The Adventures of Owl, Book 2
Synopsis: 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.
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…
Review: I had a good time with the first volume and I admit that I was curious about the new adventures of our beloved heroine. It must be said that the end of the previous book had put her in a rather difficult position, forcing her to work for supernatural entities she used to run away from.
Our heroine is found early in the novel trying to recover some artifacts for her boss, not far after the end of the first volume and she finds herself in some quite incredible situations. But if in addition she only had to manage that, but she also needs to avoid the vampires who seem to have some grudge against her, and the archaeological secret police who has decided that she was the investigator of a thief she has not committed. Owl will therefore have to embark on a story that surpasses her fully to try to understand who tries to break her down and to prove to everyone that she is not the person responsible for the events. However, none of this will be easy to achieve!
I enjoyed to follow Alix and her adventures here. I had a little trouble sometimes compared to her behavior in the first volume and her thoughtless actions, but I didn’t get that feeling this time. This is a character who evolves, and she must take into account the people who move around her and tries to open gradually to the supernatural world, something that is not easy. Of course, we will find all the characters that we had the chance to discover in the previous volume and they’ll evolve throughout the story with our heroine. I also appreciated the fact that we learn a little more about Owl’s boyfriend, that is to say Rynn, which we did not know much about. I’m not saying that we will know all about his past and secrets because that is not the case, but we will learn more about his family, about what he sees in her and his feelings.
In short, as you can see, a lot of things here and the action is present throughout the book to our delight. I do not know how Owl manages to hold face regarding all this but I love her crazy ideas. Then, of course, we find Captain, our favorite cat who still do not like vampires and who always helps our heroine in her escapades. So another very good second volume!