Magnificent… Richly entertaining…
Henry transports readers to an exhilarating world of high-stakes enchantment, intrigue, family secrets, murder, and chaos in this YA speculative series launch. It’s been two years since David, Alicia’s younger brother, went missing. But she hasn’t lost hope yet. When the enigmatic Gus moves next door, the loss and trauma becomes the basis of a close bond between the duo. When a hidden book in her parents’ bedroom accidentally lands in Alicia’s hands, she’s devastated to find her mother’s link with the suspicious deaths happening around. Torn apart, Alicia is willing to go to any length to get to the truth of the matter even if it means entering a realm where survival depends on the strength of a person’s will. The world that Henry draws, is full of intrigue and vividly tactile, with constant menace lurking in the shadows. While the murder mystery adds an additional tangle, it’s the Vivador, the world of lucid dreaming, that drives the complex story forward. And though it takes time to settle into this complex dream world, Henry’s assured prose skillfully guides the reader throughout. The narrative shifts back and forth between different characters, each tormented by the past and the shadows it cast on the present. Alicia and Gus, connected by the missing and the dead, remain intriguing throughout. Nuanced and interconnected, the secondary characters are equally convincing. Unexpected plot twists, relentless suspense, and high-tension help keep the pages turning. Henry wraps up this intriguing tale with a shocking revelation, leaving readers hungry for the next installment. This poignant exploration of family, friendship, trust, and betrayal is a winner.
The Order of Chaos
By Ben J Henry
Pub date April 3, 2021
Price $9.99 (USD) Paperback, $3.22 Kindle edition