Son of War, Daughter of Chaos
By Janette Rallison
Publisher: Janette Rallison
Published: July 2, 2014
Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for people with the signs: greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has
When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.
Aislynn Brosna and her family live like fugitives, always watching for the enemy. Who the enemy is, she's not quite sure. But she's been taught to watch for a slower than normal heartbeat, immunity to cold weather, eyes that flash green, exceptional strength and the ability to fly. Every time her dad thought the enemy was on to them they dropped everything and moved - first to either the Arctic or Antarctic, then to somewhere else. She'd lived all over the world by the time she was a senior in high school.
Recently her mother had been killed in a car accident and now it was just her, Roark and her father. Aislynn finds her father and Roark overprotective. Right now she's decided she wants a boyfriend and she's set her sights on her brother's team mate Dane. Roark says he asks too many questions. But Aislynn wants to live life to the fullest
Aislynn's father has always told her that he would tell her more about her heritage when she was older. The way things turned out, her father couldn't wait for her to get any older before he had to tell her about her heritage since their enemies were suddenly very actively hunting them down.
Son of War, Daughter of Chaos was a captivating book right from the first sentence. It was hard to put this book down. There were so many intriguing twists and turns, I wondered how this book could possibly turn out without one side or the other being totally wiped out.
I enjoyed the love triangle aspect. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing Aislynn's first love anguish and angst at his betrayal (or was it) and at the love and pressure to conform from her second love
The theme of which is more important - follow love, or follow what is right was also excellently shown. The struggle for Aislynn may have been resolved, but I think the book shows that it still remains a question for many of the other characters in the book.
I found Aislynn to be a very likeable character. I also liked Dane, although I did not agree with his desire to kill his enemies, even though he felt he was bringing justice. His justice was vigilante justice, not lawful justice.
While the characters of most of the Setites were likeable, I could not agree with their belief that they were doing the right thing. I think that Aislynn came up with a brilliant solution to the problem (at least for a year). I would love to see a sequel to this book, to find out what happens after the year is up.
Son of War, Daughter of Chaos was a fast paced, exciting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I gave this novel 4 out of 5 stars. Readers of young adult paranormal fiction are sure to enjoy it. Highly recommended.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.
Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horseback riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)
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