Early Review: Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler

, by Kt Clapsadl

Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler 
Jane True #5

Jane’s not happy. She’s been packed off to England to fight in a war, when she’d much rather be snogging her new boyfriend. Unfortunately, Jane’s enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble—the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they’re not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with Anyan, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.

Praying she can pull off a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of the most unlikely hero ever, Jane has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don’t think she can live up to her new role as Champion.

Along the way Jane learns that some heroes are born, some heroes are made, and some heroes are bribed with promises of food and sex.

Jane is still relatively new to the supernatural world, so the last thing she ever expected to be was the Champion, someone chosen above all others to fight the good fight against evil. But sometimes fate likes to play her twisted little game and right now Jane's up to bat. She'd much rather be spending time getting to know the yummy Anyan in their new relationship, but when duty calls, someone has to step up to the plate. Unfortunately getting everyone to follow her won't be easy as she is seen as anything but powerful. Now she has to prove to herself and others that she has what it takes or everything they know will be lost. Failure is not an option.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I was really frustrated with how much focus was placed on Jane and Anyan's relationship rather than the actual action and series plot progression. Actually, the relationship itself wasn't the problem as I am a huge fan of the two of them together. In fact, I have been practically salivating for the two to FINALLY get together. And therein lies the problem. Tempest's Fury continued the trend of Jane and Anyan trying to be together, but anytime they started to even remotely get physical some major event would interrupt them. Then they would "fix" that immediate problem and then try again to be together only to have something else happen to muck things up. The pattern continued like that for most of the book, and after the third time I literally yelled at my book saying "Oh come on already!!" To make matters worse, Jane got the brilliant idea in her head for them to take things slow to get to know what another. What? I mean the past few books haven't been enough really? Build up and tension in a book can be a good thing, especially when it pulls the reader further into the story. However, in this case, I think it was just taken too far to the point where once the gratification finally came, I was so far frustrated that it wasn't really worth all the build up. 

So with all the major interruptions between Anyan and Jane, you would think there would have been some major developments in the war. It was more along the lines of run here, stop this bad guy, breathe for an hour then run somewhere else where there was trouble. Basically they were putting out a lot of fires and basically just temporarily band-aiding everything. Honestly that won't work for much longer, which was made incredible apparent by the terrible cliffhanging ending events. However, that being said, at least Jane seems to be making some major headway with her confidence in herself and the role she must play. I just hope that confidence doesn't go a step too far into arrogance, as everything that makes Jane so awesome would be lost.

Even though this installment frustrated me a great deal, I'm still a huge fan of the series. I just absolutely love Jane as she is pretty much guaranteed to double me over in laughter multiple times in each book. I mean the arguments in her head between her virtue and libido are nothing short of hilarious. Aside from the hilarity of Jane, this also series boasts an awesome cast of characters that I have really come to love. So while Tempest's Fury may be a slight road bump in the overall scheme of things, I still have to recommend it for fans of the series. 

(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)

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  1. Tempest Rising
  2. Tracking the Tempest 
  3. Tempest's Legacy 
  4. Eye of the Tempest
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