Tracking the Tempest begins four months–and one eyebrow sacrificed to magical training–after the close of Tempest Rising. During that time, Jane’s been busy honing her supernatural powers and enjoying her newfound sense of confidence. Rockabill may not yet be heaven, but she’s realized it’s home. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Ryu – Jane’s bloodsucking boyfriend – can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane’s life is thrown off course.
But Ryu’s best laid plans inevitably create more upheaval than even he can anticipate, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings committed by a being of tremendous power . . .
. . . who, much to Jane’s surprise, happens to be another halfling.
I’m not sure why I find this series as appealing as I do. I don’t love the books, but I find myself getting sucked into them nonetheless.
Tempest Rising (the first book in the series) took me quite a while to warm up to, and even then I wasn’t floored by what was happening. The book only picked up towards the end, and that seems to be quite the pattern. Tracking the Tempest was of the same format.
It’s only been a few months in Jane’s life when we’re reacquainted with her in this follow-up. She’s been doing her usual night swims, now mixed with training sessions with Nell, and of course the ever present monthly sexcapade with her vampire boyfriend Ryu. While reading this I found their “relationship” to be of the typical vampire/”human” variety. He’s so hot, she wants him oh-so-much, and they indulge in passionate love-making. While definitely a cliche of this genre, the scenes would quite certainly make even the most prudish of individuals tingly in all the right places.
Other than a few battle scenes I can honestly say that I remember next to nothing that happened. The details didn’t stick with me, and I often found myself wondering where the story was headed. Also it didn’t help that one-third of the story felt full of fluff, and half the time I couldn’t help but wonder if the ever useful thesaurus was always at the ready.
That being said, there is still something that compelled me to keep reading. I’m not entirely sure what it was, but I did grow fond of Jane’s development towards the end of the book. We also get a sneak peek at the end of the book and are able to read a bit of third installment. From the excerpt I must say that I actually want to continue on with the series; it already feels as though it’s going to be better than this second book.
In no way is this a bad book, but I can’t say that I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s a fun read if you aren’t really looking for something to take very seriously.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Up Next: Graceling by Kristin Cashore