Flora Reviews… Chaos Falls (Chaos Rises #3) by Pippa DaCosta
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
What’s Chaos Falls about?
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Title: Chaos Falls by Pippa DaCosta
Series: Chaos Rises #3
Published by Self-Published on 1 December, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: John Pirhalla
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
No. of Pages: 289
"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.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible*
Read: 9th – 13th June 2019
Chaos Falls is the final novel in Pippa DaCosta’s urban fantasy trilogy Chaos Rises. The story takes place almost immediately after the events of the previous book, Chaos Unleashed.
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.
What did I like about Chaos Falls?
I’m already a fan of Ms DaCosta’s books.
I find her writing style intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. Loving 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 likes to throw a curveball or two. You never know if her main characters are actually going to 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.
I loved that none of the characters were your typical “good” or “evil” stereotypes.
This duplicity making it hard to tell who we could really trust. In real life, people are a myriad of greys. I think there’s the potential of great kindness and great evil in us all. 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
As such, Chaos Falls feels slightly different from the previous books in this trilogy. However, 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. Plus, I was kept guessing who to believe and trust. However, 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.
Was there anything I didn’t like?
I gave Chaos Falls a 5-star rating. Therefore, 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. However, (in my opinion), that’s a deliberate ploy on the author’s part. It’s all part of the journey. The sometimes frustrating character and story development that Ms DaCosta forces us, the reader, to experience makes the whole tale more involving.
Fans of Ms DaCosta’s highly popular The Veil Series will be more familiar with the world’s history and demonic hierarchy. Plus, they’ll 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. Any pertinent information is beautifully weaved into these books seamlessly.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
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 great number of twists and turns. It kept me guessing throughout. In short, it’s an action-packed, emotional rollercoaster of an urban fantasy tale!
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
I’d recommend Chaos Falls to adults readers of urban fantasy adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.
Has my review of CHAOS FALLS (CHAOS RISES #3) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta
Chaos Rises is an urban fantasy trilogy featuring humans, demons and half-demons. It’s set in the same world as The Veil Series. However, I don’t think you have to have read it to understand or enjoy Chaos Rises.
Books in the Trilogy
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