PoisonTOP 100 COMMENTATEURS on 30 octobre 2013
Avec un petit côté Les Gardiens des Eléments (Janet peut tirer de la puissance de la foudre et de la tempête) et Mercy Thompson (elle a des origines indienne) cette série apporte quelques touches d'originalité dans les domaine de la fantasie urbaine. La mythologie choisie par l'auteur est originale et peu vu dans le genre ces derniers temps. L'héroïne est détective et doit faire face à des difficultés d'ordre privées et professionnelles. Je regrette que la partie professionnelle ne soit pas plus approfondie. L'enquête par elle-même est très en retrait, voir même absente. La résolution est rapide, via une pirouette, et le lecteur avide d'enquête que je suis est assez frustrée de ça. En revanche, les différentes ramifications sont bien pensées et l'auteur s'est donnée vraiment du mal. Du coup le roman est plus complexe qu'on ne pourrait le croire au premier abord et surtout moins évidente (ce qui est toujours intéressant).
Mick, le bad-boy de cette histoire, est mystérieux et ambivalent. Jusqu'au bout, le lecteur se demande quel est son rôle dans cette histoire, il n'a pas l'air clair et on ne sait trop dans quel camps le mettre. J'ai eu quelques soupçons au fil de ma lecture, mais l'auteur amène la vérité de manière réussie et sans faire trop durer le suspens. On s'interroge, sur la suite sur les rebondissements possible etc.
Mais le ton de l'ensemble ne m'a pas non plus emballé. Je veux dire, c'est sympa et intéressant, mais dans le genre j'ai préféré Les Gardiens des Eléments.
tome 1 de la série. Janet est un stormwalker capable de déclencher la furie du ciel à volonté. Seul son ex Mike pouvait canaliser cette énergie qui la dévore. De retour sur ses terres natales, elle est soumise à des influences extérieures qui veulent l'empêcher de détruire le monde. Sur le principe elle est d'accord mais elle ne maîtrise pas réellement la situation et ne sait à qui elle peut faire confiance. Même Mike semble jouer double jeu. Un vrai régal dans la lignée de Gin Blanco de J. Estep. A suivre avec firewalker et shadowwalker.
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Review from the book review blog, Book Faery4 mai 2010
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Wow. Just wow. I had originally thought that the Native American female lead was soon becoming overused. I thought: okay, the concept of the story sounds interesting, but this Janet character probably wont stand a chance against Mercy Thompson or Jane Yellowrock. How very wrong I was.
If anything, I must concede now that Janet holds this certain type of allure that neither Jane nor Mercy have. I've always been attracted to the types of characters who have some elemental powers, and Janet Begay's specialty is definitely something that interests me. As a Stormwalker, she has the ability to control any storm around her--even if it gives her the worst hangover-feeling after. Imagine Storm from X-men, except instead of commanding storms around her, Janet needs a storm in order to tap into her power. This lends to interesting situations that reveal just how cunning and resourceful she can be.
There is no random man that Janet stumbles upon during her journey. Instead, readers are introduced to a sexy, arrogant, frustrating fire-wielder named Mick. Can I just say that Mick is one sizzling ex-boyfriend? In the beginning of the book, when he finally saunters into the current scene (and into my heart), Janet slowly begins to explain why the two separated in the first place, and I felt myself sympathizing with the poor girl. Who would ever want to be smothered while dating someone? I know I wouldn't. Yet despite this, I still wanted to grab Janet by the shoulders to give her a good shake. Actually, now that I think about it, I wanted to do the same to Mick also. Gotta love it when characters are ignorant...especially in the good way.
But Tori, you might ask, how can characters be ignorant in a good way? While the tension betwixt the two characters is frustrating to a certain extent, I think that on some level, the two know that they--despite differing feelings--care for each other, which comes before all else. There is this certain appeal, for me at least, when two characters have a history together. Allyson doesn't instantly deliver a relationship with a happily ever after for either characters, but she does offer a relationship with instant gratification. Readers aren't forced to be wary due to anything being rushed. If Janet and Mick decide they want to have sex, then we can rationalize it by saying that, due to a past together, they are reconnecting. Humans do it all the time. It was perfect for the two of them.
I'm almost tempted to guarantee that this plot will make you grow animated at some point, but I won't. Read the book, and see for yourself if you had the same reaction I did. For me, it was when I reached the end of chapter 17. I won't go into the details about what happened (because it is way too juicy to spoil for anyone) but all I could think and gasp and then scream was: "What, what, what, WHAT?!" In fact, I'm still flabbergasted. Biggest. plot. twist. ever. I loved it!
Allyson James has a new and interesting series well worth reading. Not only are the covers for this series beautiful (sorry, had to mention it), but her characters and plot are so unique and interesting that one would be deemed crazy for not giving this series a shot. You hear me? Get this book pronto!
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Heroine Seemed Way Too Young and Easily Walked Over21 mai 2010
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I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. The description made it sound interesting, but the characters were kind of a let down for me.
Janet Begay is a Stormwalker. She can ride a storm and draw power from it, but usually she ends up with the short end of the stick. She's helpless to resist the power of the storm and usually ends up sick and exhausted after it passes. She doesn't like that aspect much, but she's learning to deal.
Janet heads to Magellan with the excuse of helping the police chief search for his missing daughter. Janet is committed to finding the missing girl, Amy, but also has a more pressing motive for arriving in town. Magellan is home to a vortex that Janet's mother wants unlocked. She plans to use Janet as her tool and make her a willing slave. Janet knows that the time has finally come to stop her mother once and for all.
Janet has some trouble with Sheriff Nash, Amy's fiance, and one of the suspects in her disappearance. Nash basically goes on a power trip and locks her in jail and won't believe her when she says something bad from the magical world is headed her way. For some reason everyone seemed okay with the fact that Janet was held in jail without being arrested or in-processed. They were still okay when Janet was busted out of jail and taken back to her hotel. What?
The guy responsible for the jail bust is Mick, Janet's ex. They've been apart for years (at Janet's instigation) but they've never really gotten over each other. Janet's an extreme pushover where Mick is concerned. She's very willing to just give up trying get her way and will let him do whatever he wants. She also very easily decides to resume having sex with him - only to help draw off the power of course! I wanted to like Mick, but because I was stuck in Janet's head I never got to know him well enough.
Janet didn't know anything about him when they first got together and she still didn't know anything about him when she finally left him for being too secretive and smothering. She didn't even know his last name and he would disappear on her and then show back up like nothing happened. She put up with that for six months before she finally got it together enough to leave him. She just seemed like the biggest idiot to me. She also seemed extremely young in all her thoughts. I'm not referring to the flashbacks either. Her internal whining and insecurity reminded me of an extremely immature teenager with her first boyfriend. It was very off putting.
I also couldn't help but think she was the most dense individual in the world for not figuring out what Mick was hiding. Now I don't blame her for not knowing why he first integrated himself with her, but I do think it was blatantly obvious what Mick was in addition to a fire wielder. When the author drops so many blatant hints again and again it doesn't make her protagonist look like the sharpest tack in the box when she doesn't figure it out. It just makes her look stupid.
I wish I would have liked this book more, but I just couldn't make myself enjoy it. I doubt I'll be picking up anything else in this series.
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Very choppy14 mars 2011
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The plot in this book is all over the place. Characters behave in odd illogical ways, such as when Janet is arrested and held for no reason at all. The book jumps from one action scene to another without much character development in between. Each chapter introduces a new almost unrelated element in the mythology - here is a magic mirror, next a possessed biker gang, etc. Lots of interesting ideas, there just wasn't much pulling them together and I just didn't much like the characters.
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messy but good26 mai 2010
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I overhauled this review more favorably after I continued to read the series and decided to re-read the first book.
The plot was rather original, the writing was good, the characters likeable, the story kept me entertained. I remembered the story after I finished. I still continued to read the series. For all of this, I revised my original rating to a much higher one.
I stand by my original assessment (and the reason for my original lower rating) that the plot was a bit all over the place and made me think "messy" instead of just "exciting" --- our heroine is building the hotel, fighting her evil mother, solving a missing person's case, working thru interpersonal relationships with boyfriend, family, and friends. Powers are all over the place --- sometimes on, sometimes off, sometimes out of control, sometimes under control, some people have, some people don't, some people get possessed.
Having Nash insist the supernatural doesn't exist with all the proof was still as annoying as the first round but his character is consistent and his stubborn ignorance serves its purpose at times.
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Give me more Mick12 septembre 2010
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I gave Stormwalker such a low rating for a few reasons. First of all, four chapters of info dump. I had to force - F-O-R-C-E myself to read through them because a) it's a book club book and b) a friend had already read it and said it was fantastic. Second of all, my issues with the main character. I know that these are both reasons why I rated this book like I did, and with that said, I can also understand why people would like this book. There are large expanses of it written well with engaging material and exciting 'stuff' going on - for me though, I couldn't forget either point a or point b.
The Setting -- is a small town, in the middle of the desert in Arizona. There's not much detail given to the setting through the narrative except to depict it with a few, sparse words here and there. Usually it's to remark about the heat or the presence of a storm - which from the title you can denote is a fairly important aspect of the story. I thought that there was more of the beauty and misery of the desert could have been brought out to make the setting seem more alive. For an area that is supposed to be alive with energy and magic, I thought it could have come through more vividly.
The Characters -- are going to get a bashing and a lot of loving from me. First off, there is Janet, the Stormwalker, who is an idiot. Okay, she's not a flat out idiot, and I know my distaste for her stems from my own biases to do with women who intentionally stay in bad relationships. Yes, her relationship-in-question turns out to be a good thing, but ladies, if a guy is bad for you - he's bad for you and you need to get out. Not romanticize what he might be and stick it out. You get out, suck up the losses, and move on. For a big chunk of the book I had to talk myself into reading it because I simply got very frusterated with her.
I'll be honest and say that I finished the book because of Mick; the love interest. I will not give up the big surprise about him, but he made the book worth reading - for me. I thought that after reading one of the reveals about him that he could have come across as experiencing things more in relation to his true nature, but I still like him. He's what you want in a hunky hero. He has something dark in his past that makes it difficult on him, he's protective, he's sexy, he has this awesome power and he's the only person Janet can be around and not hurt. You can't help but love Mick for what he sacrifices and how you see him grow, or at least get the revelations of how much he's changed.
Besides these two, there are other characters, like Coyote and Nash that make the story vivid. While I don't necessarily like all of these characters, they contribute to a very interesting cast of characters.
The Plot -- was overall, straight forward. You went into it knowing that the big end game was. There was a caviate for what brought it about that's rather anticlimatically unfolded. The most interesting bits to me were the action parts when Janet was attacked or used her powers, and those concerning Mick.
I liked the way the book ended and I'd be tempted to read Firewalker for Mick alone.