Bonds of Chaos is the final installment of the Threadlight trilogy, which begins with the multi-award-winning Voice of War.
TO BREAK THE BONDS, THERE WILL BE SACRIFICES
When all was lost, the Heralds returned, and the world embraced them as gods and saviors. But there are some who know the truth: the Heralds are not what they seem.
Now, in a desperate attempt to stop them, Chrys and the others travel to Cynosure with hopes of enlisting the only Amber threadweaver with the power to help.
Chrys, Laurel, Alverax, and those they love.
Together, they will stop the gods…or they will die trying.
This book is the final instalment in the Threadlight series. And what a finale! This book takes off at a run and keeps on going.
We continue to follow all the heroes from the previous books and one thing I loved about this book was that everyone is together, and over the course of the story the theme of family really continues to be at the heart here. The stakes have grown to epic levels and it is quite the ride.
“𝙿𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎…𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚜.”
“𝚃𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚜?” 𝙲𝚑𝚛𝚢𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍.
“𝚈𝚎𝚊𝚑,” 𝙻𝚊𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚕 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕𝚢. 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚘𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚛 𝚠𝚊𝚕𝚕, 𝚊𝚜 𝚒𝚏 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎. “𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚏𝚒𝚡 𝚊 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚎. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚝, 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚝𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏.”
All of the characters have solid growth and development throughout the series, and it all comes to a head in this book. I loved that the time was taken to include so many light-hearted character moments. This kept a level of humour in the story, as well as helping develop the characters relationships and show them growing together. I think dialogue is something that is strongly done in this book.
I also thought that the reactions the characters had to their circumstances was well done, and it was again nice to have these included. Some books can skim over these to keep things moving but Argyle found a great balance. It was both exciting and bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters, but I really loved where the story went for each of them. Especially Willow and Alverax. The final scene was also really great.
The pacing for the last book was very on point and this is kept up here for sure. Within this fairly short book, so much is packed in. It doesn’t feel like things are ever rushed either and the chapters are the perfect length for keeping readers turning the pages. I kept thinking to myself, ‘oh this chapter is only short. I have time for one more.’ And then all of a sudden it’s an hour later.
There were several turns that the story took that I really wasn’t expecting. There were world building aspects introduced that I thought added a lot, on top of the great stuff that was added in book 2. Also, certain decisions characters make surprised me, but overall it is clear the author knows what he is doing. It all worked really well, and I felt like the landing was really nailed pretty well in this conclusion.
I’m looking forward to seeing where Argyle goes next with his writing. It was wonderful to see how much he has grown as a writer over the course of this series, and I’m confident that it’s only going to get even better from here.
Thank you so much to the author for the ARC copy.