Aldred, the dreaded Earl of Acca, is at it again. After discovering a new kind of fighting arbor, Aldred rips open a gateway to another world called the Primeval. The earl’s goal? Release the arbor, lock in an easy kill, and show off some supposed prowess as a slayer of unusual big bads.
After all, how hard can it be to kill a freaking tree? Super hard, as it turns out.
The earl unleashes none other than the Contagion, an uber-evil wizard in tree form. What happens next is nothing less than a disaster. The Contagion races through the portal, steals the life force of local children, and then escapes back into the Primeval. No one wants to chase after the cruel wizard, even if destroying the Contagion means healing the injured innocents.
Cue our hero, Lincoln, and his fiancée, Myla.
While everyone else runs away, Myla and Lincoln break into the Primeval with a single goal: hunt down the Contagion. Unfortunately, the couple’s only guide to the strange realm is Peli, a trickster monkey who may be in the Contagion’s service. And that isn’t the only possible treachery that Myla and Lincoln face, either. Powerful forces could be deceiving our favorite couple about the very nature of who they are and what they want.
Talk about tricksy.
Author’s Note To Readers: This book takes place between Angelbound Origins Book 2 SCALA and Book 3 ACCA.
Christina Bauer brings a whole new slew of characters into play in Trickster.
I will confess, yet again, I love hearing Lincoln’s voice along with Myla’s. I will also confess to having a clue where Bauer was taking us with an alternate smoke sequence. (You’ll get that more when you read the book. The point? I love how Bauer can still manage to surprise me.
Trickster is filled with twists which is apropos seeing the title. Nothing is as it seems, yet it is. I will say that I was highly disappointed in Lincoln’s mother, Octavia, in this book. Damn, I always thought she was totally team Lincoln/Myla. Like I said, Bauer can still surprise me. There is a mystery in this story and I didn’t get it until it occurred to Lincoln too (chuckle).
Once again, this book, the third in the Angelbound: Lincoln series, is filled with action, witticisms, and the foundation of what makes Lincoln and Myla that battle couple to root for. We face a familiar enemy, but I was curious where this enemy was going in their plan for domination. There is some satisfaction in this quarter, but it is minor (chuckle).
I will commend Bauer for an excellent recap of what has happened and where we are in the Angelbound series as a whole. It was smooth and well blended into the storyline.
Trickster is a fun romp featuring my favorite battle couple. I can’t wait for the next one.
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Publisher: Monster House Books, 9781946677136, 25 February 2020
Series: Angelbound Lincoln #3; Settings: Primeval