Nothing says “home” like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.
Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she’s not the only thing that’s been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.
Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped…and Jane’s just the halfling for the job.
Author: Nicole Peeler
Publisher: Hachette Digital
Published: October 6th, 2011
The fourth outing for Jane True in this highly entertaining paranormal fantasy series is, without a doubt, my favourite yet. I’ve enjoyed the previous three books on account of Nicole Peeler’s skill at portraying her characters, and the sharp wit on display while she’s at it. These books have, until now, been clever, interesting, funny reads – but if I had any kind of misgiving, it was that even while I valued their entertainment factor, I couldn’t help wanting something a little meatier to sink my teeth into. Eye Of The Tempest delivered this something. And how.
This time round, we get to see Jane True battle her previous antagonists not from behind a wall of bigger, badder muscle (Ryu, Anyan et al) but instead, take them on alone. Well, almost alone … but that’s edging close to spoiler territory …
Jane is, in the best emerging tradition of paranormal fantasy heroines, really coming into her own as a force to be reckoned with. For a Selkie halfling, she has real power – she also has the brains to match. This book takes both of these factors one step further and puts Jane in the saviour’s spotlight; she has to find the answers to a certain mysterious occurrence, defeat the bad guys, and save her friends – and while not every decision she makes is entirely logical or smart (still human after all), she certainly steps up to the plate in the end, and it was immensely gratifying to me to see how and why she does so.
Another aspect of these books that I find admirable is how Jane handles her relationships. There’s been romance (and Jane likes herself some … romance), but there’s also been conflict, both internal and within those relationships, and seeing how Jane handles both states of her (*snicker*) affairs gives me even more solid faith in Nicole Peeler’s ability to write what she writes well.
Though, on the other hand, by the end I kind of wanted her to stop being so bloody clever. If you’ve read this book you probably know what I mean. If not, then you will …
A great deal of the previous plot threads from previous books are finally tied up in this one, though of course that’s not to say that Jane will be given a break anytime soon. Eye Of The Tempest ends with just enough fresh bait on the hook to keep me snared, and given how well this series is progressing, I can’t wait to see what comes next for Jane and company. Next, please!