Tempest’s Fury (Jane True)
My early exposure to such authors as Douglas Adams and Robert Aspirin gave me an appreciation for wit and humor in my science fiction and fantasy novels. The Jane True novels have provided a much needed dose of laughter throughout its run. As the plot has gotten heavier, though, the humor isn’t quite as prevalent, but Tempest’s Fury has a pretty good balance of both.
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“Jane’s not happy. She’s been packed off to England to fight in a war when she’d much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane’s enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble — the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they’re not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with the barghest, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.
Praying she can pull of a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane also has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don’t think she can live up to her new role as Champion.
Along the way, Jane learns that some heroes are born. Some are made. And some are bribed with promises of food and sex.”
After the way the previous novel dragged, it was nice to see that this novel had plenty of action. While there are a few instances of infodumping, for the most part the book doesn’t lag. There are plenty of fights and close calls to liven up the narrative. The villains this time around are more than just sneering Alfar and nefarious Halflings. I won’t spoil what happens, but this time the evil is of epic proportion.
The story moves to England, which is a wonderful place to set supernatural dealings, and the author does a good job at evoking the look and feel of the country. I enjoyed the change of venue; however, I also have to say that I missed the small-town setting of Rockabill and the secondary characters that live there. The plot definitely needed to move forward in a way that didn’t allow for such a limited stage, but the story loses some interesting characters as a result. As a note, the vampire Ryu remains out of the story and shows no signs of returning, although he was a major character in earlier books.
One thing that I found frustrating about the novel is the way Peeler plays the “will they or won’t they” game constantly with Jane and Anyan. There are several instances of the two of them being alone, being on the verge of having sex, and then getting interrupted. It’s kind of silly after the first couple of times, especially as Jane starts the novel by saying “I want to just date and get to know you” and then tries to jump Anyan’s bones at every opportunity. I guess I miss the easy and lighthearted sexuality of the earlier novels.
This book ends with a twist that will leave fans of the series eager for the next volume. Tempest’s Fury is a fast and furious romp that promises even more surprises to come. If you like your supernatural fantasy light and funny, this series is for you.
Also by this author: Eye of the Tempest, Tempest Rising, Tempest’s Legacy, Tracking the Tempest
This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on August 10, 2012.