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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Requiem, Changing Times by RJ Parker is an action-packed adventure with humorous dialogue, delightful characters, and a coming of age journey. Clint thought the worst he had to deal with was having to tell his mom and stepdad that he was sent to the principal’s office for disrupting class ... then a mysterious stranger arrives looking for him and he’s attacked by an imp. When his parents go away on a trip, Clint and his siblings are left in the care of his eldest sister just as strangers from another world enter his life with the claim that he will lead them to the Requiem. Clint doesn’t know anything about what they want but that doesn’t stop dangerous beings from coming after him and attacking those he loves. To protect his family, he’ll need to rely on these mysterious strangers for help and understand why he’s the one everyone seeks.
The story centers on Clint and his family during the absence of the parents, which allows for plenty of chaos to unfold, self-discovery, and sibling bonding. Each of the siblings has their own personality and struggles with each getting their own journeys and moments, with the majority focusing on their relationships with each other and how they band together with plenty of scenes that provide heart. The dialogue is fun and fitted to the characters with those from the other world who have a noticeable accent with Parker using pop culture references, jokes, and sarcasm woven for humor and key personality traits. The story has several witty one-liners throughout that are delightful and clever, with specific characters such as Nix who have effortless means of humor. The world provides a range of dangerous and complex creatures such as ogres, trolls, vampires, and more moving into the human world as these beings come after Clint. Requiem, Changing Times is a coming of age tale with supernatural beings, action-packed scenes, heartfelt family moments, and humorous characters.