Wednesday 23 March 2011

Review: Lex Trent Fighting with Fire - Alex Bell

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 good with rules.

The Lex Trent Chronicles:
Lex Trent versus the Gods
Lex Trent Fighting with Fire

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It's time for Lex Trent to defend his title as the reigning champion of The Games and Lex never was able to resist a challenge, even one where failure could mean death.  He is determined to keep his title and even has plans for a little side trip between the challenge tasks.  He can't resist the lure of hidden treasure - especially when that treasure happens to be the Sword of Life.  Surely with Lady Luck on his side he will be the one who finds it?

This is the second book in the Lex Trent series and although you could probably read this one without having read the first I would still recommend reading the books in order.  This is a fun fantasy series and Alex Bell has created a world that it is easy to get lost in.  In this installment we get taken to even stranger lands as the contestants in the games try to complete the three very different challenges.

Lex is still a very unlikely hero, he hasn't lost any of his arrogance and is still as selfish as they come but you get just enough glimpses of a more caring side to him to make him a likable character overall.  I was happy to see him taken down a peg or two on several occasions but overall I was routing for him to win.  I'm curious to see if his character changes at all as the series progresses but I very much doubt we'll ever see a fully reformed Lex, I don't think I'd even want to as it just wouldn't be the same.

Knowing he wants to search for the Sword of Life in the Wild West Lex is much more careful when it comes to choosing his companion for his second year in The Games.  Although I was slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Lucius in this installment the new character Jesse more than made up for it.  He is a stereotypical cowboy and actually someone who knows how to play Lex at his own game which makes for interesting reading.  Jesse is much easier to like than Lex is though and it was nice to see him getting the upper hand at times.

I don't want to go into any more detail and spoil the story for you but if you're looking for a fun and whimsical fantasy story Lex Trent Fighting with Fire is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages.  I'd highly recommend giving the series a try!

Source: Received from Headline in exchange for an honest review

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