Book Review

A Dangerous Game – Madeline Dyer



All her life, Keelie Lin-Sykes has known what she wants: to protect her brother and sisters by killing as many of the soulless Enhanced Ones as she can. Oh, and to have fun while she’s doing it. After all, hiding in a secret Untamed community, while the group’s Seer warns them of danger, shouldn’t mean that life can only be serious, right?

But, when a face from her past suddenly–and secretly–shows up, Keelie’s catapulted back into the very world she’s been trying to escape from for the last ten years: a world full of guilt, lies, and…love. And the deeper Keelie gets into this world, the bigger the risks become.

Now, Keelie must deceive those she values most in order to protect them, even though her actions will destroy everything she knows and haunt her family forever. But she can’t ignore her feelings–not again. And Keelie will do anything to be with the man she loves.

Dyer gives us a strong heroine, high stakes, vivid world-building, and gorgeous writing all wrapped up in one package… What more could you ask for?” — Kelley York, author of OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS.

Read the prologue here.

Print ISBN: 978-0-9957191-6-3
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9957191-7-0


I’m just going to come right out and say it. I love Madeline Dyer! I was first introduced to her books a little over a year ago and I have been hooked ever since. Her Young Adult dystopian Untamed series had me hooked from the first page.

For those unfamiliar with the series, the Untamed live in a world where addiction to chemically produced augmenters is encouraged, and those who choose to remain “Untamed” are actively hunted, and forcibly converted to become Enhanced. The upside – no more illness or painful emotions. The downside – you become a shell of your former self, devoid of humanity. The Untamed survive by staying hidden and carrying out raids on the Enhanced towns.

A Dangerous Game is a standalone novel, set in the Untamed world, but sitting just before the events of the series, and with a brand new protagonist. Fans of the Untamed series will be pleased to see Seven Sarr and her family make an appearance, but I am confident that they will love Keelie Lin-Sykes just as much.

Keelie is older, angrier and more cynical than Seven, and this grittier approach gives the whole book a more grown up feel. Left alone with her twin brother, Elf, autistic older sister, Bea, and the baby of the family, Mila, after being separated from her parents and best friend during an Enhanced attack, Keelie will do whatever it takes to protect what is left of her family, and keep them together. This determination can lead to her making some unwise decisions and placing herself in danger. When a familiar face reappears, Keelie is left not knowing who or what to trust.

Seeing characters that I was already familiar with through Keelie’s eyes changed how I saw some off them, and helped build a bigger, more rounded picture of the community. The inclusion of an undiagnosed autistic character adds an interesting dimension as she struggles to cope in the ever changing, frightening, and dangerous world that the Untamed live in.

You don’t have to have read the Untamed series to love this book. it is an emotional rollercoaster all of its own, and the end left me reeling (no spoilers here, you’ll just have to read it). That said, if you haven’t read the series, you really should. You have a few months to catch up before the fourth and final instalment is released later this year (watch this space for more info!)

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