"Clint and Corbin are having a weird day. Best friends for life, things are getting a little strange around their town, and at school. When they're followed by a strange man looking for Clint and later attacked by an imp, it makes sense to retreat to the safety of home. But when strangers from another world, Banks and O'Neil, arrive with their medley of allies, things get even weirder. Why are they here? What do they want? And what is The Requiem that everyone keeps talking about? As Clint and his friends and family are drawn deeper into a thrilling adventure, only one thing is for sure. They may not be getting out alive. And class with Mrs Christenson will seem like a walk in the park after this."

Requiem, Changing Times by R J Parker review: Earth meets aliens

Requiem, Changing Times by R J Parker is a young adult fantasy fiction novel set in the USA and an imaginary world. The book was published by Olympia Publishers in English on September 26, 2019.

The premise of the book reminded me a lot about the TV show Stranger Things – a group of children fighting an otherworldly power on their turf. The protagonist, Clint Holden, seems to hold the key (rather The Requiem) to save both worlds from ultimate destruction. As one might expect, there are portals to travel between the two worlds, and both the good (The Salvation Alliance) and bad guys (The Fury) come to Earth looking for the said key.

The author has put in a lot of effort to make the book appeal to the target audience. Some characters are funny, while others try to talk in a childlike manner using gibberish English. This could be termed as a smart choice, with the only exception to the numerous unintentional typos this introduced throughout the text. They are tough to catch most of the times, but they are there, and that bothers me.

I liked the cold way in which the character of the Spell Binder has been written. O’Neil has a great sense of humour. The various action sequences with magic spells and other supernatural elements (like ogres, orcs, and trolls) have been vividly described, and I was hooked to them.

Even though Goodreads lists the title as a standalone book, it is the first part of a series. The end makes that pretty clear, and this is the only spoiler you are going to get from me. I will be reading the next part, whenever it releases. It is the kind of book that grows on you as a reader – the more you read, the more you tilt towards liking it.

Purchase your copy of Requiem, Changing Times. Also, refer to its Goodreads listing.

Cover image courtesy of Olympia Publishers.

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