Nothing says “home” like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.
Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she’s not the only thing that’s been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.
Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped…and Jane’s just the halfling for the job.
I’m not entirely sure what it was about this book, but for me it wasn’t as addicting as the previous one in the series. I still enjoyed Jane being more assertive and she’s definitely come into her own, but this book felt as though something was missing.
There was no shortage of action, and though the story took a few twists, for the most part it wasn’t quite so shocking come the end. I definitely felt the lack of supporting characters in this book. Jane is a wonderfully entertaining character all on her own, but with the previous novels I’ve become accustomed to the presence of a group full of individuals surrounding Jane. In this book we feel that hole from the lack of characters, but we also get a lot more time with Jane. Obviously she’s the main character so we always have a lot of time with her, but really there’s always a ton of other characters and a lot of other things going on that we aren’t ever really focused entirely on her. This book we get a bit more Jane time, and we do get to see her from a different viewpoint.
I did enjoy the story, but compared with the others it didn’t quite live up to what I’ve come to expect from the Jane True series. I am interested in seeing where this will go next though. The ending was quite hilarious to me for obvious reasons, but also it allowed for a lot more craziness to undoubtedly happen in Jane’s life. It’ll be interesting to see how she copes and if she will continue to keep on growing.
Review to come: