Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 368 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: 5th book in the Jane True series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This is the fifth book in the Jane True series by Peeler. The sixth (and final) book in this series, Tempest Reborn, is scheduled for a May 2013 release. This was an excellent read, I really enjoyed it a lot. The story is getting more and more epic, and Jane is really growing into her new powers.
Jane and crew are forced to travel to London to face off with an ancient evil known as the Red and White. Jane will have to learn how to navigate the politics of European supernaturals as well as earn the trust of the local supernatural rebel group. Jane will also have to learn to wield her magical ax and her substantial magical power. If she can’t get everyone to work together and control her own power then London and the world at large will be at risk. Poor Jane, all she wanted was to do some sightseeing, spend time with Anyan, and eat some really stinky cheese….
This was a great in installment in this series. Jane is finally growing into her power and she has been working hard to do this. It was great to see a heroine actually spending time training to use her power; I hate it when heroines just..bam!…suddenly understand how to use a power…especially when they are not super strong to begin with. Jane is nervous and reluctant about stepping up as a hero, but when push comes to shove she finds her metal. It was so fun to watch her grow as a character in this book.
There is a lot of humor throughout, as with previous novels in this series. I continue to enjoy Jane’s internal arguments between her Virtue and Libido; they are just so quirky and so Jane. You have to adore Jane as a character; she quirky and funny and likable and dependable.
The other characters are great too. Anyan is in this book a lot and we learn a ton more about his very long history. Blondie is in the book quite a bit more too and we learn more about her background as well.
There are a bevy of new characters that join the story: some are from the European Supernatural leadership, some are European supernatural rebels. They are all decent characters and well done.
I loved the mythos and history of the Red and White. The whole mythos is well thought out and interesting. The Red and White makes for an absolutely awesome enemy. The Red tends to take the form of a Dragon…so yes we do see Jane fighting a dragon in this novel which is so, so cool! There are some truly awesome battle scenes in this book and major landmarks in London take some serious damage.
So what about Jane and Anyan? There are some very touching and sensual scenes featuring these two in the book. They start to get intimate and get interrupted a lot…to the point where I was frustrated for them. The scenes are well done and very sweet. I love that Jane is a one man woman.
The story ends with an absolutely huge event that I immediately wanted to read more about. It was a great ending, a huge cliffhanger, and just absolutely awesome.
Overall I really enjoyed this installment of the series, it was my favorite one yet. There are some awesome battle scenes, a wonderful mythos, humor, and great characters that are fun to read about. Jane has come so far from being the book store employee in Rockabill. I can’t wait to see what the sixth and final book brings to the series! Highly recommended for fans of humorous urban fantasy.