Owl and the Electric Samurai is the third in the series begun back with Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish. This third book finds antiquities thief Alix Hiboux aka Owl firmly enmeshed in the supernatural world. Not only is she in love with an incubus and employed by an ancient dragon, she is now being ordered by Elves to find an ancient armor that appears to be addicted to bloodshed. Plus, she has been ordered by her former archaeological bosses (who just happen to be on the evil side) to hunt down and capture the makers of her favorite online game—which is also supernatural. Moreover the city of Shangri-La may be involved, and no one knows where that is.
This is another action-packed entry into the series, possibly a little too action packed. While the overall plot thread regarding the supernatural war is advanced nicely, the friendships Alix has developed are dropped into the background; Nadya, for one, is absent for most of the book, robbing the tale of the strong female friendship that has been a major part of the series’ appeal and leaving Owl more petulant than I recall. Also missing are some of the cultural details that have made prior books so enjoyable. That said, the Electric Samurai armor does develop quite a background over the course of the book, and the threats Owl and her party face scale up, leaving a real sense of menace. There are some unexpected twists that lay the ground for a large-scale follow-up in the next book, Owl and the Tiger Thieves, making for a fast-paced read.
All in all, Owl and the Electric Samurai is a great, fun read for those who love urban fantasy with adventurous heroes.
Owl and the Electric Samurai came out May 8, 2017 and is available for order on Amazon. Note: We are Amazon affiliates and receive a small portion of any purchase price which we use to keep the site running.