Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish

Last year I read Owl and the Japanese Circus, the start of a new fantasy series combining archaeology and the supernatural.  The series main protagonist is Alix Hiboux, otherwise known as Owl – an international antiquities thief.  Owl wasn’t always a thief, she was a grade A student until her work and reputation were left in tatters by her professor and she turned to a different route to stay afloat.

The world here is full of supernatural creatures all hiding in plain sight and although Alix has no love for the supes her natural lack of ability to detect their presence means she now has a boyfriend who is an icubus, a boss and his sidekick who are a dragon and naga respectively, a gaming buddie who is an elf and a bunch of vampires out for her blood (pun intended!) after she accidentally killed their main ‘poobah’.

The focus of the plot here boils down to the fact that a number of ancient items have been stolen from the City of the Dead and due to her previous reckless behaviour the Owl is the chief suspect. In order to mollify her new boss, and prevent him from toasting her alive, Owl undertakes to try and retrieve the aforementioned items and also to try and uncover the real thief who seems hellbent on framing her. Now, these items are cursed, which is bad enough as anybody who touches them usually drops dead within the week, add to that the fact that they are owned by a siren and have also drawn the attention of the vampires and you can see that things are about to get intense!

i do like this series. So far it’s a bunch of fast paced adventures among temples and ruins with mummies and other critters coming out of the woodwork. The author has a great imagination and a crazy sense of fun. She’s not afraid to chuck anything into the mix and the constant sense of anticipation, fast flowing plot and comedy-esque type capers make an excellent combination.

I really enjoy the concept and the Indiana Jane feel of the books.  I love that we have a series that takes us to all sorts of exotic places and brings to the pages mummies and curses and other weird and wonderful things.  There’s also such a lot of scope yet for the series to develop and whilst I wouldn’t say Owl develops massively this time around I do think the cast of supporting characters are coming together very nicely indeed and I also enjoy the way that the author is slowly revealing little pieces of Alix’s past whilst at the same time revealing more about the supernatural world that she is now surrounded by.

in terms of criticism. Well, oddly, Alix is the main one.  I have a hard time seeing her as an international thief. Everybody recognises her, she rushes blindly into any number of situations and, frankly, she’s about as subtle as a hippo on skis.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the comedy aspect that her bungling brings to the novel, I quite like that she’s a bit of a beer guzzling potty mouth who isn’t about to kiss ass even if her life is under threat but her ‘whoops I’ve triggered a death trap so better run at great speed’ mantra does puzzle me sometimes’.  That being said, this is very much a tongue in cheek type read, it isn’t intended to be deep and meaningful but more a whole bunch of crazy running about and causing turmoil. If you go into the series with that in mind then you’re in for some fun.

I enjoyed the plot and the whole inclusion of pirates and other elements that I won’t go into.  I had a bit of a wobble at one point where everything did seem to become a bit convoluted but on the whole I thought this was a great second in series with a surprising ending, that I really didn’t see coming, that provides a great set up for the next book.  Treat yourself to some fun.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, courtesy of the publishers, for which my thanks. The above is my own opinion.

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7 Responses to “Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish”

  1. Tammy

    I can’t wait to get started on this book! I’m glad you enjoyed it:-)

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    This series sounds like so much fun. I wish there were audio version of it so I would have an easier time getting to it

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think I need to start thinking of audio books – it would be good to be checking out a book whilst walking or doing other chores. I don’t suppose everything is available for audio though?
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I can’t wait to read this one. I hope I can get to it later this month. I’ve heard from a couple people already that it is just as good or better than the first!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it was better than the first. It’s a fun series and the world building and characterisation is definitely improving.
      Lynn 😀

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