Stormwalker by Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker #1
Published by Berkley Sensation
Published on: May 4, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she's caught in the storm's evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can't seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet's never sure where he goes when they're not together.
Together they investigate mysterious disappearances, which Janet fears are tied to her mother's people, the mythical gods from below the earth. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas.
Dynamite! Vortexes, a Southwestern setting, motorcycles, missing person cases?
Stormwalker evinces a picky intelligence. You can just see the tumbleweeds coming. Janet Begay has been a rolling stone since before this book picks up, seeking to put aside a past that she cannot avoid.
Much of this fate comes into play once JB meets her mysterious tantric lover, Mick, a real good guy who just happens to be hiding more from JB than she has been able to hide from him.
Deciding that two possible love interests was not enough, our author has sketched a racy parallelogram (my lips are sealed as to who else) that may just be lazy enough to stray into pentagon territory. So the heat is on majority of the time for more than just regional reasons.
As something of a detective story when love isn’t being made or lightning isn’t being summoned from the sky, the plot belches up its mysteries, one indigestive lead at a time and does so in such a way that one is left in the lurch just enough to continue page turning.
Each individual element (isolation is the appropriate technique when dealing in deserts) has an alien tinge. Major props are due to pulling off this odd intermixture of deserts and otherworldly happenings. “Could these things really go together?” is a question you’ll be asking well into the next book.
The amalgation is effective. Lightning, then rain.
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