The wild second adventure for 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. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.
Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling in to her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse's private collection. There's just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break in to a heavily guarded archaeological site in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.
Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl's apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels....
©2015 Kristi Charish (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
Listened to he books back to back. This is basically a new favourite fantasy series and at the moment, finding one that appeals to a female audience, is available from audible U.K., has an amazing plot and keeps your interest all the way through, is harder and harder to find. The series is billed as a female Indiana Jones working in a world where the old supernatural legends are true. The mythical creatures and archaeological sites seem to have had far more thought put into them than the old film scipts and therefore feel more authentic than the movies I watched as a kid. Stylistically the writing feels like Kim Harrison meets Faith Hunter. The heroine is both flawed enough and likable enough to be interesting and leave room for progression. I struggled with the first few hours in book one, as Owl is a bit childish and superficial for a 27 year old woman but that's o.k. as it works for the series plot and I think may become even more integral to the plot as it progresses. There are a lot of interesting characters in these stories, with human and inhuman motivations sometimes harder to work out than the ciphers and traps on the tombs Owl deals with. Can't wait for the next one. BTW pet lovers, the cat steals the show.
The narrator does really well, especially with all the different accents and the humour comes through much better in this book.
"A great follow up to book one"
Even more action, a curse, mummies, vampires, a siren, more incubi... And of course, burial chambers, artefacts & the vampire-attacking cat! Also, an awesome narrator. This one has it all. Supernatural meets Indiana Jones!
This is such a terrific series. Great timing between each of the cataclysmic situations Owl finds herself in. The only thing I was uncomfortable with was the cat Captain's fate left hanging. I hope there is not too much time between this and the next novel's release.
"Captain to the rescue!"
Loved this continuation of the series. Great reader really brings Owl to life. Can't wait for the next one!
"Not finished, but disappointed"
OK--I loved the first book in this series which I eye-read, but I've been pulled right out of this story with the narration--Caracalla (who died in Turkey, by the way, instead of Egypt), I could forgive, but "calliope?"
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