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October 27, 2015

Loved It: Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish + Myths, Thieves, & a Giveaway

Series: Adventures of Owl 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels.



I'm on a slump. More like a super moody selective reading vibe lately where I can't read my usual flavor which is dark, disturbing, and uber serious. For some reason, my brain can only process fun and humorous stories like Owl's latest adventure. Let me get right on it!

  • "Knowledge is power"... and just because she's human in the midst of supes isn't cause for you to underestimate Alixandra Hiboux aka Owl, antiquities thief extraordinaire. Owl has some issues with the academe, but she obviously paid attention to her classes because this girl not only survived a lot of hair raising and life threatening close calls, she also knows her shit. So stay in school kids! Shakespeare or calculus just might save your life one day.

  • OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS is chock-full of interesting trivia! Sure, Adventures of Owl is fiction, but as you'll find out in the guest post below the series mythos is based on actual literature. And even if it's not wholly accurate is immaterial at this point. KCharish has me totally suspending disbelief I'd will take anything Owl says is true at this point! Isn't that cool?! I'm a junkie when it comes to pantheons of ancient civilizations and KCharish sure fed my curiosity no question about it (TG for Google!).

  • Pet owners, especially cat lovers, pay attention because Captain the Super Cat will knock your socks off! Captain is the best sidekick you can possibly have in Owl's line of work. Not only is Captain a living alarm system when there are supes around, vampires have a strong aversion to Owl's feline bestie. Who needs holy water, garlic, or crucifixes when all Captain needs to do is pee? I'm sure Captain hates being put in these crazy situations, Owl has cost him a few of his nine lives, but his uncanny sense of direction and strong instict for survival has saved Owl on more than one ocassion. 

  • OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS will keep you at the edge of your seat. The action is non-stop as Owl is always in the middle of something. Even when she's relaxing and playing some "harmless" RPG, danger still follows her. So brace yourself for 420+ pages of exciting adventures.

  • That said, I sure would want Owl to slow down a bit, even for just a hot minute and give us more of Alix less of Owl. Alix and Rynn, her incubi boyfriend; Alix normally chilling with friends, getting effed up with alcohol or something normal for a change. I want to get to know Alix some more, learn the human side of this formidable, almost super-human thief.

I know I've said this line before, but it's very apt in this case so I'll say it again: If you haven't started or picked up Adventures of Owl then you're missing out on something really cool. It's like Rick Riordan for adults! I'll leave it at that.

P.S. I know a lot of you are audiobook junkies. You should know that the series will have an audio version coming January of next year. You should also know that the narrator is a fantastic chick! I'm a fan of the narrator's other claim to fame (hint: Disney) and maybe you are too. If you want more info, go stalk KCharish's tweets. Or you can always ask her.




Hi Kristi! Welcome back to Talk Supe. Congrats on your new Owl book, a new series, and the upcoming audio! Woot! So many great things coming your way, so excited for you! Let's stick to OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS for today. You have to come back for the others. 

So in our previous conversation, you likened Owl to Lara Croft. And Owl, like Lara, is a treasure hunter of sorts, an antiquities thief to be exact. How much of Adventures of Owl's mythos is based on actual pantheons? 

I do occasionally liken Owl to Lara, don’t I? ;-) Owl can match Lara in archaeology know-how and tomb-raiding any day…not so much in the ‘comfortable in your own skin/sexual confidence’ department though – at least not yet;-)

As far as how much of the Adventures of Owl is based on actual pantheon? A surprising amount- all of the characters and myths I bring up (and for that matter in my other series Kincaid Strange as well) are researched and based on actual myths out there…though maybe not in the way you’d expect.

When I was a kid I devoured mythology tomes at the library and local bookstore –one of the places where I was allowed to indulge in many a purchase. There is something irresistible to me about myths; how they have one foot in fiction but touch on reality. The temple of Athena and the Minotaur’s labyrinth for example. We know Athena and the Minotaur weren’t real but they had such an impact on the people and landscape at the time that their myths always seem to have one foot in the realm of the plausible. Maybe that’s why they’re so well suited to urban fantasy?

I devoured so many mythology stories as a kid that it became clear fast that most people didn’t agree what the real myth was. They varied, and the iterations often depended on where the books and authors originated from.

It didn’t come as a surprise when a high school English teacher talked about the fluid nature of myths, and how accuracy was often in the eye of the beholder. It’s hard to determine accuracy when the stories have been changed to suit the needs of the teller or audience over the course of centuries. What’s more, the people have never had any shame about misappropriating their mythological players for their own purposes.

I did (and do) a lot of research for both the Owl and Kincaid series – but where as a lot of authors strive for accuracy and staying true to a particular myth story line, well…much like Owl herself I tend to run in the opposite direction. Rather than try to make my myths true to one particular line, I take a more inclusive approach. I figure out what will work best for the situation and the world that I’ve created and run with it. Japanese dragons, Balinese naga, vampires, mummies, incubi – they’re all a patchwork of multiple myths I jumbled together in a kaleidoscope of fun (in my mind anyways). Nothing is off limits in Owl’s world and to be perfectly honest, that’s what makes writing the series so much fun. The freedom to pick and choose what myths and parts of them I want to work with, and even reimagining some of the details in unique ways. Myths are a template, and the creative part is picking the bits I want to work with, bending and shaping what’s known and not known to suit the story. There’s a real creative vibe that comes out of creating characters in that way- it’s why I play with myths, monsters, and legends so often.

So now that that’s done, what’s in store on the myth front in OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS? Well, most of the characters introduced in Owl and the Japanese Circus are back and we kick off with a good, old-fashioned mummy that turns out to not be so average (hint: the Egyptians weren’t the only ones to make mummies). We’ll also see for the first time a character out of the Greek pantheon who was mentioned in 
Owl and the Japanese Circus but never shown. I won’t give who it is away…but you’ll know them when you see them and as most of the monsters in Owl things are never exactly what they claim to be. I’m actually really excited about him for future books. Let’s just say it’s never a dull moment when thieves are involved (hint for Electric Samurai & Tiger Thieves).

And I also allude to something brimming on the horizon – an over arching plot if you will.

And will there be a couple of new legends and myths thrown in? If you think not, Owl has a great bridge to sell you.

And who knows? There might even be a zombie or two…

Thanks again, Braine for having me back.


You're welcome and it's always a pleasure to have you over.



Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015, and the third and fourth installments, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI, and OWL AND THE TIGER THIEVES, will be released in 2016 and 2017. THE VOODOO KILLINGS, book 1 in her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is out May 10th, 2016.

Kristi is also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.


Follow Kristi
Website | Facebook | @kristicharish | AISFP Podcast | Goodreads




Something Wicked Rises Schedule:

Monday October 19th: 
Rainy Day Ramblings: The Uninvited by Cat Winters: Interview, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday October 20th: 
My Guilty Obsession: Hoodoo Apprentice Series by Lea Nolan : Guest Post & Giveaway
Talk Supe: Raging Sea by Teri BrisbiN Guest Post, Review and Giveaway

Wednesday October 21st:
Rainy Day Ramblings: House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway

Thursday October 22nd:
Rainy Day Ramblings: Tour Stop: Illluminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: Review and Giveaway
My Guilty Obsession: Donovan Circus Series by Liz Long Guest Post and Giveaway

Friday October 23rd: 
Rainy Day Ramblings:: The Imperial Series by Tyler H. Jolley Guest Post and Giveaway
Talk Supe: Persuasion by Martina Boone Guest Post and Giveaway

Monday October 26th:
Rainy Day Ramblings: Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine: Guest Post and Giveaway

Tuesday October 27th: 
Rainy Day Ramblings: Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Moyer: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway
My Guilty Obsession: Under the Blood Moon Series and Dead Girl Running by Ann Noser Guest Post and Giveaway
Talk Supe:  Owl & The City of Angels by Kristi Charish Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Wednesday: October 28th:
Rainy Day Ramblings: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep: Review, Interview and Giveaway

Thursday October 29th:
Rainy Day Ramblings: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson: Interview, Review and Giveaway

Friday October 30th: 
My Guilty Obsession: The Last Descendant by Megan Haskell

Saturday October 31st: Wrap up/ Giveaway at Rainy Day Ramblings









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64 comments:

  1. Oh yes I also had a great time with this one and it was fun to follow Owl once again! So curious for more!

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  2. I love the Indiana Jane description.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. She is very much like one. Treasure hunter/thief/badass human

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  3. I'm almost done with my BEA stack and I've added this series to my TBR pile for when I'm finished.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Good for you! I know how challenging that can be. It's good though, you can start the cycle again next year

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  4. Hey Braine I get that exact kind of slump sometimes. It seems when my life is especially challenging I have to have my reads be really predicable, series romance or even a re-read I know I'll enjoy, not having to traverse the cliffhangers, and endings that I can't rely on to be a HEA. Great review and chat thanks! xo

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, I need that reassurance that this is normal and it too shall pass.

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  5. So many people are loving this series, I really need to grab the first book! So happy to see this review!

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    1. It's really good, lots of action peppered with silly funny moments

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  6. Gonna see if my library has the first book. This sounds very adventure like. I think I just have the Indiana Jones bug because I just watched all the movies Sunday. Great review!

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    1. Hmmm, hopefully they have it. I believe it's only in digital format? Although I might be wrong...

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  7. I have the first book. I NEED to read it! It sounds AMAZING. I too need fun reads these days. I'm gonna try to fit it in in November. Try. That's the keyword. I'm gonna try HARD though!

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    1. It's fun and I think you'll enjoy it. It's very adventurous and lots of cool trivia interspresed with the story

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  8. Yeah for Owl and her cat. I have this book scheduled very soon, and I hope to settle in with it this weekend. Love all the archaeology and the Greek myths. Can't wait for more.

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    1. I love Captain! He makes me wish I have no pet allergies

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  9. This sounds like a fun series; I need to try it. I love all the mythological and archaeological aspects.

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    1. I always love fantasies that are rooted on real myths

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  10. Oh, this sounds like a fun book. I haven't read this author before.

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    1. She's fairly new but KC is kicking major ass!

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  11. I have the first book and this one on my wishlist, I'm REALLY looking forward to reading them.

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    1. I know this was on sale for like $1.99, maybe it still is? Binge read it lady!

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  12. I've seen this series popping up around the web. I'm curious about it. It does sound so very good. :)

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    1. It is a cool UF series, it has a steady growing fan base

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  13. I hope you'll get out of your reading slump soon! It does sound like it was the right decisison to read this book now. I have read the first book in this series, but didn't like it enough to continue the series. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one. And it's fun when the mythos is based on actual literature. I did love captain in the first book, he was my favourite character! It's fun to see a pet take such a active role. Great Review!

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  14. Ahaha Captain sounds like an adorable character! Okay first of all, 1) cats are amazing, and 2) I love it when characters have sidekicks, pets or otherwise. This sounds like a fun series!

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      Yeah, I love it when pets becomes auxillary characters. Captain had his moment here for sure, I wish he can talk though. His thoughts about Owl must be interesting to read

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  15. Going as the mother of dragons this year ;) and my little one is going as a dragon ha!

    I love how wonderful this series sounds, I know Heidi really enjoyed it, makes me want it

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    1. That is so cool! I've been a pirate for 6 years now lol

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  16. I am in a reading slump too. I always wanted to try this series though.

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  17. Ooh that cat sounds awesome. I read a review of the first book and it sounded great, so I'm glad that seems to be continuing on! sometimes you just need a more light-hearted read. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. That's exactly what I'm doing right now: binge on light feel good reads

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  18. I don't know why I haven't started this series yet. Lots of things you say tell me its right up my alley. I will get there. ;)

    Sorry about your slump, but at least it isn't toward all reading.

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    1. I feel the same way about a LOT of series, some I already own. Gah! blogger problems

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  19. Sounds intriguing. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  20. i absolutely have to delve into this series - I added the first book ages ago! I like the "nothing-is-off-limits" thing :) High selling point!

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    1. Happy to hear that, Ramona. I hope you love it :)

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  21. You totally sold it to me, Braine! I'll be reading the first book in the series soon :)

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    1. I'm surprised you haven't read this series!

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  22. This series is such fun and yes Captain is cool!!

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  23. I so need to read this series. You seem to really enjoy this series. I totally like that OWL is different from other heroines. I'll be reading this series soon.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Fantastic! KC is also a cool guest to have on the blog, she's always game

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  24. Sigh... I've read a few of your reviews from this series, and I know I'm missing out! I love a good action packed read!!

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    1. It's okay, we do that to each other :D

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  25. Love strong female characters so I need to get my hands on this one. Thank you for the amazing giveaway :)

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  26. I hate when I can't muster up the excitement of my favorite genres. I have been going through that a lot lately. I have not read any of these books yet BUT I really want to. I need to. I will be picking up the girl book very soon. I hope. :P

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    1. It's the worst!! There was a week where I was reading 4 books because I can't find my groove! So frustrating!

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  27. I really, really, really gotta read the first book! Owl sounds like a character who'll win me over very easily. I can maybe picture Shakespearean knowledge saving my life one day, but not calculus- still haven't found a use for that, LOL!

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    1. I think you'll enjoy this UF, sis, the romance is watered down, very action packed and lots of cool myth!

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  28. I love this series!! I'm sorry to hear about your reading slump, but I'm glad Owl and Captain (and a few Sups) helped get you out of it, Braine :)

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    1. Me too, grateful that they pulled me out of the dark for a day or two :)

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  29. While I've been in a total reading slump myself the last few weeks, this is something I would totally pick up, because I enjoy this type of plot. Loved your review!!! Hugs...RO

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    1. Is that why you've been baking fantastic sweets lately? :P

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  30. I have to, have to, have to check out this series! Owl sounds like such a kickass heroine...I just know I'm going to love her! And if she's about to be available in audio, all the better. :)

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