Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday #Review - Owl and the Electric Samurai by @kristicharish #Science Fiction #Fantasy

Series: The Adventures of Owl # 3
Format: E-Galley, 416 pages
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star 
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI is the third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus), for fantasy lovers everywhere…

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl. Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions. All in all, just another great day on the job.

Owl and the Electric Samurai is the third installment in author Kristi Charish's The Adventures of Owl series. The series features Alix Hiboux, aka The Owl, who is an antiquities thief specializing in the supernatural. As we once again jump into the incredible action packed world that Kristi Charish has created, we find Alix having a bit of a dilemma. You see, the IAA (International Archaeology Association) believes that they have Owl between a rock and a hard place. They have even given her an ultimatum. Do what we say, and we will clear your record. 

Alix, who is notorious for jobs ending in explosions or cave-ins, may be the only lead in finding the designers of Word Quest (online video game). World Quest is a game based on things that the IAA tries hard to keep secret. Things like magic, and artifacts, and supernatural monsters. Alix uses World Quest in order to find her way through the supernatural world of antiquities, and strange monsters like her boss, who just happens to be a dragon, and Lady Siyu, a Naga who wants to bite her head off. Literally. Oh, and Siyu also has Alix's cat Captain, who is a vampire warning system and has kept Alix safe more than once.

Alix finds herself traveling the globe from Nepal, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Canada, and eventually to a place that is of legend, fiction and myth; Shangri La. But, with the IAA breathing down her neck, mercenaries also searching for the dynamic duo, her best friend Nadya having real world issues in Japan, Alix's only friends may be Rynn, the Incubus who just happens to be her boyfriend, & Carpe her partner in World Quest and an elf who almost got Alix killed over a magic book. 

Alix's adventure includes the search for a mythical suit of Armor called Electric Samurai that the Elves made a deal with her dragon boss to retrieve. As Alix, Carpe, & Rynn get closer to finding the Armor, the armor reaches out and calls Alix to become the next bearer of the armor that is said to have been worn by one of Genghis Khan's generals. I echo other reviewers in saying that this story is much, much more serious, and carries a higher stake than previous novels. Especially with events in Shangri-La, and major revelations that occur over the course of this story. 

The events of this story will lead to some very interesting avenues for the author to travel. This series just gets better, and better. Alix aka the Owl aka Indiana Jones, is a hoot, with an attitude to back up her swagger. Yes, she is dangerous to everything around her. But, got to love her intentions. They are mostly in the right place. I can't wait to read the sequel called Owl and the Tiger Thieves

Kristi Charish is a scientist and science fiction/fantasy writer who resides in Vancouver, Canada with her spousal unit, Steve, and two cats named Captain Flash and Alaska. She received her BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists.

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