Science Fiction Novel Review: Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik

Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik ( Consortium Rebellion #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .


Chaos Reigning is exactly how I wanted to end this absolutely fabulous series, folks! Polaris Rising, the first book of Consortium Rebellion, is still my favourite because Ada is basically Kate Daniels in space, but book three is only slightly weaker.

Catarina is brilliant and less prone to self-doubt than Bianca in Aurora Blazing, for example. I really liked how well she created the image of an airhead to spy on the enemies of her Family, and just how much of her abilities she managed to hide from her ruthless father. 

And don't start me on all her glorious gadgets! Half the fun in this series is all the amazing technology the sisters use. There are layers upon layers of it amidst very intricate fail saves.

Alex is like Loch and Ian from previous books, strong, nano-reinforced, a powerhouse of a protagonist. There is lovely chemistry between him and Cat, and it made me giggle how all their hookups kept getting interrupted by some intergalactic emergencies.

Expect non-stop action,  fast pace and ruthlessly efficient characters who live in the moment and concentrate on what they can do, and not on what they couldn't do. Aiofe and Yang were both just as badass as secondary characters by the way. A solid, fascinating series. The first book is on offer right now, grab it. Much recommended.

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Хаос Правит - это концовка серии, о которой я мечтала. Полярис Всходит хоть и остаётся моей любимой книгой, так как Ада, по существу, это Кейт Дэниэлс в космосе, но книга третья ей всего чуть-чуть уступает.

Катарина - блестящий тактик и меньше склонна к неуверенности в себе, чем Бианка из Аврора Горит. Мне очень понравилось как она пряталась за имиджем пустоголовой наследницы, которую никто не принимает всерьёз, чтобы шпионить для своей Семьи и, в то же время, не давала своему отцу осознать глубину своих способностей. Это ж какая дисциплина воли!

 А какие в этих книгах гаджеты, ребята! Они это половина веселья, со многочисленными уровнями сложности и фэйлсэйфами между. Очень интересно написано.

Алекс - типичный для этой серии главный герой, так же как и Лок или Иан. Генетически-измененный бывший солдат, полный секретов и сюрпризов. Химия у него с Кэт очень хорошая, и мне приходилось смеяться каждый раз, когда автор безжалостно прерывала их попытки секса очередным ЧП. Второстепенные персонажи Айофе и Янг тоже очень хороши.

Короче, ожидайте нон-стоп экшн, быстрый темп и безжалостно эффективных героев, которые живут в моменте и сосредоточены на том, что они могут сделать, а не на том, что они не сделали. Серия увлекательная, на твердую четверку с плюсом, рекомендую! Книга первая сейчас с большой скидкой на Амазоне. Берите.


  1. I have no patience for Sci-Fi. Sigh. I wish I did, coz then I might enjoy what I'm reading right now -- which is Sci-Fi. LOL.

  2. "Kate Daniels in space" has caught my attention.

    1. First book is like $1.99 on Amazon right now! And it's my favourite 😜

  3. I had a really nice time with this trilogy as well

  4. I listened to this series and had a lot of fun with it. Great review!

    1. I am tempted to reread now, K! Not ready to say goodbye 🤗


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