There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it’s too late?
Daughter of Chaos is a solid indie work that’s a light read with an interesting premise. In this world, magic is predominantly arranged around the Trine: Black, White and Green magic. The three schools are pretty straight forward: White magic focuses on healing and healing others, Green is more about nature and balance and Black obviously about the more destructive forces. Darlena (a name that isn’t my favorite, my mind kept going to the ship name of Dalena from The Vampire Diaries and I can’t but feel that Dalena sounds better, but I digress) can’t decide which path she’s called too – well past the point where most have already decided. Finally, Hecate, Queen of the Witches shows up in her house and demands she chooses. In a moment of flippancy, she declares for Red magic, thinking it all made up.
Instead, as the summary helpfully advises us, it is path that exists and now Goddesses that control Red Magic – like Aphrodite, Hecate, Kali and Pele all want her to Dedicate her magic to them, and serve in their cause.
Red Witches are extremely rare and extremely powerful – only three ever exist at once. And so, she tries to figure out what Red magic is, and tries to keep herself and her family safe in the process.
The book is not without flaws, most notably there’s a friend who betrays her, and you can guess who in about two seconds flat and the character goes so far off the deep end you wonder if she was ever sane to begin with because the author just didn’t take the time to develop this fully.
I also feel like these meetings with the various deities don’t feel particularly special. Even her mother has met her patron Goddess and it’s all rather downplayed like it’s no big deal and that doesn’t sit right, because at the end of the day, they ARE gods.
Finally, Darlena has these moments where she feels blood thirsty and the like – moments that are out of character and don’t really make full sense? I guess it’s supposed to be Red Magic manifesting itself in her, but a bit more explanation might have been nice.
All told, it was a fun little read and if it’s something that sounds like it’d be up your alley, you’d probably enjoy it.
Verdict: A solid borrow it.