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Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jen McConnel
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Book Description

There comes a time in every witch's life when she must choose her path. Darlena's friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it's too late?

Editorial Reviews


"At the beginning, this novel is reminiscent of other popular fantasy novels like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but it quickly takes on a life of its own that will appeal to science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fans alike. Darlena's struggles mirror issues that many teens face, making her a relatable and likable main character. This is a title with wide appeal that will fly off the shelves."--Elisabeth W. Rauch, VOYA Magazine

About the Author

Jen McConnel is a teacher, a former librarian and reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including PanGaia, Sagewoman, and the Storyteller, where she won a people’s choice third-place award for her poem, “Luna.” She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 3096 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
'Daughter of Chaos' is the exhilarating first book in a new young adult paranormal trilogy. The book follows main character Darlena, a teenage witch, as she first chooses her path (not knowing what she was getting herself into) and as she attempts to control her new magic. When Darlena was faced with finally choosing her path as a witch - White, Green, or Black - she panicked and picked one she didn't think existed - Red. As it turns out, there is definitely a Red path - it's the magic of chaos. Now Darlena must learn to control her new powers, figure out who she can and can't trust, and how she's going to live as a Red witch.

I have a definite love for all books that deal with witches, so this was a definite must read for me. I wasn't sure what to expect - but I was greatly impressed and surprised with what the author gives us in the story. In Darlena's world, there are witches and Nons (people without magic). Darlena and her family are witches, as are all the kids who attend the private school of Trinity. When the witches are in their teens, they are expected to choose one of the three paths - the one that they will then follow for the rest of their lives. Darlena isn't ready to choose a path - and she frankly doesn't think that she should have to. I found Darlena to be a fun and realistic main character for the story. I immediately connected with her from the beginning. She's smart, a loving and devoted daughter and friend, and is full of determination once she makes up her mind about something. She definitely isn't perfect though - as we see when she gives the gods and goddesses serious attitude and when she openly defies their orders. I liked how down to earth she is, which made it even easier to identify with her throughout the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong start, weak finish. July 21, 2014
The strongest part of this book was its premise: a teenage witch named Darlena is feeling the pressure to choose between the 3 traditional paths of magic: white, green, or black. But when she is suddenly forced to come to an abrupt decision, she blurts out the first thing that comes to mind--"Red!" It turns out that Red is chaos magic, a super rare path for witches to take. Now that Darlena has become one of the only Red witches in the world, a variety of forces seek to manipulate her for her own gain. Darlena must explore and learn to understand her quickly growing power, all while navigating a complicated love life, her home life, getting kicked out of school, and the frequency with which goddesses keep popping up in her bedroom.
While the premise of the story was strong, a few other areas were underdeveloped. First of all, it is repeatedly stated that Black magic is not bad or evil, but the limited descriptions of it and the actions of the one Black witch character make that difficult to believe. If Black magic is not evil/harmful, then what is it? This would be a very interesting topic and could have been fleshed out a lot more.
Many of the secondary characters are flat, especially the human villain of the story. She appears to be motivated solely by greed and jealousy, but her actions are pretty extreme not to afford a more in-depth and complex explanation.
But my biggest critique is the way the novel ended. The "final battle" scene is a little anti-climactic and is over rather quickly. But aside from that,within the last quarter of the book, it becomes apparent that this book is setting up for a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such a fascinating read. July 21, 2014
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This is the first installment in a new series, that is centered around witches. And follows Darlena, a young girl who comes from a family of witches. When the children reach a certain age, they have to decide which path it is they want to take, meaning they choose the type of witch they want to study and become. Darlena doesn’t want to make a decision, and has no idea what she lies ahead of her with the path she chose.

Darlena is just like most girl, she goes to school, has friends that seemed to be good ones. She attends a school where there are other witches so she isn’t alone with some the struggles she goes through. Her fiesty personality combined with her stubbornness made her the kinda girl I would certainly be friends with. I think the fact that her parents were a big part of her life was a fantastic, and so the level of support they gave her was something that I really thought was I wish we saw more of in YA books. The side characters were are so interesting, and learning a little about some of them was a treat. Some didn’t stay secondary characters for long, and played a large part towards the end.

This moves a steady pace, and kept my attention. Blending the witches culture with mythology they way McConnel did was brilliant, gods and goddesses who practice witchcraft, um yes please. The were different kinds of magic, each having their own strengths. The path of magic that Darlena chose is one the has a say in the chaos that take place, and Darlena is learning to control her magic, her emotions play in that and it was clear that she struggles. But she grows a lot and learns from a few of the goddesses. But, Hecate was a piece of work though, definitely made for a good villain but she wasn’t alone. There was betrayals, and even a small but sweet romance. I think this is a great start the series, I am looking forward to seeing where Darlena’s path takes her next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and Original
I enjoyed this. The character has real heart and the concept is original and gripping. There were many places where I wished the author would have delved deeper into the MC's... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kira Budge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
"Daughter of Chaos" by Jen McConnel features a teenage heroine with a very bad attitude problem--which is what makes Darlena so much fun to root for. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Bardsley
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the combination of the gods with magic
It's hard these days to come up with a story about magic that hasn't been done before. I really liked the combination of the gods with magic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Fun Story
I received a free copy of Daughter of Chaos from

This story was a very unique mix of Greek Mythology and Witches. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Wait for More!
I heard about this book from The Regulator when they announced that they were doing an event with the author in early April. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Darlena learns through her patron goddess that love can cause the most...
Darlena is being pressured to make the choice every young witch has to make, whether to practice white magic which is pure magic , black magic which is evil or green magic which is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by AmyM53
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it and I think its one of a kind, refreshingly original story
Wow! this book is AMAZING! I loved it and I think its one of a kind, refreshingly original story about a witch who chooses a path she doesn't even know exists. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fizzah Younis
2.0 out of 5 stars Chaos isn't always good
While I think the idea behind this book wasn't bad, the delivery wasn't quite there. The notion of controlled chaos or chaos magic was an interesting one, but the author wasn't... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lost in Denver
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get any better!
I liked Darlena from the start. She thinks she can outsmart Hecate, and for me that just spelled guts right there. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kelly Hashway
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Daughter of Chaos
I enjoyed “Daughter of Chaos”. Darlena is a teenage witch who must choose her path in life. There are several paths that witches can follow: white, green, or black. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K T
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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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