Title: Tempest’s Fury
Author: Nicole Peeler
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Jane True (Book 5)
Publication Date: July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback, 356 Pages
ISBN-10: 0316128112 (Orbit Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0316128117 (Orbit Books)
Reviewed by: Shirene
Jane’s not happy. She’s been packed off to England to fight in a war when she’d much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane’s enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble — the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they’re not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with the barghest, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.
Praying she can pull off a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane also has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don’t think she can live up to her new role as Champion.
Along the way, Jane learns that some heroes are born. Some are made. And some are bribed with promises of food and sex.
Quick & Dirty: Sometimes saving the world takes a magical ax and sometimes it takes getting opposing sides to join up.
Opening Sentence: It was times like this I wished Hallmark made a line of “So your supernatural daughter is going off to fight a supernatural war” cards, because I certainly didn’t know how to say that to my father.
Crawling into Jane True’s world in book 5 was relatively painless. This story is rich with characters back story and enough movement that I didn’t feel bogged down from not reading the previous 4 books. However, I’m sure that I would feel more of a connection to all the characters if I knew their motivations, back story and even had a vision of what they looked like in my own head. So many times we invest parts of ourselves in stories that were written by skilled and talented authors, but unfortunately, I didn’t have that with this story and it did impact my level of engagement with the story.
Ok, but enough beating around the bush, you want to know about our main characters. Jane True is a halfling selkie and has been chosen by the labrys, which is an ax only wielded by the Champion. Jane’s ability is control of water so she can do all sorts of magic with water. While Anyan is a barghest, which allows him to shift from man to a dog and his supernatural abilities allow him to manipulate earth and air when he is not making Jane long for his touch.
The other main character in our story is Blondie or Cyntaf, and she is an Original supernatural with the ability to control and harness magic in a way that other supernatural beings only dream. Blondie was a Champion earlier in her life and she is helping to tutor Jane in all things about her role as the Champion.
This is a world that was richly detailed in part because it relies on images most readers are going to have some knowledge of, like London and Paris which I think adds depth and grounds the story in a way that would otherwise be hard to accomplish. Due to the story being set in this world, the characters act very much as you or I would if we had super powers and were off to save the world. This was a refreshing change to paranormal stories because I felt Jane’s reluctance to be the Champion but her obligation and fear didn’t swallow her, but in the end motivated her.
So with good always comes evil, the villains in this story range from Morrigan who is seeking to raise a terrible evil in Red Queen and White King. The Red and White are evils that have been destroyed and then put back together through out history and every time they come back destruction and chaos follow in their wake. I wasn’t to sure about Morrigan being evil enough but before I was half way through the book, I realized I was terribly wrong. She is enough evil for 10 super villains.
So my final thoughts on this book are that you should definitely try this series out and if you are just wanting to jump right in then Tempest Fury is not a bad place to start. My only caveat is that make sure you have book 6 close at hand because this book does end in a HUGE cliff hanger. Thankfully for me, I got book 6 in to review about a week ago and I will be starting it at soon as I finish writing this review.
“Using the dating thing against me, eh?” He asked. I smiled against his pecs, wishing we were naked and biting but also knowing that how we were right now was how it should be.
“Sorry, but I do think it’s a good idea,” I said, raising my eyes to meet his.
“Don’t be. You’re right. And besides, this will be more fun.”
“Yes, fun. This means that I get to work to seduce you.”
“Ooh la la,” I said, raising my chin to kiss his freshly shaven jaw. Anyan let me kiss him, then he withdrew, looking down at me with a predatory little grin.
“I’m serious, you. I admit, my seduction skills are a little rusty. But I’m going to look forward to getting you alone whenever I can, and making you want me. Eventually I’ll get you to where you’re begging. And then, little girl I’m going to show you what begging really means.”
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FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Tempest’s Fury. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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