Instead of transporting humans into the world of strange creatures, Requiem, Changing Times by R. J. Parker brings them into our world — more precisely, into the world of Clint Holden, his family, his best friend, Corbin, and the whole city. For the seventh-grader Clint, the list of problems consisted of quite a few issues: a scary teacher (Mrs. Christenson), his reluctance to accept his step-father as his father, and his inability to speak normally in front of his crush (Melanie). But, when an imp attacked him, these problems appeared to be a walk in the park on a beautiful sunny day.
In another world, Banks, the knight of the Salvation Alliance, and his second in command, a dwarf named O’Neil, were ordered to bring Clint Holden and Requiem. The lack of information about Requiem was the least of their worries since an army of imps, vampires, werewolves, ogres, orcs, and whatnot were also marching the same way as them. This other army, known as The Fury, did not play by the rules; if they gained access to Requiem, it would mean total chaos. So, Banks had to ensure that he would win this race to avoid the destruction. This task could have been much easier if anyone knew what Requiem looked like. He figured that after meeting Clint Holden, he would find a clear path to Requiem. However, to his dismay, Clint knew nothing about it, and the Fury was already attacking him.
Requiem, Changing Times is an action-packed book. R.J.Parker has left no stone unturned in making this a delightful treat for action lovers. The author has gone to great lengths at describing the fight scenes as vividly as possible. The comic scenes and dialogues in the middle of serious acts/conversations/fights are absolutely refreshing. Clint’s grandmother’s out of place comments made me giggle quite a few times. Besides action and comedy, Corbin’s playful pranks and Holdens’ family drama added to already fascinating storytelling.
Although each character has been injected with a strong personality, O’Neil is my favorite one. He has an accent that was a bit difficult for me to comprehend in the beginning. Nevertheless, soon his funny dialogues and innocent reactions to this world’s articles (TV, Pepsi, etc.) stole my heart. Amber’s snobby presence was another one of my personal favorites. There are many aspects of Requiem, Changing Times that I adored; however, the best ones for me are the simile and metaphors that R.J.Parker has used to express various situations/emotions.