.  When we do find out the full story, Blondie’s reasons become understandable and acceptable.  It gives her character a depth that would be lost if we didn’t discover it bit by bit.  On the plus side, Blondie is a tremendous flirt and is constantly propositioning Jane; which is always fun to read.

The weapon they search for is wanted by the bad guys as well.  It becomes a race to see if Team Jane or Team Jarl’s Lackeys will get to it first.  This book delves into the idea that Jarl and his views are shared by many all over the world, and that Jane’s unnatural fixation on him may be shortsighted on her part.  There are hints at a larger war brewing within their community that will have devastating effects on everyone, human and supernatural alike.  When even long forgotten ancient entities, like Blondie, feel they are forced to choose sides; you know that this war is far more important than any petty feelings Jane harbors for one bad guy.  Can Jane take up the reigns and be a leader for the forces of good?  Or will she falter under the pressure and end up costing her side the war?  What could possibly motivate someone like Jane to break out of her tiny mold and become the woman she is destined to be:  the lives of her friends and family?  Food?  Sex?  It seems in the past that Jane’s stomach and libido make many of the decisions on her behalf: Which is part of the reason she is such a lovable character.

With far more serious issues discussed within the book, Eye of the Tempest still manages to deliver on the funny.  It is a perfect blend of hard-hitting action and side-splitting humor that make the series as a whole a great read for anyone.

Notable Scene:

“What does every war need?”  Anyan asked, clearly rhetorically. I’d noticed that the barghest, while normally short-winded, did enjoy the occasional rousing speech.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t talking to a cabal of military strategists, and we like to mess with him.  So before he could finish his own question, we’d jumped in to “help.”

“A punchy code name?” I hazarded.

“Fabulous uniforms!” Iris blurted out.

“Bulletproof jockstraps,” stated Caleb, getting into the spirit of things.  Iris had obviously brought out the playful side of the normally serious satyr.  No wonder he liked her so.

In the meantime, at his words, the entire group of us sitting in the circle-including the kelpie, with her eye-level pony view-all turned as one to look at the satyr’s package.  Undaunted, he reaffirmed his opinion.

“Definitely bulletproof jockstraps.”

“Yeah, um, no,” Anyan said.  “What every war needs is an advantage.”

“And an army,” I added, helpfully.

“And food.  Don’t armies march on their stomachs?” said Amy Nahual.

“Which means people to cook the food-“ I agreed.

“Shut up!” Barked Anyan.

The Jane True Series:

1. Tempest Rising

2. Tracking the Tempest

3. Tempest’s Legacy

4. Eye of the Tempest

5. Tempest’s Fury

6. Tempest Reborn

FTC Advisory: Orbit Books graciously provided me with a copy of Eye of the Tempest.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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