Author: Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker, Book 2
Paperback: 329 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Janet Begay’s Crossroads Hotel has attracted the supernatural from the day it opened. Witches, Changers, and a mouthy magic mirror have decided to make it their home. But a new, dark power is rising—this time inside Janet herself.
Her boyfriend, Mick, a sexy dragon shape-shifter the Navajo call a Firewalker, knows what terrifying magic is threatening to overwhelm Janet and her Stormwalker powers. He watches over her, ready to fight for her, to do anything to keep her safe.
But then a mysterious corpse is found near the Crossroads Hotel—and Janet becomes Sheriff Nash Jones’ main suspect. Trouble is, even she can’t be sure she didn’t do it. Now Janet and Mick must uncover what really happened, and their investigation leads to the most perilous decision of their lives: Mick must choose between protecting his own people or guarding Janet, the woman he loves, from the many forces amassing against her.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
This series continues to get better! In the first book, Janet had to fight with her hell-goddess mother to get control over her life and powers; in this one, Mick is the one in danger. The dragons are after him for not fulfilling his duties, so now he has to stand trial, while Janet’s Beneath magic is growing stronger and causing all kinds of havoc — the very Beneath magic that makes her a target for dragons and gods alike.
I enjoy that we see Mick more vulnerable in this book. In the first one, he seemed super strong and kick-ass, like nothing could touch him, while Janet kept getting hurt and needed to rely on him to keep her safe. In this one, however, it starts off with Janet doing the rescuing and trying to figure out how to use her new magic without hurting her friends. It’s nice to see more of a balance in this book, and it really took it to the next level. Whereas I thought the first one was fairly decent, this book is straight-up good and enjoyable (and FILLED with action!).
We also get to know more about characters that were introduced in the first book; Maya and Janet’s friendship continues to grow and develop. I very much liked their girl-night escapade when Maya got tired of Nash being a jerk. There are also a couple new ones to meet which is very cool; Janet hired Cassandra, a witch, to be the manager of her now-open hotel. I can’t wait to see her character get fleshed out in future books. And we get to learn more about the dragons!!! This was by far my favorite part. A couple of dragon characters come into the scene when Mick has been summoned to a trial by the dragon council. I really like Colby for being more of a rogue dragon with his own interests at heart; his foil is Drake, a council lackey who is very much a stickler for the rules. I hope they come back in future books!
Basically, this is a series I’m very much beginning to love and I can’t wait to read the third one. If these books continue to improve like this, I’m going to have to upgrade this series to a must-read for all urban fantasy lovers. (Though it’s pretty darn good where it stands right now.)