My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Given my appreciation for the first book in the series and desire to read an action/adventure with mild supernatural themes, I figured that it was time to read the second Rogue Angel book.
Annja Creed has been the newest avatar of good for the past few months, but is still getting used to the workload associated with her destiny. When she learns that a bunch of morally questionable folk (including some nasty demons) are looking for King Solomon‘s Jar, the means to bind demons to one’s will, the dangers will go beyond the physical.
As with the first book, Solomon’s Jar is fast-paced and filled with its share of action sequences. This time around, the fights get more bloody and often fatal for those involved. Annja is posed with numerous moral dilemmas as a result, with the added involvement of Demons (new territory for her) allowing her to perceive levels of evil.
Annja is also accompanied by a well-spoken English Archaeologist for a good portion of the story, offering up a love interest and allowing her to see that one’s attempts to work good in the world can often cause more harm. We also meet Sappora, a rather cool New Jersey Qabalist woman living in Jerusalem. She helps answer some of Annja’s questions and offers put into perspective the words of wisdom that her immortal mentor Roux had offered soon after starting on her search for the jar. We also get the first glimpse into what Roux’s former male apprentice is up to since Annja put the sword back together in the first novel.
I have very few criticisms of the book, but these were over-shadowed by the quick pace of the novel which never allowed me to feel bogged down. Some reviewers have complained about some gaps in the story, but I would suggest that these apparent “gaps” were simply a means for the author to avoid bogging the story down with rather boring scenes in what is supposed to be an action/adventure story. The pace also allowed for mild breathers to avoid combat fatigue as well oddly enough.
Folks looking for a fast-paced action/adventure book with mild supernatural themes will get their fill with this novel. There is more than enough threats for Annja to negotiate including the moral ones. We get character development, gun-play, melee and hand-to-hand combat, possession, Russian mafia (complete with idiotic minions), power-crazed Kabalist wizards, a smidge of romance, and more. It may not be immediate gratification, but it is one heck of a ride up until the conclusion.