Chaos Falls (Chaos Rises #3) by Pippa DaCosta
Read: 9th – 13th June 2019
Publication Date: 19th December 2017
Quote from Chaos Falls
“Helping them was good. Even if they despised me.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
Chaos Falls is the final novel (approx 291 pages) in Pippa DaCosta’s urban fantasy trilogy Chaos Rises and features humans, half-bloods (demon/human hybrids) and a multitude of demon species and takes place almost immediately after the events of the previous book – Chaos Unleashed – meaning that I don’t think that this book can be read as a standalone title.
Fans of Ms DaCosta’s highly popular The Veil Series will be more familiar with the world’s history, demonic hierarchy and have a greater understanding of the importance of The Veil that separates the demon world from our own. Existing fans will recognise some of the references and characters who appear or are mentioned in this book and may even have insights into this story, however, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read any of the books in The Veil series to enjoy the Chaos Rises trilogy as any pertinent information is beautifully weaved into the tale seamlessly.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s the book’s official blurb:
“There are no other demons like me.”
Restaurant owner, Hollywood socialite, Prince of Pride: Li’el is one of few demons left this side of the veil, and he has every intention of reveling in his new-found freedom.
But being the last demon in LA means that when mauled and shredded bodies are found within a few blocks of Li’el’s popular Decadent-i restaurant, the list of suspects is a short one.
Add to that the suspicious death of a well-known reporter during one of Li’el’s infamous after-parties, and he soon finds himself wanted for all the wrong reasons.
With the Dark Court gone and his powers waning, his reign at the top of the demon food chain could be over.
The Prince of Pride is about to discover there are worse creatures than demons in LA…
The demons are back in Chaos Falls, the third and final installment in the Chaos Rises series.
To read what I thought of The Veil Series click here.
I bought Chaos Falls for my Kindle but also downloaded the Audible version because it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading the eBook and listening to the narration, which is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.
I’m already a fan of Ms DaCosta’s books; I find her writing style intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. I like how she paces her plots and the balance of tension, mystery and action she uses as well as the sprinkling of humour that she includes. As a narrated book, I was really impressed with John Pirhalla’s performance; loving the pace at which he read the story and his tonal adjustments for the different scenes and character dialogue – his narration easily transported me into The Prince of Pride’s adventure and I would definitely buy books narrated by him in the future.
Now I’ve got to be honest and admit that this story didn’t go like I thought it would; Ms DaCosta is one of those authors who liked to throw a curve ball or two and you never know if her main characters are actually going make it to the end of the book!
What I love about Chaos Falls, and indeed the whole series, is that our perspective is that of one of the Veil species rather than humans, therefore, the morals and sensibilities are theirs not ours. Li’el has been a major character in this series and even featured in the previous series, The Veil. His character has changed and evolved and my feeling about him have grown and evolved too. Li’el has been slowly melting my heart throughout this trilogy and I’m glad we ended it with his story in the final book.
In fact, I loved that all our characters in this book were not your typical “good” or “evil” stereotypes, making it hard to tell who we could really trust. People are a myriad of greys, I think there is the potential of great kindness and great evil in us all and we evolve with every life experience we live through. This level of complexity is what added a very believable dimension to Ms DaCosta’s characters for me, both the human and demonic ones.
I loved that Chaos Falls is told from Li’el’s perspective, and as such, feels slightly different to the previous books in this trilogy but it still managed to bring out a myriad of emotions while reading it. I still blubbered like a baby reading certain scenes, felt suitably frustrated and furious at the injustice and prejudices and I was kept guessing who to believe and trust. I loved the uncertainty of never being quite sure how things would end; the tension built dramatically through this book and I couldn’t work out which characters would make it. But it’s not all doom and gloom, there is gentle humour and well written banter within these pages too which made me smile. I feel it’s a sign of quality writing and character connection when an author can make me feel so much and get me so caught up in the story.
I did give this book a 5 star rating, so no, nothing niggled or grated on my nerves while reading it.
That’s not to say that I didn’t find the actions, reasoning and behaviour of some of our main characters frustrating at times but (in my opinion), that’s deliberate; it’s all part of the journey and character/story development that Ms DaCosta makes us, the reader, experience to make the whole tale so involving.
Chaos Falls is a gripping urban fantasy that had me questioning everything; I loved it! It had everything that I look for in a 5 star read; it’s well written with a huge amount of twists & turns that kept me guessing throughout, it’s an action packed, emotional rollercoaster of an urban fantasy tale!
Due to the graphic violence and sexual/dark themes, I’d recommend Chaos Falls to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are fans of urban fantasy adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.
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