Beautiful Chaos – #3 in the Caster Chronicles

Beautiful Chaos – #3  in Caster Chronicles

By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

3 *** = Good, may not be for everyone

We are back in the, very well written, southern town of Gatlin.  So well written you can smell the peach pie, one of the reasons I continued with this series.  Ethan and Lena are trying to find out how to put the Order back that Lena has thrown off in the last book.  She has been the first of her family to chose if she is a dark or a light caster.  She has split her Seventeenth moon, thus setting the entire Caster community and mortal world in a tale spin.

Everyone in this town, mortals and casters are feeling the effects of Lena choice if they know it or not.  The mortals are experiencing extreme heat and plague like issues.  The Caster’s powers are all out of wack and uncontrollable.

The series touches on so many different aspects of this caster world that I am starting to get really confused.  I feel like the authors may have too many ideas and the first two thirds of the book is a lot of chasing down random theories of how to fix all the problems.  It is a little scattered and while interesting a bit of a chore to get through.

While enjoying some of the aspects of this series,  I have begun to really question why I read.  I know I love a great story with twist and clever turns.  Its the excitement that the next book will bring that next exciting adventure.  So I have continued on with this series.  Not being blown away with how this story is being executed.  But mostly, by the draw of the characters I am so involved with, that I can not keep myself from reading what happens next.

Overall, while the end of this story is a huge cliff hanger, I was a bit disappointed.  I expected to have learned a little more by the end of the book.  But we were given a pretty rushed end and of course the promise of a number four.

So most likely I will read the next installment, and hopefully it will be a little more focused and fulfilling.

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