Fragile Chaos

Book Cover: Fragile Chaos
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ISBN: 978-1-946024-01-5
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ISBN: 978-1-946024-24-4
Size: 9.00 x 6.00 in
Pages: 272
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ISBN: 978-1-946024-00-8
Size: 8.50 x 5.00 in
Pages: 300
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“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?

“You're the only war I can't win. The only war I don't want to.”

Fragile Chaos is Amber R. Duell's debut novel invoking the myth of Cupid and Psyche, and Persephone and Hades, with a modern mythological twist.

“It feels as if my soul has detached, soaring away from my body toward his.”

Publisher: RadiantTeen
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Reviews:Abby Hargreaves (D.C. Public Library) on School Library Journal wrote:

Gr 8 Up–Mortal Cassia and god of war Theodric take turns telling their story as a loose tribute to “Beauty and the Beast.” As Cassia’s homeland is besieged by war and she is left without a family, Theodric struggles with the challenges of being rendered powerless by his brother. When a group of devoted followers kidnap Cassia and sacrifice her to the god of war, Cassia finds herself on the other side of life. She learns if she and Theodric “consummate” their relationship, he will owe her peace in her homeland. But there may be something else she wants, and she’s willing to play the game to get it. Meanwhile, Theodric faces power struggles among his siblings—gods of other concepts, including death. Although without a strong sense of place or time, this novel, with a political plot woven with romance, will engage fans of the postapocalyptic and fantasy genres. Theodric differs from typical male love interests; he’s more emotionally aware, if easily angered, than the usual brooding loner. While Cassia is somewhat less defined aside from her love of scavenger hunts and general feistiness, the chemistry between the pair is undeniable. This is an admirable debut with well-developed relationships in an uncertain setting and lots of romance to go around. VERDICT Fans of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Holly Black’s Tithe will enjoy; purchase where reimaginings and urban fantasy are popular.

Leah T. Brown on From the Editor wrote:

This fast-paced novel hit all my happy spots: a strong, witty protagonist; romance; mythology; family drama; love and sacrifice. And to top it all off, beautiful writing by Amber Duell. If you're looking for your next read, something you won't be able to put down, you won't be disappointed with this book. Highly recommended.

Abby Reed, Author of When Planets Fall wrote:

A great book for anybody who loves the myth of Cupid and Psyche…I loved the…mashup of modernity with the mythological

Kati on To Be Read wrote:

This mash-up of modern times and mythology combines elements of Beauty & the Beast and Hades & Persephone to create a totally original retelling

Jenny Yergin on Goodreads wrote:

A story full of romance, betrayal, and chaos is sure to attract those teens that enjoyed Percy Jackson but are ready for something more mature

Jordan on Young Adult Book Madness wrote:

Filled with folklore, violence, epic battles, and tons of drama, Fragile Chaos is a gripping thrill ride

Liza on Quite the Novel Idea wrote:

Fragile Chaos is a great story of the follies of pride, the consequences of abusing power, and the power of love to heal all wounds

Olivia Chanel on Olivia Chanel wrote:

If you love a good young adult romance, mythology, and a story with high-stakes then you definitely need to read Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Tawney on Twinning for Books wrote:

The slow smoldering romance that Theo and Cassia can’t deny greatly pushes each page with anticipation

Rachel on Rachel's Book Reviews wrote:

This author's first novel is an extreme display of promise

Kariny on Kariny's Book Frenzy wrote:

Loved Theo's complex character... Cassia was a really brave and sassy character who always had her head firmly on her shoulders...

About the Author

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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