Jessica Donegan's Reviews > The Cards of Chaos: A Novella

The Cards of Chaos by A.D. Jansen
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fairy-tale-fantasy-retellings

From cover to content, this was a delight. The writing is tight and thoughtful; I marveled at the prose and the subjects tackled in such a short span. This isn't a comforting familiar fairy tale though there are elements of the fairy tale entwined. "Cards of Chaos" is a wonderful spin on the fantasy genre weaving philosophy and myths in with an interesting larger world.  

If I had one critique: the back of middle gets muddy. In making a reality contorting trek, "Card of Chaos" stumbles for maybe a chapter. The dream within a dream within a dream effect takes hold in a confusing, unpleasant way. For me this section felt forced and as if the writer was trying too hard to create confusion or a sense of multiple questionable realities. I skimmed and returned to the charming intellectual prose from early for a strong conclusion.  

Overall, a beautiful, unique read that challenges one's intellect and tickles their creative muse.
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Reading Progress

August 25, 2018 – Started Reading
August 25, 2018 – Shelved
August 25, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 21, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 21, 2019 – Shelved as: fairy-tale-fantasy-retellings

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