Friday, February 8, 2013

Beautiful Chaos - Garcia /Stohl

Beautiful Chaos
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The world is falling apart, or at Least Gatlin is. Ever since Ethan and his band of magical misfits got back from the Great Barrier, where his Caster girlfriend Lena claimed herself and broke the natural order of the world, both Caster and Mortal, nothing has been the same. Now Ethan is hearing a new shadowing song along with a creepy new voice in the back of his head. Did I mention he can't remember simple thing, like his phone number of that he's right handed? 

Beautiful Chaos is easily my favorite book in the Caster Chronicles series . Chaos has just the right mix of mystery, drama and exposition to make anyone who's stuck with the series this long speed through its pages. While everything in Gatlin is going to Hades in a hand-basket Garcia and Stohl managed to really up the depth and overall complexity of their characters.

Perhaps the thing I was most pleased with was how the authors dealt with the continuing theme of fate. Everything about the Caster Chronicles screams "hey, where do you stand in the fate vs free will debate?!" books one and two are about Lena being subject to a predetermined fate and finally breaking free and claiming herself for what she wants. However Chaos has the perfect blend of rebellion against the tides of fate and blind acceptance that everyone, especially in the Caster world has a story that must play out.

Honestly, I'm having a hard time seeing how Beautiful Redemption is going to be any better than Beautiful Chaos, and that's my only real complaint.

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