At first glance, Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans—Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity and Amelia—each with a supernatural gift. But the underlying theme of dominance and submission plus a fair amount of physics and theology make this definitely a book for adults. A spanking scene involving the precocious Amelia Armstrong Windrose, who can travel into the fourth dimension, may offend some readers, but others will find it playful. Wright (Mists of Everness) doesn't fully develop the intriguing premise of these unusual students trapped in a school run by Greek gods as hostages in a bizarre war, but presumably he'll do so in later installments. Those who like sophisticated fantasy with a mild erotic charge will be most rewarded.
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In the first installment of the Chronicles of Chaos series, common associations of high school with prison prove spectacularly well founded. The five teen protagonists are hostages in a British boarding school run by pagan gods. Sustaining themes of lost identity from Wright's respected Golden Age trilogy and heavily borrowing from the work of Roger Zelazny, the narrative charts the teens' discovery of their true identities--they're shape-shifters who hail from Chaos--then pits their budding powers against school authorities who have proceeded from acting in loco parentis to being ominous and occasionally lascivious oppressors. Phaethusa, who goes by Amelia after her aviatrix role model, narrates the rich and frequently comic intrigue, which takes full advantage of the alluring juxtapositions that arise when the soul of a "montrosity from beyond the edge of space and time" is trapped in a nubile teen's heaving breast. Mythological references and discursions on the nature of reality may prove substantial barriers for some; Wright's growing fandom will revel in his overlapping frames of reference. Jennifer Mattson
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I was surprised that I did not enjoy this book because I loved Wright's Golden Age trilogy. But the writing in Orphans of Chaos and the other books in this series (I made it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by m888
I actually got this when it was free for the kindle, then had to buy the DTB editions for the second two. I did like it enough to eventually do a re-read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christopher J. Moran
It's great. if you like the premise, you will like the novel. The only drawback, as with a lot of Wright's books, is that he packs so many interesting events, digressions,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by maniac
Full disclosure: I always read the one-star reviews before I buy anything. With this one, what they were saying--sexism, rape fantasies, general creepiness about the main... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Modern Xena
It sucked me in. A great book to read to take your mind off everything else.Published 10 months ago by van Oene
If there were negative stars, I would choose minus 5.
The author is pompous, patronizingly pedantic & miserably misogynistic. Read more
Realy good story and charcotor's the only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is becoucse it's a hard readPublished 13 months ago by JMW
Readers should be aware that this trilogy is really one story broken up into 3 separate books, and the entire ride is great from beginning to end. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris
Not terrible, but this book, and the other one in the series, could use some seasoning of experience on the writer's part. Perhaps this is an up-and-coming writer?Published 19 months ago by Nadia