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The city of Peradain is the heart of an empire built with steel, spears, and a monopoly on magic...until in a single day it falls, overthrown by a swarm of supernatural creatures of incredible power and ferocity. Neither soldier nor spell caster can stand against them.
The empire's armies are crushed, its people scattered, its king and queen killed. Freed for the first time in generations, city-states scramble to seize neighboring territories and capture imperial spell casters. But as the creatures spread across the land, these formerly conquered peoples discover they are not prepared to face the enemy that destroyed an empire.
Can the last Peradaini prince, pursued by the beasts that killed his parents, cross battle-torn lands to retrieve a spell that might - just might - turn the battle against this new enemy?
©2014 Harry Connolly (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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By Daniel Olson on 09-16-16

Made me want to buy more credits

For the first time in two years, I am tempted to buy more credits just So I can get the next two books. I do not have the capacity to put into words how great the characters are, how intriguing the story is, nor how breathless I was left with the pace. When the book was done, I was left yelling, "ALREADY?!!!"

As for performance, Michael Kramer was the reason I purchased the book in the first place. The man could read a chemistry book and keep me entranced.

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By Jason Grosch on 09-19-16

Great story, believable characters, and man-bears!

Would you listen to The Way into Chaos again? Why?

No. I don't listen to audiobooks twice. Nothing against the book, but my memory is sufficient for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way into Chaos?


When the scholar near the end of the book goes hollow and knocks the protagonist off the flying cart onto the riverbank.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the grunt (hereafter referred to as man-bears) jumps off the tower at the fleeing protagonists. One character pushes to sacrifice himself to save the others and they pool together to save him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

Here are the good aspects of this book:

The characters are believable. This is a big deal for me. I am so tired of reading or listening to books where the characters do something that does not make any sense and is only done to further the plot along as the author wants.

The interactions between local lords and larger empires seem very plausible, especially considering the use of marriage, hostages, metal, and mages as resources to maintain order.

Issues of religion, nationalism, racism, and slavery are all handled in reasonable ways.

The magic system is interesting, powerful with major drawbacks. If scholars (mages) use too many spells they become violent sociopaths.

There are a lot of interesting monsters that are brought up in the book. One of the main ones are man-bears, which is both awesome and hilarious (if you are a South Park fan).

The narrator is great.

Here are some of bad aspects of this book:

You never really get to know as much about magic as you'd like, especially when you learn that all the magic was gained from a set of mysterious people who come to the kingdom every 20 years or so. Who are these guys? What is up with the portal they come out of?

Only two perspectives: an older war veteran and a young 15 year old girl. I feel that some more variety could have been added to include another, maybe as an interlude or something halfway through.

The ending of the book is a cliffhanger. I think that books should end at some form of resolution, even if it is a local one and the bigger global issues remain ahead.

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By louis daniel tetley beazley on 08-28-16

I have enjoyed this book

good fiction in my opinion not just fantasy stereotypes, solid performance by Michael Kramer! worth a listen.

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By zoe on 05-10-17

kramer does it again

well kramer can read anything! intresting story concept. he brings them all to life in your head.

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