*This title will be released on June 26, 2012*
by Nicole Peeler
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
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.
Bubbly, witty, and libido cranked to eleven, Jane True is my kind of hero. Though I missed reading EYE OF THE TEMPEST, I had no trouble catching up with both Jane and her furry leading man. TEMPEST’S FURY is definitely favorite book of the series, shadowing Jane as she starts a new relationship and saves the world… more or less in that order.
While many urban fantasy heroines find themselves in the position of being heroes, Jane is the first one I’ve read who has time to anticipate this role being thrust upon her. From axe lessons to rallying the troops, I enjoyed how Jane shoulders this burden. Even better, though the Red and White promise carnage on a global scale, I found dragons spewing fire and eating people easier to read than some of the more creeptacular villains from prior Jane True books. I enjoyed the build up to the big battle oh so much more when the bad guys weren’t so over the top evil that I wanted to reach in the pages and throttle them myself. TEMPEST’S FURY’s mix of political factions, petty power mongering, and murderous war lords made for a satisfying build up of tension, all the while balanced by Jane’s developing relationship. As much as I enjoyed Jane’s “hero bootcamp”, watching her and Anyan date in a warzone was equally fun. Peeler’s pacing of their stolen moments was very well done, neither artificially drawn out nor rushed.
As Anyan was the only character I knew from prior books (having missed Blondie’s debut), his relationship with Jane was also the only one I trusted. This decreased the effectiveness of supporting characters, but my fascination with Anyan more than carried the day. And of course, this series doesn’t end with TEMPEST’S FURY. The battle against evil will continue in book 6, and Peeler has added a personal twist that will make this battle one of Jane’s most difficult. Though this book ends with a cliffhanger, Peeler prepares Jane for her greatest challenge yet.