Publish Date: February 8, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Alex Trueman is a boy in danger. His adventures in the strange world of Intersticia were recounted in "Caught in a Moment," the first volume in this trilogy and have brought him to the attention of dark powers amongst the angels. Malcolm, Alex's protector in the angelic realm of Elysium, snatches Alex and his friends away, just in time to prevent him from falling into the clutches of those whose intentions are of the most sinister kind. In this second volume, Alex finds himself stranded in a different world, a world that resembles nineteenth century East Africa but one that is threatened by a terrible fate. Alex has been told that he has a special power, a power that makes him unique. Caught between the perils of crazed despots and the servants of malevolent angels, menaced by the threat of a cataclysmic natural disaster, Alex must discover the nature of his power before it is too late.
Review: Alex Trueman is back in Statica (aka the everyday world), but he realizes something is off and decides to call Kelly to set up a meeting to figure things out. When he and Henry go to meet up with Kelly, they are attacked by some strange men who try to capture Alex. Malcolm, Alex’s “guardian angel” sweeps them away to another world – an alternate 19th century East Africa. They are soon installed in the ruler’s palace as honored guests, but there is more than meets the eye going on here…
‘Worm Winds of Zanzibar’ is a continuation of Alex’s story from ‘Caught in a Moment’, but it takes him and his friends to a very different place with its own set of rules and all new troubles. I liked the story and the new circumstances Alex found himself in. He was forced to assume a role he was very uncomfortable with, but I think it helped him learn a lot about himself, his friends, and the deadly intrigues of politics. In the midst of all this, Alex is also learning he’s got more going for him than he thought. I have to wonder where Mr. Dukes will take Alex next since he’s discovered his true worth. ‘Worm Winds of Zanzibar’ is a worthy follow-up to ‘Caught in a Moment’!
Series: Caught in a Moment (1), Worm Winds of Zanzibar (2)