Publication date: October 7th 2014
My rating: 4 stars.
Chaos by Sarah Fine was one of my highly anticipated reads of this year. With Fractured everything was tossed upon its head and we were left with many unanswered questions and a gaping hole in my heart. I was ready for anything that Sarah would throw my way and hoping that the characters that had been through so much, would finally get the happy ending that they deserved.
The settings that Fine has focused on her last two books have been spectacular, I loved the worlds she was able to create and how she appeared to make them so real. To be honest the world we found ourselves in Fractured was my favourite, it was “safer” than the previous world and I adored the group of people Lela and Malachi had around them. But the way things went down, I was preparing myself for the worst. And I was sort of right for doing so, this new world that Fine creates in Chaos is a lot darker and unsettling. Honestly you know how a setting can affect your mood completely? This happened to me with this book, I felt all the confidence I had for our characters slip away, I found myself getting angry over what our characters had to go through and how unfair life had to be for them, hadn’t they been through enough?
Despite being pushed and pushed Lela really came through strong in this book. From the way she was in Sanctum, she has really grown as a person. I adored how she was willing to sacrifice everything to get what she wanted and how she would put her neck on the line time and time again. I loved how beyond the scars and pain, what mattered the most; Malachi’s and Lela’s love for each other still came through, I don’t want to say too much without giving so many spoilers away, but it was really heartbreaking at times seeing some of our characters we’ve known to be so strong finally have their backs against the wall. I honestly lost hope so many times, assuming the worst for these characters that I’d known to love and become close with. Fine was a master at messing with your feelings, at times she would wrap you in comfort, easing your tense feeling and giving you the belief that everything was going to be okay, but in the next moment, wham, she’d hit you with something out of the blue that I didn’t know what to think.
Chaos was a story riddled with so much chaos, and destruction, but it was a story which I hold close to my heart. I enjoyed the frenzied pace, how we never knew what was around the corner, but most of all that our characters were given one more chance. The Guards of the Shadowlands series was one heck of a fantastic journey and I know for a fact it is one series that I won’t be forgetting for a long time.