Image of Circle of Enemies: A Twenty Palaces Novel


Image of Circle of Enemies: A Twenty Palaces Novel

This third installment of Connolly’s popular Twenty Palaces series finds anti-hero Ray Lilly confronting the types of moral issues that grow increasingly intricate with each book. In this outing, Ray must confront what he’s become on a more personal, less academic level, an issue made more complex when he also has to face some stunning facts about the society and its peers. While the plot is fairly standard in its construction and execution, the action is, as always, fast and gory, with plenty of flip dialogue.

Twenty Palaces member Ray Lilly steps out of his shower one hot day and into a mess that requires him to drive to LA to determine what is going on with his former circle of friends. There he discovers predators let loose upon his friends thanks to his old nemesis Wally King, who is determined to “save” the world by destroying it. Ray has to stop Wally, and he could use some help, but he isn’t sure who is a friend and who is an enemy. (DEL REY, Aug., 320 pp., $7.99)
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Donna M. Brown