Saturday, 5 February 2011

10+: Lex Trent: Fighting with Fire - Alex Bell

Release Date: 03/02/11


Lex Trent is reigning champion of The Games contested between fickle Gods using human playing pieces. He has it all: Fame. Glory. Wealth. An enormous ego. But The Games are about to begin again and the Goddess of Luck wants Lex to defend their title. A challenge he can't resist, despite the risk of death, because the final round will take place in the Wild West, giving Lex the chance to claim the legendary Sword of Life (who wouldn't want that?). With Lex's mix of skill, quick wittedness and no small amount of outright cheating, he can't lose! Can he? Luck may usually be a lady to Lex...but in the Wild West they play by their own rules...and Lex has never been that good with rules.


Having missed the first book by Alex Bell in this series, I was a little worried that I’d have trouble starting the second title in the series as I wasn’t sure if I could get either the humour or the underlying arc within. I really shouldn’t have as Alex’s title was not only entertaining but a book that will appeal to young readers the world over as our principle character is not only clever but also resourceful, double dealing and perhaps best of all, an anti-hero to mark the ages.

Lex is delightfully complex and when backed with an action packed adventure, petty gods as well as a partner of the old west, made this a book that the reader really can get behind. Magical, mysterious and of course chock full of mayhem. Let the games begin…

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