Book Review: Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?




After Lena’s 17th moon when she claimed herself for both the Light and the Dark, everyone returns to Gatlin. But, as it soon turns out, because Lena made this choice, she has destroyed The Order of Things which, if left broken, will bring forth the ending of man. So far there has been an incredible heat wave, a swarm of locus and the lake has dried up. Mrs Lincoln, the resident religious fanatic, has attributed these phenomena as the apocalypse and is urging everyone to get in with the Lord and save themselves before it’s too late. Even though Mrs Lincoln is wrong about the reason, it does seem like the world is ending.

While all this is going on Ethan, Lena, Link and Ridley are trying to get back into an normal rhythm at Jackson High. Ridley is not a Siren anymore and she is having a  hard time with it. But even though she doesn’t have powers anymore, for some reason she still seems able to do magic and influence people. This goes on until she Casts a Furor curse on Savannah Snow’s party and it becomes apparent that there is no way that she is able to cast these Casts on her own. Lena, Liv and Ethan then find out that she has been hiding John Breed in her house and channelling his magic. After his Ridley disappears and doesn’t show back up until she has convinced Sarafine to giver her her powers back.

Meanwhile, Ethan is dealing with some stuff of his own. It seems like he is losing pieces of himself. He can’t remember phone numbers or people that he has known all his live. He suddenly doesn’t like chocolate milk or Amma’s scrambled eggs anymore and sometimes he even sees a different person in the mirror. Whatever is happening to him, it is enough to scare Amma enough to seek help from a male Seer in New Orleans, someone who she would ordinarily never approach as he uses a form of magic that is very dark.

In the midsts of all of this Abraham and Sarafine show up a couple of times. The first time they come looking for John Breen, convinced that Ethan knows where he is. When Ethan doesn’t give them the information that they are after, Abraham and Sarafine call up an army of vexes that nearly destroy the town, burn down the library and break down the house of Ethan’s great aunts. This puts his aunt Pruedence into a coma.

The second time that Abraham and Sarafine come to town is to talk to Lilum, the Wheel of Fate, who has taken the English teacher, Mrs English, as a host. Abraham tries to convince Lilum to create a new, dark, Order of Things. However, Lilum is having none of it saying

“I am the Lilum. Time. Truth. Destiny. The Endless River. The Wheel of Fate. You do not command me.”

And she banishes them from the room. When Abraham and Sarafine are gone, she talks to Ethan, who was there where all of this went down. She tells Ethan that the only way to recreate the Order of Things is to find the One who is Two and have him pay the ultimate sacrifice.


Now this.. this is a book. In my review of Beautiful Darkness I said that Beautiful Darkness was a filler book. There isn’t much happening in that book and it feels a bit like the whole storyline in that book could have been shortened and be made a part of another book. Beautiful Chaos on the other hand is so packed with action scenes and drama and general awesomeness that it may have been a better idea to put part of it in Beautiful Darkness in order to make it a little bit less overwhelming. I had to take a break from reading this book because it was pretty much all action all the time.

Don’t get me wrong though, it is a great book. After reading Beautiful Darkness I was a little bit afraid that it wouldn’t get any better but it definitely did. There are a lot of plot twists again that I enjoyed very much and there are even more people involved than originally were. However, I do hope that they don’t involve even more people in the story that seemed to just be a random person in town. This book was so charming because everything happened in a small town right under the noses of all the citizens. It would kinda defeat the purpose if almost every person in town was involved in some way or other.

I do like the Wheel of Fate arc even though I was a bit apprehensive at first. When I first started reading The Caster Chronicles I was enchanted with the fact that the main character wasn’t the person that was the centre of the plot, if you get what I mean? In the first two books it was all about Lena and he was just there, living it with her. However, when it seemed like Lena was once again the person that the story was about, I started to get a bit weary. So, I was glad that it wasn’t the case. I’m glad that in the end, the writers made the decision to make Ethan the person who has the power to fix everything. I also quite like the fractured soul bit. Very cool.

Also: John and Liv ❤

I am very enthusiastic about the fact that there is a fourth instalment of the series. (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) After Ethan dies in the third book, I guess it would have been easy to stop the series there. The Order of Things was fixed after all.. but no, the writers decided to keep writing and keep Ethan alive even after his death. With that I also like that they didn’t switch point of view. They stick with Ethan in the Otherworld. I’m very curious to see what Beautiful Redemption will bring.

Rating: 3,5/5


Author: EMK

Just blogging away in my free time while I try to make something of my life

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