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Having two of his fingers cut off at an early age hadn't done much to make Xandrith an agreeable fellow. Besides marking him as a pariah and having him shunned by even his own family, it had also hurt. A lot. Being stripped of a few of his fingers and cast out of the Order of Mages had left him bitter and angry, but if there was any consolation to be had it was that he was doing rather well in his new line of work. While perforating people for money might not have been the most noble of callings, it was quite lucrative. Well, it had been quite lucrative.
In a conspiracy of fate seemingly beyond his control, Xan soon finds himself facing a dilemma of conscience, and that isn't something he's familiar with. One dilemma leads to another, and before long the mage-turned-assassin finds himself performing more and more honorable deeds. Worse yet, without even attempting to do so he manages to acquire friends and to develop a sense of compassion.
As Xan struggles with his burgeoning humanity, a terrible darkness begins to wake in the world. The Order of Mages, once an overbearing power of control, seems to be losing its grip as a terrifying doom of their own creation rises in the north. As if that isn't enough, the horror brought upon the world by the folly of the mages may be only the precursor to something far more sinister.
©2014 Heath Pfaff (P)2015 Heath Pfaff
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-01-18

You will be left awake after reading this

I love fantasy and I adore horror, and this has elements of both genres in it. What I love is that it "stars" a cast out mage who turns to assassination to survive, and somewhere along the way he begins to develop compassion and build a group of friends. Each book deals with an issue caused by the order of mages, and as the danger looms bad things happens to our reluctant hero. This guy is like John Maclaine from die hard, the more you beat him the tougher he gets. Book two deals more with his apprectice, but when he reappears in book three you will really be sorry he shows back up. Things have not gone in his favor.

The only negative is that the ending was a little predictable, but that can be forgiven for everthing else that you get in the rest of the series. The series is fantasy, but the horror tones are there, and I could see it getting flipped into a Horror trilogy flavored with fantasy. It owrks either way. The action and blood really flies and by the end you will be breathing hard from excitement.

Oh, and lemme tell ya about Paul J. McSorley. He elevates this whole series with just some intonations, a mastery of voices, and an inner Metronome that speeds up or slows down instinctively as needed. Good narrators like him are a rare gem.

Get this book and get chills.

Read it now!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-10-17

Amazing story

I loved how this book built upon its characters, and how there was always something to make me keep wanting to listen. The narrator did a great job at capsulizing each character as well. Every bit of this from story to narration was done beautifully.

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4 out of 5 stars
By henry on 05-01-16

Terrible reading, great story.

Would you listen to Chaos Awakens Trilogy again? Why?

No. The reading grates too much

Who was your favorite character and why?

Xandrith is a great hero.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul J. McSorley’s performances?

Certainly not!

Any additional comments?

Its testament to the quality of the story that I put up with the reading. Tripping over words and incredibly bad voices nearly ruined it (the falsetto fae queen saying "we must away" nearly broke me, as did the wizard with an attempted Jamaican accent. The story is everything you want in a fantasy book though and I would still recommend.

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4 out of 5 stars
By B. Frost on 10-21-16

Simple pleasures!

i enjoyed this story quite a lot.

Got a few twists and turns and on the odd occasion I did chuckle to myself.

i would recommend this to anyone who likes dark fantasy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katelyn on 03-11-17


I really enjoyed the way this story was delivered, there was emotion and excitement in the various voices. Very well performed.
The story itself has lots of twists and turns. These three books in-one was definitely worth it! Highly recommend.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-07-17


Was a solid read, nothing exceptional but enjoyable enough. Good value for the price paid.

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