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Review: Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Tracking the Tempest (#2) by Nicole PeelerTitle: Tracking the Tempest

Author: Nicole Peeler

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane True (Book 2)

Publication Date: July 1, 2010

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 031605657X (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316056571 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Sheila

Synopsis

Tracking the Tempest begins four months–and one eyebrow sacrificed to magical training–after the close of Tempest Rising. During that time, Jane’s been busy honing her supernatural powers and enjoying her newfound sense of confidence. Rockabill may not yet be heaven, but she’s realized it’s home. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Ryu – Jane’s bloodsucking boyfriend – can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane’s life is thrown off course.

But Ryu’s best laid plans inevitably create more upheaval than even he can anticipate, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings committed by a being of tremendous power . . .

. . . who, much to Jane’s surprise, happens to be another halfling.

Quick & Dirty: A comedic adventure investigating a series of supernatural serial killings while on a romantic getaway.

Opening SentenceThis time was for real.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The second installment from the Jane True series, Tracking the Tempest, is set four months after the end of the last book.  Jane True, a half-selkie, has come to accept the reality of her heritage and membership in the new and dangerous world of the Alfar and the supernatural community.  She is now learning how to hone her powers and is, in turn, becoming more self-confident.  When a romantic Valentine’s weekend with her vampire boyfriend morphs into an investigation involving several brutal murders; Jane, Ryu, and Anyan come together again to stop a madman hell bent on destruction.  But is Jane prepared to face the reality of the motivations of the killer, a halfling like herself?

Jane definitely shows signs of growth since the first book; she has become more focused and confident, both in her mannerisms and in her relationship.  Jane is no longer the girl that just accepts her lot in life.  She is slowly integrating herself into the supernatural community by learning how to control her magic and in dealing with the politics of this new world.  All of these things contribute to her transition from “taker” to “doer”.  In that respect, she is more aware of what she would like to have in her life instead of accepting whatever comes her way.  Though she is still unsure of her path, she is beginning to take the steps necessary for her happiness.

Jane’s relationship with Ryu is complicated.  Initially, they are both content to have a long-distance exclusive relationship.  Four months since they became a couple, Ryu is now dropping hints of wanting more.  During their weekend together, Jane gets a much clearer picture of what being with Ryu entails.  Not only does she feel convenient to him (she is a source of food for him, after all), she feels a bit coddled.  He doesn’t want to admit that she can be an asset to his investigation.  Let’s face it; no woman wants her man to see her as inferior.  All of these things contribute to the decline, and possible end, of their relationship.  If Ryu is out of the way, will Jane finally make her move on the sexy barghest, Anyan?

The overall climate in the supernatural community is tense.  There is more and more disturbing information regarding “halfling” treatment.  The introduction of Conleth, a halfling driven mad from life-long experimentation, has brought home the realization to Jane about the mistreatment of people like herself.  She sees within Conleth what could have potentially happened to her.  And no matter how she might hate him and his motivations, Jane will always feel sorry for Conleth’s pain.  This, too, reinforces Jane’s decision to stay within her little town of Rockabill and far away from the machinations of Alfar politics.

I must say that I enjoyed the joking and comradery among Jane’s new friends.  Even during times of crisis, she knows and trusts those around her to have her back.  It helps give the overall book comic relief amidst much more serious events.  This book is a wonderful sequel to what is becoming a favorite series for me.  I look forward to discovering what direction Ms. Peeler takes our trouble magnet in future books.

Notable Scene:

“Um, Anyan?”

“Yes?”

“Is there a bathroom?”

The barghest stopped.  “What?”

“Is there a bathroom? I really have to pee.”

“You have got to be kidding me,” Anyan said, swinging around to stare at me like I was crazy.

“No, I’m not.  I really have to pee.  I drank, like, a whole liter of water, and when I get stressed, I always need to pee.  Getting kidnapped is stressful.  Really, really stressful.”

Anyan shook his head.  “Jane, I don’t even know where to begin.  I’m trying to rescue you from a psychotic serial killer who is apparently intent on impregnating you.  And you want to take a potty break.”

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: I purchased my own copy of Tracking 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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