Top critical review
3.5/5 - Good sequel
on 10 October 2010
I was looking quite forward to reading this book, as I found the previous book, Rising the Tempest quite a good read. Tracking the Tempest is set 4 months after the previous book, where Halfling, Jane, is set for adventure that is definitely entertaining. Also note that it's best to read Rising the Tempest, if you haven't already, to gain perspective of the world created.
First thing, don't let the cover put you off. It may look like quite a childish cover art, but the story written is far from childish. It mixes Urban Fantasy with Romance really well. The action in the book will definitely not let you down.. There's enough to keep you on the edge to wonder what's going to happen next.
Half Selkie, half human, Jane is a very likable character, with a smart witty mouth, and the book is written in 1st person which I think helps with character development. There's enough romance too between Jane and the hot vampire detective Ryu, and a couple of sex scenes, but I don't think as much as in Tempest Rising. This book concentrates more on where the relationship is going and whether Jane wants to take it to the next level, as opposed to lots of passionate sex. I won't give away what happens, as the events happening in the book affects the relationship between Jane and Ryu, but it does leave you hanging by the end eagerly waiting for the next book. One of the main problems I had with this book was the dialogue between Jane and Ryu.. There's only so much the words "baby", "babe", "love" can be said, before it loses its meaning and sound quite fake. By the end of the book I did start doubting their relationship, as Ryu isn't quite the sexy, understanding vampire he was before. There's even a scene which involves Jane physically prove to Ryu that she's capable of helping Ryu with his investigation, which she happens to be caught up in too. *kinda spoilery now!* Another problem I had by the end of this book was Anyan and Jane. I viewed him as a paternal figure to Jane, hence why I'm hoping that there is no romantic relationship between the two.
Overall this book is not a total disappointment, and is a good sequel to Rising the Tempest with lots of action, romance, and witty dialogue by Jane and other characters, which will leave you impatiently waiting for the next book in the series which will be, released early 2011.