A fresh and exciting debut novel introducing the Chronicles of the Applecross.
Lora Blackgoat, smuggler and mercenary, has been laying low after a job gone bad made her a laughing stock in the industry. When a childhood friend turns to her for help, Lora leaps to restore her reputation and starts hunting a killer who is stalking the gas–lit streets.
She never expects that her path will lead her to the Order of Guides, a sadistic militant religious organisation – or to Roman, a deadly and dangerously attractive half–angel warrior who also hunts the killer.
When Lora discovers that the killer has broken fundamental laws of magic to enter the city, she also uncovers a conspiracy that leads back into her own dark past.
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Welcome to a dark world filled with demons and satyrs and magic. Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner is the foundation for a new series, Chronicles from the Applecross. Within the Weald, a magical world within another, its citizens all are some type of supernatural beings, and there is an organized hierarchy on the streets that almost seems mob-like. Lora has fallen on hard times, her last job was a disaster, there is a contract out on her and just staying alive seems to be a fulltime job. When she is approached to help out an old friend, how can she say no? In a world where loyalty can be bought, Lora is unsure who to trust, it seems everyone has their own agenda and Lora is caught in the middle. When the hellspawn attack and the leylines go wonky, even her magic could fail her. Welcome to Lora’s world. Think Thunderdome with dark magic. When an author starts a new series, there has to be a sturdy foundation. Rebekah Turner has created an intensely dark world, gritty and intense, almost over-powering with its detail, but I did say ALMOST! As the backbone of the series, I see some intriguing reading to follow! There is an edgy and sinister feel that runs throughout this tale that sometimes feels rather steampunkish in its attitude. Lora is a tough, but lonely and sometimes self-conscious heroine, definitely flawed, right on down to her limp. She has magic, and brains and snark to the hilt. Told through her eyes, the journey through the Weald and Lora’s life while inside her brain is like a trip through an emotional maze, listening to her mental banter, her assessments of each situation, her feelings toward others around her. The satellite characters are equally well done, but interestingly, they have a slight smudge, making them just a little mysterious, as if they are hiding something from Lora. From start to finish, the action unfolds one scene after another in vivid detail. Ms. Turner has created a great series for lovers of dark fantasy who enjoy edge of the seat turmoil, oily dark villains and intensely twisted plots!