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5.0 out of 5 starsRiveting
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
I've read the two previous books in Stephen Aryan's series. Each gets better than the last. You never know where it will take you. I love how you get minor updates on important characters of the first two books, so you don't lose track of them entirely. If you love fast paced battles with steel blazing and magic flowing, this book series is for you.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2016
I love this author! Chaosmage is the 3rd book in a series that starts with Battlemage, but it could also be read as a stand alone. Stephen Aryan has created a world in which magic is both feared and needed. He does a fantastic job in introducing readers to characters that you will want to cheer for. One of the things I like about the major characters in all of Aryan's books is that they aren't perfect people. They all have flaws and weaknesses, but they still try to grow and keep going. This book does a great job of showing different reactions to trauma and loss. If you are a fan of battle scenes, Stephen Aryan is your author! One note for interested readers is that you need to like being introduced to a good number of characters, with the action of the book switching between them as the story goes along. The author does a nice job of helping the reader navigate the sometimes different story lines and brings them together nicely. Bottom line is that if you like battles, magic and strong women characters, read all of Aryan's books! I can't wait for his next one!
5.0 out of 5 starsA worthy ending to a fantastic trilogy, but not the end of the world!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2016
Chaosmage begins by introducing us to Voechenka, a city ravaged by the Morrin during the events of the first book (Battlemage) and trying to hold on desperately against an army of pseudo-zombies known as the Forsaken. I say pseudo-zombies because the Forsaken are unlike your typical swarming horde, retaining much of their former selves and trying to invite their loved ones to join them with offers of paradise rather than threats of destruction (although these come later). I found that the Forsaken actually make for a very interesting lingering threat in this novel, not least because they are not the entirely overwhelming force that these types of enemies typically are, but in fact are only given their strength by the weakness and selfishness of those defending themselves (you'll see what I mean).
In terms of the main characters, Balfruss makes a welcome return following his absence from the second book (Blood Mage) and his years spent in the wilderness have both matured him and turned him into a true Sorcerer rather than a 'mere' Battlemage. His character is as interesting as in the first novel and comes across as flawed yet ultimately incredibly powerful at the same time.
Zannah, a new character for this novel, is a particular highlight, filling the role of the guilty invader punishing herself for the atrocities of the Mad King's war by risking her own life night after night to save a people who hate her. The other two main POV characters (Alyssa and Tammy) both offer interesting complements to Zannah and Balfruss, unique and deep in their own ways.
The plot of the book builds on the previous two books in the series, and ties off many of the loose ends, but does not close of the world off by any stretch of the imagination. For example, we get more hints regarding the true nature of Vargus and his cronies (Nethun and Kai) who make an appearance - but are never really sure of their role in the world or their true intentions. Aryan does a great job of closing off the immediate questions left from the first two books (such as who trained the Warlock? Why are there Blood Mages?) whilst leaving open the larger questions readers may have.
All in all this is a thoroughly recommended read, and if you have read the first two books you would be mad not to complete the trilogy. If you haven't read them I suggest you go back and so!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2016
The final instalment in what has turned out to be an excellent trilogy. This kind of brings everything together. Battlemage was about the use of mages in a war, Bloodmage took some new characters and dealt with the aftermath of war and some dangerous new magic, and Chaosmage brings it all cleverly together. And I do like how the author has let characters move in and out of the books, it has made it very interesting to feel the stories from a variety of perspectives. But here in volume number three, away in the far reaches, is the city of Voechenka. Decimated during the war, rebuilding was halted by the re-appearance of its dead, begging the living to join them and killing those who won’t. The City has been reduced to a few surviving strongholds and things are looking bleak. Into the fray step the three characters the story will focus on, Tammy – a Guardian who might be able to find the guilty party, Zannah – defending humans even though they hate her for her past crimes, and Balfruss the Battlemage. A desolate scenario, a ruined city with a few human camps felt a bit “Walking Dead” and with some strong characters in there to make sense of it all. I thought this was great stuff, enough complexity and thought has gone into this to help it rise above many other books of a similar nature and I really enjoyed the way the range of characters were used. Excellent.
This over arcing story encompassing three very different stories had me hooked from the first few pages of the first story. This story shows the darkness left behind from the war and the darkness that fed upon the war. Another beautifully crafted story in it's self. Amazing finish to the over all story. Will look forward to starting the next trilogy soon.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you like fantasy fiction. Its for you
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2016
excellent read. Lose yourself in an excellent tale for a few hours. Good story, happy that some of the characters from the first book made a reappearance. An uncomplicated well written book. I sent a tweet to the auther to thank him on 3 enjoyable books. He had the decency to reply and thank me for my comments. A decent book and a decent chap. Although he has cats and not a dog, not relevant I know. Just somehting he wrote in a tweet. Thats his only failing!
4.0 out of 5 starsGood end to series but not the world
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2019
A good conclusion to the series slightly strange in the turn the book took but really did enjoy all the same I love the underlying gods that walk among the world theme that travels through all three books and getting to see things from there pov throughout was such an interesting take in comparison to the pov of the human characters also great to see the strong characters iv grown to enjoy having improved and matured