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Changeling: Blood Wolf
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Steve Feasey continues his Changeling series with Blood Wolf, the third book focusing on Trey Laporte, a teenage lycanthrope struggling to maintain his humanity and control the beast within. All the while preparing to face his destiny and the evil vampire lord Caliban. Feasey keeps his writing style and series' plot consistent with Blood Wolf, maintaining a teenage read which is just fun to immerse yourself in.

Once upon a time, Trey thought he was the last of his kind. That all changed when he discovered that his foster father (and vampire friend) Lucien kept a secret from him. That he had an Uncle Frank, another werewolf, belonging to a mysterious pack called LG78. Regardless of Lucien's warnings, Trey is determined to find his uncle and learn more about his nature, to better understand and cope with what he is. But Trey is about to learn the hard way that some secrets are best left unearthed.

The previous book, Dark Moon, was a quality fantasy thrill-ride. In Blood Wolf, the author changes gears by making this story more character driven. There are two sub-plots going on here, one is obviously Trey trying to discover more about himself and his past, the other focuses on an unresolved loose end from the previous book.

That loose end is the Necrotroph, a demon under Caliban's control that possesses humans and leaves them dead or insane, and tried to make things difficult for Lucien and his organisation. After Dark Moon, the demon survived a near-death experience and has left a traumatised victim in Phillipa, a normal teenager unfortunately dragged forever into a life of battling the Netherworld.

Now, this sub-plot was something that I disliked in the previous book. It just didn't do anything for me at all. Here in Dark Moon, it's much improved. The Necrotroph itself is something of a redundant bothersome pest, but the circumstances turn Phillipa from a plot device in the previous book, to a well-developed, promising new addition to the main cast. Reading of her internal struggles and experiences, as well as her desire to help and become a stronger person is most welcome indeed, and it also makes for some terrific development for Alexa, who finds a new friend to socialise with and help her deal with her own problems.

The main focus, though, is about Trey. Here, he's thrown into an environment that he isn't really prepared for. And without his friends Lucien, Tom and Alexa to help him, he soon finds out just how much he needs them and how they were trying to protect him. The bitterness of his Uncle Frank, the dark secrets and corruption of LG78, experiencing even greater horrors of his werewolf hereditary and more tragedy that scars the youngster even more, is all terrifically written, and you feel for Trey like never before. It's also a fascinating expansion into Steve Feasey's fantasy world, widening the scope of the saga and giving us more than just the `War against Caliban' saga.

Feasey has also shown improvement in his writing style as well. There's much less `drifting off' here than there was in Dark Moon, the story flows and reads better, there's not as many bothersome text passages, and there's still plenty of emotion to be found in the characters and story itself. There's also some more delightful development for Lucien (who finds himself struggling to deal with a darkness he thought he'd conquered long ago), a real heart-wrenching finale and gripping conclusion that will make the reader check out more, and plenty of good thrills and shocks along the way.

Like its prequels, Blood Wolf is fun and accessible, with content that is handled and written very well for teenagers. Again, events in the first two books are recapped only when necessary and don't bog down the pace of current events. Maybe it's not essential reading, but the Changeling series is certainly worthy of your time. Like Dark Moon, I recommend Blood Wolf, and eagerly anticipate the next book.
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I was disappointed with the sloppy editing in the predecessor book, Changeling: Dark Moon, but I am pleased to say that Macmillan were tighter with this book and there aren't the glaring technical errors.

As a book this is fine teen fodder - and of course that is who it is aimed at. For an adult it is perhaps still a little too simplistic but Feasey has started adding in peril both to his main characters safety and morality that one hopes he will take to perhaps a darker and unexpected place in upcoming series. It doesn't quite happen here, even cliffhanger moments feel like they may well be resolved all too easily, but it is perhaps moving towards the nuances I mentioned in my review of the previous volume.

An improvement on dark moon and I can see the series may build itself into something very worthwhile eventually.
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VINE VOICEon 7 April 2013
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The last full-blooded werewolf travels out to Canada to meet his last living relative, finding a blind old man and a bloodthirsty pack with whom he can belong. Meanwhile, his band of friends in England fight to save a young girl from the demon that destroyed her father. "Changeling: Blood Wolf" is a book catering to the young male audience not enamoured by the implied soppiness of the "Twilight" books, Steve Feasey emphasizing the violence and other-worldly themes of his story whereas Stephenie Meyer preoccupies herself with romance. "Changeling: Blood Wolf" is akin to the Darren Shan series; it's a predictable men-and-monsters novel that spends too much time pandering to its audience rather than challenging them, revelling in clunky dialogue and awkward exposition whether focusing on the exploits of its vampire-led group of characters or those of its lead Trey, whose encounter with a bad Stephen King villain may be the most entertaining portion of the book but one that reveals Feasey's chronic unoriginality all the same. It's the book's more entertaining passages (such as the blood-drenched conclusion to Trey's story, another character's encounter with the demon world, a vampire's battle with his murderous impulses) that threaten to redeem it from Feasey's mostly bad writing and that probably makes it ideal for teen boys and girls who cherish titillation more than depth. Readers hoping that the book might ever grow into something more than a skin-deep exercise in borrowed themes and long-in-the-tooth ideas will be sorely disappointed. Even when it comes to shallow-but-fun reads, "Changeling"'s excessive length makes it immediately inferior to the concise, often hysterical books of R.L. Stine. Overall, "Changeling: Blood Wolf" is a simple but harmless entry into a series that won't be remembered in the future.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 March 2010
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This is the third book in the Changeling and follows on from the previous two books; however, it can also be read as a stand-alone.

The series follows the life of Trey Laporte, a 15 year old orphan who has recently discovered that he is the last hereditary werewolf. In need of time away from his guardian (and defanged vampire) Lucian Charron, especially after recent battles, he decides that he needs to search out his remaining relative, his Uncle Frank, who lives in Canada - even though his guardian and friends are concerned about his safety.

Things in Canada pick up for our young hero when he comes across a werewolf pack which he decides to join, but not all within the pack welcome his arrival, and things take start to take an unnerving turn.

In Trey's absence things are happening in England too. Philippa Tipsbury has to decide whether or not to join Lucian Charron, his sorceress daughter Alexa and their associate Tom O'Callahan (human) in their fight against the demon that once possessed her.

These are a superbly written series of books; they take hold of you at the start and hang on to you through to the end.

I read these books with my Godson and his two brothers and we all thoroughly enjoy them.

I recommend reading the fist two books as well (preferably before you read this). They are: Changeling; and Changeling: Dark Moon.

We are waiting in breathless anticipation of the next book in the series - Changeling: Demon Games.
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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2010
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Another writer - Steve Feasey - who I've not come across before and neither has my 12 year old son. So that meant neither of us have read the first 2 books in this series. Did put us at a bit of a disadvantage but we both enjoyed this book with its interesting characters and plot.

Its very good value for money and has just enough darkness and suspence to keep my 12 year old wanting more. Nicely written, in clear, uncomplicated prose its pretty good teenage reading.

Its mix of horror, monsters and changelings is very topical just now (Duffy etc) and there's enough here to "get your teeth into"!

Older kids (and adults) will probably find it rather tame and the outcome never in doubt but if you like were wolves, vampires etc and are aged about 11-14 then you'll probably enjoy this book.
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I gave this book to the people who know most about it; my 12 year old and 10 year old sons. They were unanimous that it is as good as the first two books in the series. They have loved the story of Trey the vampire and his discoveries of past, present and.... dare he hope to have a future? This book especially deals with Trey's discovery of a family that he never knew existed and, like all teen angst novels, the family is not all he could wish for. How can Trey reconcile his past with whatever future awaits him? Give it to your early teen boy relatives and gain some kudos. BUT MAKE SURE THEY READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS BEFORE THIS ONEChangeling: Dark Moon Changeling: Blood Wolf
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on 13 April 2010
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Blood Wolf picks up the Changeling story where Dark Moon left off, Trey discovers that he has an uncle still living in the wilds of Canada and goes to visit in the hopes of discovering more about his family and the werewolf side of himself.

Blood Wolf was enjoyable and well written, although I don't think it had quite as much spark to it as Dark Moon did. Trey's character is the most prominent in the book, most of the other main characters in the series taking second place, which did leave me feeling the book was more filler than moving the overall series along. But saying that, it was still a very enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good action/adventure story.
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on 10 September 2011
I loved this book and had sped through it in no time because it was such a thrilling tale. The author had written it so brilliantly that as soon as you read the first chapter its got you reading for hours and the story that involves the girl is just as gripping as the werewolves. Its a extraudanary take on the demonic underworld and couldnt be written any better. A must buy
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VINE VOICEon 22 October 2011
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Thos series and book are good and remind me a lot of the wereling series - a good reccomendation for you! It was enjoyable to read, but I don't think I'll buy the rest just because books are expensive and being a bit older more mature books stand out to me more. I'll definitely check if my library carries them though and I do reccomend this book.
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on 29 December 2012
This book is a mixture of emotions for the reader and for trey. This book is not full of action but more of a emotional rollercoaster and a pinch of a mentally taxing story line.
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