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 of 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.
***Many thanks to Orbit Books for providing a review copy.***
Review: Jane True is back in action as the reluctant hero in this fifth installment of the funny and popular Jane True series by the wonderful Nicole Peeler. This book picks up immediately following the events of Eye of the Tempest. There is a lot of action, a heaping amount of libido, a little sexing up of the barghest, and a wild cliff hanger. With only one book remaining in this series, Tempest's Fury is our set up for the end.
Jane, Anyan and Blondie have traveled to Great Britain in order to tackle some big supernatural problems. Old enemies Jarl and Morrigan are wreaking havoc by trying to raise two of the most ancient and powerful beings that have ever lived, the Red and the White dragons. The dragons are eternal lovers, who have been destroyed many times in the past, only to rise from the ashes once a supe strong enough, clever enough, and ambitious enough has figured out how to bring these beings back to life.
In Eye of the Tempest, Jane gained a handy new weapon to help her in her cause, and it has some pretty cool properties. Jane has been recognized in the supernatural world as the "champion," or the one who can fight and destroy this great evil. But our Jane doesn't want this title. She believes that she is not a hero, but trudges along anyhow. If not Jane, then who?
Jane is in fine form in this book, battling it out between her brain, her libido and her virtue. She has her eye set on the sexy and powerful, rock star barghest, Anyan. Anyan most definitely has the hots for Jane. As much as I never thought it would happen, I have grown to kind of like Anyan. I was once very anti-Anyan, but the barghest has won me over in this book. He's tall, sexy, loyal and would do anything for Jane. Here's one problem I had with this book: After a book or two of Jane lusting after Anyan, she decides to cool things off and to take it slow. She has been making out and/or lusting after this man for some time now. Anyan makes it clear that he is only interested in her, yet it takes until very late in this book for these two to hook up properly. Anyan and Jane have scorching chemistry and I wish we could have seen more of it. It seemed like every time these two were about to get together, another fire popped up that needed to be attended to.
I wish I could say more about Blondie. She's super old - an original to be exact - and she once held the title of "champion." In this book, we see a little more of Blondie. We learn of a lady she had a close relationship with. However, for most of this book, Blondie is in a strategy position. I wish I could say that she taught Jane how to battle the big bad in this book, but she mostly served as a sounding board and as a speech maker. I wish we could have learned a bit more about Blondie.
Another problem I had with this book was the lack of the side characters from all four of the previous books. Grizzie, Tracey, Ryu, Iris, Nell and Trill were all noticeably absent from this book. I know that there are very few Ryu fans out there, but many of you know that he's a character that I love. I've slowly accepted that he is not a major player in this series any longer, which breaks my heart. I feel that he has been treated a bit unfairly, and I don't accept some of the reasoning behind Jane's dismissal of him. I am by no means suggesting that Jane belongs with Ryu, I just think that Jane could have been a bit more honest with him and herself. Come on, Ms. Peeler! Can't you give us a Ryu spin off, or at least a novella where the sexy vamp gets his groove back? He is reduced to one phone call in this book. One. Iris, Nell and Trill don't get any page time at all, and Grizzie and Tracey get maybe one scene where they are spoken about. I love all of these odd ball, Rockabill characters and missed them.
The writing in this book is, again, tight. There are plenty of action scenes, and plenty of relationship-discussing scenes. I enjoy how Peeler brought the English "flavor" to this book. You can tell that she has spend a lot of time in England, and when she wrote about the country, it felt genuine. As always, Peeler has a way of making me laugh out loud as I read. There were many funny scenes which give depth to Jane. She's just an ordinary girl, facing extraordinary circumstances, and is able to laugh when she needs to.
This book ends with a bang, and not the kind of bang that Jane would have liked! There is a terrible, awful, no good, very bad cliff hanger at the end of this book. This cliff hanger definitely will have me running out to read the sixth and final Jane True book. What happens is shocking. I totally did not see it coming and felt like I was punched in the gut when it happened. Nicole Peeler knows how to keep readers coming back for more, that's for sure.
I am giving away one copy of Tempest's Fury. Please leave a comment telling me who your favorite Jane True character is and leave your e-mail address. You must also be a follower of this blog in some way. I'll use Random.org to pick a winner next Friday! Good luck!