Book Review: Raising Chaos by Elizabeth Corrigan

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Synopsis: When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.

The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.

Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.

His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.

Author: Elizabeth Corrigan

Title: Raising Chaos (Earthbound Angels #2)

Publisher: Red Adept

Date: 2014

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Oracle of Philadelphia

I had doubts about the Oracle of Philadelphia because, for a short book, there were some very heavy themes addressed and a little too much about religion for me. I was intrigued about continuing the series though.

Oh my word! I loved Raising Chaos! There is still the battle of good v evil, but it’s not as clear-cut as angels v demons. This time, it is set on Earth, which meant the trials and tribulations the characters go through are more relatable than when they explored the realms of Hell.

The narration is split between Bedlam, Khet and Siren. It is easy to say who is my favourite. Bedlam, despite being a selfish demon, is inherently good and has this aura of naivety and innocence that made me just want to hug him. He’s also hilarious. From the opening chapters, some of his lines had me laughing out loud. I can read some books and not highlight any passages. I had so many of Bedlam’s lines selected that I had no idea which to use!

At first I was merely irritated. I was on a desperate quest to seek out a religious relic, and the only people who could help me get it were holding me hostage. I nearly left about five times, twice because I wanted to give this up as a hopeless case and three times because I got distracted by my own thoughts and forgot that I needed to wait.

Khet tries to join the real world again but soon discovers why mixing with crowds tends to lead to awkwardness; seeing people’s souls and hearing their thoughts makes it hard to lead to a normal conversation. She intends to enjoy her new life before Bedlam catches up, though.

Siren is an unpopular angel. This time, the backstory follows her and we learn more about Lucifer’s rebellion. These passages felt slow and didn’t hold my interest. But it explains Siren’s character and what she has gone through. Michael and Gabriel might not have time for her, but she was a flawed character determined to prove herself.

While Khet enjoys sunny beaches and Siren reminisces about the past, Bedlam is on a quest to save Khet from the Spear of Destiny. But the keepers won’t just hand it over: Bedlam must undertake a series of quests, often without the use of his angel powers. His actions and choices add so much to Bedlam’s character; he thinks he is selfish and yet puts himself through it all for his only friend. Ultimately, Bedlam will do whatever it takes to save Khet – how can you not love him?

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The split in the three narrations, plus the backstory, means the pacing is on the slow side of steady and tension doesn’t really appear until the very final confrontation. The whole plot takes place over a very limited time, which works as otherwise it would drag. Several couples need a counsellor and being an angel or demon isn’t as clear as everyone believes – as Bedlam discovers at the end!

A thoroughly enjoyable book. I enjoyed it far more than the first and giggled my way through it. The title is also a clever play on events that occur in the book, which I liked. It is the characters, rather than the plot, that makes this book so enjoyable. Impossible to read without cracking a smile at Bedlam’s antics!

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