I received this book free from Netgalley, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler
Series: Jane True #6
Published by Orbit on May 28th 2013
Source: Netgalley, the Publisher
Also by this author: Tempest Rising, Tracking the Tempest, Eye of the Tempest
Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she's not about to give up. She's ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he's lost.
Luckily for Jane, those who've given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.
With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?
Jane True series
*Spoilers ahead. And cussing. In case you have sensitive ears or whatnot.*
Tempest Reborn wastes no time in diving right into the story and right where Tempest’s Fury left us all in the lurch. Jane’s boyfriend Anyan is still trapped in the White Dragon but Jane is still the champion and still responsible for stopping the Red and the White, even if that includes killing Anyan in the process. Naturally she can’t do it alone but she luckily has more help on her side than she realizes.
Admittedly, I adored this series from the start yet my adoration has lessened in recent installments. It still didn’t stop me from reading them, obviously, but it was still vexing. Tempest Reborn is the final installment of the series. Final. End of. Conclusion. Grand finale. Yet this felt like it was thrown together all haphazardly and rushed and like it was some indie novel that completely skipped the vital editing process. Take this for instance:
“Nothing was ever simple in the Great Island, however, the supernatural name for Great Britain, as both the Alfar…”
Then 3 pages later:
“[…]referring to the official supernatural leaders of the Great Island, or what the humans called Britain.”
Then 8 pages after that:
“But between our constantly being a step behind and the political machinations of the Great Island, what the supernaturals called Britain…”
*pulls out hair*
Even the funny Jane moments felt forced and not at all funny:
“It’s like we have a permanent line of communication, an exclusive line, but we’re still totally separate. And sometimes we’re in more communication than others. Sometimes it’s like we haven’t bothered to pick up the Bat Phone at all for a while, and it’s like it’s not even there. But then if need, it voilà! Bat Phone.”
Make it stop.
And the sexy-time scenes… they felt a bit superfluous. I mean I’m sure people still have sex when the world is going to complete shit but after a while it was like, “Get the fuck up and DO something people!” And lastly there was the scene where they’re discussing plans for the finale battle and then Jane spontaneously says, “Let’s go dancing!”
The storyline just took a strange turn of events and got crazy serious and was nothing like the fun Jane True series I grew to love. Without going into extreme detail this plot includes the following: alchemy and how the process of turning metals to gold is really a metaphor for separating the soul from the body, discussions with the (actual) Universe and the creation of all things and the balance between good and evil, tea with the Dalai Lama and later some assistance from the ‘monk army’ in a battle, then let’s throw in some government conspiracy type shit and super-spies to boot. It just didn’t seem fitting with the rest of the series and what’s been going on the past 5 books.
*sigh* I just don’t even know what to think I’m so very bummed. Quite sad to see this series come to an end and have it end as it did. At least I can look forward to a new project from Nicole Peeler.