With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands—the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin.
The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help—and love—of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn’t the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?
About the Author
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. She is the author of the young adult novels Sanctum, Fractured, Of Metal and Wishes, and Scan. Her first adult fantasy novel, Marked, releases in early 2015 from 47North.
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5 Stars Wonderfully written, and brilliantly crafted, CHAOS was a dark and dangerous world full of monsters, vengeance, blood-lust and insanity, twisted with romance, sacrifices, and the power of true love... CHAOS was an absolutely wonderful conclusion, with epic twist and turns, and nothing short of deadly. Sarah Fine packs a whole new punch in this explosive conclusion to the Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy that will leave you utterly satisfied, but still demanding more. Pheww... What a ride!!! CHAOS was nonstop chills, thrills, action and adventure. I was left with a huge smile on my face when it was over. I can't remember the last time I felt utterly satisfied at the end of a series as I was this one. Our main characters Malachi and Lela have been though so much together and apart, that it was truly heartwarming to finally see them come to the end of their journey. And I think Sarah Fine did a wonderful job with that closure—but at the same time still left it open enough in case she ever wants to revisit these characters in the future, in which I REALLY HOPE she does! The plot thickens in this final installment in the Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy. And we finally—FINALLY, get to visit hell. And ooh, what a vicious hell it is too!! The Mazikin are even more vile then I thought they were. Vengeful, bloodthirsty, power-hungry animals, but what deliciously entertaining vile creatures they were! They were some nasty things, but made for a thrilling ride. THE PLOT Lela's world is shattered when Malachi is forcefully ripped from her life and taken to the worse kinda hell imaginable, the Mazikin City. She abandons all other responsibilities and dives head first into hell itself, and is determined to save the boy she's come to love—or die trying... It was suppose to be them against the world—that's how it's always been since Malachi came into her life and brought the only sunshine it's seen in years. Now, she's not so sure life is meaningful without him. So Lela does the only thing she can, and storms the judges court and demands to go to hell and bring Malachi back herself. But what Lela doesn't except is the judge to willing submit without a fight, and not only support her mission, but also have a bigger mission for her in hell with the help from a former fallen ally that has her own mission in hell—Ana, a former guard who just so happens to have unfinished business in hell as well... Lela and Ana have a plan: Infiltrate the Mazikin City, scope it out, find Malachi and Takeshi, complete the judges mission, and get the hell out of there without getting killed in the process. Simple right?? I think not!! Two against the whole Mazikin city, fighting to find their men and completing their mission is going to be no easy feat, but Lela and Ana will stop at nothing until they save the ones they love. But once they actually get to the Mazikin City, they realize their is way more to this mission then they once thought. And how can they save two souls, when they're are thousands if not more in need of saving too? Can they abandoned all the other souls to only save the two they love, and can their hearts really bear that kind of sacrifice?? Lela, Malachi, Ana, and Takeshi all reunite in this epic journey through the treacherous depths of hell, and discover the full capabilities of the power of true love. All while facing down their ultimate battle as they try and fight their way out of hell and defeat the Mazikin once and for all... CHAOS was a wonderful conclusion to an epic series that I absolutely adored. I really hope Sarah Fine decides to revisit this series again, because the love I have for Lela and Malachi runs deep, and I would be thrilled to have more from them and their horrifyingly wonderful world. But if it has to end, then the way it did was perfect, and satisfied in more ways then one. I loved the thickened plot, the character growth, and how love and loyalties were tested and proven, and the journey they all took and conquered together was torturous but endured all in the name of love. CHAOS was positivity emotional and utterly satisfying, and will go down as one of my favorite series of all time!! Overall, Sarah Fine knows how to pack a powerful story that utterly grabs you from the beginning and never lets up. I will read anything this woman writes and I'm sure I'll love it. I'm terribly saddened to see this series and characters come to an end—but what's the saying—All good things must come to an end!?!?!? And that definitely applies to this series. FIVE BRILLIANT STARS to CHAOS, the epic conclusion in Shadowlands trilogy that is not to be missed!!! NOTE: I received a eARC from Skyscape for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
I'm still reeling from the WOW factor of Chaos... Chaos and its full throttle writing style really gets that adeline pumping. Juri must go into hell to save Malachi, but first she must convince the judge that Malachi needs saving. In a land where the Mazikin thrive, Lela with the help of Ana will face their greatest fears come true. Torture and death aren't and end and the people that have been stuck in this realm have lost all hope...or have they? Will Lela have to fight her greatest battle alone? The entire journey was heart wrenching and at times you hold your breath just hoping they persevere. Every time I think of Chaos, I get goose bumps. Fine blew me away with her imagination and vivid, jump of the pages, storytelling. The conclusion gave me more than I could hope for right after it ripped out my heart. I highly recommend Fine's Guards of the Shadowlands series! Don't miss this incredible adventure.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Chaos by Sarah Fine Book Three of the Guards of the Shadowlands Publisher: Skyscape Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands - the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin. The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help - and love - of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn't the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end? What I Liked: YOU GUYS, THIS SERIES. Easily one of my favorite series in general. And with that, Sarah Fine is easily one of my favorite authors in general. I've read all of her published novels - Sanctum, Fractured, Scan, Of Metal and Wishes, and Chaos. I think I've read her novellas, but I haven't reviewed any. To be rectified, maybe - I find it difficult to review novellas. Anyway. I loveeee this series. I loveeee this author. Ahhh! As many of you know, Fractured left me completely heartbroken. Let's just say the cliffhanger is, well, killer. Take that as you may. Waiting for this final novel has been quite the torturous wait. I'll just let you know from now, there WON'T be any Chaos spoilers in this review, but there MAY be Sanctum and/or Fractured spoilers. So Malachi has been taken by the Mazikin. Lela does the only thing she can do - appeal to the Judge of the Shadowlands, and try to be sent on a mission to bring Malachi back. The Judge sends Lela with Ana, who has returned for this purpose. Together, they go to Mazikin City, to rescue both Takeshi (Ana's love and former Captain) and Malachi. They run into familiar faces and new faces, and must make tentative alliances with power-hungry and untrustworthy leaders of rebellion in the city. But it's not just as simple as rescuing Malachi and finding Takeshi... Nobody panic because you think this entire book is going to be about getting Malachi back and therefore we spend the whole book waiting for Lela and Malachi to get back together. That is not at all what happens (though I won't say more than that). I'm really glad that Fine didn't construct the story that way. In fact, it's interesting, because I feel like there are two climaxes in this story. Your typical story has rising action, a climax, falling action, etc. But this story almost seems to have two climaxes - one involving what happens to Mazikin City (in general), and one that involves what happens to Lela's (human) world versus the Shadowlands (like, the two worlds colliding. Ish). This was an intriguing way to set up the story, because readers will THINK that the story is ending at like, 60%, but it's not... ooooo... So I really enjoyed the plot of the story, in general, and the story itself. Fine is a natural storyteller, and I really like reading what she comes up with. She has a way of weaving a story into more than a story, and I'm never bored or about to lose interest. Also? No love triangle, throughout the entire series. HUGE win. Despite what you might think of the structure of this book's plot, there are a ton of fabulously delicious romantic and steamy scenes in this book. A lot transpires between Malachi and Lela, but Fine always reminds readers of the little things, like how Lela isn't 100% comfortable with intimacy. It's awesome how consistent Fine keeps everything - not that I wouldn't expect her to do so, but she never lets us forget how consistent she keeps everything. Which is good! As always, I enjoyed the paranormal world that Fine has created, and the worldbuilding is solid. This book is mostly spent in Mazikin City, so we really get a feel for how they live, where they come from, etc. It's interesting, some of the abilities and magic that the city possesses. I'm a huge fan of how people heal ;) Basically, this conclusion novel is faaabulous, and I love it, and I wish I could just gush about it for the entire review and be all like THIS SERIES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES SO GO GO GO. What I Did Not Like: Honestly, I can't think of anything too pressing to go in this section. The only real reason why I'm giving this book four stars (versus five stars) is because I'm comparing it to Sanctum, which is definitely my favorite book of the series (even though Fractured received the same rating as Sanctum). To be honest, this book doesn't meet Sanctum, because Sanctum was amazing and awesome and fantastic and beyond compare, but Chaos comes close! Would I Recommend It: YES!! This book, if you've read books one and two. Or I'd recommend books two and this book, if you've only read book one. BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T STARTED THE SERIES, YOU SHOULD CHANGE THAT. Like, I put that sentence in caps for a reason. Off you go. Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (though that sounds negative). Much love for this book, series, and author! She's an auto-read author for me, for sure.