• Chosen of Chaos

  • Eve of Destruction, Book 1
  • By: Benjamin Medrano
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Evelyn enjoyed living a nice quiet life in an anarchic pirate port, far from the world she’d once conquered.

Then came an attack by mercenaries that made her angry. By the time the dust settled, she had a group of former slaves which she’d freed, her djinn assistant had convinced several of the women that they should join Evelyn’s brand-new harem, and she was looking for a new home, likely aboard a ship.

If nothing else, it was going to make Evelyn’s life more interesting, and she almost looked forward to it. If the rest of the cluster was sweating bullets at the reemergence of a notorious warlord, that was their problem, not hers.

©2021 Benjamin Medrano (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Sci-Fi Fantasy At Its Best

Excellent start to a series from an author that never fails to deliver. If you have ever wanted a book that does a good job at melding magic and ftl together then look no further. Abby also does an amazing job at bringing the whole cast to life and love all the accents she gave the characters.

Will eagerly await the next installment and hope Podium and Abby continue bringing it to life.

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Another good one

Another one of Mederano's creations that I like. This one felt pretty cathartic. I do advise to write down the names in chapter 10-12 since it might be difficult to keep them straight if you're listening to the audiobook.

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A wonderful start to a series

Wonderful book with one of the best narrators out there.

While it was not stated at the end of the audible audiobook but at the end of the paper book the author stated.
“I have no idea what to make of this book. It’s like my id(ea) ran wild and told me to do whatever I wanted. Evelyn is… so strange. I think I’ve combined my love of high fantasy, powerful characters, and old pulp fiction into one insane whole. I think I like it, but I’m not entirely sure. That’s how it goes, sometimes.”
“I have thoughts on how to continue the story, and maybe even give it a more focused plotline, but for now this story is done. I hope you enjoyed Chosen of Chaos! If you’d leave a review, I’d greatly appreciate it!”

In my opinion not every book has to have a clear cut plotline. I have read many books that did not seem to have plot at all but were absolutely fun and extremely enjoyable to read. Benjamin, if you read this, I would much rather have no plot at all than to have one that is to complex to follow. Just saying :o)

But you do have a good plotline in my opinion and several good subplots if you want to develop them.
Evelyn’s story is of course the main plot which seems to be the search for her parents and possibly the more subtle subplot could be developing her relationship with Vania. further subplots appear to be the search for Ilyras data to prove who she is. The relationship between Vaneryth, an angel and Zelirana, a demon and showing how they each influence the nature of the other.

There is a lot going on in this first book of the series and a lot can be read between the lines with many directions that can be explored in future books that I look forward to reading…and listening to.

Why I loved this book.
I love strong female characters who are kind, compassionate beings who know themselves. Evelyn is not only a strong female character but a very powerful one which in my opinion makes her compassionate side even more evident. From the story it appears she never wanted to fight but was pushed into it by being forced to defend and protect herself and came to love a good fight but was never the one who started it. We know she loves her parents and will continue looking for them and hopefully find them in some future book in the series.

From the opening prologue and the epilogue it appears Vania and Evelyn have some feelings for each other that neither know the other has. I am hoping this gets explored and possibly opened up a little more in the next and hopefully further books.

In future books I would also like to see the further development of all the characters essentially bringing each character into the spotlight a little more as the series progresses because I like them all. I like Fya, Vaneryth, Star and Moon...all of them and would like to get to know all the characters a little more.

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Fantastic

Look, if you haven't read any of this author's books yet, then what are you even doing with your life? lol. That said, I think this is my favorite yet, and Abby Craden was the perfect narrator for it. Love her work, and the voices were just amazing. The only downside is having to wait for the next book in the series.

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Narration sealed the deal.

Interesting story, the main character is awesome. Abby Crayden thoroughly drew me in and raised the level of enjoyment.

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pretty good

good voice acting, although having so many characters all introduced at the same time made it hard to keep them straight.

the whole harem thing was a but uncomfortable, but it was nice that it also made the protagonist themselves uncomfortable, and I appreciated the care that was taken around the topic of consent.

the parts were little story arcs, and were fun although pretty light in substance. each part picks up immediately after the previous one, but no strong plot threads span all the parts, so there is no grand resolution at the end.

still a fun listen, I may pick up the sequel.

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Fantastic

Fun characters, lovely narrator and fantastic writing as always. A great melding of sci-fy and traditional fantasy, looking forward to the rest of the series.

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A main character can make or break a story

Sorry I like most of this author's work but I just couldn't get past the first few chapters. The main character Evelyn was so incredibly unlikable I couldn't force myself to keep listening. This might change as the book goes on but from what I've read so far Evelyn's complete disdain for life brands her more as the villain of the story then a protagonist we're supposed to be interested in.

The very first thing we see of Evelyn is her being bored and deciding to lock all of her retainers in a room with her and force them to fight her to the death. Everyone around Evelyn is terrified for their lives that she might stub her toe and decide to kill anyone to close out of annoyance.

I don't need my main character to be a shining star of justice and light nor do they even have to be any kind of hero they could be a complete prick. but at the very least they have to be interesting, something beyond just being the most powerful violent thing in whatever room they're in and that's all Evelyn is so I'm giving this a hard pass.

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Awesome start

I loved this book. Abby Craden did a fantastic job narrating this book. I loved this story and all the shenanigans that this crew gets up to. I can't wait for book 2 in this series.

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great story

really love the story whole thing was great it went by so fast. narrator is an artist.

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  • viktor
  • 09-23-21

No explicit content

What is the point of having a harem in book and not have any explicit content.

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  • 05-03-22

Interesting world, ok story.

The world the story is set in is for me a very interesting combination of fantasy and science fiction. Elves, dwarves and magic, together with space ships, guns and science. The story itself is fun but feels like a loosely connected series of adventures so far, it's good but nothing fantastic. I'd recommend the book and am going to listen to the sequel.

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  • Sonzofzsea
  • 02-10-22

I bringe read this

I love the book and the characters the stong but not overly arrogant just the amount her reputation requires and the good side to her and her personality love it only wish it had included one of the night in bed but that’s just me being picky