FICTION

Snared: Lair of the Beast

Imprint. (Wily Snare: Bk. 2). Jun. 2019. 256p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250146953.
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Gr 4-6–In this second book in the series, Wily is struggling with his new life as the future King of Panthasos. He is trying to adjust after being a dungeon trapsmith for so long. He fears that he will be unable to rule properly because he has only ever been a trapsmith. What will it mean for his kingdom if he fails? When Stalag, his former master at Carrion Tomb, starts recruiting cavern mages to take over the kingdom and the Above, Wily and his companions jump at the chance to defeat Stalag before he creates an army of unstoppable stone soldiers. Wily and his friends, including a new companion, Valor Pelage the Quellmaster, must go to the Below to tame a Lair Beast. Wily now knows who he really is, but must figure out what that means for him and for his kingdom.
VERDICT Similar to the first in the series, this action-packed, fast-paced read is funny, heartfelt, and filled with adventure. Purchase where the first book is popular.

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