Hey all. I'm... sort of back. Got hit with a chronic medical thing back in October and just now got back to the point where I can (very slowly) read books again. I know there were some reviews I wrote before that, but didn't post. No idea where they are, but I can for sure let you know that I LOVED both Dust and Light and Grotesque, and was surprised to see them un-reviewed.
Well, we'll see how often I can read and post, but I'll try to be back. And now on to the review!
When you get to the final book of any series, there’s always a bit of a fear – is this ending going to live up to the expectations that I’ve built up based on the previous books in this series? You’ve invested a lot of time and emotion in the characters and you want something that at least gives some feeling of satisfaction and completeness, preferably while giving a sense of grander scale than previous installments.
And I feel confident in saying the third book in Joshua Roots’ Shifter series, “Paranormal Chaos,” managed to live up to nearly all my expectations, raise the scale to glorious heights and answer all the major questions while still leaving the future wide open for Marcus, Steve, Quinn and the rest.
In the interests of disclosure, I do know Mr. Roots from an online community, so you may take this review as you like. But I really, really enjoyed it. J
In this installment, Marcus has been tasked with a job he doesn’t really relish – going to talk to the minotaurs because they’ve decided they want to withdraw from a major treaty with the skilled and normal. Luckily, he just happens to have a best friend who’s a minotaur. But maybe that turns out not to be as good a thing as he hoped.
This book gives more information on this world’s minotaurs – a race not well fleshed out in most of the urban fantasy I’ve read, and so welcome for that alone – and on the interactions between the various races, as well as some of the history of the skilled. It also gives a glimpse of what outsiders think of the skilled – an interesting perspective since most of the focus of the first two books has been close-cropped on the world of the skilled.
There’s character development, exciting action, vast world-changing decisions… just a wonderful third book in a series that’s delivered a lot of enjoyment. A star of the book is really the glorious bromance between Steve and Marcus. Anyone who knows me knows the quickest way to my literary heart is by making the central relationship non-romantic but still powerful and emotional and deep. It’s accomplished perfectly here – when these two use the word brother, it feels like they truly mean it, and have truly earned it in the text.
Now, at the beginning, I did say this book lived up to “nearly all” my expectations. If you follow my reviews with any regularity, you may also know I tend to pick bad favorite characters – ones who never really end up in the spotlight. And it happens again here – both of my favorite characters are off-page for the vast majority of the book. One is barely in at all. Boo :( But there’s only so upset I can be, because I can’t see how that could have been changed without ruining the balance of the rest of the book. C’est la vie.
I don’t think this book would require the earlier books to be understood, but if you’re considering this, I really do recommend all three. It’s a great urban fantasy trilogy.
A great addition to this series!
I have read the first book in this series, and I think Scent of a Scandal is a great addition!
I liked Awe and his dedication and commitment to Isnay. Even though they are forbidden to see each other, he feels that she is the only female who can tame his aggressive nature and pursues her.
Isnay has a strong sense of loyalty to her pack and family and is conflicted about Awe. I liked her indecisiveness because it made her more believable.
This book came with a bonus story at the end, kind of a background-story to Awe and Isnay. I recommend reading that before reading the main story itself.
I can't wait to read more books in this series!!!
**spoiler alert** "This is the first book I read, that make me think draechan shifters is cruel and evil. The draechens help the human against vampire and werewolves, but that does not mean that they can hunt and kill them if they have not hurt and kill any human. The draechens rule over 7 other races, they are Kings in the shifter world, can they not make a peace contract?!?. It feels like ww2 over again *Shudder*"
"Is marriage not a sacred thing and a something you do out of love?!? This marriage is more to grain power and money, Caelyn of the race "spite" are forced to a marriage with a draechen, but know who his real mate is. Caelyn's parents do not care about his feelings and he have no freedom :-( I really hate the draechans rules to never marriage with another race, but they misuse the power to get new abilities..."
"Damn that is really need a lot of work, if even vampires can not like sprites *sigh* and even if fae and sprites are in a High rank, then even a lot of them do not like draechens rules about marriage and caste. So many things they need to change and create a partnership for peace *sigh* But how to do that?!? They need to destroy the caste system and make sure everyone can marriage regardless the race"
"I want to see and feel how it is with a bonding of hearth, mind and soul *sigh* they are saying it is beautiful and intense. Their sex was HOT :-)"
"How in the world will the werewolves try change the things for the better, when they seem to be as narrow-minded and hateful as the draechens *head shake* now both MC have lost their family to the hate :-( who can they trust and how can they find a place to live without fear?!? The werewolves feel gay is wrong and a sin *grrr* this is so complicated *sigh* will they ever make peace between the caste and races?!?"
"Karein damn I do not like you, but if you do not like the directive, then why do you not change that?!? *face palm* one Minute I hate him and one Minute he seem like a ok draechen *sigh* I really can not understand the thinking of the draechens *sigh* What plans are he thinking now?!? Good or evil?!? I want to give him a earful and hit him on the head *grrr*"
"WOW, just WOW :-D really good news so much love and happiness <3 these surprises are so good, if I think what will happen next, then I am wrong. But they are still in danger from the draechens and no help from any of their families *sigh* so much hate in every races and caste *sigh* *grumble*"
"I really hate Karein's parents, they decide who will live and who have to die, and they almost make Karein's as cold as them. Karein is the one that can change the directive, but I think his parents think they are gods *grrr* I hope someone have the power to kill his parents, I do not like that they have slaves and concubines, people with no possiblity to make a choice and no freedom"
This is a new review, maybe later when I am not *sad* I will write a new review, because somehow the first is gone/deleted. I have to think about what to write again and the feelings.