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(Guards of the Shadowlands #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,710 ratings  ·  307 reviews
With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet ...more
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Skyscape
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Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)






~~~~~~EDITED REVIEW~~~~~~

5 Stars

Wonderfully written, and brilliantly crafted, CHAOS was a dark and dangerous world full of monsters, veng
Missy Haney
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been craving the finale of this series since last December. I happened upon it when I finished Hunger Games for the second time and the Divergent series and was looking to fill the void with similar dystopian young adult novels. Imagine my surprise when I finished Fractured and went searching for book 3 and it...wasn't...available. SAY WHAT! And I had to wait almost a year just to find out its name. Of course I preordered it AND woke up early on October 7 to make sure it downloaded and star ...more
Wendy Darling
Man, Fine knows how to write a great romantic relationship. I had a few quibbles, but overall this was a pretty satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Full review is on the blog!
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 I'd go to hell for you Stars

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Chaos revisits some of the elements that brought me into this series in the first place. I love the idea of the dimensions the author creates after death. Sanctum was full of different, sometimes grotesque imagery of a portion of hell set aside for those who committed suicide. Fractured lost something when they were in the real world and just attending High School. Yes, it can be like hell on earth, but it really didn’t begin to compare to the suicide city. Chaos
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you'd asked me even a month ago, I'd have told you that Chaos was probably a finale I'd pass on. I loved Sarah Fine's Sanctum but ever since Fractured, I've been less-than-impressed by her work. Granted, Of Metal and Wishes was promising and I haven't even read Scan, but nothing Fine has written since Sanctum has managed to truly capture my attention.

And then Chaos arrived on my doorstep.

I rarely say this, but Chaos is an incredible conclusion to an innovative series. Sanctum was thought-pr
Actual rating: 1.5 stars.

Unoriginal and predictable. I don't care for it.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

This series and I have sort of a love/hate relationship. I listened two the first two book in audio format, and enjoyed both, to varying degrees. The second book was far worse, with the high school setting being boring and the plot being repetitive, but it still had some redeeming factors. My favorite part of this series has always been the concept. The whole afterlife realm was something I hadn't seen before in paranormal, especially in YA paranormal. I was very excited to see what b
AHHH can't believe this trilogy is over :( I have so many feelings right now.. Love her writing so much
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-favorites

Chaos was such an amazing conclusion to The Guards of Shadowlands series. I know everyone is probably fed up with my constant praising of this series, but honestly, it's a series that truly does deserve to be read by many more readers. For me, it's one of my favorite series and one that I will not hesitate to go back to in the near future.

The ending of Fractured nearly killed me, so I was glad to already have Chaos in hand. This final installment takes Lela to the Mazikin city and if you thought
Steysha Kravits
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Fine is the Queen of angst. The second half of the book was an emotional rollercoaster. I will miss those characters.
OMG, have you seen this beauty???

I love those creepy thrones made of human skulls! I thought it`s impossible, but now I want to read it even more! Can`t wait!

Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I know, I know. I'm late to the Sarah Fine/Guards of the Shadowlands/Malachi party, but better late than never! After that shocking ending in Fractured, I was nervous and wasn't sure where Chaos would take us. I love and hate that feeling where you're not sure if the main characters will get their HEA. I was on edge the whole time while I was listening to this! It's always hard to review end-of-series books without any spoilers, but here's my best shot...

I was a bit surprised by how dark this bo
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I could not have asked for a better ending to one of my favorite series...seriously. Some things went the way I'd expected, but there were a lot of surprises, as well...and not all of them welcome. But I can honestly say that this final installment was everything I was hoping for, and then some.

Obviously, with the way Fractured  ended, we knew Lela
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After the devastating cliffhanger in the previous book Fractured, I was dying to know the fate of Lela and Malachi! I had no idea what would go down or how things would be resolved in this final book, but knowing what the characters had already gone through in the first two books, I knew it wasn't going to be easy for them. Or even me as a reader, since I knew I had to prepare myself for the all the heartbreaking moments to come.

It really was no surprise that Chaos had me hooked from the very fi
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
A copy of this review is also on my blog:

Chaos is the third instalment in the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I read the first two books, Sanctum and Fractured, last year and was really looking forward to the conclusion.

At the end of Fractured, everything seemed to have gone a bit wrong for poor old Lela and her companions. The mazikin had broken through to the mortal realm and were busy terrorizing everyone; people were killed, Malachi was possessed and it was just
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Chaos by Sarah Fine
Book Three of the Guards of the Shadowlands
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
With the stunning cliffhanger that was Fractured, it was no wonder I was literally jumping up and down when I received a copy of Chaos. I was so very excited, nervous, anxious and of course sad to have this last installment in what has truly been a deliciously dark and haunting series.

I needed to know the fate of Malachi and Lela and yet I didn't want it to be the end either. It is so very hard to say goodbye to those characters that feel like family. To those that have wormed their way into yo
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
We're going to a place that makes hell look like a picnic...

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Yes!!! That's more like it!

After the terribleness of leaving the Dark City of the first book to go to high school in the second book (ugh!), we are rewarded for trudging through it by getting to travel to the mazikin city and its horrors. And it's very horrible! Yay!

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He would love it.

Finally, the brilliance of the first book shines through again.

Lela and Malachi are back to where they should be, and Lela is back to her kick-ass self
Minni Mouse
4.5 stars and a terrific end to a trilogy. What makes this book such a masterful end to a series is its ability to both raise what's at stake ("Save the cheerleader, save the world!") but at the same time, bring the story home on a personal level.

On one hand, Lela and her new Captain must sneak into the Mazikin city, perform an impossible rescue, somehow overthrow the Queen of the Mazikin, and destroy the Mazikin portal forever. During this process there are multiple instances of "But wait - th
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chaos by Sarah Fine was one of my highly anticipated reads of this year. With Fractured everything was tossed upon its head and we were left with many unanswered questions and a gaping hole in my heart. I was ready for anything that Sarah would throw my way and hoping that the characters that had been through so much, would finally get the happy ending that they deserved.

The settings that Fine has focused on her last two books have been spectacular, I loved the worlds she was able to create and
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Chaos is the final installment in the Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy by Sarah Fine. Chaos picks up right where Fractured left off, so if you haven't yet read Fractured, do so now. Lela Santos world has literally been turned on its side ever since her best friend committed suicide. She dove in without any hesitation to save her from the Shadowlands and found love and a second chance in the process with Malachi. Now, she must put her own life
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
The Perfect ending for perfect series (and really emotional one). Lela and Ana were so great together.
I love love love Malachi!

“He thought I was strong, but he was willing to lay down his life to protect me. He thought I was beautiful, but he treated me as a precious gift instead of something to take for his own pleasure. He thought I was worth something, and he was worth everything to me. This man had endured lifetimes of suffering, but he could still love, and give, and dream of his future.
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Now that's what I call a perfect ending. I had fun with this series. It started off wonderful, but of course there were bumps along the way. Still, the end made up for all of it. Great series overall.
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Chaos is the type of conclusion one wishes for. The story that we've been introduced to in the first two books peaks and wraps up in this final installment. The pace didn't slow down for a minute and kept me glued to the pages. My emotions were all over the place and so intense that I might have permanently damaged my heart. And the ending was ridiculously perfect and satisfyingly complete. In one word, it was epic.

Lela and Malachi are one of my favorite couples ever
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This was an interesting end to the series, and I was glad that we got a happy ending.

Lela was focused in this book, and I liked how she took charge and tried her hardest to rescue Malachi, even when the odds were stacked against her.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and Lela managed to achieve the impossible at least 3 times! Every time one task was completed, it seemed that there were still more challenges for this crew to face, and it took a while before thing
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably the best book relationship I've seen and it was a satisfying ending to this long series
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars: A thrilling and brutal ending to a fantastic series.

Lela storms into the Sanctum, demanding to see the Judge. There is no way she is going to allow the Mazikin to torture her beloved Malachi. The Judge gives Lela a nearly impossible mission. Lela must storm the Mazikin city, recover Malachi, kill the Mazikin Queen and destroy the portal that allows the Mazikin to walk in the land of the living. A nearly impossible task, but it doesn't matter, Lela, accompanied by Ana, is h
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I truly thought this finale was going to blow me away. The series has had a great built, and I was prepared for an intense, action packed, and emotional finale. I think it was those things, but ended up feeling so over the top that it fell flat.

If I had to sum this book up in one word I would say repetitive.

For a series that started off being so unique and original this finale let me down. There was a lot of action, and by a lot I mean the whole 400 page book was action packed, and there came a
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rereads
Why did it have to be over!!! Lela and Malachi are a couple I can read forever!! I Can't even write about this book because then I'll spill the whole thing! But I don't want to ruin it for you readers so I'm just gonna say that there was so much going on and I feel that in this book the Judge seems more giving....
BUT I love the book and I'm incredibly sad that it's over!!
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-fantasy
Not my favourite in the series, but I definitely enjoyed this book. A great conclusion, although the end felt a bit forced. What a fun series. (Of a lot of pain but fun.)

I would sell my soul to the Mazikin for this book right now.
My husband switched the Amazon account on our Kindle to his (he has Prime) and I lost a bunch of books, these included. Finally have a hard copy of Chaos!
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Guards of the Shadowlands (3 books)
  • Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
  • Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)
“He thought I was strong, but he was willing to lay down his life to protect me. He thought I was beautiful, but he treated me as a precious gift instead of something to take for his own pleasure. He thought I was worth something, and he was worth everything to me. This man had endured lifetimes of suffering, but he could still love, and give, and dream of his future. He was a leader who would sacrifice himself for the weak, who used all his gifts — his intelligence, his cunning, his strength — to protect others. It was a privilege to love him, even to have a shot at giving him the things he needed.” 12 likes
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