Sometimes, it’s fun to follow a fairly unconventional demon on a harrowing journey that will leave you guessing until the very end. This is the case with Pippa DaCosta‘s latest release, Chaos Unleashed, the sequel to Chaos Rises. I’m very fond of her writing and was ecstatic to receive an ARC of this book. This doesn’t influence my opinion, as I genuinely enjoyed reading about Gem’s wild adventures, was shocked by the choices made, and heartsick (in a good way!) by the end. This was a great duology and not at all like I expected, considering how unconventional the hero was. Minor spoilers below!
From the ashes of the fallen demon court, a new threat rises…
Raised in a lab and trained to kill, I might not know much about being human, but I do know demons, and they don’t come more dangerous than the Prince of Pride—the devil.
My brother is trapped at the heart of Fairhaven—a demon stronghold. To get him back, I need Pride’s help. Trained to kill princes, I know I can’t trust this one. He’ll lie, cheat, and manipulate to get what he wants: a new Dark Court so that he can rise again as its leader. His pretty words and burned wings don’t fool me. I’ll use him and any means necessary to save my brother. I don’t have a choice. If I fail, if I can’t control the elemental forces gathering inside Fairhaven, chaos will be unleashed, creating a new Hell on Earth.
My makers tell me I’m too demon to love, too demon to care. But they made me this way. Now it’s time to show them all how demon I can be.
A bittersweet ending for this duology, full of excitement, tension, secrets, and heartache. Seriously, a lot of heartache. Not that I would expect Gem to have an easy finale. The story picks up close to where it left off, with Gem and a demon Prince working together to rescue her brother from demons who want to use his powers. But from there, it takes a new turn that I wasn’t expecting and had me turning the next pages to see what happened next. I really liked the characters and the surprises that were revealed. A lot of them I wasn’t expecting, which of course is always fun to experience. That said, I feel (and have always felt) that poor Torrent got the short end of the stick––a stick that beat the hell out of him. It made some scenes with Gem a little tricky to get through, but I love the girl’s backstory and could sympathize with certain choices she made. The Prince was fabulous in all ways and I was really surprised by his big secret. The ending was longer than I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and liked the teases that connected it to DaCosta’s previous Veil series. These have been great books and I will find myself missing them, but the ending brought the catharsis I needed and I would highly recommend it!