• The Infernal Games

  • The Baku Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Reed Logan Westgate
  • Narrated by: Zach NeSmith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Infernal Games

By: Reed Logan Westgate
Narrated by: Zach NeSmith
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What wouldn’t you do to save your soul?

Xlina’s move to Portland, Maine was supposed to be the start of a new life. A normal life. One that didn’t involve her magical-duty-obsessed druid father or her own legacy as a descendant of the Baku: an ancient creature that consumes nightmares.

But when the supposed social worker who pointed her toward Portland in the first place turns out to be not-so-human and puts a demon mark on Xlina’s soul, a normal life looks a lot less likely.

If she can survive what the demons have planned for her, maybe she can clean her soul. But to survive, she just might need to start listening to charismatic necromancer Oxivius, who wants her to embrace her power instead of running from it. And that’s a hell of a lot scarier than a demon mark could ever be.

©2020 Reed Logan Westgate (P)2022 Reed Logan Westgate

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Essential Listening!

Westgate made the Urban Fantasy Genre, not something I usually seek out, accessible and interesting to me. He used a diverse group of characters to create a dysfunctional found family that will keep you coming back for more.

My only other foray into Urban Fantasy that I can recall was the Dresden Files, and I feel like this compares favorably to that series. A bit less self-serious with more tongue-in-cheek humor and heart than that series. The characters in this book are just more human and vulnerable than Harry Dresden and co.

The pacing was fast and kept the various obstacles and antagonists coming at our cast and it made me wonder how they could ever get out of these situations alive. The danger was there and you could tell the characters were always moments away from tragedy. This sort of pacing is clearly intentional and the sign of a well-crafted narrative.

Some of the trappings of this genre still aren’t my favorite things in the world: quipiness, detailed wardrobes, and other little nit-picky things, but Westgate makes them palatable. Besides, how can I worry about those things when the fate of Portland, Maine and more are on the line?

I encourage you to give this series a chance, even if you don’t like Urban Fantasy. I wouldn’t consider myself an Urban Fantasy convert, but I am a fan of what Westgate is putting out there!

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