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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Adventures of the Chaotic Goddess (Chaotic Universe Book 2) by Cheyenne Bennett is a deep dive into the world of fantasy and ancient gods. The Goddess of Chaos is known by many names, however, in this iteration, she prefers to go by the name of Victoria. When Victoria’s son, Strife, is stolen from her, she is determined to seek him out and rescue him from his abductors. On her journey she discovers that her soul may have fractured and this fracture could ultimately result in her becoming mortal, forgetting her Goddess role, and losing her immortality. Part of her soul now resides in the God of Chaos and Victoria must find him and reunite the broken parts of her soul. The rise of a new villain in Balphomest, who also wishes to claim the soul of the Goddess of Chaos to allow him to rule the Universe, throws Victoria’s quest into turmoil and could lead her to have to make an incredibly difficult decision that might put everyone at risk and threaten her ability to locate her beloved son.
Adventures of the Chaotic Goddess is a continuation of an ongoing saga of this world created by author Cheyenne Bennett. Relatively short, this story gives the reader a superb introduction into her universe, of magic, gods, mystery, and chaos. It is not necessary to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one as it is a stand-alone tale that encourages the reader to read further once the next adventure is published. The author’s style flows effortlessly and this novella can easily be read in an afternoon. I particularly enjoyed Victoria as a “hero” simply because she is a strong, powerful woman and yet, despite being the Goddess of Chaos, she has a depth of character and empathy that is both surprising and pleasurable. In a great irony, the reader is left with the distinct impression that given the choice, this Goddess of Chaos would like nothing more than a quiet life in her beloved village, with her son and a singular lack of chaos in the world. I liked the linkages the author made in her story to the early Roman gods of our childhoods – this just seemed to give the whole narrative an air of authenticity. This is a fun read from an author I have not come across before and it definitely encourages me to keep an eye out for further works, which ultimately is the biggest compliment I can probably give Cheyenne Bennett.