Book Review: They Must Be Stopped by Kelly Blanchard

Book six in the Chronicles of Lorrek continues with adventures into the past, and I must say, the DRAMA is intense!

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book takes place about 500 years after book five and before the “present time” in books 1, 2, and 3. It follows the Thymord Order as they try to save the galaxy’s dying worlds. Specifically, it follows Rilolean, a former member of the Order, as he not only tries to uncover the answer to a failed mission, but also save his own world. There is intrigue, mystery, technology, magic, and a great deal of people trying to make everything work in their favour.

This plot is a little more straightforward than book 5, I think, even with the events taking place on multiple worlds. Possibly because there were fewer characters to keep track of, but also because the overarching politics were more concentrated. Frankly, the plot was very entertaining and had a lot of cool twists and turns. 

2. Thoughts on the characters

The characters in this book were mostly the members of Rilolean’s “team” of disgruntled Thymord agents and a few outside assistants as they tried to solve the central mystery in the book. I really enjoyed getting to know the central core of characters and found them highly entertaining. I think Rilolean was definitely a great main character to follow and the others—specifically Miradan and ELF—were probably my favourites.

3. Favourite part

I think, honestly, that the mystery at the centre of this book was probably my favourite bit. I really enjoy mysteries, especially when combined with fantasy and adventure.

4. Critique

I don’t really have a critique for this book, because it was a super fun read! I do want to know what happened to ELF…

Overall, They Must Be Stopped is a great continuation to the Chronicles of Lorrek series and I am super excited for the next book.