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Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents have instructed her from the time she was young to look for people with the signs: greater than normal strength, eyes that sometimes glow green, and the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents' fears as quirks and unfounded paranoia. They think life is like a horror no ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published July 2nd 2014 by Janette Rallison (first published July 2014)
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Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can honestly say that I've read this book many times, and each time it got better (because I rewrote it.) ...more
I was driving along last week on our road trip from Utah to Rhode Island, when this book popped into my head. It'd been awhile since I read it and thought I'd see if I liked it as much a second time around. And yes, I did!

The book opens with Aislynn starting at a new high school, but this move is different than all the other times her family has had to move. This time she finally starts to believe that her father’s paranoia over “the enemy” may actually be true. I liked Aislynn, she was easy to
Sherwood Smith
Feb 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: fantasy
This YA fantasy has a whole lot of my favorite tropes, like secrets, secret history, and Teens Getting Powers. It takes a bit of time to get going, as Aislynn, her overly protective brother Roark, and her dad move from place to place. Aislynn just wants to lead a normal life and go to college to study botany, but good luck with that what with her dad's total paranoia, their bullet proof house, ultra protected cell phones, and the fact that she never gets to go out on a date what with her gloweri ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got tired of waiting for the story to start. At Chapter 6, 16% of the way in, it still hasn't gone anywhere. Yeah, I get it, Aishlynn is frustrated trying to date. Dane is dreamy. Only we know from the blurb that there's more to him and I couldn't care less about the standard teen angst. Don't get me wrong, I have a soft-spot for YA romance and teen angst. But I came into this with expectations of the supernatural showing up and at this point it's all tease, tease, tease.

I've loved a number of
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Am I allowed to whine first in a review? Is that uncool? Well, I've just got to whine a little teeny bit. I'll tell you why. Whenever I read a book by Janette Rallison (or C.J. Hill) I walk away frustrated because I know the next book will take FOREVER to come out. The wait between books seems SO, SO long. (best whiny voice here) Why can't they just come out sooner so I don't have to wait so long?! Why are there no promises of a next book already in the works? Why?

Okay. Whine over.

I only say all
Donna Hatch
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy all of Janette Rallison's books but this one of her best! Filled with her usual wry humor and wit, not to mention plenty of hot guys and romance, this one had more adventure and intrigue than her usual books. It felt a lot more like her books published under the pen name CJ Hill--high adventure, high stakes, with a hint of paranormal. The love triangle only added to the conflict and left me wondering who I would choose if two totally hot, awesome guys like them wanted me. It starts off a ...more
Katie W
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into this story because of the likable characters and the fast-paced storyline. Aislynn is used to moving around and dealing with an overprotective dad and brother, but a kiss in the rain with her crush, Dane, changes everything. She finds herself in the middle of an ancient war, whether she likes it or not.

Stories like this just reinforce that I don't have much creativity flowing through my veins. There were so many elements that took me by surprise and the twists and tu
Aisha (seetheworldwithbooks)

JANETTE, YOU ARE ONE HELL OF A GENIUS!!!! To all tenagers out there, BUY HER BOOK NOW!!!! I guarentee you her books are all amazing! Especially this one since its soooooo amazing!!!!#fangirl mode: ON

Dane, i fucking love you ❤❤❤
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, read-again
5+ stars -- If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would!

Aislynn Brogan was born into an ancient war that she knows nothing about until she is a junior in high school. She always thought her parents' obsessive distrust of strangers was a quirk. When her mother died 8 months ago her older brother Roark became overprotective. She is falling in love with Roark's friend, Dane Breckinridge and Roark is not happy about it. Roark doesn't trust Dane and thinks that Dane asks too many questions.

This was pretty interesting and had a kinda cute romance. The mythology really bogged it down though (the mythology itself was interesting but the way it was told wasn't - there were long stretches that read like a fricken book report - NOT cool). The pacing was really wonky also.

2.5 stars
I love Janette Rallison's books so had high expectations going in and once again, she didn't disappoint! Aislynn thinks her father goes overboard when he secures their home like a fortress every time they move and keeps warning her about people with flashing green eyes and other physical abnormalities. She looked diligently for people matching that description when she was young, but she's tired of it. As far as she's concerned, she's a typical teenager trying to fit in and catch the attention o ...more
Nicki Chapelway
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think words can accurately express how much I love this book. And yet here I am attempting to do so anyway.

This book is deep, asking all sorts of philosophical questions between what is better; right and wrong or love. There is no easy way out for the characters. It's cruel really. I love it.

Also apparently everything having to do with Egyptian mythology will forever hold a special place in my heart. And this book has a lot of Egyptian mythology. It also has a lot of humor thanks to Rall
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Janette Rallison's books!
I read everything I can from her...LOVE THEM!
This book is FANTASTIC!

What if you weren't really who you thought you were?

Aislynn thinks her dad is really overprotective and kind of crazy.

He is always moving the family around and always telling them to watch for the enemy...those who ask a lot of questions, have eyes that glow green and seem stronger than anyone else.

Then she meets Dane, he likes her back...she takes him home while her father is out...and his eyes t
Valerie Waters
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow!!! Loved it!!!! Dane....swoon. I loved this book and how She took her life into her own hands. I wish there was already a second book!
Chantele Sedgwick
Sep 11, 2014 added it
Shelves: own
LOVED this one! Such a unique story! Loved the characters, the world, everything. I really hope there's a sequel! (I usually don't say that...hahaha.) ...more
Jennifer Peel
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've loved every Janette Rallison book I've read, but I think this is my favorite so far. ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
An ancient Egyptian war. Setites vs. Horasians. And one teenage girl is dragged between it all, unable to decide which side she truly belongs to.

Aislynn wants a normal life, to date boys without her father having to do a thorough background search before hand. But, unfortunately for Aislynn, her desire for a normal relationship is what lands her into the mess that Son of War, Daughter of Chaos is all about. The beginning of the novel, up until 20% of the book, is Aislynn fighting to be a normal
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RALLISON does it again!!! AWESOME BOOK!

Aislynn, Roark and their father, are Setite's as well as Cordelia and Jack. Who are also a brother and sister. Then there was Dane one of Roark's friends. Aislynn wanted to be more than friends with Dane.

Dane is a Horusian. What is a Horusian you may ask? Well I wish I could tell you :). What I can tell you is that having read it I still cannot decide who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. I wish I wasn't serious, but I am. I LOVE, LOVE it when a b
Kimber Wheaton
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

Son of War, Daughter of Chaos is an intriguing story of a war between two races with ties to ancient Egypt. Main character Aislynn goes from thinking her father is not only overprotective but delusional, to realizing the forces he hides from are real. Lines are drawn, and she is trapped firmly in the middle-- no not quite the middle... Aislynn is her own person and thinks for herself.

Aislynn is an interesting character
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my - did I love this book or what!!!!! Anything mixed with Egyptian history and mythology will be a stellar story for me! I truly love Janette Rallison's books. She has this great ability to write books from a teenage girl's perspective without making the least bit annoying, because let's face it, the younger the heroine, the more likely she is a spoiled, rebellious brat, as it is in every teenager's nature. Aislynn thinks her dad's is too overprotective and her brother is just a pain in the ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-i-own
I've been in a reading slump for a couple of months, so to fix that I decided to turn to Janette Rallison to get me out of it. I'm so glad I can always count on her. :)
This book was quite a bit different from the other books I've read by Janette. She usually writes romantic comedy's, this had a lot more action and mystery going on...and I loved it!
I'm actually surprised that this wasn't picked up by a major publisher. It has New York Times bestseller written all over it in my opinion. Actually
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I was fascinated with the mythological/paranormal aspect of Son of War, Daughter of Chaos. I liked the blending of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and the angle of vampires/werewolves. I loved how Janette Rallison was able to incorporate the history of Pharaoh's and the political unrest of Ancient Egypt and add a speculative paranormal twist.

Aislynn wants to be a typical teenager. Her mother was recently murdered and her family moves around a lot. Her senior year of high school the legacy of her fa
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars! Aislynn's family have always moved around, never staying in one place until the mysterious death of Aislynn's mother. Aislynn and her brother Roark have been trained by their father to detect the enemy but little does Aislynn know an enemy is already in their midst in the form of her brother's friend and Aislynn's crush Dane. Dane is a Horasian - a sworn enemy of the Setites.

The moment I read the blurb and saw "ancient Egyptian war" I knew I had to read it. I've always had a fascination
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I am a new reader to Rallison and if all of her books are as unique and engaging as Son of War, Daughter of Chaos, then I will be a fan for life! This book is so different what most of what is out there right now. It is contemporary but has Egyptian myths and legends that Aislynn (the main character), finds out are real and she is now in the middle of it! Why can't her teenage life be normal? It is far from normal but definitely exciting and full of adventure and love, or what she thought was lo ...more
Jul 22, 2014 added it
Each time I finish a book by Janette Rallison, I go through withdrawals. In this case, it's worse, because I'm pretty sure I've now read every book by her, and there's nothing left for me to pick up until she writes something new.

*Pouts in corner*

I'd love for this to have a sequel, which she said she'd consider doing if this book sold enough copies, so here's my plug: BUY THIS BOOK! Because I need me some more Dane. It's only three bucks, and I'm sure you could do without your morning latte for
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Rallison has a great storytelling talent and I believe she's at her finest in this story. Don't get me wrong, I have read almost all her books and loved them. This book is just different. In a great way.
Mythology, suspense and romance all find a happy balance.
Rallison teaches mythology without making the reader feel they are in school. She's able to twist certain aspects into a believable and intriguing story. I kept turning the pages and reading, wondering w
Sherry Gammon
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: I confess. I am a lover of all books Janette Rallison, and Son of War, Daughter of Chaos is no exception. Not knowing what to expect, I approach the book with caution. It didn't sound like a book I would normally read, but again, I do enjoy the author so I gave it a try. What a interesting story. Janette made the story come alive for me with her usual flair. Plenty of descriptions without going overboard. I enjoyed the characters, especially Aislynn. What a great character. I also e ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I generally like most books by Janette Rallison, but this one was special. It should be in front of a larger audience.

I love paranormal books where the hero/heroine are mortal enemies, but falling in love anyway. I don't know what this says about me as a person. LOL So I adored the romance here.

And it felt very unique. I haven't read another YA Fantasy/Romance like this one, so I'm always entertained when I read something that feel so different from everything else.

Totally r
Kasey Cocoa
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
This book is very well written and very clean. No worries about unwanted gory details or slogging through thick romance scenes here. Just fun reading with twists and even a dash of humor. The plot feels authentic and moves along with great flow, keeping the reader turning pages. I’d give this book four stars and recommend it to readers of romance, mystery, thriller and general readers. I received an evaluation copy through I Am A Reader promotions.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the most unusual take on vampires that I've ever read. I really enjoyed the complexity of the story, the blurred lines between right and wrong, and the science that made it feel like scifi. I really hope there will be a sequel; I want to hear more about these characters. ...more
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