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  • Mass Market Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (6 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765353814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765353818
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marktfo on 11 Sep 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another gem from the master of easy to read Fantasy.

Duncan's books are like a creamy soft chocolate after a diet of stodgy so called "High Fantasy". Which I have come to conclude refers to either; the height of the books stacked on top of one another or the price you have paid for the tower of a collection by the time you have reached the end of the series.

The attraction of his books is the very fact that they are fun and easy to read. There is no commitment to an unending list of volumes of a world the author can't seem to leave behind long after their readers have. His stories are witty, direct, action packed and though the plots are often complex and intriguing, there is no need to be Einstein's more intelligent distant cousin to untangle them.

This book tells the tale of siblings torn from their homeland during an invasion by barbarian hordes. Their experiences as they come to terms with their adopted families, the Gods they have chosen to follow and the realisation that one of them will have to return home to take up the reins of ruler ship from a father they can barely remember.

For those who have read Duncan before the style reminds me of more of the Omar books than any of his others. For those that haven't read Duncan books before give yourself a well earned treat!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A fabulous fantasy read 21 Jun 2006
By Karen Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dave Duncan's a writer you can always rely on to entertain with style, wit and sharp observations of human nature. Children of Chaos is the first volume in a duology, his first work since leaving behind the Tales of the King's Blades (another brilliant fantasy series, the first book is The Gilded Chain, do yourself a favour and read it now!).

In a nutshell: 4 children are taken as hostages by an invading army. They are separated for many years, and when they finally meet again they've become very different people. The question Duncan poses is: can these four strangers tied by blood find a way to become a family again and save their true homeland from the ravages of a ruthless enemy? Even though each is horribly scarred, physically and emotionally, by their experiences as hostages in enemy hands?

As you'd expect from Duncan, the book is fast-paced, with deft characterisations and really snappy dialogue. For me, one of the absolute standouts is the world/culture building. In particular the creation of the Werists, warriors who undergo hideous transformations in order to fight, is one of the finest examples of speculative fiction I've read in recent times.

Duncan doesn't write the really huge doorstop fantasies, his books are lean and mean -- but quality oozes from every page. Bottom line is, I live in Australia and I buy Duncan in imported US hardcover -- which costs a bomb. Every penny is hugely well spent.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Duncan never disappoints 21 Jun 2006
By Laura M. Bangerter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After two years without a new Dave Duncan novel I was really excited for this one to come out. Typical of Duncan, Children of Chaos has interesting characters, fast paced adventure, plot twists, and some stuff to gross you out. The characters are realistic in that they are not perfect and thus not above revenge, greed, and misguided perceptions. There are a few clear bad guys, but you aren't sure whether the main characters are really the good guys. The novel ends at a good spot so that you get some closure but with enough suspense that you wish you had the sequel right now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good characters, intriguing plot 4 Jun 2007
By D. G. Hulan - Published on Amazon.com
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Duncan has created a dodecahedral world (impossible by the laws of physics, but this is fantasy) ruled by a pantheon of 13 gods and goddesses. Most people worship at least the 12 "Bright Ones," but some chose to be "henotheists," who dedicate themselves to only one deity, though they acknowledge the existence and power of the others (since the gods take an active role in the world, it's hard to deny). The children of Harg - four sons and a daughter (who's also the mother of the sons) have taken over one face of the dodecahedron and try to take over an adjacent one, relying on the followers of the war/storm god Weru. But they make a mistake when they take the four children of the Doge of Celebre hostage, and a worse one when they try to draft the children of the second face into their Werist army. Most of the story takes place 15 years after the invasion of the second face, and follows the four children - now adult or nearly so - as they begin to move toward each other. I liked this book a lot, and am liking the sequel, MOTHER OF LIES, even better, though I haven't finished it yet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Great Start 16 Mar 2007
By Jerry Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the first of a duology, and I'm desperately waiting for book two.

I'm not sure why this world is a dodecahedron, but whatever. Dave Duncan is an accomplished writer and this is a wondrous book filled with reading pleasure. Yeah, you've read the synopses. They don't give a decent hint of the flavorfulness of this book. Buy it, read it, enjoy!

Fantasy Fans Will Enjoy This One 6 Aug 2007
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book starts slowly. If this is your first Duncan book, set this aside and get one of the other ones and then come back to this book and its followup. If you like Duncan, do not be put off by the slow start. I do not know why, but these characters are not as easy to warm up to as some of his other characters. Maybe that is an interesting characteristic of this book; these people are all scarred by their pasts and all faced with their worlds falling apart. We do not see them in a state of youthful, pastoral bliss, as is often the case in fantasy novels where we see characters comfortable in their little villages.

There are also a lot of characters introduced in this first book and so it takes a while to really get the feel for the book and people. Some of this first book in the series seems a bit off balance, as in the lengthy scenes where Fabia rides around in a chariot with a personal guard, a character who is a large part of a few pages and then disappears. Who knows. Maybe he will reappear in book two?

But eventually the pieces all fall into place and the ending is quite good.
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