Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into 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 into a heavily guarded archaeological sight 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.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Owl and the Japanese Circus, (You can read the review here.) so I was eagerly awaiting the second. And I’m happy to say it was just as good, and in ways better, than the first. This is wonderful because there are times when the second book just doesn’t hold up. Definitely not in this case though.
Owl is continuing her archeological hunts for treasure, and her friends keep getting pulled in to help. But none of them seem to mind much, and they each bring in their own unique talents, without with, Owl would not be so successful. This book was once again filled with lots of adventures, run and hiding from the bad guys, and interesting historical tidbits.
We also get introduced to more characters in the supernatural world, and encounter ones from the previous book. I’m am so happy that Charish is expanding the world, and the new characters she introduces do a lot to enrich the story.
The suspenseful atmosphere is written very well, and kept me turning the pages. Charish also writes the humorous parts perfectly too, so you do get to catch your breath every now and then. And while I really enjoyed the whole book, my favorite part was when she finally found out what her cat thinks about her.
If you enjoy urban fantasy with characters that are well developed, and worlds that are well imagined, along with some actual history thrown in, then I think you will enjoy this book.