Owl and the City of Angels

Owl and the City of Angels

by Kristi Charish

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The wild second adventure for 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. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like. The series also includes Owl and the Japanese Circus and Owl and the Electric Samurai.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501122101
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Owl Series , #2
Edition description: Canadian Origin
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 579,369
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kristi Charish is a scientist and science fiction/fantasy writer who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her spousal unit, Steve, and two cats named Captain Flash and Alaska. She received her BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Kristi writes what she loves: adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists. Visit her at KristiCharish.com or follow her on Twitter @KristiCharish.

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Owl and the City of Angels 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look forward to the next book. Fast paced and refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are lots of nail biting exciting moments in this book. I love the mystery mixed with paranormal creatures. It was hard to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an OK read. The snarky attitude of Owl got annoying after a while. Hope the next book is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next book!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Stealing authentic artifacts was something former archeology student Alix Hiboux did not exactly see herself doing as a career but things have a way of changing. Now she is known by the name "Owl" and is considered one of the best for this particular skill. However, everyone around her would admit that her methods are often times unorthodox, risky, and quite dangerous. This is why Alix chose not to tell anyone about her current plan to locate and steal two artifacts on the same trip for it would produce double the rewards but be twice as risky. Unfortunately, while looking for these two artifacts, Alix is found by a group of International Archeology Association agents (IAA agents). Alix is not on good terms with this group because they do not appreciate thieves coming to steal artifacts from under them. Barely escaping from the IAA, Alix cannot help but wonder why in the world they were after her with such force, for yes she has stolen artifacts for clients but there are many bigger problems that the IAA should be preoccupied with. After returning to Las Vegas to face her boss, Mr. Kurosawa, who is secretly a dragon hidden under his human form, she is told the reason for the IAA’s keen interest in her. There have been several cursed artifacts stolen from a place called the City of the Dead, which is a terrible idea for ancient curses are extremely powerful, but the worst part is that the thief has been identified as the Owl. Suddenly, the realization hits Alix that the IAA was hunting the person pretending to be her because whoever he/she was they had stolen cursed artifacts under her name. Now, she is on the top of the IAA’s list and Mr. Kurosawa is debating whether to keep Alix or fire her. He decides her next job will be to first steal the cursed artifacts that have been taken from the City of Dead and bring them to him and next to find the person responsible for impersonating her. The catch is that these artifacts cannot be handled by humans for they will instantly be cursed by whatever evil lays within them and these curses lead to death for the host. So, with no other choice, Alix heads off to find these artifacts knowing that they will probably be difficult to locate, and they will curse her if she touches them. Also, her boss will most likely kill her if she does not complete this job successfully. With her vampire attacking cat Captain along for the ride, Alix locates the artifacts but the web of deception surrounding them is connected to something much more terrible than anything Alix has encountered before. There was not a page in this book that wasn’t filled with suspense, adventure, and action which made for a great read. The character of Alix is a wonderful mix of cockiness, stubbornness, but also ambition that creates an unforgettable personality. Even though the language is definitely geared toward an adult audience, the storyline is compelling and fun to read, causing me to flip pages as fast as I could. I have the next book ready to start and I can’t wait to begin reading the next installment. Quill says: A series with an unforgettable character who brings the action to life.
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
I was extremely excited to receive an advance copy of Owl and the City of Angels and am happy to say it was just as entertaining as Owl 1. There’s something about the writing, maybe it’s the dialogue, that has me feeling like I could read it again and again, and never get bored. Most of the places Owl visits I’m unlikely to go, at least in the same context so I love that I can picture everything perfectly in my mind. The reader experiences an epic adventure through Owl. In Owl 1 Charish showed the reader strong, compelling characters and it’s no different here. Most of the characters are consistent with how they were portrayed in Owl 1, but there’s still character development going on. Alix (Owl) and Rynn are together before the novel begins, but they’re still working out issues in their relationship. They used to date in the past, before Owl 1, but these same issues were some of the reasons they broke up. Alix doesn’t necessarily lie about what assignments she’s on for Mr. Kurosawa, but she doesn’t exactly tell the truth either – especially if she doesn’t follow the original plan. This is extremely frustrating for Rynn, and I think these trust issues stem from Alix’s days as an archaeology grad student. Then there’s Nadya, Alix’s best friend, who’s kind of like that voice of reason. I love this balance of a love interest and a best girlfriend – both characters are equally important to Alix. I can’t stand when there’s a female protagonist without one good female friend she can call on for advice etcetera. The world-building is phenomenal! When it comes to the supernatural world, you can always expect Charish to create some sort of original twist. I think my favourite examples are the vampires. They use pheromones to attract their victims (and get them addicted) and smell like rotting lily of the valley. Alix has known a vampire named Alexander (and his Paris vamps) since she entered the supernatural world and not on pleasant terms. Alexander is always an amusing character and I love when Alix’s cat/sidekick Captain – a vampire-hunting cat breed – comes into the equation. Along with the action, there’s plenty of humour in Owl 2. We see old characters from Owl and the Japanese Circus as well as meet new characters, which makes for a fascinating group. The moment I started reading Owl 2, I was waiting for an appearance from Alexander because like I said, he is hilarious! Captain plus Alexander equals a priceless moment! A new character Owl readers will love is Artemis Bast, introduced by Rynn to Alix to help with her new assignment – finding a treasure of the Syrian City of the Dead. He’s a very carefree, laid back character – in a way the opposite of Rynn. I love when Alix interacts with him because of the contrast of personalities. I absolutely loved that Alix’s past, particularly her days as an archaeology grad student, were brought up and weaved into the plot. I always got the sense that although Alix had moved on from the past, she’d never had closure. She was always running from her past. Owl 2 gives Alix the opportunity to confront her past and move on without regret. Another intriguing thing about the plot, Charish doesn’t give her protagonist an easy way out. When the going gets tough, Alix fights back, no matter how human she is. All in all, Owl and the City of Angels is a compelling sequel and I can’t wait to read the next couple of books in the series! I recommend anyone with a craving for adventure to pick this up
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Owl and the Japanese Circus, (You can read the review here.) so I was eagerly awaiting the second. And I’m happy to say it was just as good, and in ways better, than the first. This is wonderful because there are times when the second book just doesn’t hold up. Definitely not in this case though. Owl is continuing her archeological hunts for treasure, and her friends keep getting pulled in to help. But none of them seem to mind much, and they each bring in their own unique talents, without with, Owl would not be so successful. This book was once again filled with lots of adventures, run and hiding from the bad guys, and interesting historical tidbits. We also get introduced to more characters in the supernatural world, and encounter ones from the previous book. I’m am so happy that Charish is expanding the world, and the new characters she introduces do a lot to enrich the story. The suspenseful atmosphere is written very well, and kept me turning the pages. Charish also writes the humorous parts perfectly too, so you do get to catch your breath every now and then. And while I really enjoyed the whole book, my favorite part was when she finally found out what her cat thinks about her. If you enjoy urban fantasy with characters that are well developed, and worlds that are well imagined, along with some actual history thrown in, then I think you will enjoy this book.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
What a lot of fun! In the second Adventure of Owl, Owl, Nadya, Rynn, and Captain set out to discover who is removing artifacts from the City of the Dead — items that curse any human who touch them. Whoever is stealing them is impersonating Owl and everyone is after her — the IAA, the vampires, other supernaturals, and a Big Bad who is as yet unknown. Throughout the story we learn a lot more about Owl’s troubles as an archaeology student that lead to her becoming an antiquities thief and just how insidious and evil the IAA–the governing body for archaeology worldwide–can be. We also learn a bit more, though not everything, about Rynn’s nature as an incubus. Owl seems to be growing as a person — she still does stupid, stupid things, despite her friend’s and employer’s instructions to the contrary; but, she’s learning to admit to her own mistakes and make smarter choices… sometimes. :) And there are several threads left hanging for future books, such as the life-or-death reason Carpe needed the Egyptian spellbook, and just who is behind the way-too-accurate World Quest game. I can’t wait to see what Owl and her friends get up to next! Copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Owl and the City of Angels is book two in The Adventures of Owl series. This time around Alix Hiboux (aka Owl) is running a job for her dragon employer. The book opens with Owl at a dig site on the hunt for a medusa head. You see, Owl is an international antiquities thief for hire. While she'll do most jobs, she tries her hardest to stay away from the supernatural ones. She seems to get backed into corners and forced to do those quite a bit though. The book starts off with action and really doesn't let up. Like in book one, we go on a world tour of sorts along with Owl which I really enjoyed. Owl finds out partway through the book that someone is impersonating her. They're doing reckless jobs that even she wouldn't sign up for. And in doing so, the IAA (International Archaeology Association), the vampires, and even her boss are on her case. In attempts to clear her name, she has to locate the artifacts, get them back, and find out who's behind it before they set something loose in the world that could threaten humankind. All in a normal days work for Owl. Owl and the City of Angels is a fast paced adventure you won't be able to put down. While I don't see Owl guzzling energy drinks I feel that she has to in order to keep her head above water. I will admit, it leads to an interesting read that keeps you on your toes. Her friends from book one made appearances, her BFF Nadya is ever helpful when Owl gets in a tight jam. Owl's boyfriend Rynn is her security detail from her dragon employer. I will say for someone so set on not being around supernatural jobs/people/etc, Owl is fully immersed into that world and keeps taking more and more on. I'm hoping she'll fully accept it in the next book, she's slowly changing but I'm hoping to see more character growth in the next installment. All in all I really enjoyed Owl and the city of Angels, I'd recommend this series if you're looking for a supernatural rich story featuring a treasure hunter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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