#Review: Feast Of Chaos – Christian A. Brown
From the moment she met Caenith, Morigan never imagined how much she and her life would change. The two of them have gone through so much together. At times, it’s been painful, though she wouldn’t change things for the world. Bound together for the rest of eternity, they’ve promised to love and cherish one another no matter what comes their way.
Feast of Chaos takes up where book two left off. Here we get to see Morigan and Caenith continue on their journey. They refuse to bend to the Fate’s will, and are determined in making their world a safer and better place. To do that, they have to defeat those intent on destroying the very realm they live in. Deep inside, Morigan knows the path she’s set herself upon is fraught with peril. Caenith has been her anchor throughout the ensuing chaos, and he will continue to be no matter what the Green Mother and the rest of the world throws at them.
In this book, we get to see just how much and how far these characters have come. They’ve grown in so many ways and have dealt with so much adversity that, at times, you wonder if they’ll truly get to where they want to be. Their world has become much darker, colder, and desolate. Sometimes, they’re not sure if they’ll be able to stop what’s coming.
Love and friendship is what keeps these characters going. Mind you, everything they come across makes them question who and what they are. It’s the things they go through, however, that makes them see things so clearly. Whether they’ll able to overcome those adversities remains to be seen.
War can’t be stopped, but it can be contained. The author has shown us this through the entire series. He shows us that no matter how hard, how impossible, or how hopeless things may seem, there’s always a way to find what you’re looking for. Alone, it’s difficult to make things happen, but when you have your friends and those you love beside you, anything is possible. This is a lesson Morigan, Caenith, and the others learn with every step they take.
A dark and gritty series, Four Feasts Till Darkness is a series you’ll definitely want to sink your teeth into. Granted, it might not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy romantic fantasies with darker edges, you’ll definitely enjoy these books. Thanks for such awesome reads!
Menos has been destroyed. No corner of the realm of Geadhain is safe from the Black Queen’s hunger. Zionae–or the Great Dreamer, as she has been called in ancient tongues–has a thirst that cannot be quenched until all of Geadhain burns and bleeds. She preys on the minds of weak men and exploits human folly for an unhuman end. She cannot be defeated in her current state, but the answer to her downfall may lie in the land of her past.
It is with this aim that a Daughter of Fate, Morigan, and her brave and true companions venture to the mysterious Pandemonia, the land of chaos itself. Ancient secrets and even older power lurk in its swamps and deserts. Life itself becomes uncertain, but the Hunters of Fate have no choice: Pandemonia must give up its secrets if they want to find the Black Queen’s weakness.
Elsewhere in the realm, alliances form and break. Dead men rise and heroes fall. Eod prepares for war. In hiding, Lila, the bearer of its destruction, will be given a chance to atone and answer for her sins. Will her actions save Eod, or has she damned it with her crimes?
Heathsholme was quaint—Central Geadhain’s darling, as the locals proclaimed. Looking down upon it, passengers on skycarriages were often struck by the fact that the realm possessed the look of a joyfully made quilt. Red-leafed orchards, yellow fields of flax and corn, patches of blue brocade that were swimming pools and watering holes…all threaded with brown branching roads. Sweet winds blew down from the North year-round, bearing only cool and refreshing properties until winter rose to claim the throne of seasons. When the North wind came, it froze Heathsholme’s pools into skating circles and decorated the large trees with grand chandeliers of ice. In the depths of that season, the staunch apple trees finally died. Their fruits fell to the ground and were collected. Their blossoms broke from their branches and filled the air like flocks of migrating winter birds. During this season, families came from the West, South, and East to visit Heathsholme and enjoy great outdoor festivals of food, music, mulled cider, and wine—for which the region was also famed.
Partly on account of the season’s coolness, these celebrations happened around great bonfires. At night, when the happily drunk howled at the moon, a primal spirit took hold, and effigies of nameless spirits were burned in the pyres. No one could remember why or how the Vallistheim tradition had been born, only that it was a remnant of the customs once imposed by Taroch. The ancient warlord had been fascinated by the Northmen’s rites, and had introduced many of them to Central Geadhain. Vallistheim—the winter festival—was believed to bring bounty and luck in the New Year. Over time, polite society had done away with many of the less pleasant sacrificial details to make the ritual friendlier to outsiders. Now only one cow from each of the barns and byres that rose on rings in the hilled highlands around the heart of the township was cooked in a great feast, without having been ritually slaughtered first.
In the uncultivated grasses past the city proper and its farmlands, a dedicated explorer could find the remains of crumbled churches that had been built to honor the now vanished religion of Taroch’s fancies. Runes that the sages had translated into such names as Freyallah, Odric, and Helhayr were found chiseled in the mossy arches of these grounds. These sites of an ancient religion were thought by modern minds to be haunted or perhaps protected by the ancient spirits or warriors mentioned in the stones. It was the sort of refuge where a monster, fearful of being seen, could find sanctuary.
About The Author:
Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.