#Adventure Review: Owl and the Tiger Thieves by Kristi Charish (@kristicharish)

The Adventures of Owl is a series that just keeps getting better, with Owl and the Tiger Thieves being Kristi Charish's best book yet.

This time around, the adventure opens with Alix being held captive in a haunted pirate prison, with none other than Artemis coming to her rescue. It is some of the most fun we've ever seen in an Owl book, and by the time an undead Leonardo da Vinci appears on the scene, I had already declared this entry my favorite.

And then it went and got better.

While Owl and the Tiger Thieves is another quest-based adventure, this time it's personal. Instead of searching out supernatural weapons on behalf of her employer, Alix is on a quest to track down the legendary Tiger Thieves and enlist their help in rescuing Rynn from the Electric Samurai. As you might expect, the personal nature of her quest makes her even sloppier than usual, placing her in ever-increasing peril, and making Artemis an unlikely savior.

With the World Quest game largely out of commission, thanks to events in Shangri-La, the action this time around remains firmly rooted in the real world, allowing Charish the opportunity to expand her supernatural bestiary with gorgons, mermaids, wisps, and more. It makes this the most action-packed entry in the series, and by far the most satisfying. There's never a dull moment, and each new twist or revelation leaves you anxious to discover what's next. What's more, with Alix's trademark wit firmly in place, despite her grief and desperation, the read retains the humor that has made the series so much fun.

Another key difference this time around is the supporting cast, with only a handful of familiar characters making appearances, and even then, only briefly. Owl and the Tiger Thieves is very much the story of Owl and Artemis, and I liked the odd couple focus almost as much as I appreciated the expanded backstory behind Rynn's cousin - which, it must be said, reveals a few things about Rynn as well. He's still a scoundrel with a hidden agenda, and it's hard to trust him, but I'm coming to like him as much as, if not more than, Rynn.

The climax here is very different from the other books, being based more around a battle than an escape, but it's hardly a stretch to say the stakes have never been higher. I will say no more, but it lives up to the story that precedes it, and the epilogue has me more excited than ever to see where Alix goes next.

Paperback, 432 pages
May 7th 2018 by Gallery Books

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.

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  1. I really want this book in my life, especially after the way the last book ended. Can't wait to read this one.
    Lynn :D

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    1. The ending packs a wallop here too. Really sets up some cool conflicts in the next book.

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  2. One of these days I hope to start this series. I read the Voo-doo book she did and really enjoyed it

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