Title: Tempest’s Legacy
Author: Nicole Peeler
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Jane True (Book 3)
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 031605660X (Orbit)
ISBN-13: 978-0316056601 (Orbit)
Reviewed by: Sheila
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl – at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane’s world to its very core.
After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females — supernatural, halfling, and human — Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.
And she’s not sure which she finds more frightening.
Quick & Dirty: A smart yet darker adventure for our young half-selkie. This one displays a different take on the supernatural community and its citizens than Jane has seen before.
Opening Sentence: I love it when people pre-laugh at their own jokes.
Tempest’s Legacy, the third book in the Jane True series, is progressively darker than the previous books were. Don’t get me wrong, there are still lots of quippy remarks and funny internal dialog to enjoy. But this book is centered on the hunt for the person (or persons) that murdered Jane’s mother; a very serious action.
Jane True is still a small town girl. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and working at the bookstore. Even though her mother left her and her father when she was very young, Jane’s introduction into the supernatural community has led her to rekindle her hope to see her mother again. When Anyan arrives with news of her murder, Jane is determined to find and punish whoever did this heinous deed. Anyan, Ryu and the gang set out toward the Borderlands, land not ruled over by the Alfar, for more information. What they discover there will change Jane’s view of the supernatural world forever; fertility clinics that are covers for torturing and killing both halfings and the purebloods that gave birth to them. Can a half-selkie make a difference in the face of such obvious cruelty?
Jane’s training is coming along. She is competent in defensive magic (shielding) but she still struggles with offensive (mage balls of doom). Oddly, it is Anyan that helps her better understand how magic works. Is it because he has such strong feelings for her that he is able to understand her better? Or is it because Jane is more receptive to Anyan’s critiques because she has a middle-school-style crush on him? Will there be more to them in the future and how will the vampire ex-boyfriend, Ryu, take that?
The thing that separates this book from the others is Jane’s new darker side. Her fury and anger towards her mother’s death is a far cry from the lovable and easy going girl we have seen up to this point. These new darker emotions circle around her enemy, Jarl. Admittedly, the Alfar’s indifference to halflings and their “rightful place” has never sat well with Jane. But when she is exposed to his hatred and deliberate cruelty of her kind, she is put on a path that will lead to a final showdown between the two of them; Jarl representing the status quo in the supernatural world and Jane representing the halflings and their rights. But is this really just a local problem, or are the implications between these factions much more global than anyone anticipated?
The readers are also introduced to several new characters in this book. In the Borderlands, halflings are not considered secondary citizens. We get to meet a group of halflings that are strong, sexy, and confident in their place in the world; the Triptich group of Capitola, Shar, and Emuishere. These ladies are in charge of helping out Jane and her group with getting to the bottom of these murders. Jane and Julian, another halfling, get to see another way of life for supernaturals like themselves. The differences in treatment have a profound effect on the both of them. Can they go back to being considered less when there are places out there that don’t?
The other new character that is introduced is slightly vague. Jane calls her Blondie and she has powers that none of them have seen before. What does this mean that she is so willing to help out Jane against her enemies? What is this person’s true motivations? I really hope that we learn more about her in the future.
As dark as this book is, I still really enjoyed it. It stayed true to Jane’s character while allowing her growth and development. As always, Jane’s raunchy mind and accident-proneness make for a delightful read.
“Well, I’m not the only one who enjoys the view,” he said, eyeing me pointedly. Just like him, I was about to protest, when I realized it would do no good.
“It’s true. You’ve got me.” I giggled. “I can’t help it.”
“I know. Those thighs.”
“Oh, those thighs.” I groaned in agreement. “And that keister.”
“Oh, yes,” Julian murmured as we both turned to stare with appreciative eyes at Anyan. “And let’s not forget that…”
“Package!” came a loud shout from the doorway, causing Julian and me nearly to jump out of our skins. We looked at each other with wild eyes.
“Package! I’m here to collect a package?” the voice shouted again, revealing a woman standing in the doorway and wearing some sort of delivery-service uniform.
Julian and I looked from her, to each other, to Anyan, before bursting into hysterical laughter.
The Jane True Series:
6. Tempest Reborn
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Tempest’s Legacy. 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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