Husberg, Christopher. Duskfall. (Chaos Queen Quintet, book 1.) Titan Books, 2016. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-783-299-157. 560 pages. Ages. Q8P8
I was hooked with “Book One of the Chaos Queen Quintet” on the cover. I love fantasy and apparently Queens creating chaos. The main storyline is of the heroine, Winter, and her newly discovered ability to move objects with her mind and the people who are after her because of this ability. Or, is it the story of Knot, the man who has become her husband, but remembers nothing of his life before he was rescued by her people and has the skills of ten different people with no knowledge of learning them. Add to their storylines two sisters, one of whom is a priestess and the other the leader of a heretical rebellion of the same religion, who are driven to translate a long lost scripture, which may prove the heretic is correct and a child vampire drawn to helping Knot without knowing why; and you have a trio of paths drawn together. The author is able to separate and conjoin all three paths simultaneously while making each one individual and highly complex (Winter is a Tiellan and her people are severely oppressed by humans) in addition to creating a believable world with its own prejudices and governmental instability. Not to mention we are 560 pages in and the Chaos Queen has only been vaguely alluded to! Last, but not least, the characters aren’t generic hero/heroine, but all have their own character flaws which make them so much more realistic. For example, Winter has a substance abuse problem the author is able to describe that makes me feel as though he’s had an addiction. I’m still hooked and can’t wait for the next book. Review from Advance Reader’s Copy.
Verdict: Highly detailed unique fantasy novel for young adults.
June 2017 review by Terri Lippert.