Reviewed by: E
Being Chosen was supposed to be a gift.
That’s what Tallulah Corentine’s parents told her when they handed her over to the Rain Chasers on her seventh birthday. It was an honor to be born with a destiny, to be hand selected by the gods before taking her first breath. She should be overjoyed.
Twenty years later, Tallulah is still waiting for the gift. She might have the power of the storm at her fingertips, but she’s spent her whole adult life living under a cloud.
A cross-country trip to find the wayward son of Seth, god of the storm, turns into a fight for her life when she dupes Death out of a valuable treasure. With only a wily con man, a dangerously handsome bad-luck priest, and a lot of lightning to help her, can she deliver the package and keep herself out of an early grave?
Or will Seth be looking for a new Rain Chaser before it’s all over?
This blurb came from Goodreads.
I was bemoaning on Twitter one day that I was failing miserably in my search for a new UF/PNR author/series to glom. The several I tried were DNFs, mehish, or OK for a quick read but ultimately unsatisfying at best and disappointing at worst. Thankfully, the twitterwebs came to my rescue and brought Dean’s new UF series, Rain Chaser, to my attention. Dean was kind enough to provide me a copy, which I saved until I had a solid block of time reserved and it was a good time I did because nothing else would have gotten done. Dean was able to hit the sweet spot of my longtime love for Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses , the problems or challenges they provided their descendents and other poor humans who caught their attention, and dragged it into the present day world.
I was completely caught up in Dean’s characters and world. The rather careless treatment and disregard of their mostly human tools, and yet their sense of possessivenss and protection towards those same tools really set the Gods/Goddesses apart as “other”. I enjoyed the various interactions between the mortal characters and the immortals. I also thought how the mortal characters struggled to have some quality of life while still serving their respective deity and trying not to seriously anger other deities while performing their duties. I really loved Tallulah and her combination of respect for Seth and resentment about how much he complicated her life along with her creativity in trying to survive. I am really looking forward to seeing what she gets into next.
I give Thunder Road a B+