E-ARC Review: Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell — A YA Debut that Infuses Myth with Reality

Hi guys! I am super excited for next week because I have two major events happening! The first one is my DECA State Convention, in which I will be competing in Marketing Communications! I really hope that I will be able to win and qualify for Internationals! The second is the SE-YA Book Fest, which I had the wonderful opportunity of driving through 4 inches of snow and meeting so many fabulous authors! Truly, I am so excited to see so many of my author friends again and make many new connections! Today, I have for you a review of Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell. I hope you enjoy!

About the BookFragile Chaos

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?


3 Stars

Thanks so much to the author for sending me a free electronic review copy in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

I had really high expectations for Fragile Chaos the first time I encountered both the book and the author. The premise intrigued me very much, and I was really interested by the infusion of mythology along with romance and action. While this fantasy certainly had many strong points—such as its world-building—it felt a bit short of my expectations. I wished I could have been sucked into the book and transported into the book’s world, but I felt very detached. I became more focused, unfortunately, with trying to complete the book rather than enjoy and savor it.

Fragile Chaos did have some intricate world-building, which I have got to say. The mortal and immortal realms were very well-crafted, and I would love to learn more about them. The only problem is that since the map didn’t format well in my Kindle copy, I didn’t have a good picture of where everything exactly was. In addition, the author definitely puts you on the edge of your seat at times. You just want to know what will happen next, and you find yourself running through the pages. It does hook you from the beginning, and it has the potential to enrapture you in all the mythology and conflict. I also liked the characters, too. There was a wide array of gods and humans with staggering differences and personalities, which adds to the tension.

For some reason, though, the mythology just did not click with me as much as I had thought I would. I just did not like it. I really didn’t enjoy the romance that much, too. The book fell a bit flat for me, and I wished I could have been more transported into the story. When I got to end, there were a few plot holes that made me even more confused, especially with all the questions I had. Certainly it did have the potential to wow me, but unfortunately it did not meet my high standards.

If you are a big fan of books that use mythology as a central backdrop, then I recommend you to try out Fragile Chaos! While it wasn’t the best fit for me, I really hope that it will be a great read for you. Fragile Chaos is a YA debut that infuses myth with reality. It’s a great novel for readers who love fantasy and romance, and it has some spectacular world-building that has the potential to fascinate you for a long time. 

About the Author

Amber R. Duell
Photo Taken by Melissa L. Dimos


Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

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+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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