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Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series) Paperback – May 9, 2017
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PRAISE FOR OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS
“She is an archaeologist, renegade, fantasy game lover, and thief who lives in a wacky world populated by dragons, nagus, and vampires. She is Owl, and we meet her for the first time in Owl and the Japanese Circus, a book that's fast-paced, humorous, action-filled, and completely original. Kristi Charish has created a wonderful, quirky character in Owl, and I predict this adventure is going be only the first of many.”
(Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels)
“Rich, stylish, and uber geeky. A thrill-ride to the darkly glittering crossroads of myth and archeology.”
(Phoebe Kitanidis, author of Glimmer)
“A swashbuckling affair. Check your skepticism at the door, because this one is going to defy logic in the pursuit of having a really good time.”
About the Author
Kristi Charish is the author of Owl and the Japanese Circus, an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She is also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Hugo nominated Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast.
Kristi is also scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing.
Visit her at KrisitCharish.com and follow her on Twitter @KristiCharish.
Top customer reviews
Owl is a modern day Indiana Jane, an archaeologist turned thief who is employed to find supernatural artefacts. The IAA (the international archaeology association) wants Owl to find the creators of World Quest, a popular online RPG that just happens to have shown the locations of various real life treasures. Since screwing the IAA appeals to Owl for a multitude of good reason, so Owl plans to find the two developers before the IAA mercenaries do. Clues point to them being in Shangri-La but exactly where is Shangri-La. Meanwhile her boss’s lieutenant still has her cat - an intolerable situation, and wants her to find a suit of armor that changes appearance based on the wearer. Between avoiding mercenaries and navigating the world of supernatural politics, the likelihood of Owl dying is pretty high. At least she gets her cat back.
I’m impressed. Like Indiana Jones, Owl is quite adept at narrow escapes in dangerous situations. This novel has a large number of great action sequences, but that doesn't mean it is lacking plot. I also liked its unique approach to the supernatural. And of course Captain - how cool is it to have a cat that not only senses vampires but also intimidates them. My only quibble is the title. I kept wondering when the Electric Samurai would show up. (The Electric Samurai doesn't come into play until the end. It’s what Owl terms the magic armor.) I look forward to seeing what comes next.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Owl and the Electric Samurai from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The first thing you'll notice about Owl and the Electric Samurai is that it is neither as frantic nor as fun as its predecessors. This is a slower, more deliberate tale, and one that carries a heavy weight in terms of its stakes for all involved. For that reason, it's also neither as friendly nor as romantic. Sure, the usual cast of supporting characters is there, namely Rynn and Carpe, but there is an emotional distance between them all that is borne out of fear, paranoia, and desperation.
Not only does Owl have lingering tensions with Lady Siyu to deal with, but International Archaeology Association (IAA) is playing hardball, the elves have put her in an impossible position, and the cursed (possibly sentient) armor know as the Electric Samurai has placed its own claim on our heroine. Placed in an impossible situation, it seems as if any action she takes to deal with one issue only increases the pressure of the others.
In terms of world-building, Owl and the Electric Samurai has a lot to offer. We get insights into Rynn's past, as well as his history with the elves; we learn more about supernatural politics than you'd ever imagine possible; and we get some significant revelations about World Quest and its creators. Readers who have been waiting for answers will find many of them here but, of course, they will also find new - and often bigger - questions as a result. The real-life archaeological set-pieces are a bit simpler this time around, but they are balanced with the fantastical details of Shangri-La. Heavy the story may be, full of plots and threats around every corner, but Charish never loses her ability to astound.
The climax here is everything fans could hope for, but it comes at a steep price. There are hard choices and real threats in the final chapters, all leading up to a major development for one character, and an even bigger cliff-hanger. Owl and the Electric Samurai may promise a lot, juggling all its myriad conflicts, but it also delivers. This volume feels like a real game-changer, and I suspect the upcoming Owl and the Tiger Thieves will take things even further.
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