Tuesday, 21 June 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: Chaos Queen 1: Duskfall - Christopher Husberg

Release Date: 21/06/16
Publisher:  Titan


Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the Inquisition can crush… Their fates and those of others will intertwine, in a land where magic and daemons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.


I’ve been a follower of Titan for a number of years and whilst a lot of people mainly know them for their graphic novel titles, I’ve always loved spending time with the stories that they release under their own label. They’re full of adventure, have great twists and of course give the reader something special to spend their time with.

Whilst I’ve not heard of Christopher before this, with Titan giving them full backing and requesting that I spent some time with his work, I picked the title up and was not only surprised at the maturity behind the writing but loved the way that the author wove the various multiple threads into a cohesive tale which not only helped flesh the world out but gave the reader a whole heap of characters that they could associate with.

All round it’s a book that is a cracking start to a series, has the reader asking a lot of questions alongside getting to know the world in which the people inhabit and to be honest the only gripe I really had was the way that the principle characters powers were unveiled which felt a little forced considering how they were revealed. That said, I did have a lot of fun reading this and its definitely a series I’ll be savouring with each release. Magic.

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