Chaos Unleashed (Chaos Rises #2) by Pippa DaCosta
Read: 18th – 23rd February 2019
Publication Date: 1st March 2017
Quote from Chaos Unleashed
Every hero needs a villain. Every angel needs a demon”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
So what’s this book about?
Chaos Unleashed is the second novel (approx 306 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 Rises – 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 don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
From the ashes of the fallen demon court, a new threat rises…
Raised in a lab and trained to kill, I might not know much about being human, but I do know demons, and they don’t come more dangerous than the Prince of Pride—the devil.
My brother is trapped at the heart of Fairhaven—a demon stronghold. To get him back, I need Pride’s help. Trained to kill princes, I know I can’t trust this one. He’ll lie, cheat, and manipulate to get what he wants: a new Dark Court so that he can rise again as its leader. His pretty words and burned wings don’t fool me. I’ll use him and any means necessary to save my brother. I don’t have a choice. If I fail, if I can’t control the elemental forces gathering inside Fairhaven, chaos will be unleashed, creating a new Hell on Earth.
My makers tell me I’m too demon to love, too demon to care. But they made me this way. Now it’s time to show them all how demon I can be.
You can read my review for the previous book in the series by clicking; Chaos Rises – Chaos Rises (#1) or by searching the tag #Chaos Rises Series
To read what I thought of The Veil Series click here.
So, what did I like about it?
I bought Chaos Unleashed 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 am 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 once again impressed with Hollie Jackson’s performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue – her narration easily transported me into Gem’s adventure and I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
Those of you who have read my reviews before, will know that I prefer my female lead characters to have plenty of gumption; to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful and never give up. I must confess that Gem’s continued gung-ho actions did become a bit frustrating; she wasn’t listening to advice and was single-minded about her brother, Del (in a dangerously blinkered way) and I felt that the demon threat kept escalating because of it. Having said that, with hindsight, I actually loved that Ms DaCosta continued to grow, evolve and develop Gem’s character through this book. In fact, I loved that all our characters in this book were not your typical “good” or “evil” types, making it hard to tell who Gem 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.
Chaos Unleashed has more darkness than the previous book and although I haven’t blubbered like a baby reading it, a few of the more poignant, emotional scenes have caused tears to trickle down my cheek. I was never quite sure how things would end, the tension built dramatically through this book and I couldn’t work out which character would make it to the next one and I loved that I was kept guessing. But it’s not all doom and gloom, here is gentle humour and well written banter in this tale too which made me smile. I feel it’s a sign of quality writing and character connection when an author can make me feel and get so caught up in the story.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
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.
I would also just like to add, I know that Chaos Unleashed is the middle book in the trilogy, and as such, I expected to have some questions left unanswered but fear not, dear reader, there is no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book! WooHoo! Brownie points to you Ms DaCosta!
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book! 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 this action packed, emotional rollercoaster of an urban fantasy tale! Book 3 – Chaos Falls is waiting (im)patiently on my Kindle!
Due to the graphic violence and sexual/dark themes, I’d recommend Chaos Unleashed 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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Before I go, I just wanted to remind you that the current Audible trial is a great way for you to try an audiobook for FREE – you could choose Chaos Unleashed! As you can tell from my reviews, I’m “reading” more and more books like this and find it a relaxing but more immersive experience. If you sign up today, any audiobooks you download are yours to keep forever, even if you cancel (which they make super easy to do if you really want to).