PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “MAD LIZARD MAMBO” by Rhys Ford

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TITLE: Mad Lizard Mambo
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Kai Gracen Series – book 2
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book  on DSP Publications Store
LENGHT: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: 13rd September 2016

 

BLURB: Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder’s—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.

The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.

 

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Mad Lizard Mambo is the second book of the Kai Gracen series and for the best entertainment, and better understanding the stories should be read in that order, so if you haven’t read Black Dog Blues, I suggest you start there to get to know Kai and this unique, amazing and equally disturbing fantasy world Rhys Ford created.

I normally read contemporary romance so this urban fantasy got me out of my comfort zone big time. It took me awhile to get into it but when it happened, I had a great time reading this exciting, action-packed story. I took a shine to Kai and going on this adventure with him gave me a unique reading experience. Kai is an intriguing character with a raw and very strong personality. He is every bit of the tough hero we expect him to be. He has a rough life and he has to fight for every hour, every day for his existence. His life is a constant struggle, a constant chain of battles. Honestly, I had to skip a few paragraphs about his childhood, especially his memories of being tortured.

This book takes us on his next mission, which is just as dangerous as everything else in his life. The story is fast paced, and it keeps you at the edge of your seat till the last page. The portrayal of this amazing and disconcerting world is very vivid and all the elements are perfectly detailed. You find yourself drawn into an unknown, cruel and scary world, being on an entertaining, adventurous roller coaster ride you hope to survive. Some parts were a bit too disturbing for my taste so I had to skip a few scenes, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes and enough flirting and emotions to give your heart a bit of warmth.

If you are a fan of Kai, or urban fantasy books in general, this is definitely a must read for you.

 

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**** I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book.****

 

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