- Series: The Great Way
- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Radar Avenue Press (December 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989828425
- ISBN-13: 978-0989828420
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way Into Chaos: Book One of The Great Way (Volume 1) Paperback – December 18, 2014
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About the Author
Child of Fire, Harry Connolly's debut novel and the first in The Twenty Palaces series, was named to Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Novels of 2009. Both sequels, Game of Cages and Circle of Enemies, received starred reviews. Since then, he has published a book set in the Spirit of the Century rpg setting, King Khan. He has also self-published a Twenty Palaces prequel titled, cleverly, Twenty Palaces and a collection of short fiction called Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths and Other Tales of Dark Fantasy. This book is part of a series that was funded by a phenomenally successful Kickstarter. Harry lives in Seattle with his beloved wife, his beloved son, and his beloved library system. You can find him online at: http://www.harryjconnolly.com
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I have to say that I wasn't ready when I got the book. I just couldn't devote enough time, and The Way Into Chaos takes some devotion to get into. There are a lot of characters, a huge world, and crazy creatures that you have learn. Casual reading just got me confused. After a few failed attempts, I waited until I had a few hours straight to start right. I'm very glad I did.
The Way Into Chaos is almost like a mix of The Lord of the Rings and Stephen King. Quickly you get pulled into the mystery of what is going on and the multiple peoples. The characters are all well developed with their own motivations. Survival is on the top of everyone's list, but #2 isn't always what you might think. I found the familiar mixed with new concepts so well done.
Great start. You must give The Way Into Chaos the time it needs to put it's mark on you, but I promise that it will if you let it.
Also, I am pleased to say that this is Epic Fantasy with No Rapey Parts. Bad things happen, but not that, and there are women with agency who are not just collectible plot tokens or prizes. And no Chosen One or Pig Boy Destined to Overthrow Great Evil. Basically, everything I dislike in Epic Fantasy is missing from this novel, leaving more room for things I love.
If you liked Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series or Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, I highly recommend this series to you (and vice versa).
Beginning the book, I expected a more classic 'coming of age' type storyline with based around Prince Lar, the charismatic and predictably unfocused son of a dedicated king and queen. With the story told from the point of view of his weapons master and one of his friends, there was some inevitability to Lar learning responsibility, finding meaning, and uniting his people.
Except that's not the case.
It's a very well-told story that loses some focus shortly before the climax. I'd definitely recommend it, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
The main threat/evil, the way it was described, felt like everyone was getting attack by a bunch of hairy grimaces from mcdonalds.
This book is lame.
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