Alix/Owl is a archaeologist and a thief who works for a dragon, stealing antiquities for him, in exchange for pay and protection from a group of vampires she once double crossed. She also plays a very real version of an online game that has actual, accurate maps of archaeological sites that she then uses to find the artifacts she is planning to steal. However there is also a government group called the IAA, who regulate these sites, and monitor theft so they are trying to stop her at any cost. Not to mention the group of vampires out for her head. This means she’s constantly on the run while she tries to do her job for Mr. Kurosawa, the dragon.
So, as she runs from site to site, with the help of her best friend, her incubus boyfriend, and a clever elf she met in the online gaming world, she sets out to find the one thing that might destroy the world and could unleash an army of undead on the unsuspecting population and stop it.
As much as I enjoy the stories in Owl’s world, Owl’s antics became annoying to me. She was always pushing the envelope, getting herself caught, making stupid mistakes. And even though (in a lot of cases) she recognized she was making stupid mistakes – she didn’t seem to learn from them. A brief apology and she’s off doing the same things. She’s whiny, selfish, and argumentative, even when she knows she’s wrong.
I do love her relationship with Captain, her cat. Captain’s breed of cat has been bred to attack and kill vampires. He doesn’t talk, and for the most part really is a cat, yet he seems to understand everything Owl says or asks of him. Owl takes him everywhere she goes, and the one-sided conversations she has are quite funny as he seems to respond as only a cat could, with boredom, disinterest and eye rolling. (oh, come on – you’ve seen your cat roll it’s eyes at you).
I am still a fan of the series, but I’m hoping that Alix grows up a bit in the next one. That she recognizes her limitations and listens to her friends (and even her boss) who has way more experience navigating the supernatural world than she does. I’m all for a feisty and strong main character, but not an annoying one.
I DO recommend the series, but start with book one, Owl and the Japanese Circus.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.