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Chains of Gaia

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Author: James Fahy

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Format: Published June 12th 2017

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Language: English


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"Something has happened in the forest, boy,” he said. “Something terrible. A Shard has been found, a Shard of the Arcania, and a monster has awoken." If you go down to the woods today… Something dark and dangerous stirs deep in the Netherworlde. A violent, primal power, awoken from its slumber by the Shards of the Arcania. A scourge lies on the great Everhart forest, a rampag "Something has happened in the forest, boy,” he said. “Something terrible. A Shard has been found, a Shard of the Arcania, and a monster has awoken." If you go down to the woods today… Something dark and dangerous stirs deep in the Netherworlde. A violent, primal power, awoken from its slumber by the Shards of the Arcania. A scourge lies on the great Everhart forest, a rampaging beast laying waste to the woods, and to the towns and villages that border it, bringing destruction. It leaves none alive, and Robin Fellows, heir of Erlking and the world’s last Changeling, may be the only one who can stop it. Pressed into service, Robin and his friends must navigate the deep and twisting secrets of the legendary woods, fighting to save the Netherworlde’s inhabitants from the ever-growing menace, while racing against dark enemies also searching for the source of the monster’s power – the Shard of Earth. Troubled by a rising darkness from within, and a tendency for his magic to go haywire, before Robin can wander from the path and begin to unravel the truth beneath the trees, he must first find a way to come to terms with who – and what – he is. Unexpected and unwelcome guests at Erlking, and uncertain guides in the wilderness, unsure what secrets are being hidden, even by his closest friends, Robin must decide who he can trust – in a world where it seems no one, friend or foe, is exactly as they appear. Chains of Gaia is the thrilling third instalment of James Fahy’s bestselling Changeling series. Perfect for fans of High Fantasy storytelling and Fae mythology, this sequel to Isle of Winds and The Drowned Tomb delves even deeper into the magical Netherworlde, and into the mystery of Robin’s own past.

30 review for Chains of Gaia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma McClean

    just wow. talk about upping the ante! this series is getting bigger with every book, and I dont mean the thickness of the story (although that too) I mean the themes it covers, and the scale of the world and events unfolding around our heros. In Book two we touched on paralells of death-camps and survivor mental issues with the character of Jackalope (who has roman numerals etched into his arm replacing his name in a pretty harrowing nod to concentration camps during WW2 and the numbering of pris just wow. talk about upping the ante! this series is getting bigger with every book, and I dont mean the thickness of the story (although that too) I mean the themes it covers, and the scale of the world and events unfolding around our heros. In Book two we touched on paralells of death-camps and survivor mental issues with the character of Jackalope (who has roman numerals etched into his arm replacing his name in a pretty harrowing nod to concentration camps during WW2 and the numbering of prisoners.) here in book three we deal with PTSD, survivor guilt, betrayal, having to ally with enemies for a greater cause, freedom from slavery for a whole race...it's easy to forget that this is at heart a magical and enchanting fantasy book. but it is, and somehow it works, and all seems to sit alongside itself well, the wonder and the horror. this makes it feel more like the real world to me, and it's an impressive achievement. with an end climax like we get in this book, I can only imagine whats waiting up ahead

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Read

    Chains of Gaia by English author James Fahy (Book Three of The Changeling Series.) With each book, I love returning to Erkling and the Netherworlde, to catch up with Robin, Henry, Karya, Woad and the other Erklingers. This time, Robin and his friends have to retrieve the Shard of Earth from the heart of the Everhart Forest. A scourge lies over the great forest, as a rampaging beast lays waste to it, and to villages that border it. Their journey is fraught with danger as they encounter centaurs, a Chains of Gaia by English author James Fahy (Book Three of The Changeling Series.) With each book, I love returning to Erkling and the Netherworlde, to catch up with Robin, Henry, Karya, Woad and the other Erklingers. This time, Robin and his friends have to retrieve the Shard of Earth from the heart of the Everhart Forest. A scourge lies over the great forest, as a rampaging beast lays waste to it, and to villages that border it. Their journey is fraught with danger as they encounter centaurs, a minotaur in an ancient labyrinth, and let’s not forget the Grimms and Redcaps. We meet new characters, including Ffoulkes (with his affectations), a population of gentle green Dryads and a new Fae. It’s wonderful to see Robin maturing and learning to be his true self. Henry and Karya are also growing up and there’s a lot more to learn yet about them, I’m certain. Woad keeps being Woad, which is just what I hoped. James Fahy creates a very believable fantasy world. His writing is concise and his imagery is magical. I felt totally immersed in it. The characters are all well written and well rounded. The author’s wit shines through them. I feel like I want to say more and more. The book has such depth but moved along at a cracking pace. I thoroughly enjoyed Chains of Gaia and can’t wait for the next instalment. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    After reading the second instalment in this series a few months ago, I have been very very eagerly awaiting the release of this book so I could read on and find out what adventures (and troubles) Robin and our gang of Erklingers encounter next…and it was most definitely worth the wait! This time around, we see Robin and his friends trying to retrieve the Earth Shard, whilst also dealing with a minotaur, centaurs, dryads, and, of course- The Grimms. We see some new characters introduced to this bo After reading the second instalment in this series a few months ago, I have been very very eagerly awaiting the release of this book so I could read on and find out what adventures (and troubles) Robin and our gang of Erklingers encounter next…and it was most definitely worth the wait! This time around, we see Robin and his friends trying to retrieve the Earth Shard, whilst also dealing with a minotaur, centaurs, dryads, and, of course- The Grimms. We see some new characters introduced to this book, including Ffoulkes (who I love to hate!), as well as an entire population of dryads. But potentially my favourite thing about this book, was how we got to see our more familiar characters, particularly Robin, growing and maturing by each page. That being said, the writing in this book is also one of my favourite things. We see the author’s wit and sense of humour through the writing- and there were several moments throughout the book that made me laugh out loud. There were also more tender, emotional moments; which made me feel a lot of feels! For me, returning to Erkling and the Netherworlde feels like coming home. Robin and the gang feel like my family, and I feel like I am going on this big adventure with them. And I cannot wait for more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Taylor

    i love the characters in this series more than anything else about it. they feel real, they act erratic, they're not always simple, and that plays off really well against the turbulent and uncertain backdrop of the world of the netherworlde caught in the civil war. i hope we get to see more of Strigoi in upcoming books. he's such an interesting blend, part gestapo officer, part nazgul, but also i dont think his motives are always what they seem to be (going off what this author seems to like doi i love the characters in this series more than anything else about it. they feel real, they act erratic, they're not always simple, and that plays off really well against the turbulent and uncertain backdrop of the world of the netherworlde caught in the civil war. i hope we get to see more of Strigoi in upcoming books. he's such an interesting blend, part gestapo officer, part nazgul, but also i dont think his motives are always what they seem to be (going off what this author seems to like doing with our expectations)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Where do I even begin?! How do I review this without spoiling anything for you future readers? Ever have that feeling of going back to some place familiar and comfortable - like being tucked into your childhood bed? Well here I am, back in Erkling, with Henry, Hestia, Woad, Aunt Irene, Inky... I'm HOME.. and ready for another adventure to the Netherworlde. This time they must retrieve the Shard of Earth and in the process have to deal with centaurs, a minotaur, dryads and new parts of the Nether Where do I even begin?! How do I review this without spoiling anything for you future readers? Ever have that feeling of going back to some place familiar and comfortable - like being tucked into your childhood bed? Well here I am, back in Erkling, with Henry, Hestia, Woad, Aunt Irene, Inky... I'm HOME.. and ready for another adventure to the Netherworlde. This time they must retrieve the Shard of Earth and in the process have to deal with centaurs, a minotaur, dryads and new parts of the Netherworlde (just to name a few). New characters are introduced - Ffoulkes has to be the most annoying and narcissistic character I've seen in a while (but damn I love him) - and surprises are peeking around every corner. Once again, we see the author's sense of humor come into play with various references freckled throughout the book and through the friendships and relationships between the characters. Woad's always been one of everyone's favorites and his simplistic, yet wise, view of the world is always refreshing (as is Inky's loyalty to him). I've always liked Aunt Irene but she vaulted up my list for a variety of reasons. We see Robin still struggling with his role as the Scion and controlling his power, yet maturing and becoming more confident by the minute. I always find it fun and endearing to watch characters grow book by book in a series and the author does this without fail. Fahy brings adventure, humor, emotion and action which keeps the pages turning. I literally kept swiping left hoping more pages would appear at the end, but sadly they did not. Swipe, swipe, swipe...nothing. I suppose I will have to just wait for the next installment... until then I'll live my life by picking things up one at a time, socks and underpants. And hey, you guys, as you get to reading this book, send me a hex message so we can discuss.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle

    Epic high-fantasy fare. Fahy continues to enthrall and delight in this third book in the Changeling saga. equal parts charming and magical but also dark and bloody, Robin Fellow's third adventure treads a careful tightrope between enchanting and beautiful landscapes and some truly pretty moments (the treetop city of the dryads with its glowing bridges and fireflies) but balanced against this is some very dark imagery, Banshees making you face your worst fears in moonlit haunted towns, tales of peo Epic high-fantasy fare. Fahy continues to enthrall and delight in this third book in the Changeling saga. equal parts charming and magical but also dark and bloody, Robin Fellow's third adventure treads a careful tightrope between enchanting and beautiful landscapes and some truly pretty moments (the treetop city of the dryads with its glowing bridges and fireflies) but balanced against this is some very dark imagery, Banshees making you face your worst fears in moonlit haunted towns, tales of people being hunted for sport, life in the concentration camps and children being dragged from their homes in the night. There are some heavy themes in this big instalment, but somehow it never feels heavy handed or too grim, buoyed along by the eternally optimistic and brave heroes, facing the dangers of the Netherworld, both external and internal, head on, and with eyes wide open. The Netherworlde, with all it's glory and wildness, and undercurrents of serious danger, is definitely one of my favourite fantasy worlds. great story

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Alison

    This didn’t feel like a separate book to me as I put Drowned Tomb down and picked this up the same day, so it all felt like a continuation, but I’ll review it separately, because it deserves its own words. This third volume is maybe the darkest so far in the series of Robin’s adventures as a changeling. Sure in book one he gets menaced by the brothers Grim, and in book two he gets captured by the enemy in a war camp, but this book sees him, (amongst other thing) eaten, beaten, locked in a cage an This didn’t feel like a separate book to me as I put Drowned Tomb down and picked this up the same day, so it all felt like a continuation, but I’ll review it separately, because it deserves its own words. This third volume is maybe the darkest so far in the series of Robin’s adventures as a changeling. Sure in book one he gets menaced by the brothers Grim, and in book two he gets captured by the enemy in a war camp, but this book sees him, (amongst other thing) eaten, beaten, locked in a cage and pretty close to death on more than one occasion. (no spoiler here, but actually gets saved by maybe the least likely person) Robin really comes into his own in this book. We’ve watched him bumble and fumble, getting to grips with magic in books one and two, and being led by the hand a lot of the time by his much more savvy and streetwise companions, but this is the turning point where we see him maturing into the strong leader we know the Scion will have to be in order to one day defeat the evil Lady Eris. All the development feels natural and believable, there are no convenient ‘epiphany moments’ where the hero suddenly realises he’s great, which happens so often in fantasy books. Robin had slogged and slaved to get good enough to do what he does at the end of this book, and it’s well worth the wait. Every time we go back to the Netherworlde, it’s to a different region, with a different feel. I loved the frozen wastelands from the previous book, but I think this book has my favourite locations, with its wild and dangerous moors and deep primal forests. I’m now suffering serious book hangover as there isn’t a book four yet, and I don’t know how long were going to have to wait for one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Lee

    This series is my comfort blanket of reads. I adore Erlking and the Netherworlde and am waiting patiently for my invite! This time Robin and his crew must venture into the great Everhart forest to retrieve the Shard of Earth, and what a journey it is. There are centaurs to flee from, a race of gentle tree people, a minotaur in a labyrinth, a painful past to deal with, and that's just a part of it. The author weaves a fantasy world so rich that you can almost taste it. The imagery takes your breat This series is my comfort blanket of reads. I adore Erlking and the Netherworlde and am waiting patiently for my invite! This time Robin and his crew must venture into the great Everhart forest to retrieve the Shard of Earth, and what a journey it is. There are centaurs to flee from, a race of gentle tree people, a minotaur in a labyrinth, a painful past to deal with, and that's just a part of it. The author weaves a fantasy world so rich that you can almost taste it. The imagery takes your breath away, time after time. Robin does a lot of growing up in this book, which I really loved. His acceptance of a side of himself that he was struggling with is a definite highlight. Woad continues to delight (I have such a soft spot for him), with both Henry and Karya developing in character (and laying seeds for future books, I think) But it's Jackalope who surprised me, and his story will make you feel all the feels... With an ending worthy of a five star review by itself, I urge you to pick this series up. It will make you believe in magic all over again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dada Welsh

    This is my favourite of the series (so far) which considering I loved the first two books, is saying something. Chains of Gaia throws all the good guys and bad guys in the air, and seems to delight in seeing where they land. we see Robin flirting romantically with the enemy. We find Henry making alliances with a Grimm, we come across 'good' characters, Jackalope, FFoulkes, Hawthorn, all having dubious pasts and actions. For MG fantasy, this is a series that at no point feels like it doesn't treat This is my favourite of the series (so far) which considering I loved the first two books, is saying something. Chains of Gaia throws all the good guys and bad guys in the air, and seems to delight in seeing where they land. we see Robin flirting romantically with the enemy. We find Henry making alliances with a Grimm, we come across 'good' characters, Jackalope, FFoulkes, Hawthorn, all having dubious pasts and actions. For MG fantasy, this is a series that at no point feels like it doesn't treat it's young audience as what they are, intelligent, inquisitive and learning the difference between right and wrong, and the shifting sands under our feet as this distinction gets muddier the older we get. Robin is a true teenager here, (although thankfully avoiding the 'angst' that some lazy writers seem to think are the only way to portray teens) and everything about this book, wonderful plot and all, seems geared to mirror his own maturing, both magically and personality wise. that's some skilled storytelling. book four is something I am very much looking forward to

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicola-Cillia

    Loved being back in the magical Netherworlde once again. Robin covers a lot of ground in this book, both physically and emotionally, and we really see him grow up a lot and come into his own. we also get a lot of character development from Henry, Karya and Jackalope and Woad continues to be the happy centre of the Erlking family, keeping everyone in place with his fantastic one liners and side-on outlook on things. I LOVED aunt Irene in this book, she had a proper Gandalf the White moment here ( Loved being back in the magical Netherworlde once again. Robin covers a lot of ground in this book, both physically and emotionally, and we really see him grow up a lot and come into his own. we also get a lot of character development from Henry, Karya and Jackalope and Woad continues to be the happy centre of the Erlking family, keeping everyone in place with his fantastic one liners and side-on outlook on things. I LOVED aunt Irene in this book, she had a proper Gandalf the White moment here (no spoilers) but wow, i always secretly knew she was a complete Big Fish in the netherworlde pond. Strigoi continues to intrigue me and make me want to know whats under that metal mask, and the story is as deep and dark as the great woods themselves. great storytelling, which is what I've come to expect from this series

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chevylace

    Book three of the Changeling Series sees Robin and his friends doing a lot of emotional development and growing up. Robin learns to harness a new element, and develops his skills as a leader, Henry overcomes his feelings of inadequacy as the groups only non-magical human. Karya faces a royal reception from a group of tree dwelling Panthea who seem to worship her, and Woad remains determinedly uncowed. Jackalope, introduced as a smaller character in the previous book, gets more of an integration Book three of the Changeling Series sees Robin and his friends doing a lot of emotional development and growing up. Robin learns to harness a new element, and develops his skills as a leader, Henry overcomes his feelings of inadequacy as the groups only non-magical human. Karya faces a royal reception from a group of tree dwelling Panthea who seem to worship her, and Woad remains determinedly uncowed. Jackalope, introduced as a smaller character in the previous book, gets more of an integration into the group in this instalment, with an exploration of his past which explains a lot of his prickliness and mood. And it’s not just the good guys we see coming into their own. There are revelations around some of the series established villains too, which pique my curiosity for book four. A mature and well-crafted addition to the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lewis

    Another well-heeled chapter in the Changeling Series, taking me deeper into the wild places of the Netherworlde than the first two book have, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope Hawthorn's character gets more development in further books. He plays his cards very close to his chest and reminds me of a Fae version of Aragorn. But the standout performance in this fun and fantasy filled adventure has to be Aunt Irene, who just knocked my socks off in the last act. Love how far the characters ha Another well-heeled chapter in the Changeling Series, taking me deeper into the wild places of the Netherworlde than the first two book have, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope Hawthorn's character gets more development in further books. He plays his cards very close to his chest and reminds me of a Fae version of Aragorn. But the standout performance in this fun and fantasy filled adventure has to be Aunt Irene, who just knocked my socks off in the last act. Love how far the characters have come in these books, and I feel like I've been there with them every step of the way so far.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Somerand

    Without going into any spoilers, if you enjoyed the other two books then I can't possibly recommend this enough, without a doubt my personal favourite book within the series so far. This book still contained all the best aspects of the previous two books such as the wonderful Erlking atmosphere, comedy, references and great characters but it really took the overall plot a step further! We finally get a glimpse of Eris herself in this volume and just as interestingly we finally get to see some of Without going into any spoilers, if you enjoyed the other two books then I can't possibly recommend this enough, without a doubt my personal favourite book within the series so far. This book still contained all the best aspects of the previous two books such as the wonderful Erlking atmosphere, comedy, references and great characters but it really took the overall plot a step further! We finally get a glimpse of Eris herself in this volume and just as interestingly we finally get to see some of the more powerful characters such as Strigoi and Irene take action! The book also slightly changed up the formula of the last two books, with a lot more book content being focused on the main plot of the book and Robins character development regarding the puck rather than a sizeable portion of the book being spent learning the element that the shard is related to as has been done in the previous two. This book really seemed to up the anti in comparison to the previous two with the final conflict feeling much greater in scale than any of the events in the previous two books, overall a 5/5 and my personal favourite instalment in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Grove

    Welcome back to Erlking my friends; home of the last Changeling, Robin Fellows. Fahy does not disappoint in this latest installment of The Changeling series. Fantastic adventure ensues as Robin, accompanied by friends new and old, rushes to find the next Shard of Arcania. Pasts are revealed and secrets hinted at as we follow the young heroes on their quest. I loved the deeper development of the characters and watching them grow. I am already hungry for the next installment to see how it develops Welcome back to Erlking my friends; home of the last Changeling, Robin Fellows. Fahy does not disappoint in this latest installment of The Changeling series. Fantastic adventure ensues as Robin, accompanied by friends new and old, rushes to find the next Shard of Arcania. Pasts are revealed and secrets hinted at as we follow the young heroes on their quest. I loved the deeper development of the characters and watching them grow. I am already hungry for the next installment to see how it develops. If you have never picked up this series you need to or I will personally ask Woad to sort your socks!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Johns

    A very enjoyable read The saga of the world's last Changeling continues and this time Robin and his group of Friends are seeking the shard of Earth, only instead of being hidden in a statue on a windy floating island or buried in a grave in a sunken church, this shard of the Arcania is a little bit different. it's already been found, for a start, and it's released a very dangerous earth-spirit dragon (think princess mononoke) into the world, and now it's laying waste to parts of the Netherworlde, A very enjoyable read The saga of the world's last Changeling continues and this time Robin and his group of Friends are seeking the shard of Earth, only instead of being hidden in a statue on a windy floating island or buried in a grave in a sunken church, this shard of the Arcania is a little bit different. it's already been found, for a start, and it's released a very dangerous earth-spirit dragon (think princess mononoke) into the world, and now it's laying waste to parts of the Netherworlde, killing dryands and redcaps alike. Robin and co step in to hunt and kill the monster, and of course there are other 'interested parties' after it too. you cant say 'hidden magical shard' in the Netherworlde without also mentioning the Grimms. But this story is nowhere near as simple as it sounds, because theres also a little bit of nightmarish murder here and there, some courtly backstabbing amongst royal tree-people, where no one is who they seem to be. more of the Fae turn up, and some of them have very interesting histories. but most important of all, much more important than anything here, we get...to see...ERIS! (well...kind of) Eris is fast becoming the most interesting character to me in this series, because as the main bad guy, we are told SO LITTLE about her. really! other than frequent reference to her having golden eyes, there is not ONE SINGLE description of her in any of the three books so far. Don't believe me? go and check. Everything we know about Eris comes from descriptions of what she acts like or thinks like, but we have zero information of what she looks like, which is a very interesting thing to do in a book series where it has now become common for characters to not look or act as they first appear. hoping we get a more full on glimpse in book four

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natasha du Plessis

    James Fahy does it again!!!!! He is an absolutely brilliant fantasy writer. I still want to visit the Netherworld as well as Erlking. James has the ability to make the characters come alive. As with all the other books I wish this one could be made into a movie. Brilliant writing brilliant characters. Thank you Venture Press for the copy. I look forward to reading more of James Fahy, one of my favourite writers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Occulusrex

    Just fantastic! I've been waiting forever for book three of this series, as I adore it so far, and I have to say I was NOT dissapointed. If anything, the story of Robin and the rest of Erlking just goes from strength to strength! In this third installment of the saga, we see the scion of the Netherworlde facing new challenges, and spending a great deal more time in the Netherworlde. As always, there are wonderful and magical locations to explore, (a dreamlike forest, a haunted hill, a creepy labryn Just fantastic! I've been waiting forever for book three of this series, as I adore it so far, and I have to say I was NOT dissapointed. If anything, the story of Robin and the rest of Erlking just goes from strength to strength! In this third installment of the saga, we see the scion of the Netherworlde facing new challenges, and spending a great deal more time in the Netherworlde. As always, there are wonderful and magical locations to explore, (a dreamlike forest, a haunted hill, a creepy labrynth and a very weird and horrible prison) and also new monsters to face, (I particually enjoyed the Banshee, which was genuinely scary and pretty creepy for a kids book - in a good way) Chains of Gaia is bigger, deeper and wider than either of the previous instalments, and Fahy uses this space to flex his writing muscles and give us what he gives best, which is amazing characters. There's a lot of development here. Robin comes a long way from the 'hornless wonder' he was in book one, fighting inner demons and coming to terms with his own power. it's a great reflection on the trials of every normal teenager figuring out who they are. But equal time and care is given to exploring the other characters in the story. Woad is wonderful as always, Henry and Karya both show us deeper sides to themselves, (with a LOT being set up for Karya in the next book I think) but for me the crown of the story was getting to know Jackalopes backstory. I wont give any spoilers, but I will say that I love it. This book, like the ones before it, made me feel quite emotional in parts. on the surface, it's an exciting fantasy adventure, but in deeper layers, its an exploration of guilt, responsibility and living with past mistakes. to achieve this balance so skillfully is what sets this series apart from others in my opinion. Fahy never preaches, but there are lessons in all of these stories. Chains of Gaia, for me, is about facing your demons and not backing down. dealing with your past and finding a way to move forward and own your future. If you havent picked up this series yet, you must. end of story. Plus we get the tinest tease of Lady Eris herself at last, and it has really whet my appitite for the next book. hurry up!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is the third book in the Changeling Series, and I wasn't able to put it down. The author's style is so cinematic, that the need to see this story as a movie is almost physical. I loved the magical elements, the Lions and Dragons made from Earth, the magical treetop city full of glowing lights and winged insect-people (think Rivendell but with dragonfly-people) The BEEPLE! Once again, we're presented with familiar-sounding monsters from myth and legend (this time around Centaur and Dryads) but This is the third book in the Changeling Series, and I wasn't able to put it down. The author's style is so cinematic, that the need to see this story as a movie is almost physical. I loved the magical elements, the Lions and Dragons made from Earth, the magical treetop city full of glowing lights and winged insect-people (think Rivendell but with dragonfly-people) The BEEPLE! Once again, we're presented with familiar-sounding monsters from myth and legend (this time around Centaur and Dryads) but they are shown to us in such an original way, as has become the trademark of the Changeling series. Whether we're meeting Gorgons or Harpies, Nymphs or Sirens, everything is given its own unique 'Netherworlde' flavour, making this fantasy world feel and seem like a very real place. The centaur here are creepy. pale, masked creatures of violence and brutality. The Dryads are not cavorting maidens dressed in leafy tunics, but green-skinned arial creatures with insectile eyes and large buzzing wings. Every part of the Netherworlde feels at once familiar and strange. I always enjoy reading the little touches here and there, (ivy that mimicks your facial expressions is a favourte in this book) and it makes me want to go there! it's such a rich world PUT A MAP IN THE NEXT BOOK!!! I was so pleased to see the return of some old favourites from the previous book. I totally ship Robin and Peryl and also Karya and Jackalope! and we get to see some new and suprising sides to some powerful bad guys (Strigoi and Strife in particular) - i hate and love them both! I won't ruin it, but trust me when I say that the ending of this book should have a dramatic soundtrack, and we are left with the promise of some BIG events in the next instalment. A definite five star read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Dommer

    The third installment in Robin Fellow's tale is superior to the first two in my opinion, and thats saying something, because the first two are simply wonderful. i've been eagerly awaiting being able to revisit this world, and i was so happy to be treated to a fantastic new adventure full of all the excitement and wonderful writing ive come to expect. what i like about this series most is that each book is its own little adventure (this one dealing with a mythical monster laying waste to a huge for The third installment in Robin Fellow's tale is superior to the first two in my opinion, and thats saying something, because the first two are simply wonderful. i've been eagerly awaiting being able to revisit this world, and i was so happy to be treated to a fantastic new adventure full of all the excitement and wonderful writing ive come to expect. what i like about this series most is that each book is its own little adventure (this one dealing with a mythical monster laying waste to a huge forest and a lost king) but threaded through it all is one larger story of Robin and his freinds and enemies, with a backstory about a lost book that keeps getting more and more involved. wondefully put together, and cannot wait to continue the journey

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ban

    Another great installment in the series. I was once again immersed in the world and its characters. Karya remains to be a favourite of mine! As always looking forward to the sequel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Downey

    loving this series and book three is no exception. very pleased that in a book full of hormonal teenagers we've managed to get three books in without the dreaded 'love triangle' that haunts so many YA books. There is romance here (hints of it anyway) but it feels like its building naturally over books, not forced by the genre

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cris (the_book_adventurer)

    An Extraordinary Third Sequence in This Must-Read Series!! Chains of Gaia is undoubtedly an imaginatively brilliant third sequence to Fahy's Changeling series. I could go on and on about how amazing it is, but I think Chains is best left to experience by its readers themselves. There are two aspects to this book that I feel are noteworthy, however, and are two of the many reasons I love this author and his work. First is the unabashed display of loyalty and friendship. Robin Fellows is one of the An Extraordinary Third Sequence in This Must-Read Series!! Chains of Gaia is undoubtedly an imaginatively brilliant third sequence to Fahy's Changeling series. I could go on and on about how amazing it is, but I think Chains is best left to experience by its readers themselves. There are two aspects to this book that I feel are noteworthy, however, and are two of the many reasons I love this author and his work. First is the unabashed display of loyalty and friendship. Robin Fellows is one of the most loyal beings to ever live, albeit in novel form. Even when mistakes are made or someone is at fault, Robin never once wavers in his loyalty as Scion of the Arcania. But he is also fiercely loyal to his friends, which is such an admirable quality in a character. I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Robin Fellows is one of the best literary characters ever written! Second, Chains of Gaia is rich with character development. I am a reader who loves when the characters are realistic and raw. Oh, how I am disappointed with characters who fall flat! Which is why I love Fahy's work so so much. His characters come to life on the page, they are real and raw and well-developed!! I was especially anticipating getting to know more about Jackalope upon meeting him in The Drowned Tomb, and his backstory was emotional, to say the least. So many good characters in Chains, and so much rich character development! There are so many layers to Chains of Gaia that are well worth diving into and pulling back. I, for one, was amazed at all Chains offered for me as a reader, and I am not ashamed to say I cried. Tears of sorrow and joy, might I add. Definitely a 5-Star read, like it's predecessors 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hollymelton

    Chains of Gaia is the third book in an increasingly dark series, and I love the way things are progressing. As Robin gets a little older, the kind of problems he faces get grimmer, and here in book three we see him struggling less with simple monsters and magic, and more with knowing who to trust, getting to grips with his own personal demons, and coming into his own as the Scion of the Arcania, with all the resposibility that brings. (though dont get me wrong, there are monsters and magic aplen Chains of Gaia is the third book in an increasingly dark series, and I love the way things are progressing. As Robin gets a little older, the kind of problems he faces get grimmer, and here in book three we see him struggling less with simple monsters and magic, and more with knowing who to trust, getting to grips with his own personal demons, and coming into his own as the Scion of the Arcania, with all the resposibility that brings. (though dont get me wrong, there are monsters and magic aplenty here too) from a slowish start, the book picked up pretty fast when wounded strangers start arriving at Erlking, and we are soon whisked off to a new part of the Netherworlde on maybe Robin's largest and most deadly adventure yet. He's fought monsters, solved puzzles and been thrown into danger before now of course, in books one and two, but usually on a small and personal scale. this time around we have full blown batttles, and the final third of the book played out in my mind like one of those epic scenes from the lord of the rings movies. plus of course this book gets extra points for dragons! (although, this being the changeling world, it's not quite how you'd traditionally expect to see them) There are a lot of players in this game, but everyone plays their part really well. (i kind of wish Princess Ashe had had more screen time to let her character develop, but theres no saying she wont resurface in a later book.) what the author focusses on in this book are the bad boys. from Strigoi, who is basically the terminator in black armour and still chilling, to Mr Strife, who make a wonderful comeback in this book, and surpisingly gets some of the funniest lines. this is a book which for me was all about blurring that line in the sand between good and evil. theres plenty of clear setup in the final chapter for the next book, and I know what i'll be hoping to see. more of Eris. fantastic read

  24. 5 out of 5

    HOloWaY

    The forests are calling, and Robin Fellows, last changing, student of the magical arts and also slightly awkward and uncertain teenager, must answer the call. Robin has come some way since he arrived in the little village of Barrowood aged twelve with a flute in his pocket and no clue what was going on. Fast forward a couple of years and we’re facing down dragons, solving riddles in a minotaur’s maze and breaking into the most dangerous high-security prison in the whole Netherworlde. His ‘family’ The forests are calling, and Robin Fellows, last changing, student of the magical arts and also slightly awkward and uncertain teenager, must answer the call. Robin has come some way since he arrived in the little village of Barrowood aged twelve with a flute in his pocket and no clue what was going on. Fast forward a couple of years and we’re facing down dragons, solving riddles in a minotaur’s maze and breaking into the most dangerous high-security prison in the whole Netherworlde. His ‘family’ of misfits is growing and developing too, and it’s fun to watch their stories unfold here. We also start to get glimpses into Robin’s own history, and what happened during the war, which has only been hinted at before. Great reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sophia-May

    I was a little concerned about this book. i'd enjoyed the first two so much, and ive read other series that have fizzled out a few books in, but I had nothing to worry about! In fact, Chains of Gaia is by far the strongest book in the series so far. I adored it. Coming back to Erlking felt like coming home myself, spending time with old freinds in new situations, but Fahy never just rehashes the same story, characters develop and grow, the backstory gets more and more twisted, and the shadows in t I was a little concerned about this book. i'd enjoyed the first two so much, and ive read other series that have fizzled out a few books in, but I had nothing to worry about! In fact, Chains of Gaia is by far the strongest book in the series so far. I adored it. Coming back to Erlking felt like coming home myself, spending time with old freinds in new situations, but Fahy never just rehashes the same story, characters develop and grow, the backstory gets more and more twisted, and the shadows in the Netherworlde just keep getting darker and more appealing. what's wonderful about this series is that I never know what the characters are going to do. Mr Strife is such a big bad in earlier books, and here, we find he clearly has his own agenda and isnt just blindly loyal to Lady Eris. we also get a teeny glimpse into his past, and the most teasing hint that maybe his backstory is not a simple soldier of evil, but possibly as complicated as Peryls. There's definitely a lot going on with the Grimms, and with Strigoi too, who I was so happy to see made another, more involved appearance in this volume as I loved his menacing character in Drowned Tomb. Again though, I get the impression theres more going on with him than is being said too. and thats what i love about this series. The author hasnt crafted a simple, straightforward world. its obvious that the entire backstory we are not (yet) privy to, is complex and carefully crafter. (i find myself wishing there were some 'prequel' novels and origin stories explaining what happened in the war! But these hints of a deeper story are SO skillfully weaved into what is an exciting adventure anyway, that it never feels like the writer is jogging your elbow or dropping hints like anvils. it's all in a subtle expression here, or a passing turn of phraze there. I am so eager for book four now!

  26. 5 out of 5

    G.R. Thomas

    As usual the story and dangerous adventures of Robin drew me into a magical world with many unexpected twists and turns. The further development of minor characters was a true delight. I truly love this series. It is unique, witty and set in a vividly created fantastical world. Can’t wait for the next instalment A firm fave author

  27. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Martin

    book three of this series is a much bigger story than the first two books, and a lot of new characters are introduced too, which i loved. some of them have big parts to play in future books obviously and others came and went, but as ive come to expect from this series they are all crafted with care and add depth to the universe of the Netherworld. the ending of this volume is almost a cliffhanger (but in a good way) and really set my apitite for the next book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    This book was about a boy that goes on an adventure into the woods with his friends, fighting evil. But this is no normal forest this is the Nertherworlde, and much can happen. Fueled by the shard of the Aracna, the Earth Shard, the beast is roaming around, causing destruction and danger wherever it goes. Forced into finding and killing this beast because of a debt, Robin must save the forest and his people before it's too late. On top of that, he must find out who he can trust and discover who This book was about a boy that goes on an adventure into the woods with his friends, fighting evil. But this is no normal forest this is the Nertherworlde, and much can happen. Fueled by the shard of the Aracna, the Earth Shard, the beast is roaming around, causing destruction and danger wherever it goes. Forced into finding and killing this beast because of a debt, Robin must save the forest and his people before it's too late. On top of that, he must find out who he can trust and discover who and what he is. I really liked this book, third in the series, because there was a lot of metaphors and detail that made you feel like you were part of the story.This is why I give the book five stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lockwood

    I was eagerly awaiting this, having greatly enjoyed books one and two, and I loved how this volume took the characters we already know, and showed some of them to us in a different light. There are lots of character arcs in this series, leaping all over the place, Mr Strife, Miss Peryl, Jackalope and Karya, and at the centre of it all is Robin, spinning everyone elses story around him like plates on sticks. luckily he does this expertly, and everything we're told just makes me want to know more a I was eagerly awaiting this, having greatly enjoyed books one and two, and I loved how this volume took the characters we already know, and showed some of them to us in a different light. There are lots of character arcs in this series, leaping all over the place, Mr Strife, Miss Peryl, Jackalope and Karya, and at the centre of it all is Robin, spinning everyone elses story around him like plates on sticks. luckily he does this expertly, and everything we're told just makes me want to know more about the story-behind-the-story here

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    The 1st book of this series seemed a little derivative (Harry Potter meets Narnia) but with the second and now the third book, there is more originality and the writer holds enough mystery back make me want to read more. Considering this series is 'free' with my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this world. I am very happy to have found this author and will read more of his work.

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