Series: Jane True #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit on May 28, 2013
Cover Artist: Sharen Tancredi
Reviewed by: Kate
Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she's not about to give up. She's ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he's lost.
Luckily for Jane, those who've given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.
With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?
The first two books in the Jane True series were some of the very first adult Urban Fantasy I read after Sookie, and as such, I have a bit of a soft spot for Jane. However, soft spot or not, TEMPEST REBORN was an easy to read amalgamation of action and humor, with sexy and tender moments thrown in for good measure. Starting right where TEMPEST’S FURY leaves off, we’re thrown directly back into it all, the result being that from page one, I was hard pressed to put this book down to either work or sleep.
One of my favorite things about Jane is that I felt like I’ve grown with her over the course of the series. She has changed so much from the first book, and every step of the way, I understood her and what was going on in her head. She’s a very real character, somebody who didn’t go out seeking the incredible power she was given but dealt with it the best she could. She truly comes into her own in TEMPEST REBORN, thrust into a situation where suddenly people are looking to her in the absence of Anyan or Blondie. Even with that, though, she still manages to maintain her sarcastic, cheeky humor throughout it all, with her frequent pop culture references and interjections from her libido.
Along with Jane, Peeler has created a whole cast of characters that we’ve had time to get to know, and love, over the past six books. I found myself genuinely upset at some of the inevitable losses as a result of the clashes between the White and the Red and Jane and her gang. There are so many great characters I don’t think I’m able to name a favorite- would it be Iris, who showed great strength in her recovery from her kidnapping experience, Hiral, a more recent addition who was not only amusing but an incredible asset to Jane, making me love him more, or even Ryu, who redeemed himself completely in this book by recognizing Jane for who she was, not who he wanted her to be.
TEMPEST REBORN was an absolute treat for me to read. Like Jane with Anyan, I both wanted to get right to it, but I also wanted to savor it so it would go on forever. While I’m sad this is it, I was also satisfied with the conclusion (though there was a brief bit in the epilogue that rubbed me the wrong way) and I’m content with just being able to go back and start the series all over again.