Wereworld: Rage of Lions by Curtis Jobling, published by Puffin on 7th July 2011
Young werewolf Drew Ferran is the future king of Westland. He has the makings of a great warrior - but first he must master the blade and the beast. When Lady Gretchen is abducted by the Werelion Prince Lucas, Drew and his friends embark on a perilous chase to stop the prince fleeing to his homeland of Bast. As Drew encounters terrifying new Werelords along the way, he is led to the exotic city of Cape Gala, where the forces of Onyx, the Beast of Bast, await. Now Drew must summon all of his courage and strength - because the Catlords are ready to attack...
The Wereworld series is fantasy on an epic scale. I loved the first book, 'Rise of the Wolf' and so I couldn't wait to return to the world of Lyssia and follow the characters on their next adventure.
Drew finally knows what he is but he's still learning about and trying to accept his true heritage as King-to-be, a position he hasn't been prepared for and doesn't know if he can accept. Before he can begin to discover what lies ahead of him, the Lady Gretchen is kidnapped and it's up to Drew to rescue her.
What I particularly liked about this installment of the series is that although Drew was still the main character and most of the story is focused around him, a significant amount of time was spent exploring a whole host of new characters and some familiar faces from the first book. This helped to widen the scope of the story and added a whole new layer of interest. I have to say that I'm a huge Hector fan, so I was really glad that he featured heavily in the book. It was fascinating seeing him having to finally deal with the repercussions of his father's death and the consequences of many of the decisions he made earlier on in the series. I do really like the friendship between Hector and Drew so I was sorry to see that they didn't get many scenes together in 'Rage of Lions' but it gave a chance for the two boys to explore their own future paths.
The story deals mainly with the political factions vying for power and control of Lyssia. No one can be trusted and people are willing to sell each other out to escalate their own position. Drew has to deal with his own sudden ascent and the fact that many of his choices about his future have been taken away from him. I liked the way in which Whitley faces a similar situation but is more accepting of the role she will have to take.
The ending of the book was absolutely jaw-dropping! I didn't see it coming at all but it's certainly going to make things intriguing for the next book in the series.
This is one of the most amazing fantasy series I've ever read. There is incredible attention to detail and the world of Lyssia, created by Curtis Jobling, is stupendous. Words and images vividly leap off the page and I was utterly sucked into the story from beginning to end. There are awesome battles, crazy-good fight scenes, danger around every corner and a wonderful group of characters facing the fight of their lives.
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