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Chaos Looming

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A fast-paced, intriguing read, fans of fantasy and action will enjoy this story where lost loved ones are never truly gone.

In the realm of Loren, life is different from 20th century Earth; there is no electricity or refrigeration, and secret groups of people are subverting one another for the control of society. Keira Altman is a pneumonancer, having arrived in Loren after a car accident on Earth left her dead. Training to be a Legionnaire, Keira is learning to use her pneuma, or life force, to affect others, primarily on the field of battle. It is the work of the Legion of Pneumos to calm the chaos inherent to the universe, and its members span lifetimes in various locations.


While Keira and her grounder Danny work with the Legion, Keira is notorious for subverting authority. Keira follows her intuition, often leading her away from the proposed plan and getting her into trouble. Luckily, Danny is always beside her, even when they do not agree. After Keira draws too much unwanted attention to the covert Legion, she and Danny leave the others, proceeding on an adventure to rescue the successor to the throne and transport him safely to the capitol. Along the way, they are faced with deception, love, and loss, but each moment brings Keira and Danny closer to their ultimate goal.


Fans of young adult fantasy will enjoy this atypical approach to the genre. Instead of simply building a new world, flashbacks tie Danny and Keira to life on 20th century Earth; this is a convenient connection to the familiarities of Earth, but it lacks some development within the scope of the story. Action-packed from the start, readers may require a few chapters to build empathy for the characters and understanding of the story, but doing so is worthwhile.


Despite their flaws, each character has likable qualities and readers are rooting for the heroes throughout the story. The plot primarily centers on Keira, but readers gain some insight into other characters when the lens shifts to progress the story from additional perspectives. Several violent scenes, occasional strong language, and one romantic interlude are found in this book, making it better suited to more mature teen readers. The primary characters in this story are white, spanning several generations from their time on Earth. A fast-paced, intriguing read, fans of fantasy and action will enjoy this story where lost loved ones are never truly gone.


Grades 10-12

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About the author

Author, medical student, and proud dog mom, H.B. Reneau is known for her character-driven, genre-crossing fiction, drawing on her experiences in both medicine and the military. She has a particular love for strong female characters who face adversity and manage to subvert expectations along the way. view profile

Published on October 01, 2020

90000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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