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Owl and the Electric Samurai

(The Adventures of Owl #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The third exciting novel starring 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 (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeol
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 8th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Carrie Mansfield You can, but you probably shouldn't. Starting with book two, the plot is heavily influenced from events from book one and that trend only continues…moreYou can, but you probably shouldn't. Starting with book two, the plot is heavily influenced from events from book one and that trend only continues here. It isn't really episodic writing and so the reminders don't go as deep as they would if it was meant to be enjoyed that way. This is very much a continuation of an ongoing arc and is best enjoyed when read that way.

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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks, because we like Owl!

This was a fun revisiting in the world of Owl=Alex. Our thieving not so archeologist is in a relationship with a hot Incubus, has a contract position with a Dragon and a Snake Lady, and Captain the Cat is making his not so happy feelings known by acting out in very funny ways. However, as much as it looks like she is getting her life in order, there are many people who would love to cut her down a peg and make her remember she do
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The Adventures of Owl is a favorite urban fantasy series of mine. I quite enjoy reading about Alix "Owl" Hiboux adventures.

In this, the third book is she both trying to find the creators of World Quest, the online RPG she loves and at the same time is she "hired" (let's say the dragon she works for is quite adamant that she should locate it) to find the Electric Samurai, a mystical armor that binds itself to whoever wears it. The problem is that it has been centuries since the last wearer died,
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third book in The Adventures of Owl is, in a word, the most significant entry in the series to date. So much of what's been hinted and teased comes to the forefront here with a story that offers up equal measures of character building, world building, and plot development. Kristi Charish has really upped the ante here, and it pays off.

The first thing you'll notice about Owl and the Electric Samurai is that it is neither as frantic nor as fun as its predecessors. This is a slower, more delibe
Owl is in the hot seat again. The IAA (International Archaeology Association) wants the designers of World Quest (an online video game) and mercenaries have been hired to find them and remove any obstacle in their way…Owl’s in the way. While the elves have made a deal with the dragon and want Owl to find an ancient suit of armor. And if that wasn’t enough, Owl is tap dancing her way around the dragon’s person assistant and Naga that has taken Owl’s cat hostage.

Charish brings the quirky Owl back
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Owl and the Electric Samurai is the third installment in author Kristi Charish's The Adventures of Owl series. The series features Alix Hiboux, aka The Owl, who is an antiquities thief specializing in the supernatural. As we once again jump into the incredible action packed world that Kristi Charish has created, we find Alix having a bit of a dilemma. You see, the IAA (International Archaeology Association) believes th
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

A step up from its predecessors, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI is a welcome departure from the all-action, little-plot formula readers are familiar with from the first two novels. Delving deeper into supernatural politics, and significantly raising the stakes, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI shows an maturation of both Charish's writing, and the main character, Owl.

To be perfectly honest, though I enjoyed the first two books in The Adventures of Owl seri
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who ever described Owl as a young female Indian Jones was so spot on, so much so that the person deserves a prize. There isn't a better phrase or a better character that comes to mind when I think of this series as a whole. It is just so much stinking fun. And like our beloved hero Indian Jones, you just know that with each new installment an exciting new adventure and outrageous predicaments are just around the corner.

With danger, the odd supernatural, magic, and spells truly lurking in every
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Owl dubs the suit of armor the Electric Samurai, and I loved all the tidbits we uncover about it during Owls quest. Her cases cross when her search for the missing designers has her hunting for the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Intense and action-packed, with a few twists, including an unlikely ally, kept me flipping the pages. Owl once again has to handle betrayals, deals and outsmarting supernatural entities and beings. While Owl still makes rash decisions and leaps head first we do see l ...more
Lynn Williams
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Without doubt Kristi Charish’s third instalment of the Adventures of Owl definitely took this series to the next level for me and was my favourite so far. If you haven’t read the previous novels then be aware that spoilers may be lurking below.

In the latest instalment Alix Hiboux, or Owl as she is better known, really finds herself between a rock and a hard place with conflicting priorities and demands. If you haven’t read the series, Alix, with a promisin
Jeannie Zelos
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Owl and the Electric Samurai, Kristi Charish

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy

I loved the first two novels but this one was, to be honest, a bit of a slog :-(
I've loved Owl, her kind of skewed world views, and yet underneath you know she cares deeply for her friends, that she's moral, will always do the right thing, for people anyway even if artifacts are a bit of a grey area....but in this book she came over as a bit self centred, kind of blowing off issues that he
Hmmm, not sure what to say. First off, this is the third book in the series, there is absolutely no recap for those of us joining at this point. I have no idea why Alix is called Owl, NOT A CLUE.

Alix is a human, former archaeology student and antiquities hunter (some say thief). She works for a Dragon Mr Kurosawa and his Naga assistant Lady Siyu. She also participates in an online game called World Quest which appears to have some magical link to reality. Although Alix comes across as one of the
Kiwi Carlisle
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but this one went downhill. The author desperately needs a good editor to deal with bad spelling, inconsistent pluralization, and a tendency to ramble. In the first two books, there was enough of a seasoning of real archaeological information to lift them out of literal tomb raiding video game territory, but this book didn't quite make it in that department. The setting's getting tedious. Could just a bit more of the real world mixed in save it ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A smart, sophisticated, thrilling series with plenty of paranormal.

There is never a dull moment for Owl, or Alix. She is busy trying to get her cat back from the clutches of the evil Naga. The IAA is after her, demanding that she find the two lost developers of World Quest, a role playing game that Alix loves. Then the stakes get higher when Alix is tasked to find an electric suit, that has dangerous and destructive powers. Supposedly if she finds this suit, it will prevent an all o
Samantha Trillium ☂
These Owl books keep getting better and better with each installment!

In this adventure Owl is subcontracted out by the Elves to obtain the Electric Samurai - a job Owl is non too pleased her Dragon employer has lent her out on. The more she researches this cursed object, the really less she wants this job.

The Electric Samurai is Owl's nickname for a very old piece of armour that seems to be able to think for itself. It is somehow able to bind itself to the person wearing it, and influence th
William Bentrim
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third book, Owl is still a disgruntled, dismayed, frequently clueless, misunderstood and disgraced anthropologist. She is an antiquities thief who can’t seem to avoid tripping over dangerous supernaturals. Owl is still working for a dragon, Mr. Kurosawa and his aide Lady Siyu. Alix seems a little less clueless in this book but still ends up in serious trouble. The bulk of the plot is centered around dealing with the Electric Samurai.

The author does a nice job setting the stage and intro
Maggie Gordon
Kristi Charish has really evolved as a writer. The first two Owl books were fun, but definitely had their moments of novice writer syndrome. The Electric Samurai, on the other hand, is a fast-paced, fun urban fantasy with great character development that was an absolute pleasure to read! Owl is facing fallout from her actions during the previous books, and the supernatural war is heating up, affecting her life in ways that make Rynn quite crabby. There's a lot of fascinating adventuring and temp ...more
Carrie Mansfield
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Alix's third adventure reminded me of another Alex - Alex Verus. Both are mostly loners. Both can be assholes. Both are gray hats.

Owl is a very light grey. She has no problems lifting antiquities, but objects to violence - even learning to use a gun in self defense. Alex is a much darker gray. He doesn't mind killing. He gets mad that he feels like he's forced to kill.

I honestly prefer Alex in this case because it feels more emotionally honest. On the other hand, it feels like it's taki
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this series a lot, but this book ends on a cliffhanger, which I dislike. But everything leading up to the cliffhanger is interesting.

This one is about Owl (an antiquities thief/archaeologist employed by a dragon) hunting for a magical suit of armor, while also hunting for the World Quest game designers, while also hunting for Shangri-La, while also dodging mercenaries that the IAA have sicced on her.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
This is another action-packed entry into the series, possibly a little too action packed. While the overall plot thread regarding the supernatural war is advanced nicely.

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Engel Dreizehn
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Action packed Urban fantasy as always through exotic locales and high amused yet delighted by one detour through Vancouver and UBC.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is more toned down compared to the previous books! Good read! Interesting story of General Jebe!
Owl and the Electric Samurai is book three in The Adventures of Owl series. I've really enjoyed all the action and adventure we've seen in this series so far so I knew I had to grab this book. A little refresher for this series is that Alix aka Owl is an antiquities thief, and she works for a dragon. He sends her on missions and she generally gets into a ton of trouble along the way.

We start off with Alix Hiboux on the hunt for an artifact. When she brings it back to Las Vegas and talks with her
Janet Martin
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun and original plot, fast pace, good "world" building, mostly good characters, although I'm getting a little tired of Owl's extraordinary bad temper--she's getting so far beyond "fiesty" that she has tipped over into unpleasant much of the time
Book Gannet
3.5 stars.

So far I’ve been loving this series, the mix of magic and history and archeology has made for a seriously enjoyable couple of books so far. They’ve been fun and frantic and I love Owl and her slightly skewed ethical view of the world. Which meant I was excited to read this, especially when the blurb had me anticipating action in Tokyo against an Electric Samurai(!).

Except there is no action in Tokyo and the Electric Samurai is actually what Owl spends most of the book looking for. So a
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.
Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.
Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
To be perfectly honest whole series never was a must read for me, which is kind of surprising since it's basically a combination between Indiana Jones and fantasy, both of which I enjoyed immensely.
This is probably that I find every single character in this book more likeable than its main character. The fact that she been screwed over by a government agency should make the reader root for her. But her lack of self-control, her antagonistic ways and the fact that she is a tomb raider that dest
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Owl and the Electric Samurai is a refreshing departure from the standard urban fantasy fare.  Owl isn't a dime a dozen Mary Jane who suddenly has immense powers and a horde of hot paranormals chasing after her.  Well she does have paranormals chasing after her mainly because they either want to kill her or want her to find/steal something for them.

Owl is a modern day Indiana Jane, an archaeologist  turned thief who is employed to find supernatural artefacts.  The IAA (the international archaeolo
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered or influenced my opinion.

I’ve been following this seres and am really enjoying it, which surprises me to a point because there is quite a bit of politics in it. Although, my enjoying it might be because our sharp main character is quite against being involved in said supernatural politics. This series keeps on getting more and more in-depth and Owl finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into trouble the more she attempts
Ben Truong
Owl and the Electric Samurai is the third (and penultimate) book in the The Adventures of Owl series written by Kristi Charish and centered on Alix Hiboux, a grad student turned international antiquities thief for hire, and her adventures that come her way.

Owl is tasked with finding the creators of World Quest, her beloved online Role Playing Game, and hired to find the Electric Samurai, a mystical armor that binds itself to whoever wears it. With the International Archaeology Association, Lady
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Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world, and THE VOODOO KILLINGS (Random House Canada), an urban fantasy/mystery about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker.

She writes what she loves; adventure

Other books in the series

The Adventures of Owl (4 books)
  • Owl and the Japanese Circus (Adventures of Owl, #1)
  • Owl and the City of Angels  (Adventures of Owl, #2)
  • Owl and the Tiger Thieves (Adventures of Owl, #4)
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