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The Way into Chaos Audiobook

The Way into Chaos: The Great Way, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic...until in a single day it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spell caster can stand against them.

The empire's armies are crushed, its people scattered, its king and queen killed. Freed for the first time in generations, city-states scramble to seize neighboring territories and capture imperial spell casters. But as the creatures spread across the land, these formerly conquered peoples discover they are not prepared to face the enemy that destroyed an empire.

Can the last Peradaini prince, pursued by the beasts that killed his parents, cross battle-torn lands to retrieve a spell that might - just might - turn the battle against this new enemy?

©2014 Harry Connolly (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Daniel Olson
    16/09/16
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    "Made me want to buy more credits"

    For the first time in two years, I am tempted to buy more credits just So I can get the next two books. I do not have the capacity to put into words how great the characters are, how intriguing the story is, nor how breathless I was left with the pace. When the book was done, I was left yelling, "ALREADY?!!!"

    As for performance, Michael Kramer was the reason I purchased the book in the first place. The man could read a chemistry book and keep me entranced.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Grosch
    19/09/16
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    "Great story, believable characters, and man-bears!"
    Would you listen to The Way into Chaos again? Why?

    No. I don't listen to audiobooks twice. Nothing against the book, but my memory is sufficient for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way into Chaos?

    *SPOILER*

    When the scholar near the end of the book goes hollow and knocks the protagonist off the flying cart onto the riverbank.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the grunt (hereafter referred to as man-bears) jumps off the tower at the fleeing protagonists. One character pushes to sacrifice himself to save the others and they pool together to save him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Here are the good aspects of this book:

    The characters are believable. This is a big deal for me. I am so tired of reading or listening to books where the characters do something that does not make any sense and is only done to further the plot along as the author wants.

    The interactions between local lords and larger empires seem very plausible, especially considering the use of marriage, hostages, metal, and mages as resources to maintain order.

    Issues of religion, nationalism, racism, and slavery are all handled in reasonable ways.

    The magic system is interesting, powerful with major drawbacks. If scholars (mages) use too many spells they become violent sociopaths.

    There are a lot of interesting monsters that are brought up in the book. One of the main ones are man-bears, which is both awesome and hilarious (if you are a South Park fan).

    The narrator is great.


    Here are some of bad aspects of this book:

    You never really get to know as much about magic as you'd like, especially when you learn that all the magic was gained from a set of mysterious people who come to the kingdom every 20 years or so. Who are these guys? What is up with the portal they come out of?

    Only two perspectives: an older war veteran and a young 15 year old girl. I feel that some more variety could have been added to include another, maybe as an interlude or something halfway through.

    The ending of the book is a cliffhanger. I think that books should end at some form of resolution, even if it is a local one and the bigger global issues remain ahead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    Georgetown, TX, United States
    16/09/16
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    "starts off strong but quickly looses focus"

    the story started off strong, but after the first 4 hours of the book quickly kept going downhill, and never recaptured my interest.

    Michael Kramer was stellar as always

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ronson Page
    31/08/16
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    "The fascinating collapse of a kingdom"
    What did you love best about The Way into Chaos?

    I've been a fan of Harry Connolly's writing since his "Twenty Palaces" trilogy, and in this first book of his "The Great Way" trilogy, Connolly offers up more of his fantastic imagination and detailed world-building, while never getting bogged down in bizarre place names and customs... there is just enough of the recognizable world here, flavored with Connolly's unique fantasy view, to make the reading (or in my case, listening) experience all the more pleasurable.

    Little details, like describing spellcasters gone bad -- who are constantly marked by streaming tears on their faces -- as "hollowed out", or this world's version of a knight's "Sir" as "Tyr"... these are the sort of small details that ultimately flesh out the world better than an overload of trying-too-hard-to-be-odd names and the like.

    What's more, Connolly avoids the easy conflicts and plot contrivances, throwing in together a group of characters that should, by all rights, be enemies, but make for fascinating (if unplanned) bedfellows.

    So, what did I love best about the novel?

    Being in Connolly's confident storyteller hands.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyr Treygar, followed closely by Cazia Freewell. The interplay between these two characters, so far removed in age and background, is wonderful reading.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Doctor Warpoole. Kramer's dramatic reading was best embodied in the Warpoole character, and came across to me as the "truest" performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving away too many spoilers (I hope), there is a moment early on in the story in which a primary character is going to sacrifice himself, allow himself to be dragged down and away, to save the rest of the group, a group that perhaps had no real inclination to save him... and yet, they cling to him and arrest his fall.

    And in that moment, the group of disparate characters becomes a unit of sorts, and I love that kind of beat in a story, when done well, as it was, here. Because the characters had already made decisions I was not expecting, I fully expected to lose this one character, early on. I was pleasantly surprised.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read anything Harry Connolly writes. That's praise I usually reserve for Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley and Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Walla Walla, WA, United States
    19/08/16
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way into Chaos the most enjoyable?

    I find that a great narrator makes all the difference. Having a well written book with good world building and a good magic structure is also needed. I find that the author did a great job at both. Also good characters.


    What other book might you compare The Way into Chaos to and why?

    Not sure what I would compare this book to. It holds many parts I would relate to The Wheel of Time. Also I sense some of the Stormlight Archives.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I would say his portrail of Tyr Tejohn Treygar is my most favorite on the male side. Michael's female character, and he does a very good job with female voices, would have to be Cazia. A very strong character in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost listened to the whole thing in one sitting but one does need sleep. Also sometimes it's good to stretch it out. Hard to do because the book has very few parts where a person could end. Always wanting to know what happens next that is hard to do.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book, up there among my favorites, with excellent narration with Michael Kramer, who I think is the perfect person for this type of story, the story is fast paced and has surprises at most any turn. I would recommend this book to any who enjoy a well written and believable world and magic system.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laylow
    16/08/16
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    "Excellent! !!!!!! Read this book straight through."

    wonderful book, will raff again and again. had me from the first chapter. Michael Kramer is top notch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kelly1
    24/10/16
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    "Really liked it"

    looking forward to the next volume.
    I liked the multiple story lines and the narrator is one of my favorites

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    04/09/16
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    "Very enjoyable listen!"

    Very well written. Great character development and flow. Couldn't put it down. Would highly recommend this series to any fantasy fan. I've already downloaded the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Rausch
    Spokane, WA USA
    30/08/16
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    "Fast-paced and exciting!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way into Chaos to be better than the print version?

    The print version of this book is really good, but having Kramer narrate the story made it even better. His voice was the perfect fit for this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace of this story prevents the reader/listener from getting bored. It could be said that descriptions of characters and places are somewhat lacking in detail, but that is more than made up for by the storytelling. The story is very unique and does a good job of blending sci-fi elements into a fantasy novel without using any of the cookie-cutter plot devices you see in so many fantasy books now days. There are no unpronounceable names full of apostrophes, the main characters weren't reluctant heroes who just wanted to live normal lives on a farm, nobody had latent undiscovered magical talents that manifested in their time of need, the main characters weren't raised as unloved and mistreated orphans and there wasn't an evil antagonist hell-bent on ruling/destroying the world.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kramer's voice was a very good fit for the grizzled veteran character, and surprisingly didn't detract from the teenage female character. The publisher would have been hard pressed to find a better narrator for this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Had the story been shorter, it would been easy to listen to the entire thing in a single sitting. Considering it was around 15 hours long, that wasn't really a viable option.


    Any additional comments?

    I became a fan of Harry Connolly's work after reading the first of his "Twenty Palaces" series. This series is absolutely nothing like that one, but is amazing in it's own way. If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson's work, then chances are you'll enjoy Connolly's "The Great Way" series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    02/12/16
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    "Slow start, but worth it"

    It was a slow start for me but I'm really glad I stayed in there.

    Some of the characters seem a little shallow but overall I liked the development they're making as the story develops.

    I will definitely be picking up the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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