REVIEW: Shifting Chaos – Elizabeth Noble

Shifting Chaos - Elizabeth Noble - Sleepless City

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

We aren’t a we without all of us.

Chaos reigns in The Sleepless City and it’s really beginning to piss Detective Jonas Forge off.
He’s separated from his soulmate, Blair Turner. A separation he fears might be permanent.

Nothing is going right. It’s as if the universe is conspiring against him. A long closed off door buried deep within his psyche cracks open when a turn of events flips his world upside down. There’s a monster behind that door and he’s not sure where the monster leaves off and he begins.

Hallucinations grip the town and demons lurk around every corner, causing havoc and threatening to tear the family in Boggs’s Castle to shreds. The only way forward is to bare all to each other. While Forge and Declan confront horrors from their shared past, they all learn a terrible truth about vampires—one not even imagined in their worst nightmare.

Can they control a monster in order to defeat a demon?

If you like imperfect heroes with tarnished pasts who don’t know how to quit, then you’ll love Shifting Chaos by Elizabeth Noble, the action-packed, emotional conclusion to The Sleepless City.

Author’s note: This book was originally published in 2015. It has been rewritten with new chapters and scenes and re-edited.

The Review

Elizabeth Noble delivers lots of surprises and reveals with the final intriguing novel for “The Sleepless City” series. 

As Jonas Forge is seeing the happy paired-off couples of Simon and Ben and Lucas and Declan, he’s very moody, and not in a good way. Forge’s union with Blair is still very fragile.  Forge has been stressed out with Blair leaving to take care of family business. He promised to give Blair space, and he fears that Blair won’t return to Boggslake. Even in the midst of the rash of accidental deaths, Forge finds some peace and happiness when Blair asks for his help with the drive back to Boggslake.

With the increase of hallucinations and tragic deaths, Boggs Castle does not go untouched, and the residents find themselves deep in the dark demon’s clutches. The Supernatural Council is also causing problems for Forge. And a strange request comes from Jasper Coates, requesting Forge’s presence at the Coates compound.

Blair seems to have an ability to sense when trouble is about to happen, but he doesn’t know why or how. And Declan keeps recalling the seventeen and eighteen hundreds and the troubling history of him and Jonas Forge.  

The evil that has come to them all is taking its toll. Will what’s revealed destroy them as a family? Or will they all work together to come up with a plan to end the evil or will it also end their lives?

“Shifting Chaos” is the perfect title for this final novel. The story is exciting, suspenseful, and eerie.  Especially the plot – there’s precise investigation, research and creative planning that calls for all six men’s expertise. But Forge is the heart of this novel, and the fragile relationship between him and Blair. Noble also delves into the unknowns about Forge’s history ans relationship to Declan, and Forge’s control of his dark side. What really stands out is the camaraderie and family that these six men have created together. 

I like that Noble also brings more insight to the history and folklore of Declan and Kitchi and their connection to the Algonquins.

As this is supposed to be the final novel, I don’t know if there will be spin offs, or more to come.  Will there ever be an understanding between the vampires, werewolves and humans?  Noble also got a little sneaky here, giving a very different perspective on Lucas’ Uncle, Jasper Coates.  That was a definite surprise, and there could very well be a future story there!

All-in-all, this was a page-turner for me, with lots to absorb. I highly recommend “Shifting Chaos,” along with “Shades of Sepia”, “Electric Candle”, and “Family and Reflection!”

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

 

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