Book Three in the Jane True series brings resolution to several of the plot lines left open after 'Tracking the Tempest' and makes for a satisfying, funny, romantic and action-packed read all in one.
The novel begins, once more, in Rockabill and is set a couple of months after the action from the previous book. Before long Anyan (the barghest shape-shifter who has been avoiding Jane since things almost got interesting between them) turns up with news that rocks the foundations of Jane's existence. And soon Jane, as well as a team of other supernatural beings, including Anyan and her (maybe) ex-boyfriend Ryu are on the trail of more of the torture labs that they are certain can be traced back to the powerful and corrupt Jarl. If only they could managed to obtain and hold on to evidence to prove this without Jarl's agents intervening.
This was, without doubt the best book in the series to date. There was a lot of action, and Jane is really growing into her power and becoming a strong woman within the supernatural world. It's so good that she has Anyan there to support her - there are some really touching scenes between the two characters. There's lashings of humour, although maybe there are times when Jane's pratfalls are overdone, loads of action, more of Jane's complicated love-life (mostly because her libido seems to be developing a life of its own... and it has some serious timing issues!), and even though several plot points are resolved there are lots more threads for development in Peeler's future novels.
One slight gripe: I KNOW you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I really liked the illustration shown on the Amazon listing for this Kindle edition - the cute, cartooney US cover, which I think captures the spirit of the series brilliantly. I was, therefore disappointed to discover that the downloaded version I have received isn't that shown, and instead has the latest in the disturbingly sinister woman-under-water covers imposed by the series' British publisher, Orion.
4.5/5 - Not a full 5 stars, because I'm worried that the slapstick of Jane's hubris-inducing prat falls is being slightly overworked on the humour side.
(And I am a bit ticked off over the cover art - I really do prefer the anime-esque American covers)