Book Review: Stormwalker by: Allyson James



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
Berkeley

Publish Date:
May 4, 2010

Origins:
Purchased

Format:
Mass Market Paperback

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Janet Begay is a Stormwalker, capable of wielding the raw elemental power of nature's tempests - a power that threatens to overwhelm her. Only her lover, Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker, is able to siphon off her excess energy and calm the storm raging within her - even as their passion reaches unimaginable heights of ecstasy.

Janet and Mick have come to the desert town of Magellan to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the police chief's daughter. The barren land around it is full of vortexes, the gateways that connect the human world with the mystical realm of Beneath, and after encountering skinwalkers and receiving hunts from a shape-shifting coyote and a smart-ass magic mirror, Janet fears that her own powerful, scary-as-hell mother is involved.

She's also uncertain about Mick. He can wield fire and never get burned, and Janet can't seem to touch him with her storm powers. But Janet must trust him, since she and Mick find themselves venturing where no human can survive alone - and only together can they overcome the greatest danger they've ever faced.

Review: Janet is a Diné (Navajo) Stormwalker, whose mother is a goddess of the Beneath. She's never really fit in with her own people or anywhere else. Now she's in Magellan to solve a mystery, but she doesn't realize that the truth hits closer to home than she ever thought. Plus, her lover Mick shows up unexpectedly. They've got to work together to find the solution to the enigma of the missing girl, Janet's own past, and her future.

I was walking through a bookstore when the cover caught my eye and then I read the description on the back which led me to buy it (and Firewalker) right then and there. I was delightfully surprised by how rich the world Ms. James created was. I liked the characters and the plot, but I do think that the characters could use some polishing and the plot could have been a little tighter. The author throws her characters into the middle of the situation when the book opens, but don't worry - Stormwalker is the first book in this series and you do get some backstory. I have very high hopes that the next books in the series will be even better! Overall, I feel that Stormwalker is a nice blend of paranormal mystery, urban fantasy, romance/sex, and kick-assitude! It also included some interesting Diné lore (which I'd love to see more of!).

Stormwalker series: Stormwalker (1), Firewalker (2), Shadow Walker (3), Nightwalker (4)

2 comments:

  1. I picked up the first 2 books a while back, but haven't had a chance to dig into them yet. Good to see a positive review . . . maybe that will help kickstart me.

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  2. I've been back and forth trying to decide if I should get this book but your review might have just convinced me to get it :)

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