Monday 8 May 2017

#BookReview: Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish (@kristicharish) @GalleryBooks

Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish
My rating: 4.4 of 5 stars

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) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and 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.


The Adventures of Owl is a favorite urban fantasy series of mine. I quite enjoy reading about Alix "Owl" Hiboux adventures.

In this, the third book is she both trying to find the creators of World Quest, the online RPG she loves and at the same time is she "hired" (let's say the dragon she works for is quite adamant that she should locate it) to find the Electric Samurai, a mystical armor that binds itself to whoever wears it. The problem is that it has been centuries since the last wearer died, and no one knows where he is buried. But, Owl is quite famous when it comes to finding things, so together with her boyfriend Rynn and her RPG partner and once friend Carpe, and her beloved cat Captain will she try to find this armor.

I think that this is probably so far the best book in the series, the hunt for the Electric Samurai armor was thrilling and as a BIG Indiana Jones fan do I love books that combine archaeology with a lot of action. And, adding the famous legendary lost city of Shangri-La to the mix was a brilliant move by Charish. Could it really be that the creators of World Quest are hiding there? And, if they are, how to get there? Also, I really like Carpe, but he has to stop being such an idiot.

It's hard to write this review without giving too much away, so I will just end the review by saying that I think Kristi Charish has surpassed herself with this book, the last part is fabulous with a fantastic cliffhanger that makes me eager to get my hands on the next book!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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