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The Child of Chaos

(The Chronicles of Chaos #1)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  41 reviews
"This is what fantasy fiction should be." —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author and fantasy legend

Galen loves dreaming up stories, but he never expected to be pulled into a nightmare.

An irresistible longing drags Galen to an ancient vault where, long ago, the gods of Order locked Chaos away. Chaos promises power to the one destined to liberate it, but Galen's d
Paperback, 412 pages
Published August 16th 2020 by Mysterium Storyworks
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Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly it was quite difficult for me to read this book, but not because I was not caught up in the story or dislike the writing, but because my native language is Spanish, this book is in English and Glen, the author, uses many words that I did not know. At least it helped me to practice 😅.

For example, at first I had a hard time understanding what "Longing" meant, as I thought I was mistranslating it. However, the story gradually clears up.

The book begins with Lorre. A woman, mothe
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Child of Chaos grabbed me into the story right from page one, and immersed me into a carefully crafted fantasy world rich with both architectural detail and plot forward action. I had trouble putting it down, but had to at times to take a reading breather as the tension and pressures mounted on the characters- who pure heartedly tore their way through an adventure rife with set-backs and unexpected plot twists. Reading the Child of Chaos gave my imagination a work-out and re-flamed my apprec ...more
Christopher Mallon
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a teacher of children aged 12-14, I have the opportunity to read a lot of YA novels. The number-one indicator of success for these books with their intended audience is how good their hook is. Child of Chaos had me hooked within the first two pages and I could not put it down, and I know it will be a great book to have in my classroom.

As an adult, the most interesting thing about this book for me was that not only did the characters not know the “victory condition” but that the reader is left
Yayer Maying
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely 5-star rating "The child of chaos" is the young adult fantasy series of the chronicles of chaos book -1 written by Glen Dahlgren which portray adventures of characters into a mysterious world. However, this is his first novel and he is well known to recognize for his award-winning on designing, directed and produced video games for the long decades. Meanwhile, he wrote this book with his experience and passion for fantasy.
The story is about the chaos who was locked into an ancient vau
Michael Verdu
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Child of Chaos is a compelling and fun read. At first blush, this seems like a conventional fantasy story set in a familiar world - but as you get deeper into the book, you realize that there is something quite fresh, original, and interesting here.

Galen and Horace are the main characters, and the story mostly moves back and forth between their points of view (along with a few other characters as well). Galen's tale is a traditional hero's journey while Horace lives a mirrored version as he
John Gavaler
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this is his first novel, fans of electronic gaming will recognize Glen Dalhgren's name from his decade's-long career creating popular video games. Some of these games were built around fantasy stories that he himself wrote. Because of the constraints imposed by their being written for use in games these stories necessarily had to be comparatively short and uncomplicated. In writing this novel, where such constraints no longer existed, he has allowed his imagination full rein and has pro ...more
Lee Sheldon
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Child of Chaos: Book 1 of the Chronicles of Chaos by Glen Dahlgren is a compelling story of magic and adventure in the classic mold of the hero’s journey. It follows a cast of characters both diverse and multi-layered that includes protagonist Galen, his sister Myra and friends both old and new. They find themselves up against an antagonist, Horace, who has evolved from a childhood bully to a powerful villain with distinctive nasty attitudes and abilities. In the beginning the twin stories o ...more
Louis Jackson
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Galen is a dreamer, he always has a story to tell. As a child this was endearing, now he is coming of age nobody is interested, and his tales are an unwelcome distraction from work.

The Longing pulls the many to the churches of Order but few enter the priesthood. For Myra, that pull takes her to the faith of Charity, but her twin brother Galen’s longing pulls him elsewhere, it pulls him to Chaos, just like his mother before him.

The story of the Child of Chaos has long been foretold, as he comes t
Kameron Going
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the great privilege of reading and advance reader copy of The Child of Chaos, the first book in Glen Dahlgren’s series The Chronicles of Chaos. Though this is Dahlgren’s first published novel, it is obvious that he is no novice when it comes to storytelling and worldbuilding. His background in video game design largely serves him well as he crafts the story of Galen, a free, imaginative thinker in a world built on Order.

When their mother mysteriously disappears, Galen and his twin sister M
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glen Dahlgren’s Child of Chaos grabs you by the arm and immediately drags you off on a romp through an alternate world and time, where things work very differently than what we’ve come to expect.
We quickly meet and easily recognize his believable characters as people we all know – the uncertain kid, the town bully, the loyal friend – and their predictability (except for a few surprises!) is sometimes the only rope we have to cling to as the story spins us on a twisting, page-turning roller coast
Jenny Zimmerman Black Words-White Pages
Wow, what an incredible adventure this story was!! I enjoyed every single minute of it and I can't wait to see where this debut author goes from here!!

The characters were phenomenal. I loved reading about and following Galen as he faced some pretty tough challenges throughout this story. He was such a brave character and I loved his stories that he would tell. He also met some pretty amazing characters along his journey and the friendship that blossomed during the story was an unstoppable force
Lee Sharp
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to author Glen Dahlgren for the opportunity to review a copy of the Advanced Reader's Copy of the book. This is a wonderful book that I will be preordering! The Advanced Reader's Copy also notes a prequel to this book will come out in 2021.

This book is a little dark and grim as compared to many young adult/fantasy books. Many of these books address the topics of coming of age, the value of self-reliance, the value of education, and the value of family. The book focuses on Galen, an ado
J. M.  Palmer
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely recommend reading this book. Dahlgren does an excellent job of writing in such a way to allow the reader to go along with Galen. Galen struggles with good and evil and his destiny to bring about chaos.

Glen does an excellent job building an adventurous and believable world. If I could pick a fantasy world to live in, this might very well be it. One thing that is difficult when building a fantasy world is not overwhelming the reader with too many pronouns. I find this to be one o
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
Isaiah Gray
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a literary wonder. It's one of the best I've ever read. ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic fantasy story. I was completely immersed from the beginning. Each page brings something new. Loved it.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. An excellently written fantasy novel in a new style. If you like Terry Pratchett, you may like this one. No magic or spells with lots of twists to the story. Loved the ending and was not what I was expecting. Looking forwards to the next one.
Edward Durand
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Glen Dahlgren's debut effort, The Child of Chaos, was very well written, his writing style was easy for me to get into. The world he has crafted is a thorough creation. The God's, the religion, the faith, the faithful, and the faithless are unique and compelling. The plot caught a hold of me and moved me throughout the book. I really appreciated that the prologue had real time implications for the story and main characters. Which brings me to my only complaint, that, for me the main characters a ...more
Gregory Peppers
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Child of Chaos, by Glen Dahlgren, was a truly entertaining read that I would highly recommend for young, as well as adult, fantasy fiction fans! Once I started reading this story, I could not put it down. I really enjoyed the world that these characters live in; with its unique magic system tied to the divisions of Order vs. Chaos. It was a nonstop adventure from start to finish with intense emotional scenes, action packed sequences, and stunning plot twists. It reminds me of many of the chi ...more
Katherine E. Soto
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Child of Chaos by Glen Dahlgren
Reviewed by Katherine E. Soto

On a world where everything is ordered, where the priests are on top, and no one can go beyond their birth levels, an adventure begins with one young man. He does not want to be a fisherman like his father. He and his sister go to the Temple of Charity to see if they can become acolytes and gain something above their level of birth. His adventure from the temple leads him across his world to the Gods of War and Evil. He realizes that th
Marcel Stokvis
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love fantasy books and try to read alot. One of my favourites is 'the Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan. Back in '99 Glen did an awesome job on the WoT game and we kept in touch. When he mentioned he was writing a book I instantly became intrigued.

Its Glen's first book and it did take me a few pages to get used to his way of writing. But it was extremely good!
After getting the feel of the storyteller, it wasn't hard to imagine the story in your mind. Although you are reading words and li
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A strong outing for a first novel. The characters are nicely developed. They endure, grow, and change.
I especially liked the worldbuilding with its various gods and goddesses, each bound by their iron-clad systems of rules. Beneath it all was a worthwhile message about order vs chaos, rules vs creativity.

The book managed to surprise me with clever twists and turns, and as a lifelong fantasy reader, that's a tough trick to pull off. Each twist paid off nicely, including a final evil twist that i
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a ARC of this book.

2.5/5 stars.

While I like the overarching plotline of this book and I think the ending sets up an interesting continuation. It really feels to me like the book needed another draft or two.

The characters were for the most part quite shallow, and the dialogue was often unnatural sounding. I felt like a lot of the characters and locations needed more page-time devoted to setting them up.

That said, I do think the major plotpoints of the story are interesting. It's ju
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this one from the author. I have to say, I enjoyed the book; it was a refreshing read; it honestly reminded me a bit of a D&D campaign, which was quite lovely. It's got a bit of a video game feel to it too - different genre/style, but similar in feel to the old Doom novels that came out in the early to mid-1990s. I'd have to say that the thing that stood out for me the most was Galen's character development; you could really see growth in the character, which is what I hope ...more
Célia Cross
I could not get into this book; it is NOT for me. I DNFed it at page 80, but I'm not leaving any stars so as to not affect the overall score.
The first 80 pages were REALLY boring and slow. The characters were 2-Dimensional (to me, at least) and had the same traits:
1. Maliciousness
2. Cruelty
3. Strong
Other "Religions":
1. Kind
2. Caring
3. Weak

The idea of the religions was kind of . . . unoriginal in my opinion. Chaos would obviously be frowned upon and the other's (like Charity) were also painf
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for your next 5 star and up all night to finish it book look no further than The Child of Chaos! While this was my first book I've read by Glen it did take me a couple pages to get used to it but after that I was completely hooked! The plot is not extremely complicated and easy to follow. I feel that in some ways the characters are easy to connect to and I enjoy the dynamics between all of them. I can't wait for the next book to come out because I bet I will be up all night rea ...more
Janet Womack
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Child of Chaos is everything I could hope for from a fantasy novel. Glen Dahlgren makes you feel like you've stepped inside the world he created. I found myself totally invested in the characters and their choices. This book has magic, good versus evil, love, loyalty, faith, hard decisions, and characters that you can't help caring about. I can't wait to read the next book in The Chronicles of Chaos. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA or fantasy. ...more
Cully Mack
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A world without Chaos is a very grim place! Superb writing, but may be too dark for some.

A Child of Chaos is a brilliant dark fantasy. Venture into this world if you dare, but be prepared for your own testing. Wherever your destiny guides, I guarantee, you’ll not escape Chaos’ ‘Longing’.
This book is a world builder’s delight. From the well-crafted description, 'Bulky gentlemen with more scars than teeth sat around the splintering wooden tables.' to its subtle foreshadowing, 'Flames danced in the
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is full of excitement, disappointment, hope, and despair, with a fair share of violence, friendship, and loyalty.
Galen, the main character, does not fit into the ordered nature of his world. He is a reluctant hero who must face many of his fears and the bully Horace. Galen is easy to sympathise with as he stumbles through his quest.
I love the idea of using dice to represent chaos, and that the flip side of chaos is creativity. There are large and small real-world issues within the st
Beverly Laude
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, audio, fantasy
I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of the epic fantasy genre, but I enjoyed this book a lot. Galen is a young boy who seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become a fisherman. But, Galen has a huge imagination and is a true storyteller. When he and his sister and friends go to the Charity temple to test for their true calling, things begin to happen.

The author has done a great job in world building with the different Orders. It seems that the gods have locked Chaos away,
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Glen Dahlgren is an award-winning game designer and the author of the book series The Chronicles of Chaos, which fantasy legend Piers Anthony called “what fantasy fiction should be.”

Glen has written, designed, directed, and produced critically-acclaimed, narrative-driven computer games for the last three decades. What’s more, he had the honor of creating original fantasy and science-fiction storyl

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