Stormwalker (Stormwalker Series #1)

Stormwalker (Stormwalker Series #1)

by Allyson James
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bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
Janet Begay, a Navajo Stormwalker through her father's family, is able to command the power of storms though powerful magic. She is also half-goddess, thanks to her estranged mother, a goddess herself trapped in the mystical realm of Beneath. Janet travels to the Southwestern town of Magellan to investigate the disappearance of the police chief's daughter. Magellan is located near several vortexes, gateways to the world of Beneath. Janet suspects her mother may be involved in the young woman's disappearance, as she will stop at nothing to find the key to open a vortex and escape from Beneath. Shortly after arriving in Magellan, Janet's mysterious ex-boyfriend Mick shows up in town, someone she hasn't seen in five years. Mick also possesses supernatural power, though Janet is unsure of what type of magical being he is, and he will tell her very little about himself. Janet knows that Mick can brandish fire without getting burned, and he is unaffected by her storm power. But what does he really want with her? Can she trust him to stand by her during the biggest battle of her life? Wow! I've been waiting for this book's release since I read the prequel A Little Night Magic in the anthology Hot for the Holidays. It was well worth the wait. Stormwalker was a page-turner! It was an action-packed urban fantasy, sexy paranormal romance and mystery/suspense all in one story. The plot is full of twists and turns, and you're never quite sure who's on the side of good or evil. The author has created a cast of fascinating characters - from a trickster god that changes from man to coyote to a bi-sexual talking magic mirror! I loved the first-person perspective of Janet Begay. She is an engaging heroine who had me fighting, cringing, laughing and crying along with her. She's the first character in a long time who could rival Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampires Series)! Any fan of urban fantasy or paranormal romance would enjoy this story.
Cid More than 1 year ago
I gave Stormwalker such a low rating for a few reasons. First of all, four chapters of info dump. I had to force - F-O-R-C-E myself to read through them because a) it's a book club book and b) a friend had already read it and said it was fantastic. Second of all, my issues with the main character. I know that these are both reasons why I rated this book like I did, and with that said, I can also understand why people would like this book. There are large expanses of it written well with engaging material and exciting 'stuff' going on - for me though, I couldn't forget either point a or point b. The Setting -- is a small town, in the middle of the desert in Arizona. There's not much detail given to the setting through the narrative except to depict it with a few, sparse words here and there. Usually it's to remark about the heat or the presence of a storm - which from the title you can denote is a fairly important aspect of the story. I thought that there was more of the beauty and misery of the desert could have been brought out to make the setting seem more alive. For an area that is supposed to be alive with energy and magic, I thought it could have come through more vividly. The Characters -- are going to get a bashing and a lot of loving from me. First off, there is Janet, the Stormwalker, who is an idiot. Okay, she's not a flat out idiot, and I know my distaste for her stems from my own biases to do with women who intentionally stay in bad relationships. Yes, her relationship-in-question turns out to be a good thing, but ladies, if a guy is bad for you - he's bad for you and you need to get out. Not romanticize what he might be and stick it out. You get out, suck up the losses, and move on. For a big chunk of the book I had to talk myself into reading it because I simply got very frusterated with her. I'll be honest and say that I finished the book because of Mick; the love interest. I will not give up the big surprise about him, but he made the book worth reading - for me. I thought that after reading one of the reveals about him that he could have come across as experiencing things more in relation to his true nature, but I still like him. He's what you want in a hunky hero. He has something dark in his past that makes it difficult on him, he's protective, he's sexy, he has this awesome power and he's the only person Janet can be around and not hurt. You can't help but love Mick for what he sacrifices and how you see him grow, or at least get the revelations of how much he's changed. Besides these two, there are other characters, like Coyote and Nash that make the story vivid. While I don't necessarily like all of these characters, they contribute to a very interesting cast of characters. The Plot -- was overall, straight forward. You went into it knowing that the big end game was. There was a caviate for what brought it about that's rather anticlimatically unfolded. The most interesting bits to me were the action parts when Janet was attacked or used her powers, and those concerning Mick. I liked the way the book ended and I'd be tempted to read Firewalker for Mick alone.
Cris_Thinks More than 1 year ago
I think this book has the bones for a really good series. I really liked the main character Janet and to be honest was a little hesitant to read this after reading the other reviews. I got to say they are being a little nit picky this is a good book. Mick seems so sexy and mysterious to me I hope to find out more about him. All the characters in this book were interesting and that's why I think this series will do well, because I have an invested interest in all of them and can't wait to see how it all pans out. I'm looking forward to Firewalker. Keep an eye on this series I think its going to be a good one.
rabidreaderWS More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun reading Stormwalker. I normally don't pick up paranormal romances, because I'm not usually in the mood to read a lot of sex, but even though there was a few sex scenes in this book, I didn't find myself rolling my eyes, or thinking "oh gag" due to overly mushy or purple prose. Which is refreshing, because sometimes, even in an urban fantasy (which I would expect to have pure adventure with maybe a bit of sexual tension, not a lot) where you are dealing with kick-ass women, sometimes you get some very mushy, way too tender scenes that don't fit in (well, to me they don't fit in). I'm just over the that, if I want romance, I look for a romance book. ANYWAY - that's why I usually don't pick up a paranormal romance, but I have to say that this book didn't seem to follow that paranormal romance formula (THANK god). This is about Janet Begay - who is a stormwalker. She can pull power from storms and use the power as magic. She also has a bit of a problem - she has two types of power battling inside her. Her grandmother is a Navajo magic woman. Her mother a mysterious figure. She grew up on Navajo land, with her father's family feeling like an outcast (ME TOO! not a Navajo, but I felt different than the rest of my family) She has quite a past....and quite a boyfriend from the past that shows up. He is the only person that could "siphon off' her excess energy after using storm magic, and the only time she didn't feel a horrible hangover is when her boyfriend Mick used her excess energy. In this novel, Janet has come to a small town to look for a missing daughter of the police chief. She has also bought an old abandoned hotel and is trying to renovate it to keep busy and have a place to stay. While she is dealing with finding a person who has been missing for a year, and trying to renovate a motel she has to deal with some hostile people (the missing girl's fiancee, who also happens to be sheriff), a coyote trickster, a snarky magic mirror (I want one) and her own magic mother who is making her presence known. I enjoyed the narration and the dialogue of this novel. There's one electrician that's been hired that just hates Janet, and yet Janet tries to make friends with her in a snarky way. The sheriff is a by-the-book sheriff that harasses Janet as much as he can, within the law. Mick - her ex-boyfriend shows up and refuses to leave, because he wants to protect Janet and Janet can't seem to force the issue. All of this could have been a melodramatic mess, but Allyson James works it in such a way it seemed to work well together. There were also bits and pieces of Navajo customs that were interesting to read - tidbits about characters of Navajo people and some of the rituals. I would have liked to read more about that, but it might have turned into a textbook. There is a sequel (Firewalker) releasing in November, so hopefully there will continue to be bits and pieces of the Navajo culture woven into that book as well. The main character and a lot of the other characters were Navajo or Mexican, which reflects more accurately the world I live in - which is nice to have in books. I wished the cover model of the book looked more Navajo. She has the dark eyes, and looks like she might have olive toned skin, but it's hard to tell. There are lots of clouds and lightening and an odd tint to the woman, possibly depicting evening, but the woman is not obviously Navajo, other than the silver band on her bi
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Everyone spends a part of their life fighting off the demons that chase us. In the case of Janet Begay, a Stormwalker who has the ability to call the power of any storm and bend it to her will, that is a literal statement with actual demons chasing her down and trying to kill her. Janet's mother is the evil Goddess of the Beneath who is trying to convince Janet to join her in ruling the dark side of the underworld and taking over the planet. What Janet's mother needs is a body to serve as her vessel to rise from the Beneath and she sees opportunity in Janet's body and mind. But Janet knows she is key to whatever her mother is up to and fighting off everything that comes her way is not always easy and when she goes home because being that close to the mystical energy of the vortex from where her mother rules is dangerous but has to be done. Janet did not turn out to be the daughter of her mother's nightmare and running from the past has worn Janet down and now she has come home to face the demons literally and rid herself of their controlling influence knowing full well it may mean losing her own life. But trouble seems to come along for any ride Janet takes and before she has dusted her boots off she finds herself in jail and squaring off with the local sheriff, Nash Jones who is none too pleased to have her in his town. Janet is there to solve the disappearance of the sheriff's fiancé who one day never came home. He is part of a group of non-believers in all things mystical and believes if he the sheriff could not find her she is dead and he does not want anyone stirring up bad memories. But Janet is a master of stirring up all kinds of bad things and this is one mystery she will solve, once she gets out of jail. While she is there Janet also decides to reopen a hotel and renovate it to its former glory - what the heck it gives her something to do between demon fights and working out the issues with her boyfriend Mick who refuses to answer any questions with a straight answer. How is it possible she knows this man's body so intimately but not his last name? She knows he has magic and supernatural abilities but he refuses to give her a real reason for anything. There is so much trying to stop her and few helping that when even a coyote turns out to be on her side she says okay to his help. But some truths are revealed that even Janet discovers she didn't want to know about and tries her best to reconcile fact from fiction and fight to keep both feet planted in reality. Wow what a great book this is. The action never stops, the characters are so believable you feel they might be your neighbors, the romance is over the top hot and storyline is scary enough to make you not want to stop reading until you figure everything out - which you never really do because there is more books in the series... Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed enjoyable fast read.
LadyDragonRider23 More than 1 year ago
I could not place this book down. I enjoyed the storyline so much that I can't wait to get to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked on Janet! What a great series! Always something going on!
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ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
Great beginning to a wonderful new series. I love this author and I look forward to reading more. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome series. Adicting
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The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
Unoriginal, that is one word to sum it up. It was such an exciting read. The best thing about this was that you never knew what was going to happen and the author does such a great job of keeping things exciting. Every page was a page turner to see what would happen next. Each character had their own excitement and secret. Allyson did a great job of creating a world of hidden creatures, from demons, skinwalkers, dragons, witches and unworldly Gods. I like that the main character Janet, was a strong female character with her head on her shoulders. She is not the damsel in distress who needs to be saved on every page. I am very excited to continue the series with "Firewalker", which is about Mick. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
LucyLov More than 1 year ago
This is a Great series, I have loved them all....
ladj1221 More than 1 year ago
Good series for those who enjoy the paranormal and romance. You have a half godess and half elemental witch. She is in a relationship with a dragon but the relationship is not easy. The series has gods, goddesses. Dragons, and shifters . It is set in a native American theme and she does give some history to help paint the picture for the setting. I realy enjoyed this series and look forward to any future releases.
miss_cairo More than 1 year ago
Previously only read shorts by this author but was intrigued enough by what I knew to get and read this story. Loved the characters, the graphic landscape the author builds. You can see it all. Allyson James' story telling is powerful, fast paced, and natural. Loved this one enough to get the next two in the series. I will be adding Allyson James to my must read author list.
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cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Book description on this site accurate. The most accurate review I can give this book is that I am now immediately starting the followup, Firewalker. Some of the other reviews seem to really rant or rave; I didn't get the extreme reactions after reading this book. I liked the odder mix of paranormal/spiritual/mythological blend in the worldbuilding of this book, not the same old stuff you find in the genre -- but, not completely 100% unique if you are at all familiar with some of the more popular Native American beliefs/legends that have also run through some other paranormal series (while in no way derivative, Mercy Thompson books come easily to mind because of coyote and skinwalker references). Caught up immediately in action/storyline. Very clearly set in American southwest (Arizona) and very much a modern day setting versus completely in a fantasy world or a modern/futuristic society with a lot of new stuff; one brief trip into realm of her mother. Would have rated another star if characters were a little more fleshed out; main character is one you root for and needs just a little more depth; love interests and other characters tantalizingly interesting but need more as well (the macho sherriff and chip-on-shoulder local hispanic girl a bit too stereotypical for me) -- with an urban-fantasy, modern-day setting the characters or worldbuilding or something needs just a little bit more to get a 4 star from me; the story/action really kept my interest so I enjoyed and will read further in series and by author. I put in paranormal and in urban fantasy genres (for being modern world) but no real "urban" to it, strictly small town and not as "light" toned as most paranormal romance..
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Catara More than 1 year ago
I didn't really care for the style of writing but the story itself was interesting and kept me reading.
esme40 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The whole series has been extremely clever with interesting twists on the shapeshifter/vampire theme. I can't wait for the next one.
CherylB More than 1 year ago
These books are really good. I can't wait for the next one. How lucky she is to have Mick. Wow. I also really like the Highland Pleasures series she writes as Jennifer Ashley. Check them out too if you like that genre. If you want an exciting paranormal fantasy series this is the one!