Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi CharishOwl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Owl and the Japanese Circus

byKristi Charish

Paperback | January 13, 2015

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The first in an exciting series featuring the 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. The series also includes Owl and the City of Angels and Owl and the Electric Samurai.

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem—and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.
Title:Owl and the Japanese CircusFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:January 13, 2015Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476794995

ISBN - 13:9781476794990


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This book was an impulse buy but it turned out to be a good impulse as it ended up being a very entertaining read. Look forward to reading the next installment.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Owl and the Japanese Circus A good balance between the action/adventure and really developing the characters’ personalities and their relationships. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Quite Live Up to What I Was Hoping I am a little disappointed in this book. I wanted to like it more than I did because I really liked some of the ideas in the book, but overall what turned me off the most was the main character - Owl just was not a very likeable person. She was often rude when she didn't have to be, and often treated those around her in irrational and unfair ways. I felt like the author was trying to make her come off as a strong and sassy badass, but really she just came off like an idiot and not very smart, being aggressively rude when she had no real reason to be. She often treated those helping her (and often saving her life), really poorly. She would brush off her behaviour by saying she wasn't good with people, but her behaviour really just came off as selfish, rude and immature. That really distracted from the story because I found myself getting annoyed with her and how she was constantly treating everyone around her. I did like the Nagas and the Dragon, but her personality was too unlikeable for me to be able to overlook the fact that she was a thief and didn't seem to have any qualms about taking whatever she wanted. She may have been a victim as a grad student, but I never felt any real sympathy for her, and in fact, often the opposite. Not sure I'll read the next in the series. Sometimes first books are uneven and many characters become more interesting as the writer gets more comfortable with them, so I might try it, but unlike other series, I won't be rushing out to buy it right away.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Owl and the Japanese Circus was a fantastic read from start to finish! I was really impressed with Charish's debut novel and she immediately became an auto buy author after reading this. The main character, Alix aka Owl was very entertaining and I loved that she wasn't meant to be completely likeable. I also loved her cat Captain and how big a role he played in the book - basically Owl's sidekick, I thought that was a great and unique addition. The plot was never dull and the book was action-packed. Perfect for fans of The Mummy and Indiana Jones. I loved The Mummy and seriously thought this book was written for me.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring. I couldn't finish it. I simply lost interest -- it couldn't hold my attention anymore. I might re-read it someday.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! I honestly can't remember the last time I've read a book with a female hero that I just so adored. Owl is basically the female Indiana Jones — but she's way better (no offence, Harrison). Plus this story is just a lot of fun, and a wonderful take on the urban fantasy genre. More, please!
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something a little differen that injects new life into the genre Fans of urban fantasy who are looking for something a little different, something that injects new life into the genre, will find a lot to enjoy with Owl and the Japanese Circus. On the surface, it contains all the elements we've come to expect - a feisty heroine, exotic locales, danger, and supernatural romance - but Kristi Charish puts a very human spin on it all that makes for a different sort of read. As the story opens, we learn that Owl is a disgraced archaeological student, on the run from a contingent of Parisian vampires. A dig went bad, supernatural activity had to be covered up, and she was in the right place at the right time to take the blame. As a result, she's been reduced to a life of looting artifacts for the highest bidder, all while trying to stay off the radar. While so many of her genre contemporaries either take the supernatural for granted, or are supernaturally touched themselves, Owl has a massive blind spot for creatures of myth. While she's just as headstrong and defiant as we've come to expect from women of the genre, she's also incredibly foolish, embarrassingly careless, and next-to-useless in a fight. Owl gets double-crossed, trapped, and captured on a regular basis, and get beaten up on a regular basis. She's a woman who doesn't believe in plans, and who doesn't have the patience to follow through on them anyway. It all makes for a read that's alternately exciting and exasperating, as we're left cringing again and again. Had she been any other heroine, I would have lambasted Charish for being so transparent with some of her clues (especially the online RPG angle in the latter half), but it's perfectly within Owl's character not to make the connections. As for the supernaturals, I really like what we're offered here. Yes, there are vampires, but they're only one race of monsters. We also get beautiful nymphs (who are way too efficient at disposing of dead bodies), horrific skinwalkers (who, quite literally, wear your flesh as a disguise), succubi and incubi (who show up in the oddest places), snakes (who make for one of the best catacomb escape scenes I've read in years), ghosts (whose existence is both painful and heartbreaking), and a dragon (who has the single greatest lair/horde in contemporary fantasy). It's a fast paced tale, full of snarky dialogue, and well-choreographed action scenes. We rarely get a moment to catch our breath, but there are plenty of moments of comic relief, often originating with Owl's inability to stop baiting those who can so easily destroy her. There is, of course, a romance involved (where things are never quite what they seem), along with the requisite sidekick (a clever best friend) and animal companion (an anti-vampire cat). While it is predictable in parts, and I constantly wanted to ask Owl how she could be so oblivious, I will say that the final reveal was both well done and genuinely surprising. Clearly, we've just scratched the surface of Owl's career here, with plenty of seeds planted for future installments. Charish has managed to do something impressive with Owl and the Japanese Circus, reigniting my excitement for a genre that had become tiresome and repetitive. So long as Owl retains her feisty independence, the archaeology remains central to the story, and the supernatural angle is kept fresh and exciting, I'd definitely be interested in further adventures.
Date published: 2014-12-02

Editorial Reviews

...a swashbuckling affair...Alix – Owl – ain’t your parent’s Indiana Jones; she’s a tech savvy, gadget friendly, plain speaking, cat loving, Corona drinking, hardcore gamer gal... this definitely is a good time–and a wild ride.