Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 300

Published July 11th 2017 by Radiant Crown Publishing

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Synopsis:

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?


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My Thoughts

In a land riddled with war sixteen-year-old, Cassia is just trying to survive and discover where or if her brother is still alive when a mysterious being enters her life. Theo is the god of war and from the beginning seems intrigued by Cassia but then the unthinkable happens and Cassia is soon offered up as a sacrifice to the god of war it changes everything.

The story line is this, Theodric [Theo] is stripped of his powers by his elder brother and King of the gods, Ebris. He must prove himself to earn the right to his powers again but he is headstrong and prideful, unwilling to bend to his brother’s wishes and as such the war is drawn out. He is stubborn when it comes to a few things – the war and what he must do with the sacrifice that winds up in his home. With only two options – marry her or send her to the Netherworld.

There is a beautiful world set up which I would have loved to see more but the folklore that was woven into the story was quite stunning. The mythology that was created, each god and goddess with their story brought beautiful elements to the book. The characters are developed well as the book goes on and seems to highlight the growth of Cassia and Theodric. Cassia being confrontational, to begin with, and Theodric being stubborn and angry. There is romance as the book goes on and it unfolds slowly. The supporting characters that are in the book offer more than just ‘background characters’ and bring the story together nicely.

The pace of the book was kept overall fairly steady as the story focused largely on Cassia and Theo as they progressed from their initial shock at the cards they were dealt. As the story continues on we see how their growth affects not only them but also the war.

All in all, this was quite a refreshing read and something unique to the current market!


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