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From James Treadwell comes the second novel in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed Advent.The second novel in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed AdventIf there’s one thing Gavin Stokes knows, it’s that something unimaginably dangerous has returned to the world. A mad dog ruFrom James Treadwell comes the second novel in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed Advent.The second novel in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed AdventIf there’s one thing Gavin Stokes knows, it’s that something unimaginably dangerous has returned to the world. A mad dog runs amok, a mermaid floats in the bay, and a wild beast stalks the countryside. He and others make the same strange claim: magic has returned. All signs point to it.Now, Gavin’s aunt has disappeared. A young girl who’s been accused of murder vanishes from a locked cell. She is at large somewhere in a vast wilderness. Meanwhile, a desolate child leaves the home that has kept her safe all her life and strikes out into the unknown. And a mother, half mad with grief for her lost son, sets off to find him.There is a place where all their journeys meet. But someone is watching the roads . . ....

Title : Anarchy
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ISBN : 9781451661675
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Anarchy Reviews

  • Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
    2019-05-26 13:32

    The second book in the Advent Trilogy, Anarchy tells the tales of three very different women whose lives intersect in a world where the veil between the possible and the impossible has been torn asunder.Anarchy is a beautifully written fantasy book with an ethereal, literary quality to it. The descriptions create haunting and detailed imagery and the characters are deep and well-rounded. Foreshadowing is used well, keeping the reader on edge and instilling an awful sense of foreboding.The plot is slow going and the thing I found to be the most off-putting was plodding along in one of the slowly building stories, finally getting to an attention grabbing spot, and then veering away from that story and going into one of the other two. This got very frustrating. It’s interesting to note, however, that my journey reading this book cleverly mirrored those of the protagonists: slowly moving toward a destination, thinking I’m getting somewhere only to experience a setback and finding myself at almost square one again, and finally finally getting near where I want to be, only to be dismayed at the reality of it when I get there.I learned the hard way that this is not really a standalone story. I jumped into this book blind, having not read the first in the trilogy, and I never quite found my footing. Nonetheless, the book was intriguing and I find myself wanting to read the one that comes before it to see if my understanding of the events laid out becomes any clearer.I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers who like their reads to have a more literary flair and a dash or two of surrealism, but highly suggest reading Advent first – as I should have done.*I received a free ARC of this book to review.

  • Deirdre
    2019-06-07 13:25

    I loved Advent -- the first book in this series -- but this was even better. The writing is beautiful. It's VERY dark though; sort of like being in a nightmare from which one can't wake up. It's also very "dense" with lots of references that add to the story if the reader is aware of their significance from mythology. This book can't be read without first reading Advent. I can't wait for the third novel in the series.

  • Cece
    2019-06-13 13:35

    After reading Advent, the first book in this trilogy, I decided to move on to book two. (its been a long cold winter not much to do but read) This is the first book I've ever read where I wasn't sure what was happening. I felt very disconnected from the story. It was slow and dragging but I hate to not finish a book, so I did. Thinking to myself, what the heck just happened? I feel like there were so many small details left out, such as why Marina's tiny thorn prick kept bleeding so profusely (what is the significance), what was it that did that to her and why? I'm not British or Canadian, so many of the folklore and First Nations type references were lost on me. They could have been a bit better explained, I had to research thing just to understand to plot. I also had to use a translation app to figure out the statement that Goose kept hearing in French. I shouldn't need to go through so much work to read a fantasy novel. I doubt I will bother reading the third book when it becomes available.

  • Rick Fisher
    2019-05-27 13:32

    2.5 starsWhat a bore. This one took almost half the book to even remotely start tying into the first novel of the series "Advent". I knew it would get there eventually, since it was a sequel, but, damn, there was very little I found compelling here. My suggestion, if you haven't read the first in the series, don't and then pass on this one as well. Finishing this one made me reevaluate the first. And, the conclusion is: not recommended. Sorry.

  • Foggygirl
    2019-05-22 07:35

    A truly excellent read. While this book is a sequel it reads like a stand alone novel because it introduces new characters and mythology as well as expands on some characters and mythology from the previous book. I loved the first book and the second installment is an excellent follow up. The only bad thing is now I have to wait at least a year for the next installment.

  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    2019-06-04 11:12

    Originally published at Risingshadow.Because I recently read James Treadwell's Advent and loved it, I was eager to read Anarchy. I was delightfully surprised when I noticed that Anarchy is an even better and darker novel than Advent. It's a spellbinding and beautifully written sequel that is worth praising.It's a bit difficult to categorize Anarchy properly, because it contains elements of classic urban fantasy, mythic fantasy and literary fantasy. I think that the best way to categorize this novel is to say that it's a literary fantasy novel that contains mythical and mysterious elements.Below is a bit of information about the story.Anarchy tells three different stories that are all connected together:- The first story tells about Marie-Archange Séverine Gaucelin-Maculloh (aka Goose) who is an officer of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in Alice, B.C. A girl, Jennifer Knox, disappears mysteriously from a locked cell. Jennifer is a mystery to everybody, because she is accused of murder, but she doesn't talk to anybody about what has happened (nobody knows what happened at Jennifer's home and who killed her brother, but Jennifer's mother blames Jennifer for the murder). Goose tries to find the girl and tries to think how she could do to find her and what could happen to her. Goose can't forget the girl, because she haunts her mind.- The second story tells about Marina who isn't happy with the truth about herself and quarrels with Owen. She is desolate and decides to leave her home. She travels through new places and landscapes, because she hasn't ventured beyond the Pendurra estate.- The third story tells about Gavin's mother who is desperately trying to find him. She travels to Cornwall to look for him. She's doing everything she can to find her son and feels guilty about what has happened.- At the same time something weird is happening in the internet and in different places around the world. People blame a virus called The Plague for the internet problems.When I began to read Anarchy, I noticed that it's a better and more balanced novel than its predecessor. It's also a dark and complex novel, and that's wonderful, because complex and dark literary novels are very entertaining and spellbinding novels. This kind of dark literary novels have a tendency to charm their readers with strong storylines and happenings. I personally found myself captivated by the characters and the happenings in this novel.In this novel James Treadwell masterfully weaves three different stories together and gradually reveals what's going on. He balances perfectly between the stories and develops the happenings bit by bit. Because the happenings develop bit by bit, this novel is not for hasty readers who want instant action. It's a novel for readers who love the written word and want to immerse themselves in a good story.James Treadwell writes well about how the world is slowly changing as the ancient magic affects modern technology and causes problems. He writes fluently about how the society is slowly breaking down because of mysterious and severe problems with the internet, radio, TV and transport networks etc. This adds an interesting touch of apocalypse to the storyline.The author has a fantastic way of writing believably about how the lives of the characters change when they meet something strange (he writes beautifully what happens to the characters when they have to deal with extraordinary and magical happenings that can't be explained by normal means). The author takes his time to develop the characters and makes sure that each character feels as realistic and three-dimensional as possible.The author has created believable and vivid Canadian characters that come to life as the story progresses. Goose's partner, Jonas Paul, is interesting minor character, because he has his own way of looking at things. He's one of the best minor characters ever created in fantasy novels. I liked the way the author wrote the relationship between Goose and Jonas.I think that several readers will notice how effortlessly and easily James Treadwell writes about Goose and Gavin's mother. Both characters are portrayed perfectly and the reader gets to know them. I admired the author's ability to write about their lives and feelings. The reader really cares about what happens to them, because their stories have an emotional impact on the reader.One of the best things about Anarchy is the amount of details the author has woven into the story. The scenes are full of small details that spice up the story. For example, the author writes captivatingly about the surroundings and landscapes. I'm sure that everybody who reads this novel will want to visit British Columbia and Vancouver Island.Another thing worth mentioning is the emotionality of the story. It's simply amazing how much emotional depth this novel has in it. It's almost heartbreaking to read about Gavin's mother and her desperate struggle to find her son. It's also touching to read about Marina and her life, because her whole life has changed and she's lonely.There's a mysteriously menacing and dark atmosphere in this novel. The apocalyptic feel is perfectly ominous, because the world is gradually changing and weird things happen everywhere. Magic is returning to the world and the consequences of its return are terrifying and make people behave in different ways. Magic in this novel is dark, gritty and menacing. It was refreshing to read about this kind of dark magic, because several authors tend to write about other kind of magic.Certain scenes in this novel are not for those faint of heart, because they're scary scenes. These scenes reminded me a bit of dark fantasy novels and stories, because the atmosphere in them is creepy and unsettling. As a long time fan of dark stories, I was impressed by the author's way of writing about these scenes (I loved it that Anarchy wasn't an easy novel and bad things happened in it). It was great how easily he created feelings of dread and was capable of shocking the reader. I have to congratulate the author for writing a novel that will linger on the reader's mind for a long time after the last page.I liked the way the author wrote about life in a remote community (it was interesting read about Alice, B.C. and its surroundings). He handled nicely all the things connected to Canadian people, First Nations and how people felt about outsiders etc, because everything felt believable and realistic.I have to confess that I love James Treadwell's prose. His prose is as rich, beautiful, excellent and nuanced as it was in Advent. He's one of the best authors of literary fantasy I've had a pleasure to read during the last decade. I honestly wish there were more authors like him out there.James Treadwell combines realism with myth, magic and fantasy in a seducingly dark way. In my opinion he manages to combine all these elements perfectly, because he knows how to keep the story interesting by revealing bits and pieces of the mysterious and mythic events as the story develops (it's good that he doesn't reveal everything at once).What James Treadwell has created here is amazing and outstanding. It's something that will stand the test of time and probably be given the status of a modern classic in the near future. Anarchy is head and shoulders above most of the novels that are out there on the market at this moment, because it has plenty of depth, good characters and a fascinating and complex story. It's difficult to find similar kind of menacing and beautifully written novels.If James Treadwell's forthcoming third novel is as good and compelling as Advent and Anarchy, I dare say that he's on his way to become one of the most respected authors of literary fantasy. I have to confess that I can hardly wait to get my hands on the third novel, because I loved Advent and Anarchy. It'll be difficult to wait for the third novel.Anarchy can be recommended to both adult readers and mature young adult readers, because it will appeal to both readerships. Anarchy is mostly a novel for adult and mature readers, because it's a dark novel and has adult content in it. If there are experienced and mature young adult readers out there who love good and gradually developing stories, Anarchy is a must read novel for these readers, because it's difficult to find better and more original novels.Before I write the final words of this review, I'll mention that I noticed that it may be possible to read Anarchy as a standalone novel, but I recommend reading Advent first, because it'll be a lot easier to understand certain things after reading it, because the author continues the story in a compelling way.It's also good to mention that if you haven't discovered James Treadwell yet, you're in for a real treat, because he's a talented author who writes excellent prose. I honestly hope that as many readers as possible will read his novels, because they're charmingly original and captivating fantasy novels (they remind me a bit of the fantasy novels by Charles de Lint, Susan Cooper, Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker).The cover art image of the Atria/Emily Bestler Books edition looks gorgeous. It's a fantastic cover image for this novel.If you're looking for a story that's been written well, is complex and has interesting characters, you have just found what you've been looking for. Anarchy is all of these things and more - it's a genuine masterpiece of literary fantasy. This novel will both charm and terrify you with its strong story and happenings. I have nothing bad to say about Anarchy, because it's a perfect literary fantasy novel for readers who want depth and quality from their novels.Anarchy is an extraordinary achievement in terms of storytelling, prose and atmosphere. It's an unputdownable fantasy novel that will keep you turning pages as fast as you can read them. Anarchy is one of those novels that will you keep up all night, because you simply can't stop reading it. I highly recommend this novel to everybody who loves good stories and beautifully written literary fantasy.Highly recommended!

  • Neil Szigethy
    2019-05-30 13:31

    Note to author: Your characters and plot probably live with you every day. You know them intimately. We don't. I read the first in this series, Advent, about 2 years ago. I enjoyed it and remember the general plot and characters, but most certainly the world has turned in two years. So when I started to read Anarchy: A Novel and was confused, I figured that all would be revealed or I'd have that "aha!" moment later on. Well, it didn't happen. The best part of this book was the very first 100 pages or so about a Royal Canadian Mountie nicknamed Goose – a young woman who was far from home, now working in a remote village in British Columbia. (Even this backwater was experiencing the mystic upheaval that started in England.) But then the story shifted to a dark and plodding trek of Gavin's mother (who had an extremely minor role in the first book, as I recall) from London to Cornwall. I remember the way-too-sentient crow named Corbo from the first book – he/it has a minor role here. And Gavin/Gawain really doesn't appear until (I think) the end of this book. Even taken as a separate novel and not #2 in a series, this book was very unsatisfying. As well-drawn as the characters were, there were times when I didn't know who was "talking" (he-said, she-said attribution is outre these days). The scenes were evocative, but never complete. And with the sometimes main character, Goose, I could never presuppose her motivation or anticipate how she'd react. Far from being intriguing, this left me flat. I'd give this book a 3-1/2 for writing and 2 for enjoyment. I refuse to go back and reread a 400+ page book just so I can enjoy a sequel!

  • Jennifer Boyce
    2019-05-21 05:11

    (Received this book through Goodreads First Reads) This story was truly enjoyable - I will have to read the first story in the trilogy now that I've read the second. (And I can't wait for the third!)This story was written in an interesting way... Each part of the book was written from a different characters perspective and one perspective led into the next. Each part of the book tied together with the parts before and after it quite nicely. Although some of the parts seemed to get a little long (most notably the ones in the middle of the book), the rest of the sections easily made up for it.The characters in the story were enjoyable. The relationship between Goose and her partner, Jonas, was amusing and incredibly human. It would be easy for many different audiences to relate to Goose and the relatively normal life that she leads. Marina, on the other hand, was a character that wasn't quite so normal. Although she wasn't easy to relate to she added mystery and an interesting perspective to the story.The story is technically fantasy but it's very subtle and believable fantasy. The story is set in our traditional world yet brings in mythical elements here and there. It's very tastefully done.I would recommend this book to those who enjoy subtle fantasy, mystery, or end of the world stories.

  • Justin Crowe
    2019-06-01 11:24

    Fantastic.. Darker than the first book as we walk the journey to find ourselves in the company of the books characters. The book is full of mystery and secrets hiding in the environments they walk through.... A new kind of literary magic is spun. I look forward to the last instalment in this wonderful trilogy.

  • Angie Never
    2019-05-25 07:17

    I kept thinking this would be a really awesome book if I could understand anything that was going on.

  • David
    2019-06-07 06:13

    Anarchy is the second in a trilogy. I have not read the first book, so if you feel that my review is judging the book in the wrong context, you are welcome to take that view.The book starts with Canadian police officer Marie-Archange Maculloch, nicknamed Goose dealing with the disappearance of Jennifer Knox from a locked police cell on an island of the coast of Canada. Searching for her, Goose thinks she sees her heading out to another island on a kayak. Then a boy from Cornwall is found by a beached whale. A ferry arrives with all passengers missing except for one blind woman. This is against the background of a force called the plague disrupting computers and electronic communication.This first part was the best of the book for me. I enjoyed the lead character and the setting on the island community. Then the book switches to England, which is trying to have a breakdown of society. First the narrative focus on a young girl Marina, the daughter of a water spirit who leaves her house to search for her friend. Then it shifts to concentrate on Iseult a woman who became the adopted mother of Gavin, a character from the first book. She leaves London and her unpleasant husband to go down to Cornwall to search for him.And it is at this point when the novel lost my interest. It is very well written and has some good descriptions of abandoned places. However to me, it just felt as if everybody is wondering around to pad out the page count. It feels even more annoying because Goose was a more interesting character in a more interesting setting then these two. The scenes where fairy creatures appear are interesting with fresh approaches and a sense of danger about them. But they are too few and far between. Eventually Marina and Iseult meet up but by then, the damage has been done. The narrative then switches back to Goose after roughly two hundred pages then to Marina and Iseult and back again for the climax.While Tredwell clearly has talent, this book still feels prey to the common fault of middle books in a trilogies. A sense that this is basically everybody runs up and down to just pad out the narrative. It also has the problem that it feels like this was a story set on an island off the coast of Canada that had another different story shoved in to bulk out the pages. I’m not saying that you cannot have novels with two stories that seem unrelated at first but they have linked better than through strange phone calls.This book left me with no desire to check out the other two in the trilogy. If you want a novel which combines two seemingly unrelated narratives, read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. If you want a trilogy featuring magic returning and technology weakening, read 'The Age of Misrule' series by Mark Chadbourn.

  • Snicketts
    2019-05-23 06:12

    I loved Advent - it was clever and atmospheric. With the sequel, it's almost as if you've been thrown in at the deep end and it's a very different pace to the first book. It covers the slide of the world into the abyss after the portents and signs from the first book, but we follow new characters through these dark times and it takes a while to understand their place in the end of days. Maybe it is just too long since I read Advent, but I have been meaning to read this for a long time, so I was disappointed that the subtlety of the first book had been replaced by the downright oddity of the second. It IS beautifully written, but it's almost like clippings from a newspaper, repasted out of order and context.

  • Loretta
    2019-06-03 07:32

    I really cannot express just how much I love this trilogy. Even though, to be honest, nothing really seems to happen in this book. It's like the dream just before waking...meandering, not quite making sense, but you don't want to let it go either. At this point there are still more questions than answers, and I'm surprisingly okay with that.I love how Treadwell uses language. Every word fits together perfectly. Nothing is out of place. Magic and madness are seeping into the world and you feel it with every page.

  • Bob Peake
    2019-05-20 08:11

    The world is in transition, and there is an apocalyptic feel to the story. The book is broken into parts, each following a major character and their development in this new world. I mentally thought of each part separately, as their connection to the larger story is not immediately apparent, and of course the previous story breaks at a really exciting part! So patience is a good virtue, and the plot comes together at the end, although it concludes in the next book.

  • Josh
    2019-06-15 10:33

    I almost never actually rate a book one star. If it seems bad enough to rate it that poorly, I tend not to finish it, and if I don't finish it, I don't feel justified it rating it that poorly. In this case, I was so taken with Advent that I forced myself through the whole thing. It's a weirdly fascinating kind of bad, too. The author is so competent at many of the basics of writing - clear, interesting prose, nice descriptions, well-realized places - that the glaring defects in Anarchy make for a continual sense of double-take. Like, "Did he really just have that character say that?!"Advent concludes with a fundamental change in the nature of the world. Magic is returning, and with it all the strange modes of reasoning the modern world left behind. It's therefore somewhat surprising that Treadwill chooses to start in Canada with everyone commenting mostly on how surprising it is that the Brits are suffering mass hysteria, but this actually turns out to be the strongest part of the book. Our POV character Goose is enjoyable and believable enough to sustain interest as the story rebuilds momentum. And then, abruptly, we switch to Marina (and worse, backtrack in time to do it - always a terrible idea). Many people complained that Advent was boring, and I just didn't understand it. Now I do. The problem is Marina. It's not just that her primary motivation in all things appears to be pique. This is a case where the author simply fails to adequately imagine a sheltered, otherworldly girl and instead produces a total imbecile, a caricature so extreme it often veers into self-parody. Just one example, from later in the book: as she walks through the abandoned ruins of the village where her childhood friend used to live, observing corpses heaped by the side of the road, she thinks to herself, "Something isn't right. I'm sure this isn't how Horace described his town!" Thus it would come as a relief to turn to Gawain's mother (adoptive) Yseult, except that this character is just as poorly executed (and once again we have gone back in time to get an excruciatingly detailed overview). At the end of Advent she got a phone message from Gawain saying that he was going to take off with his aunt for a while, and does not. Take it. Well. In fact, her abrupt dissolution is much more in keeping with a woman who has heard that her son is dead. The result is a character you perpetually want to shake until she gets a grip. Her decisions are entirely irrational from beginning to end, and her behavior is entirely unsympathetic, not merely crazy but also entirely self-centered. After this there is still no relief, as Marina and Mom tag-team the reader with a barrage of terrible, inexplicable decisions. It's too bad - Yseult's arc could have been quite nice if played with less carpet-chewing excess. And without the distraction of her obsessive behavior the revelations of these sections would have been much more interesting. Instead, they feel almost pro forma - here is a piece of background added, there a McGuffin introduced, the bare minimum to qualify as a fantasy.The fourth act is at least more tolerable, returning at last to Goose and events of real significance. But the conclusion still falters -- why exactly did Gawain spend six months walking around again? -- and it's just not enough to save the book. There are many other disappointments, in particular Treadwell's oddly boring portrayal of what reintroducing magic would do to a modern society: apparently cause the hippies to take over, because no author can imagine societal collapse in Britain in any form besides drum circles. But this review is way to long already.Bottom line: if you liked Advent, still, skip this book and wait for the third.

  • A.
    2019-06-01 06:07

    Review based on ARC((bounces excitedly in her seat))I IMpatiently awaited the arrival of Treadwell's second novel, Anarchy. I mean. Impatiently. I regularly google searched and scoured websites looking for a hidden contest to get an early copy. And my efforts were rewarded! Thank you NetGalley! I have often thought about Advent since I finished reading it and reviewed it. It was a chance finding... a book I picked up from the library on a whim. And I loved it. And I gave it 4 stars and I've often wondered if... perhaps I shouldn't have rated it higher? Any book that makes me think so much about it.... but I haven't changed that review because, well, because I believe the review that lands on my review is the best review from me - contemporaneous and not hindsight-affected. Nevertheless, I looked for Anarchy with eagerness. And it did not disappoint. Treadwell just writes a beautiful story - it feels like actual literature - but then there's the fantastical element. This is where we broach my actual favorite genre... magical realism. (well, okay, it's tied with gothic literature). And Treadwell does it well.Here is an author who does the interweaving of three stories - a type of story-telling that seems to be heavily used of late. But he did it well. He does it all well. He sets up a story that is foggy and etherial and forces its reader to be patient... and forces its reader to slow down and enjoy it.And I did. I'm just not going to say more about the actual plot and goings on. I will say, read Advent first. If you HATE advent, I highly doubt you'll like Anarchy. If you HATE magical realism and fantasy, just don't try it. But if you're willing to give it a shot, these are the books that deserve your efforts.FOUR AND A HALF of five stars (on the high end, though, so 5 stars on sites w/o half ratings)This and other reviews can be found at

  • Rhys
    2019-06-07 07:32

    Review originally posted on ThirstforFiction.comIf Advent was Gawain’s story, then Anarchy is Marina’s: deserted by everyone dear to her, she’s left waiting for them to return to Pendurra, the house she has never left in 12 years of life. Afraid and alone, she decides to leave everything she knows and walk out into an abandoned Cornish countryside dominated by freak weather in which melt-water rivers have carved paths through roads. In search of her friend Horace Jia, she encounters long-lost voices down telephone lines and a heart-broken mother in search for her disappeared son…The sequel to 2012’s Advent, Anarchy continues in much the same way, delivering a brooding and unsettling portrayal of life in which magic and domesticity converge. We’re introduced to the far reaches of Canada, in which Officer Goose, of the Mounted Police, encounters increasingly mysterious occurrences after a girl in her custody inexplicably disappears from her cell – and the horrific trek across England that Iz makes in search of Gawain, who doesn’t make an appearance until the very end. In light of this, Anarchy is perhaps too similar to Advent, re-establishing the mystery and intrigue rather than furthering Gawain’s journey and moving forwards on the path to revelation. I remain, even several weeks after finishing the book, uncertain of its necessity to the story: and I am inclined to argue that large chunks aren’t quite as important as their page-time makes out to be – though that might change with the publication of the third and final novel, which (I hope) will make all things clear – and reveal the “bigger picture”! continue reading...

  • Jim McPherson
    2019-06-17 06:12

    Another book I'm not sure what to make of. Guess that must make it "literature".Something has happened, not altogether sure what. "Magic is risen" it says on front cover. "Nothing is as it was before" it says on back. Set between Northern Vancouver Island and Cornwall, England. Descriptions of Northern Vancouver Island seem fairly accurate as I've been in area. Been in Cornwall, too, but not sure where this one's set. Maybe he made the area up based on visits to or pictures of general vicinity.The characters are mostly women and/or girls designed not so much to be well-rounded as soap operatic. One's a naiad or something similar. (Probably not a Selkie, as no mention of Seal Skin.) Another seems to be a dryad. One boy can apparently change into his totem. He's English, his totem's an Orca. He, as it, can travel between space because the female Mountie figures this out next door to right away. (It is kind of obvious, but very little's done with it.) The genre seems to be "just what the heck's going on now that the Plague's arrived and it's wiped out the Internet, among other things". If the result's the titular Anarchy, it's not very lively. I'm pretty sure Cernunnos makes an appearance because there's a big stag man. The issue of virginity comes up as well, very medieval, perhaps even Biblical.I suspect it's the second book in the Advent Trilogy because it says so on the spine. Plus the author also wrote a book called Advent. Not sure I'll be buying either Books One or Two because reading any more books where not much happens despite taking over 400 pages to get there does not appeal.

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2019-06-08 05:07

    I'm trying not to review books I don't finish, but for this one, I just couldn't help myself. I can go back on Goodreads and in my blog and see that I enjoyed reading Advent, the first book in this series. Anarchy reminds me why I don't like reading series though. Treadwell could have made the two into one long, epic book (there is a third coming, and I'm sure a fourth and fifth and so on...). Instead, he begins Anarchy without any sort of "morris the explainer" to remind us what happened in the last book and I, for one, was completely lost. And of course, I couldn't get hold of Advent in order to refresh my memory. Some series have stand alone entries, or nearly stand alone entries; sometimes series build from book to book. This one did that but so clumsily (and so full of hubris, in my mind) that I just finally gave up.This book series just isn't good enough to warrant detailed remembering that it was going to take (me at least) to read book one and then a year or so later, read book 2. There aren't very many that are (maybe Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I will say that Anarchy is well written (although it does drag, particularly if you have no idea what the hell is going on). But I don't want to have to go back and re-read the first one in order to understand the second book.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-20 07:11

    I received this book (and it's predecessor: Advent)as a GoodReads Giveaway for which I am very grateful. This was a beautifully written story with the author managing to evoke very specific images without me really knowing anything about the particular settings he used. I am very impressed with the quality and style of writing. If I had one critique it would be -- pacing. Both of these books were well written from the beginning but the build up to the actual story was sometimes tedious. I came close to putting the second book aside a couple of times. I can understand why the author spent so much time on the build up and character development as I knew exactly who these people were by the time the plot really kicked into gear. Unfortunately it was not until a little over halfway through the book that the story really picked up and by that time I was beginning to wonder if it was worth it (I thought it was gearing up prior to the halfway point, but then it slowed down again for a bit.) Overall I enjoyed both of these books and will recommend them for the wonderful writing and strong conclusions to both, and I plan on reading the third book in the series when it is available. I just hope the next one is a bit tighter. I would have enjoyed these books just as much with a good third less build up.

  • Valentina
    2019-06-15 08:27

    This is the second part of the fantasy story that began with Advent, and I was surprised to find, it was even better than the first book. I love books that have different storylines than join at the end, and this book had a large group of them. The author paced the story-lines very well, never making us feel bored and never forcing us to ask why we were reading a particular scene. For a book that is relatively long, this is an impressive thing. The writing has the same Gothic fantasy-feel as the first one, making it stand out from many of the books out there at the moment. The author has a way of writing particular moments and images that are truly frightening, something that had not been quite as clear in the first book as in this one. He has quite a way of creating terrifying scenes that are wholly original. The only thing that I found frustrating was the end. I’m not going to reveal anything, but the last few pages felt rushed and pulled out of nowhere. Since I read the ARC version, I really hope that those pages are removed or edited in a way that makes them feel more organic to the rest of the story.All in all, a good read, though you do have to have read the first book to be able to understand this one.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-31 10:30

    Occasionally I like to read books outside of my usual reading comfort zone so that I can better suggest books for my library patrons. Anarchy by James Treadwell at first doesn’t seem so far outside of my usual reading as it deals essentially with the return of magic to our world. There are several characters who seemingly have nothing to do with one another but turn out to be inextricably woven together. Amidst the chaos caused by computers all over the world shutting down and sightings of mysteries shadow beings, people are going missing. One police officer goes in search of a missing teen accused of murder. A mother goes in search of her missing son. A girl on the edge of womanhood goes in search of a life outside of her lonely existence. Somehow they are all connected and their journeys are quite different than any of them imagined.I honestly was confused for most of the book. There was so much that didn’t make sense and wasn’t really explained. This is the second in a trilogy, so I’m not sure if my experience would have been better if I had read the first one before starting this one.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-20 13:11

    ***I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway***I actually won both this book and Advent which is the first in the series. I had to put a pretty large break between reading them. Advent was a very heavy read and I wasn't sure that I could move onto this one very quickly. I was right. Once again, I felt like this book was very weighed down with words. It is a superbly written book, so much so that I am meticulous in reading each and every word, savoring each sentence, not wanting to miss a thing. But that heaviness in words makes the story also feel very heavy - and that just isn't my thing. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the writing; just didn't love it all together in one big package.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-20 05:35

    I wanted to like Anarchy more than I actually did. As with book one the premise was compelling and the narrative was good, but, like book one, there were many problems for me. Pacing was mind numbingly slow, especially in the beginning. The author, again reveals information to the characters but does not share the revelation to the reader which I find beyond frustrating. The use of French without letting the reader know what it means is one of my biggest pet peeves with so many books. Not everyone speaks French and I do not like to stop and look up them up. The ending was a major let down and mostly anti-climatic. I understand that it is the middle book of a trilogy but instead of leaving me wanting more I am left not really caring one way or the other.

  • Jasmyn
    2019-05-22 09:13

    Book two of the Advent Trilogy strikes off and leaves the realm of young adult, in my opinion. It is a much more adult novel with a much darker feel to it. There was quite a bit of jumping around from place to place and person to person, I had a very hard time following parts of it. I don't think I really "got" what the story was trying to say in this one. I enjoyed book one, Advent, but I struggled to finish Anarchy. Since I wasn't able to follow where the author was trying to with this one I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy it. A reader who is able to follow the story better or fall into the characters will probably love it - it just wasn't meant for me.*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kelly
    2019-05-23 05:15

    Slow and atmospheric, the novel evokes vistas and emotions adeptly. I had no idea what I was getting into or that this was the second in a trilogy. I'd say it stands well enough on its own, if you don't mind having a vague idea of the world-situation (and only see glimpses of it through individual characters' eyes). The end of the novel became less coherent - whether aptly so is a matter of opinion. I did like the concept of the post-apocalyptic? world, in which the mythical awakens, and the havoc that such a happening might evince. However, the lack of clarity regarding the exact circumstances of the devolution of everyday life might prove frustrating for some readers. Perhaps it is better explained in the other books. Perhaps not.

  • Danielle
    2019-06-16 11:32

    I read the first book in the trilogy, Advent, about a year ago and was eagerly waiting for the second in the trilogy. I thought this was a solid read, but not as good as Advent. The first book had a magical quality that was lacking in this one. Instead, this read as a post-apocalyptic tale in which magic may have played a role in the chaos but did not have much else to do. Some of the main characters returned but the new ones that were introduced were more compelling. I'm looking forward to reading the third book - not to see how it all ties together, as is the case with many trilogies, but to see the story continue and hopefully end well.

  • Ali Chambers
    2019-05-31 11:21

    These books are so unique and different and having just finished this one I really can't find the words to explain whether I liked it a lot or just found it confusing! I definitely enjoyed reading it and as I remember, I enjoyed reading the first one too... But I don't know. I think I should have read the first one again before reading this one. It was a good book on it's own but there were links which might have made more sense to me if I could actually remember the first book clearly! Whatever I say though, these books are truly unique and really really interesting :)

  • Johanna Haas
    2019-05-29 11:33

    When I read this, I didn't realize it was the second book in a trilogy. Read it that way. Three minor characters pick up a story in the middle and we only get bits and pieces from their very biased points of view. A police officer who doesn't realize the world is ending because she is trying to help a young girl. A developmentally disabled teen escaping the house where she has been left alone. A mother driven insane by her son's disappearance takes off across the country to find him. Fantastic characters who each experience the fall of society in unique ways.

  • Paul Peden
    2019-06-12 12:21

    I kept thinking the first part was an intro...when is this gonna end? when is this gonna endWhen I finally realized it was the first chunk, it ended.My favorite bit was Iseult's journey.I was a little blue because Gavin/Gawain was the character I loved so much and was hooked on, looking forward to reuniting with. But of course the book was so brilliant and well-written I was happy anyway.Of course now I have another year or so of agonizing till the next installment.