Book Review: Eve of Chaos by: S.J. (Sylvia) Day

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: February 26, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: How do you tell Satan that you ran over his hellhound? Evangeline Hollis has no idea and she doesn't want to find out. Living with the Mark of Cain -- and the two sexy brothers who come with it -- is trouble enough. She doesn't need to borrow more. Too bad Satan is too pissed to oblige her. Incensed at the loss of his pet, Satan has put a bounty on Eve's head, and Hell's denizens are converging en masse. The proliferation of Infernals is complicating Eve's hunts and creating chaos in her once orderly life. They've also brought her to the attention of an overzealous reverend who is certain she's Jezebel reincarnate.

How can a Mark drafted by God strike a bargain with the Devil? Eve's about to find out...

Review: Now that Eve’s relationship with Cain has changed since his ascension to Archangel, Abel is trying to cement his place in Eve’s life as more than just her handler. Aside from Eve’s complicated love triangle, Sammael (Satan) wants retribution on her for killing his hellhound. Eve’s got a bounty on her head, police sniffing around, and an archangel or two to save. The stakes are higher and Eve’s list of trusted people is dwindling. Will she be able to get Sammael off her back, save Raguel (the missing archangel), and figure out what’s wrong with Cain before it’s too late?

I have mixed feelings about ‘Eve of Chaos’ because overall I really do like Eve. Yet she still can’t seem to get over being Marked, even though she enjoys the benefits. After three books, you’d figure she’d have come to some sort of peace with the situation. In ‘Eve of Chaos’ there are plots within plots, a revolving cast of characters, and a confusing miasma of back-alley deals and backstabbing. At times it was hard to keep straight who was allying with whom and who was at each other’s throats because it mutated so often. There were hints of answers to questions which had been floating around since book one, but I didn’t feel they were truly answered. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending as it felt a bit contrived. More of a way to have a ‘happily ever after’, yet leaving a sort of cliffhanger in case there will be more Eve books. I do hope there is at least one more full-length book to hopefully tie up all the loose ends. 

Marked series: Eve of Darkness (1), Eve of Destruction (2), Eve of Chaos (3), Eve of Warfare (3.25), Eve of Sin City (3.5)


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