(4.5 / 5)
The League of Governors
Chronicle Two–Jason in the Adventures of Jason Lex
(Terrien is releasing two books simultaneously: The League of Governors, and Clan Calling, both are sequels to The Rampart Guards)
As The League of Governors begins, Jason Lex is still recovering from the battle that ensued when his mother betrayed her family and tried to wipe out the human race in The Rampart Guards. But the scars on his hands have scarcely healed when his father, Zachary, and sister, Della, go missing and Jason and his uncle Alexander hightail it to League headquarters in London to find them. Jason quickly discovers there is something sinister behind Zachary and Della’s disappearance when the two reappear but aren’t really the same. In fact, no one in the League is quite normal. And that is saying something when “normal” includes Yetis and Kappas and Ahools. You would think all of the fanged, clawed, poisonous cryptids are what Jason needs to be afraid of at the League. You would be wrong. It’s the little purple pills.
In the second book of her urban fantasy series, Wendy Terrien takes us on an engaging, exciting adventure to the League of Governors and the secrecy and wickedness hiding therein. Even though the narrative is easily solid enough to stand on the strength of its characters and action alone, the unique elements of the fantastic that Terrien incorporates are what make The League of Governors stand above many of its YA counterparts. The invisible buildings and mind-controlling, power-enhancing serum are clever and well thought out. The Orwellian wristbands that everyone in the League wears are as brilliant as they are terrifying, as they may not be all that far-fetched. In addition, it’s refreshing that Terrien mixes in a wide variety of cryptids; in recent years, one might be forgiven for thinking there were no interesting creatures in all of myth and folklore other than vampires and werewolves. From cover to cover, Wendy Terrien’s The League of Governors is a thoroughly entertaining, satisfying read. Those who enjoyed The Rampart Guards will not be disappointed, and for those whom this is your first Wendy Terrien novel, it will likely not be your last.