Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler, is her debut novel.
Jane True is an outsider in her own home town of Rockabill, Maine. She has a strange penchant for swimming in the cold ocean waters. When Jane stumbles across the body of a murdered man, she is introduced to a world she never knew existed. She is confronted by all manner of otherworldly creatures such as gnomes, shapeshifters, vampires, and much more. But the biggest surprise is that Jane, herself, is only half-human. The supernatural investigating the murder of the man Jane found is gorgeous and irresistible. But Ryu is a vampire and one of the more dangerous creatures.
Jane is an incredible likeable character. I was completely drawn into her story and lived it right along with her. Jane has a painful past. But when her eyes are opened to those around her, Jane is finally able to relate to people. And the other characters are just as vivid, sometimes larger than life. Ryu is a great leading man in this story, but I’m more excited to see where Jane’s relationship with a certain shapeshifter goes. He’s more brooding and mysterious.
As most urban fantasy’s go, the main plot follows a mystery – the murders happening in Rockabill. But this story focuses more on the characters and their interaction with Jane. There is a refreshing sense of wonder and excitement, rather than heavy-laden action and fight scenes. Tempest Rising is witty and fun, with a dash of dark suspense. Peeler has built a fantastic world in this debut novel. And I’m certainly eager to see what new adventures are in store for Jane True.
Tempest Rising releases from Orbit Books on October 27th.