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?
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Chaos closes the Guards of the Shadowlands with a satisfying conclusion and plenty of action. Those who liked the first book especially will appreciate that most of Chaos takes place off Earth in the afterlife realms.
Story: Juri has stolen Malachi's body and sent the guard to the Mazakin City - a place of endless torture by the entrapped Mazakin beaasts. Desperate to get Malachi back, Lela makes a deal with the Judge - she'll go to the Mazakin dome, kill the queen, and destroy the portal. Once that's done, she can have Malachi back. Ana, still bitter over the loss of Takashi, goes with Lela. But what the women find there is more than just Malachi - it is a land of horrors revisted daily and with no escape - for eternity. Armed with on a few weapons, going up against a whole city, allies will betray, enemies become friends, and lost lovers reunited.
Chaos was a very good read - the action was nearly non stop. I greatly appreciated how author Sarah Fine allowed the story to unwind slowly, without what could have been a very cliche "go in, kick butt, save hero, save world, escape." She escalates the action at each step, with plenty of twists and turns, discoveries and battles. Just when you think the battle is over, something new happens or Lela and her crew have an all new battle on their hands.
We get a lot of insight on a lot of the characters - from Lela's mother, Takashi's previous life, even more about Malachi, who suffers quite a bit in this novel. This really is Lela's story though - she drives all the action and does a lot of the saving. Malachi and crew spend much of the book either injured or out of the action. So here we truly have a heroine who is her own action hero.
I listened to the audible version and thought the narrator did an ok, but not great, job. She had the right age sounding voice but the accents, from Japanese to Spanish, all tended to sound like bad Transylvania accent from a Vampire movie.
This was definitely the best book in the series and worth the read to the end.
The narrator truly brings the characters to life throughout this whole series. Kudos to her.
This was a strong conclusion. Plot wise, this series is strong. It's exciting. But it was VERY violent at times. Also cheesy angsty. But the action made up for it.
Love audiobooks Duh! Also love photography, baking, my 7 cats and 4 parrots and family not necessarily in that order.
Too many near death and reborn episodes to give value to the scenes. I liked the series a lot except for that problem only in this third book.
I've loved this trilogy and am sorry to see it end. the characters are well developed and the story is strong. this could easily have been 4 books instead of 3 action story filled books.
This series is full of twists and turns! Just when you have it figured out, it goes in the opposite direction. It was read very well and the characters were distinct. I didn't want to stop listening! One of the best series I've found in a long time.
Full of spirit, vitality and adventure. I enjoyed the narrator's use of language, dialect control and use of slang.
enjoyed this book but I didn't feel that the ending was quite right some how
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