Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway
Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1) by Jen McConnel
Title:Daughter of Chaos
Series:Red Magic #1 Author:Jen McConnel Published:25th March 2014 by Month9Books Source:E-copy from the author for my honest review Synopsis:
Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.
Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.
Magic and witches are a really common theme in books but in Daughter of Chaos the author weaves her own unique spin on things which I really enjoyed. I loved that it encompassed so many different mythologies and we get to meet some Greek, Hindu, and Polynesian/Hawaiian Goddesses to name a few! The different paths of magic were interesting too. There are 4 paths a witch can choose; White, Black, and Green Magic are the known, taught paths but there is also a lesser known more dangerous/unique path called Red Magic which are protagonist, Lena, accidentally stumbles into.
The magic's colours give you a clue as to what they're about, White Magic is often seen as 'good' and 'righteous' while Black Magic is seen as the opposite, though the magic itself is not evil/bad. Green Magic is a balance between the two and, as the colour suggests, often leads to a terrific green thumb. Now, Red Magic is something different, it 'controls' chaos, and since it is such a powerful, dangerous magic it is only ever wielded by three witches at one time and each Red Witch governs a different portion of the world.
Sorry about all that info, I just found it all so fascinating and wanted to share what I could without giving away spoilers! The characters were good though I found Lena's 'break-up' with Justin (no spoilers! They had broken up prior to the story's beginning!) very silly. Her reasons for the break-up seemed very immature and I also found it strange that early on she'd stated Justin still loved her, but after that she kept cross-examining everything he did wondering if he still had feelings for her. Lena was very silly about the whole relationship thing, but I will forgive her as she was going through a lot of stuff. I suppose having Gods breathing down your neck all the time would frazzle anyone's brain!
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the story and the different mythologies and magics really gave this book it's own stand-out qualities and uniqueness. There were a couple of little things that annoyed me, but overall I enjoyed the story and am interested to see where it goes. A very good start to a series!
Author Bio - Jen McConnel
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She's a graduate of Western Michigan University, and she also earned her MS in Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Follow Jen on Twitter @Jen_McConnel, and visit www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.