Review: Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

Chaos Burning
Author: Lauren Dane 
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Bound by Magick, Book #2
ISBN: 978-0425250822
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      The life of Lark Jaansen, hunter in Clan Gennessee, has been shaped by violence and unrest—and it defines her future. Well-trained and resilient, she’s met her militaristic match in Simon Leviathan, a warrior not of this world. Locked in mutual admiration, and a desire so hot it burns, Lark and Simon have something else in common: they love the dark, and as a shadow is cast over their world, they’re each coming into their own.
      A mysterious war has been waged among the Others. As witches and humans turn against each other, as faes retreat in fear, and as vampires rise, Lark and Simon discover that an unseen force is behind it. A single, hungry entity older than recorded history has returned to gorge on the magick of his victims. He is the Magister, nothing less than the end of time. Finding him is Lark and Simon’s first hope. Surviving him is their last.

What VampBards talking about:

      Chaos Burning, Lauren Dane’s second title in her Bound my Magick series, had a fabulous plot!  Infused with romance and the bonding of a fated couple, the action was ongoing and propelled the story from peak to peak.
      The story was expertly crafted.  The plot arc amped the reader and propelled me through the story.  Ratcheting higher and higher, the conflict was based on the impending doom aspect, rather than the romance going on between Simon and Lark.  I truly appreciated that, as it seems that with most paranormal romances there’s always something that tries to drive apart the hero and heroine.  Some manner in which they’re pulled apart, separated.  They usually end up having to defeat the bad guy in order to ultimately be together.  In Chaos Burning, the last stand-off found our hero and heroine working together, to defeat the evil affecting the whole community.  Simon and Lark were together, and I found that aspect particularly endearing.  Additionally, I enjoyed the story because it included all of my favorite other-worldly beings:  fae, weres, vamps, as well as witches and shape-shifters.  Mmmmhmmm.  Good stuff.
      Simon was of the Lycian race, and while this race wasn’t exactly werewolf, it was close.  The Lycian race are shape-shifters, and transform into wolves at-will, not only at the full moon.  They have a pack, den – all the typical werewolf attributes, but they seemed to have the added caveat of longevity.  Simon is 600 years old.  Additionally, the Lycian race was based in the Veil, a different plane of existence that is easily crossed via portal for members of races existing on that plane.  I REALLY liked the premise for this race, as well as their existence on the alternate plane.  Simon was believable, and a very strong, bossy character.  Much like alpha wolves we’ve seen in other series.
      In parallel to Simon, Lark was a strong female character.  I loved her quirkiness, drive and passion for her job.  I also seriously loved the fact that she was able to completely defend herself, and was a true partner with Simon.  An independent witch, Lark was adept at both magick as well as more traditional ‘human’ measures of self-defense.  Lark had a bit of her own internal conflict – leaving her Coven and L.A.  to assist Clan Owen near Seattle.  I must say, I adore the Seattle area, so that was a boon for me.  Ms. Dane clearly had performed excellent research or visited the area in order to clearly depict the terrain and the settings.
      There were a few things that bothered me through the reading of Chaos Burning.  While the author pulled out some $20 words, they were utilized in a context in which I wasn’t comfortable.  Some grammatical issues also plagued me.  While many readers wouldn’t be bothered, I was.  Ultimately, however, I truly enjoyed Chaos Burning, and would continue to read Ms. Dane’s titles in her Bound by Magick series.

VampBards Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
Purchase Info:
Chaos Burning (Bound By Magick Novel 2)
Heart of Darkness (Bound By Magick Novel 1)
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