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M.K. Lobb

Autor/a de Seven Faceless Saints

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Obres de M.K. Lobb

Seven Faceless Saints (2023) 265 exemplars
Disciples of Chaos (2024) 15 exemplars


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DISCIPLES OF CHAOS concludes M. K. Lobb's Seven Faceless Saints duology. As with the first book, it is a book that is difficult to describe and even more difficult to analyze. It remains an action-packed, emotion-fueled story in which all characters are morally gray and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Before I discuss what I liked, I had a few issues with DISCIPLES OF CHAOS. First, I am not a fan of the "will they or won't they" trope, something Ms. Lobb adapts for Damian's behavioral changes. Roz and Damian spend so much time wringing their hands about Damian's increasing anger and what it might mean for him. Unfortunately, there are only so many times I can see the same plot point repeated, and the number of times Damian yells at Roz and then apologizes to her pushes me over that edge.

Also, Ms. Lobb introduces not one but two new baddies in DISCIPLES OF CHAOS. These baddies are so stereotypical and one-dimensional, that I don't know what value they bring to the story. Part of me wonders if the story would have been stronger if Ms. Lobb had kept one or two baddies from the previous book. At least then we wouldn't have had the introduction of two new characters who are nothing more than plot devices.

Lastly, Ms. Lobb chose to end her series with a resolution in which all parties achieve some form of satisfaction. However, for a while at least, it looked like she was going to end DISCIPLES OF CHAOS with a less traditional ending. Given the anger and bitterness that embodies both books, the non-traditional ending felt right in that it honored what each person was trying to accomplish. While I don't mind the ending, here is another area in which I wonder if a different choice would have improved the story even more.

Despite all of my nitpicks, I did enjoy DISCIPLES OF CHAOS. Roz is still so angry, and now we have even angrier Damian. Reading about their anger helped ease my anger towards the general state of the world right now. I could direct my anger towards Roz's and Damian's foes. Having something concrete like that eased some of my anxiety, which is always a goal of reading. Plus, the action is fast and furious, with plenty of twists that I did not anticipate. For its cathartic nature alone, DISCIPLES OF CHAOS is one to enjoy.
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jmchshannon | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 13, 2024 |
Damian Venturi isn't aware of it yet. But as small shifts start to crack the foundations of the Ombrazian power structure after the Rebellion's attack, cracks are beginning to show in Damian's own facade. Uncontrollable anger is bubbling to the surface and can't always be pushed down. Can he keep everyone safe, even from himself?

Rossana Lacertosa should feel victorious. She accomplished everything she set out to do, and more. The Rebellion's attack set countless prisoners free and brought attention to the unfairness in the Palazzo's structure. And Damian is back by her side where he belongs. Yet the war with Brechaat rages on and government officials are hellbent on keeping the status quo.

Then an Ombrazian general arrives from the front lines, and orders dozens of arrests, shipping Roz and Damian's friends up north. Determined to free those who matter most, Roz and Damian set their sights on Brechaat. But their journey is dogged by strange magic, and Damian shifts further from the boy he used to be.
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rachelprice14 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Nov 16, 2023 |
Borrowed the audiobook and book from the library. I saw the cover and I was immediately intrigued. This was something new for me, in terms of dark fantasy. Death and chaos play a key role in the story. The main protagonist, Damian, (a soldier turned detective), is tasked to investigate a murder. And Rossana, childhood friend and love interest, thinks there’s more to it, and it’s actually a series of murders. The plot twists and turns, and there are elements of psychological thriller. I thought the story was going to go in one direction, but completely went 180. There were some elements that I predicted, and some I didn’t; and so that was good. A lot of the book was world building, which is important; especially if there are potential sequels. I kind of want to see where the MC goes on his journey, and I really hope it’s what I think it will be.… (més)
philae_02 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 9, 2023 |
This was a fun listen... I enjoyed this audiobook on Audible (not a paid-for endorsement) and to be honest, I truly enjoyed every minute spent in this dark yet (possibly) hopeful world. There was a lot of scheming and machinations and a unique magic system. There was also reconnecting old bonds, rekindling old loves (??), and what zealot-steeped story featuring rebellion and betrayal would be complete without a smattering of murrrrderrr??

dum dum dummmm.

Well, this story sure didn't skimp on the stabby stabby (or other creative types of homicide)... they even had a hint of the macabre thrown in for good measure. The characters (especially our 2 MCs) were fleshed out quite well and if you were ever worried that you were a bad dad... fear not, this jerk of a dad has you beat... by a mile... unless


your dad hog-tied you and put you on a ship to serve on the front lines of a war you don't condone as fodder because you have zero magical ability and you struggled to solve some murder cases that your dad was actively sabotaging.


This audiobook had it all... it checked every box, and it even had two proficient orators to boot. The narrators chosen did a great job bringing this gritty whodunit to life. The backdrop was rich, dirty, and full-bodied. It was easy to get lost in the natural ebb and flow of the story and honestly, escaping within a well-written/nicely acted out yarn happens to be my sought-after happy place. IMO it's the best way to spend some late-night insomnia-laden hours. I'm excited to see what happens next... although with my poor memory, I am hoping that book #2 doesn't take forever to release. Oh, the woes of having Mind Mush (that's the technical term... I swear).

~ Enjoy
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BethYacoub | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Mar 14, 2023 |



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