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Book Review: The Claws of Chaos by Philip J Bedingfield

The Claws of Chaos is a sci-fi novel based across an array of planets inhabited by a multitude of aliens. Gaston Schwenk, a human amidst the sea of aliens, wrongfully imprisoned for a crime of disastrous proportions seems to be the only hope that Lord King Azario has of saving his people. As if that wasn’t enough, an army, having destroyed all within their path to leave only dust in their wake, plan to mobilise and move their army into this universe and claim it for their own. Their only means to do so, the same artefact that Lord King Azario seeks so desperately.

A treasure hunting, clue solving tale which leads to the ancient relic known as the Claws of the Chaos. But who will get their first, and at what cost?

It has been some time since I have read a science fiction book which has kept me this entertained, not only by the plot, but wondering which of the characters will get their comeuppance. The vast array of characters creating the world are well designed with their own very distinct personalities, from the kind, open-minded Selene to the short-fused hateful Hosta. In fact, I don’t recall a single two-dimensional character, even those playing minor roles are well developed and portrayed. They even have their own unique sense of humours, something I rarely see done well in a book.

There were points in this story where I honestly didn’t know who to root for, Lord King Azario and his crew, or the abused, beaten, Gaston. Who did I side with in the end? Now that would be telling.

The author does a fantastic job in bringing the worlds to life, and since the quest requires the visiting of a few it is no small feat. He gives the reader enough information to bring the world to life, but doesn’t get carried away with information that serves no purpose to the reader, finding the perfect balance between what we need to know, and the cultural richness of the area.

The book is very plot and character driven and from about half way through it becomes near impossible to find a place to put it down for the night. It was one of those books where you think, just a few more pages, I need to know what happens next.

I personally will be keeping an eye out for future works by this author.

As always, here’s the link to Amazon Kindle.
US The Claws of Chaos

UK The Claws of Chaos




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