This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Stifled by Rainy Kaye
Series: Summoned #2
Also in this series:Summoned
Also by this author: Summoned
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2015
Purchase at: Amazon
Dimitri would like nothing more than to live a low-key life in Naples, Italy. His girlfriend, Syd, has other plans. After three months of researching, she is positive she has found a jinn on a killing spree in San Diego, California. Since Syd gave Dimitri the one thing he thought was out of reach, he feels obligated to use his ill-gained talents for her cause.
A few hours back in the US proves that Dimitri and Syd didn't quite make the clean escape they had thought. As they trail the elusive jinn, someone else trails them. What should have been a simple trip to confirm once and for all if the jinn are living among humans, instead reveals a community keeping dark secrets.
Unfortunately for Dim, the only way out is in.
After reading this book, the second in the Summoned Series, I can say that it is better written than the first (click HERE for my review of the first book, Summoned). Both Dimitri and Syd, the main protagonists, are more realized and Syd especially is no longer one-dimensional. Dimitri is still the same, witty and nonchalant all at the same time.
Unable to let things go, Syd is determined to find other Jinn and the trail leads her back to the US. Dimitri is conflicted about this because he just wishes to stay away from all the drama. I guess a lifetime of slavery to a master will do that to a former Jinn and although he is former Jinn he still sees himself as a Jinn.
Once back in the U.S. Dimitri realizes that he is being tracked and trying to discover who is tracking him leads to another surprise. What they stumble into is the JiNet organization and that is a rabbit hole they should have never gone down because now they are caught up in a situation that threatens to tear them apart. With a revised goal of freeing other Jinn, Dimitri and Syd must work together and through their own emotional baggage and see this to the end.
Having not been the biggest fan of the main characters in the first book, I am much happier with them in the second book. Dimitri is exploring his new freedom and with that comes personal growth, nice. The story picks up nicely from the previous book and it is fast-paced. Dimitri is still bumbling with his assassin skill set but at least this time it is set up better and is more realistic so it did not drive me insane. It was a light read and ended nicely but left room for another sequel. I would now recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a unique concept of the dark side of a Jinn-master relationship.
*Thank you to Bastei Entertainment & NetGalley for this complimentary copy of Stifled*