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VINE VOICEon 21 October 2009
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Lucien Charron is in a magical coma following his battle with his brother Caliban in CHANGELING. Only Mynor's Globe can cure him, but the Globe is held by Alexa's mother, Gwendolin, a sorceress consumed by black magic who lives with Caliban in the Tower of Leroth - a castle that moves between dimensions and can appear anywhere in the world.

Locating the castle is only the beginning of Trey's problems though when he, Alex and Tom are joined by Charles, an arrogant young magician who once dated Alexa. While they work on their plans, a mole within Lucien's organisation is reporting everything they do back to Caliban who is trying to revive the Draugr (undead creatures with superhuman strength and a grudge against humans) as part of his bid for world domination. With time running out, Trey and his friends launch a desperate assault on Caliban's stronghold, encountering battle angels, demons and evil magic that could destroy them all.

This fast-paced sequel picks up a few weeks after the events in CHANGELING. Trey is more comfortable with his powers but remains uncomfortably attracted to Alexa (who tantalisingly may have feelings for him). Charles is an interesting addition to the mix - arrogant but powerful he and Trey form a grudging friendship, which Feasey instils with humorous banter. Tom is given more of a role here and his love of guns and gruff charm is a nice counterpoint to the dark themes in the material.

The book favours action over character development, which is a shame as it means that Alexa's feelings about having to face the mother who abandoned her as a baby are brushed aside. However, Trey is beginning to become more rounded and there's some nice scenes where he unwillingly agrees to go shooting with Tom.

The best scenes are those featuring a Necrotoph (a parasitic demon that takes over human hosts). There's a chilling detachment to the writing, which really works to ramp up the tension and Feasey is refreshingly unsentimental when it comes to describing how the Necrotoph despatches of hosts that have outlived their usefulness. The battle angel that Trey encounters is also a frightening character with great potential to reappear later in the series.

Unfortunately the book ends on another cliffhanger which offers an intriguing premise for the next in this fun series, but which also makes for a frustrated wait for loyal fans.
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