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Review: Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler

TitleTempest Reborn

Author: Nicole Peeler

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane True (Book 6)

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316128104 (Orbit Books)

ISBN-13: 978-0316128100 (Orbit Books)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she’s not about to give up. She’s ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he’s lost.

Luckily for Jane, those who’ve given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.

With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?

Quick & Dirty: Saving Anyan is Jane’s number 1 priority but will she be strong enough to follow all the instructions to defeat the Red and White?

Opening SentenceThe agaony was excruciating, a white heat at the center of my consciousness.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Tempest Reborn is the epic finale to the Jane True’s series.  While I have only read books 5 and 6, I really feel that this is a story that was told with great planning and consideration for the entire arc of the entire series.

In my review for book 5, Tempest’s Fury, I told you that you could comfortably pick up the series from there and move forward, but not from book 6.  This book requires everything you learn about good and evil, characters and their personalities, and politics from all sides in order for this book to make complete sense as Ms. Peeler intended.

That being said, in this book, I felt was the better of these two books in part because I had a vested interest in the world and characters but also because of the epic showdowns, which are amazing.  Whether it comes in the form of Luke Skywalker vs. Jedi Master or Sherlock vs. Moriarty or the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, these moments are poignant and if well told live on in our memory and pass on into our legends.  This battle has all of that and then some.  The story is well crafted but there are twists and turns that make it magical.

This review is hard to write due in part because I refuse to give spoilers but I can say that the stakes are higher than they have been before, but the interplay between the characters is heart wrenching.  Plots are foiled, people die and the journey continues until the final last stand.  I must say that I was not expecting the twist that Ms. Peeler threw at me, but this is what makes a book ring true and stay with us long past putting it down and moving on to the next book, TV show or movie.

My conclusion is that this entire series is definitely one that needs to be read by anyone with a passion for a good story, amazing heroine with a heart of gold, hero that you long to take home to Mom and Dad and then find a place to indulge your naughty side, and the magic that pulls it all together.

Pick up this series or add it to your Goodreads To Be Read list, you won’t be disappointed.

Notable Scene:

“Thank you for finding me.  It’s made all the difference,” he told me.  What frightened me even more than his cryptic words was the fear I saw reflected in his own gray eyes.  They were wild; as if frantic to impart something I couldn’t yet understand.

“You must find me again soon, Jane.  It’s the only thing that will keep me going.  He’s so strong, and he’s growing stronger.  You have to help me.”

“I’ll do anything,” I said, and I meant it.

“I know you will.  Whatever you’re doing, you’re scaring them.  That makes them desperate, but it means you’re on the right track.”

I didn’t know what he was talking about, but I nodded.

“You have to stay strong, too,” I said.

Anyan’s mouth pressed into a grim line.  “I’m trying.  This helped, more than you can imagine.”

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 provided me with a copy of Tempest Reborn. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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