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Requiem's Reach: A Chaos of Souls Novella (Chaos of Souls Novella Series, Volume 1) (English Edition) eBook Kindle
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Saying that, the scenes, especially the battle scenes, were extremely well written. The story was rich with well-drawn characters who all had their own place in the book, but there were many characters, some different species, angels, humans and I just couldn’t grasp them all. This is what I call a hard-core fantasy and if you follow Game of Thrones (which I didn’t) then this is the book (or series) for you!
Grab a copy and join Malachite on his journey. Feel his heart break when he and his team are thrust into the unknown for the search of Raqui.
In a nutshell, the heroes of our story, led by Malachite, are fighting a doomed war against the Apostate, a fallen angel who retains his abilities. To escape his trap, they must cross over to the Patresilen, find the fabled and possibly illusory world of Raqui, align the two realms, and open the Gates of Golorath so the others may escape. Didn’t follow all of that? Well, to help manage this information overload of new worlds, races composed mostly of fallen angels, and our characters, the author provides a brief introduction. Even so, it’s a lot to follow.
I enjoyed the writer’s style. Magical spells were strange amalgamations of science, mathematics, and drawings. Humans were a misunderstood species, despised by some—“At least have the decency to keep the little creatures out of sight when you have company”—and respected by others. About the only concern I have in recommending this novella is whether it is an appropriate introduction to this imaginary realm. The author considers these novellas extensions to the main series, written so that the reader may better understand a character and his or her story. And as I said before, the composition of the world and its inhabitants is a lot to comprehend. My advice, however, is don’t worry about the details too much; the nature of the characters in this book becomes clear with their acts of cruelty or kindness, their betrayals, and their self-sacrifice on an ever-shifting battleground across multiple dimensions, making it a highly enjoyable read on its own.
The author begins with a prologue in an effort to provide necessary context for the action that will immediately follow. The names of the different species of fallen angels and corporeal beings, as well as the names of the specific characters, and the backstory to this story, go by very quickly. Then, we are immediately plunged into the 10th year of the siege of the city of Sa'Doran at the hands of a creature called the Apostate. The citizens of the city depend on a magical shield maintained by the Magi to protect them. Ganesh, the first character we meet, is a counselor to the King and a friend of Malachite, a wise Magi who has advocated a plan to evacuate the city to a mythical city that exists on a different metaphysical plane, between their world and Heaven. But, before Malachite and his cohort of Magi and soldiers (Blades) can execute the plan, there is a crisis that sends the group, along with Ganesh, into the other plane along with two demons called Lo'ademn, who are powerful evil beings bound to destroy the company before they can align the realms and open a gateway for the others to escape.
The many battle scenes between the heroes and the demons are breathlessly written, with surprising bits of magical abilities that the Magi can wield and other powers possessed by the Lo'ademn. There is also the mission of the heroes, which is to enchant the City by drawing magical "glyphs" and equations, which will align the worlds and open the doorway between them. While the action and battle scenes are exciting, the reader is never clear about what the limitations are for the magic or how any of the characters can be killed. They heal themselves and seem to survive all attacks and weapons, so by the end, the question is not whether a character will die, but what magical phenomenon will appear to save them.
There is also great ambiguity about the underlying quest and how it relates back to a character called the Keeper and a powerful being names Gideon. There are passing references to Humans, which exist on the fringes of this universe, but their connection is unclear. The author tosses out many terms without much context or explanation. The characters are amazed by the appearance of a “stable vertex,” although we never really understand what it is, and such baffling references abound. You just have to accept that they exist and have meaning that we don't understand and keep moving along with the story.
In the end, this book is rather short, and the author keeps the action moving forward. I will trade that for the hundreds of additional pages that would have been needed to fully flesh out and explain all the characters and terms and magic. The book takes us to the creation of the Gates of Golorath (although the derivation of the name is not explained), which is the ultimate point.
At times I really liked the story and the writing. At other times I was somewhat lost and confused and the writing quality sometimes slipped. On the whole, I the story is captivating and entertaining, if you have the attention span to really pay close attention. For fans of the subsequent books, this book will fill in some blanks and will be easier to understand. For those who read this one first, hang in there and then, if you find this universe to be interesting and worth the effort, go read The Gates of Golorath.
Worldbuilding in this story is very complex, but very well done. It took me a little bit to get my worlds and beings sorted out, but once I did, it was a very enjoyable read. Even though I’ve read Gates of Golorath, I found that this story offered a unique backstory of the world as I have come to know it. Just like in Golorath, the battle scenes in this story are all very well fleshed out and so are the characters.
There is a lot going on, and it can be a little tough to follow at times. I recommend reading this book more than once. I found that with the information I had from the first readthrough, it made the second readthrough easier to understand the story more enjoyable. I could easily see this as a television series.
The writer's descriptions of those beings and the situations are deep and complex. In particular, the battle scenes were incredible, especially adding in the magical powers which created unexpected twists and turns.
This is not a read to undertake when you are distracted, it does require the reader to pay close attention, as the story is filled with multiple characters, species, and terms that sink you into the world that the author has created. But once you start to understand that world, you become invested in their plight and their fight to survive!
This story is not trivial, and the reading is not light. If you wish to get the most out of this tale, you need to read it closely, paying attention to the details—all of them. The author does not just create a world and populate it with interesting characters. I found parallels to our own world; I concluded that the author submerged messages that not all readers will grasp. Finding these is a rewarding exercise for those so inclined.
If you see yourself in any sense an intellectual, you will thoroughly enjoy Requiem's Reach.
This is a complex introduction and somewhat confusing in the beginning. Once I became familiar with the different terms and descriptions, the quest itself was action-packed and compelling.
With their city under siege by demons and vengeful angels, a small group of defenders use their wits, physical strength, and magic to hold them off. But their only real hope of survival is to find the path to the lost city of Raqui.
This is not what you call "light reading." It is an intense and visceral read with terrific characters and heartfelt moments, but you have to pay attention and try not to skim. It does take a bit to absorb who all the players and where they stand in this intricate universe, but it's worth it.
If you haven't read the novels set in this universe, be sure to read the comprehensive prologue as it sets up all the players.
For all the struggling and fighting in the novel to get to the mythical city, the story does end with a small shred of hope after years of questions and struggle for our group that I'm interested to see how it plays out in later novels
Although the information was a bit overwhelming, as it included a multitude of characters, the story of battling a common enemy, and looking for a new world to call their own is captured perfectly in this story.
For anyone looking for a serious, yet captivating fantasy, look no further.
My only criticism is that the story is more event focused than character focused. I think I could’ve connected to the story more if the stakes were more personal than possible extinction.
All in all, a worthy read that should satisfy fantasy fans.