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Another fast-paced, thrilling dark fantasy ride
on 12 April 2011
Picking up immediately from where CHANGELING: BLOOD WOLF left off, Philippa Tipsbury has been kidnapped by the Demon Lord Molok. Alexa, aided by the Ashnon who took Philippa's form, is already in the Netherworld to try and rescue her, but Trey knows that they'll need him if they're to succeed. Helped by the Fire Imp, Dreck, he makes his own way to the Netherworld where he finds himself caught up in the Demon Games, a brutal battle to the death between the various champions of the Netherworld's Demon Lords. The fate and lives of Alexa, Philippa and Trey himself rest on his ability to win, but not even a seven foot werewolf can hope to defeat the range of demonic forces stacked against him ...
The fourth in Steve Feasey's CHANGELING series is another fast-paced, action packed story that gets straight into the over-riding story arc and to get the most from it, you do need to have read all three previous books.
Trey really comes into his abilities in this book - he's more confident and certain about his powers as a wolf and he's determined to help his friends with a ruthlessness that hasn't been present in the previous books. More than that though, he knows how he feels about Alexa and part of the reason for his mission is so that he can tell her. The Demon Games themselves felt overhyped, given that Trey doesn't fight too many demons (although those he does fight are suitably brutal).
The story also develops Lucien's storyline as he investigates the physical changes he's been going through and tries to track down Caliban and his plans. There's a set-up feel to this storyline, although it also contains some deliciously nasty scenes - particularly those involving Caliban's plans to find a new necromancer. I especially liked the introduction of Hag, the witch who helped cure Lucien of his vampiric urges and the scenes with her mandragore protector made me smile and the return of the battle angel, Moriel, was welcome.
Some of the twists in the story were telegraphed a little too early, but the interweaving storylines come together nicely and promise a thrilling finale for the final book in the series, which I will definitely be buying.