With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands - the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin.
The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help - and love - of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn't the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?
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Full of spirit, vitality and adventure. I enjoyed the narrator's use of language, dialect control and use of slang.
"Best in the Series"
Chaos closes the Guards of the Shadowlands with a satisfying conclusion and plenty of action. Those who liked the first book especially will appreciate that most of Chaos takes place off Earth in the afterlife realms.
Story: Juri has stolen Malachi's body and sent the guard to the Mazakin City - a place of endless torture by the entrapped Mazakin beaasts. Desperate to get Malachi back, Lela makes a deal with the Judge - she'll go to the Mazakin dome, kill the queen, and destroy the portal. Once that's done, she can have Malachi back. Ana, still bitter over the loss of Takashi, goes with Lela. But what the women find there is more than just Malachi - it is a land of horrors revisted daily and with no escape - for eternity. Armed with on a few weapons, going up against a whole city, allies will betray, enemies become friends, and lost lovers reunited.
Chaos was a very good read - the action was nearly non stop. I greatly appreciated how author Sarah Fine allowed the story to unwind slowly, without what could have been a very cliche "go in, kick butt, save hero, save world, escape." She escalates the action at each step, with plenty of twists and turns, discoveries and battles. Just when you think the battle is over, something new happens or Lela and her crew have an all new battle on their hands.
We get a lot of insight on a lot of the characters - from Lela's mother, Takashi's previous life, even more about Malachi, who suffers quite a bit in this novel. This really is Lela's story though - she drives all the action and does a lot of the saving. Malachi and crew spend much of the book either injured or out of the action. So here we truly have a heroine who is her own action hero.
I listened to the audible version and thought the narrator did an ok, but not great, job. She had the right age sounding voice but the accents, from Japanese to Spanish, all tended to sound like bad Transylvania accent from a Vampire movie.
This was definitely the best book in the series and worth the read to the end.
I was long looking forward to this final book in the Guards of the Shadowlands series and it did not disappoint! I wish it would have gone on forever! Amy McFadden narrated very well and was easy to listen to.
"Loved it! Very well written and great narration!"
In the top ten of my list. Downloaded all three books and completed the whole trilogy in two days flat!
I like Malachi for his very strong character. He is the epitome of a hero. I also like Lela.
Sarah Fine is a very talented writer indeed. Her two main characters were amazing and the rest of the secondary characters were good.
I like Amy McFadden performance very much. She does a good job. I will be looking out for more books read by her.
"Another series comes to a close."
Yes. While it wasn't the best series I've read, Guards of the Shadowlands was still pretty good.
Hmmm. I liked Lela and Malachi both. Both very strong characters. Lela did seem a bit immature at times, even after all she'd been through, but she is a teenager after all.
Well, if I told you that, it might spoil some things. :)
How much hell would you go through to save the one you love?
Recommended for teen readers
I loved the ending. the Narrator a fabulous job. great story from beginning to end.
"On the edge of my seat the entire series!"
Absolutely loved the way Fine gets you so deep in the charactera emotions. Read it!
The narrator truly brings the characters to life throughout this whole series. Kudos to her.
This was a strong conclusion. Plot wise, this series is strong. It's exciting. But it was VERY violent at times. Also cheesy angsty. But the action made up for it.
"Just way too long......."
Too many near death and reborn episodes to give value to the scenes. I liked the series a lot except for that problem only in this third book.
"A well read book.."
I've loved this trilogy and am sorry to see it end. the characters are well developed and the story is strong. this could easily have been 4 books instead of 3 action story filled books.
Love the series so far. Hoping for more. And audio is the best way to go. This reader does very well.
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