Author: Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker, Book 1
Paperback: 330 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she’s caught in the storm’s evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can’t seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet’s never sure where he goes when they’re not together.
Together they investigate mysterious disappearances, which Janet fears are tied to her mother’s people, the mythical gods from below the earth. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
One of my favorite things about urban fantasies and paranormal books is getting to learn more stuff about various mythologies and experience authors’ various interpretations of legends and myths. This book does NOT disappoint on that front. Janet is a half-Navajo, half otherworld goddess who lives in the desert and feeds off the power of storms. Her evil goddess mother wants to use Janet to escape her hell prison, but Janet wants to protect her world from her mother.
The best thing about this book is Janet’s characterization. She is an awesome female character. I love that she can take care of herself while also having vulnerabilities and emotions and not always being perfect. I love that she has a hang-up for Mick, her kind-of boyfriend that she just can’t seem to get rid of. I love, love, love that she seems to be so sure of herself while also having serious doubts. She’s awesome and I want so much more of her, so I’m glad this is a series. She’s one of the best characters I’ve come across in a while in terms of being so balanced and complex.
Overall, the story is suspenseful and intriguing. I wasn’t expecting to like this novel as much as I did, but it has a nice balance between thriller, romance, and paranormal elements. I was afraid that this novel would be mostly smut or really awkward scenes with an overly badass female character, but while there’s some sex, it doesn’t overshadow the story, and I’ve already told you how much I loved Janet’s character. With that said, I was a bit disappointed about how the mystery turned out to be solved, but that wasn’t REALLY the main point of the book anyway, so that was okay. I think that Allyson James created a really fun, realistic world that takes some great mythological elements and makes them real. I’m so excited to get to spend more time with these characters and this world. It’s a super solid first book and I’ve already got the sequel on hold for me at the library.