The Gates of Golorath (Chaos of Souls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Arielle is a perfect main character for me, as a woman. She's at a point in her life where she's taking control of it for herself. She's not just letting people tell her what she should be doing anymore and she's become a stronger fighter and person. I love that the author made me wait for her to finally meet face to face with Angus; the man she makes an intense eye contact with toward the beginning of the story. The author made me wait until about the middle of the book before they finally meet and start talking and remembering their past together. The anticipation made me want to just keep reading and reading. I don't think I went through a book this long as fast as I did. The writing was so well done that I couldn't bring myself to stop reading it, I felt like I had a movie playing in my head the whole time.
I loved the unique idea of having their auras (sin'del) shown for the other characters to see how they react to certain things. And that they can be used for fighting and healing and communication.
I did feel that some fighting parts could've been elaborated more. They felt kind of short and I was left wanting to know a little more. But even so, I was so involved in this book that it was all I thought about and will be thinking about for a long time. I can't wait until the next part comes out!
The world Arielle and Angus live in is an elite military training camp. Military stories (for me) can be rather technical and drab, but this one was far from that. The fantasy element helped in that respect.
There are a lot of companions as part of Arielle and Angus's squad and later Pride. Initially it was difficult to keep track of who was who, but as the story progressed, they all became dear, and I wanted them all to succeed and survive--even the ones who are more minor characters.
Looking forward to reading the rest of the story in book 2.
Readers will find The Gates of Golorath, Chaos of Souls has the intrigue of Lord of the Rings; the military challenge of Games of Thrones; and the charm and magic of Harry Potter. The book does not end the story, but leaves the reader wanting to read the second book as soon as possible.
There is a lot of history between Arielle and Angus, and the other characters, and it is all well-written. It’s interesting how auras show how they feel and communicate. All the characters are well-rounded and unique. Even the narrator, who is not one of the main love interests, is exceptional.
This is a long book – over 600 pages! But it is a page-turner with a great rewarding ending. There’s a glossary at the end, that is extremely useful, but also necessary, as I had to flip back and forth to remember all the names of people and the long histories of each.
This is a great debut novel and I can’t wait to read more of this series.
Had the story just been fantasy, and the mesmerizing tale of Angus and Arielle, I would have easily given this story five stars. However, the various houses, pride pacts, squad leaders, then the history of beings between Heaven and Earth, made for a bunch of names to learn which ultimately lead to a ton of confusion for me. I did enjoy the history of Angus’ grandmother and the loss of her daughter who was ultimately reborn in both Arielle and Angus thus fusing them together, I just felt like there were too many genres cramped into one tale and I’m not sure how well that worked for me.
The story building in this lengthy novel is well written. The fantasy and the characters are so believable, so spellbinding as it pulls you right into the story that you find yourself several chapters deep before you realize that half the day has passed. At the very beginning, the author explains the characters on the first page, yet I was finding it hard to pronounce their names. However, there is a glossary at the very end to assist you with this.
Looking forward to reading the next installment in this series!