Chaos of Souls (Books 1 & 2) by R.M. Garino - BOOK REVIEWS

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

The Gates of Golorath (Chaos of Souls - Book 1)

Book Blurb:

30 days until the Feast of Night.

30 days until the bloodthirsty shrulks devour the land.

30 days until he sees her again …

What would you do if part of your soul were torn away?

There are consequences for all actions. A faction of angels spurned the will of Heaven, and they were destroyed. Their souls were split into millions of insignificant fragments the moment they crossed over into creation. Their spirits mixed with physical matter and they were reborn. No longer were they Aesari. They are now the Lethen’al, the fallen.

The Lo'ademn are a faction of angels that seek out their brethren, the Lethen’al. By the grace of the Creator, they still retain their angelic abilities and have not been shattered. Now trapped for millennia, they are determined to destroy the Lethen'al and bring their soul fragments back to Heaven.

In their way stand the Blademasters of the Areth'kon, and the magic of the Magi.

A divine prophecy unites two children of these lines. They were ripped apart to keep that secret safe, but secrets never stay hidden. Their names are Angus and Arielle, and they live behind the Gates of Golorath, a portal that separates the human realm from their own. Angus and Arielle are reunited when their squads come together for training at the Gates.

As these two heroes are drawn closer, their true souls are exposed, and a prophecy is revealed. This revelation creates chaos amongst the Lethen’al, reshaping their destiny and hopes. Can their people really return home, or are they doomed to replay history in a never ending cycle?

Rating: 5 STARS


I was contacted by R.M. Garino to review his book The Gates of Golorath, which is the first book in his Chaos of Souls series. As a huge fan of fantasy, especially political and militaristic fantasy, I loved this book. And the fact that it is a play-on of angels and demons, EVEN BETTER!

Gates of Golorath is all brilliantly written and put together, and the world building was very well developed. The characters stood out vividly from each other, along with the Houses they're associated with. And the plot was very engaging and the pacing flowed smoothly throughout the story.

I liked the idea of the story being told by an Elder in a campfire-like manner, with the Elder telling the story of the past to a group of humans.

And we can’t forget about the magic (it is a fantasy story after all lol). I especially liked the sin’dels and how their lights would react to situations. And the telepathy was cool, though it kind of threw me off at first, it was still intriguing.

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Angels of Perdition (Chaos of Souls - Book 2)

Book Blurb:

Prophecy. Vanishings. Murder.

The Soul Chamber hungers for blood.

One of the squads own has disappeared, and many more have gone missing from the village of Andover. Some blame the reclusive E’ine.

Against protocol, the Immortals reach the lost city of Raqui looking to rescue the victims.

Angus and Arielle, now unified, are more powerful than imagined; perhaps too powerful.

The prophecy foretold long ago plays out in a magical storm of chaos and blood.

The terrible price is more than any of them can bear.

Rating: 5 STARS


Just like with the first, I was contacted by R.M. Garino to review his book Angels of Perdition, which is the second book in his Chaos of Souls series. I will have to admit though, I read this book before I read The Gates of Golorath. At first, I didn’t understand all the terms, but as the story developed, I was easily able to determine what they meant. Now, having read the first book, it all makes sense and everything was explained perfectly for the reader.

Now for the actual review. R.M. Garino does a great job with building on the characters that we learn about in book 1, and develops them even more, making them more likable (or unlikable, whatever the case may be). The world building and culture is also developed more as the story progresses, which is a must for me as a reader.

I also liked how both of the books in R.M. Garino’s Chaos of Souls series has the underlining messages of choosing your own path, and not to follow others just because.

I thoroughly enjoyed these books and would recommend them to anyone who likes epic, high fantasy. I am looking forward to reading future books in the series and learning more about these characters.

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