There Before the Chaos (The Farian War, #1)
The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning.Hail Bristol, former gunrunner and newly-crowned Empress of Indrana, looks forward to retiring her gun and rebuilding her Empire in peace. After a bloody civil war laced with regicide, betrayal, and foreign plots, Hail and her people are braced for years of necessary reconstruction and reform.But when Indrana’s closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she must instead embark on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced. Caught between two alien civilizations at each other’s throats, she must uncover each side’s true intentions before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war.

There Before the Chaos (The Farian War, #1) Details

TitleThere Before the Chaos (The Farian War, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
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GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

There Before the Chaos (The Farian War, #1) Review

  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I got this as an ARC. It comes out in October and now I have SO LONG to wait for the next one. Hail is awesome and K.B. Wagers is a treasure.
  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    There Before The Chaos picks up in the aftermath of Beyond The Empire. Hail Bristol has wholeheartedly embraced her role as Empress of Indrana. Through her leadership, a coup has been narrowly avoided and Indranan society has managed to survive. Unfortunately, Hail has had little opportunity to catch her breath, an empress’s work is never done. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a war between two alien races threatens to escalate and drag humanity into a bloody conflict. Diplomacy may offer a solution but There Before The Chaos picks up in the aftermath of Beyond The Empire. Hail Bristol has wholeheartedly embraced her role as Empress of Indrana. Through her leadership, a coup has been narrowly avoided and Indranan society has managed to survive. Unfortunately, Hail has had little opportunity to catch her breath, an empress’s work is never done. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a war between two alien races threatens to escalate and drag humanity into a bloody conflict. Diplomacy may offer a solution but the only mediator all sides are willing to consider to is Hail.Like its predecessors, There Before The Chaos strikes a perfectly judged balance between political intrigue and interplanetary action thriller. There are plots within plots as Hail and her friends try to unpick the instigator of her latest woes. Hail continues to be the emotional lynchpin of the narrative. She is not subtle when it comes to making her feelings known, it’s the thing I love most about her. Hail’s gut responses act as a wonderful counterpoint to many of the other characters who are bound by formality and rules. Chancellor and advisors are expected to maintain their composure at all times, empresses less so. K B Wagers always nails it when it comes to her characters. I love the culture clash that exists between the groups in Hail’s life. There are the politicians, senior military officials and bodyguards who help with the smooth running of the Indranan Empire, and then there are those who Hail knew back when she was known as Cressen Stone, gunrunner extraordinaire. The back in forth that exists in all these relationships is well realised and feels comfortably natural. Somehow, all these individuals have, through Hail, become one large dysfunctional family. It makes sense. Hail is like a feisty planet around which everyone else cannot help but orbit. For the curious among you, character wise, Johar and Hao remain personal favourites. Johar is as incorrigible as ever. Happy to just be along for the ride, she is at her best as long as there is plenty of booze, enough to eat and some good fighting. Hao is a different matter. He has always been caught between two worlds and in this novel, he is finally forced to make a decision about his future. It has been a long-time brewing and I can guarantee there will be repercussions. Where There Before The Chaos also succeeds is in its exploration of Farian culture. In the first trilogy, the only real evidence of the Farians was in the character Fase. In this new book, K B Wagers takes the opportunity to start digging deeper into the roots of this alien society. The main story focuses directly on a religious and political schism that ripped this race in two.From Hail’s perspective, being an ex-gunrunner does have some distinct advantages. When people meet her for the first time there is a certain expectation that comes along with her near legendary status. This allows her the opportunity to be delightfully blunt when she feels the need to be. She can also easily defy people’s inherent prejudices. Ultimately, I think Hail’s approach to mediation sits somewhere between insightful, well-judged political savvy and low, animal cunning. More often than not this appears to be the entirely appropriate course of action.At the very top of this page I suggested you read The Indranan War before you tackle this book, and I’m going to reiterate that point again. Though There Before The Chaos is perfectly serviceable if read without any prior knowledge, there is a whole heap of backstory that has gone before. You really need/want to be aware of the sci-fi epicness. Trust me, it’s well worth your time. I credit The Indranan War with getting me back into reading science fiction again on a regular basisThere Before The Chaos ends with a perfectly executed WTF! moment. Eventually, after I managed to get my jaw back up off the floor, I realised that this book has achieved exactly what I had hoped it would do. I was emotionally exhausted, in a good way, and thoroughly entertained. If fiction doesn’t make you feel like this then something has gone horribly wrong. If you are you looking for science fiction with brains, and a buckload of heart, then look no further.
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  • Lianne Pheno
    January 1, 1970
    https://delivreenlivres.blogspot.com/... Ce tome se passe peu de temps après la fin de la trilogie précédente, The Indranan War. Même si ce tome ci a démarré un peu lentement, je l'ai finalement autant aimé que les précédents. Ancienne hors-la-loi, contrebandière et pirate, Hail Bristol a fini par embrasser sa nouvelle fonction d'Impératrice de l'empire Indranan. Alors qu'elle est en pleine phase de reconstruction de son empire après la guerre qu'ils ont subit et que l'argent nécessaire devient https://delivreenlivres.blogspot.com/... Ce tome se passe peu de temps après la fin de la trilogie précédente, The Indranan War. Même si ce tome ci a démarré un peu lentement, je l'ai finalement autant aimé que les précédents. Ancienne hors-la-loi, contrebandière et pirate, Hail Bristol a fini par embrasser sa nouvelle fonction d'Impératrice de l'empire Indranan. Alors qu'elle est en pleine phase de reconstruction de son empire après la guerre qu'ils ont subit et que l'argent nécessaire devient difficile à trouver, une autre guerre menace de déborder chez eux. En effet il semblerait que deux civilisations extraterrestres, dont finalement on ne sait que très peu de choses, ai redémarré les hostilités qui couvent entre eux depuis des siècles.Il se trouve que depuis sa création, l'empire Indranan est allié aux Farians, une des deux factions en guerre. Mais cette alliance c'est faite en temps de paix et Hail a de plus en plus peur que leurs alliés leur réclame de l'aide et ce n'est définitivement pas le moment étant donné l'état de l'économie et des ressources de son empire ...Je dois dire que j'étais ravie de retrouver tous les personnages de la première trilogie. Que ça soit la multitude de gardes du corps et de conseillers, les domestiques, les différentes factions et familles politiques avec chacune leurs objectifs, les amis ou alliés de son ancienne vie ... Toutes ces personnes forment en fait comme une très grande famille dysfonctionnelle.Et c'est c'est la qu'on s’aperçoit qu'ils sont vraiment très nombreux en fait. Du coup c'est vrai que j'ai trouvé le début un peu lent, parce qu'on prend vraiment le temps de tous les réintroduire, de nous ré-expliquer toutes la situation en détail pour ceux qui n'auraient pas lu la première trilogie et/ou ceux qui en aurait tout oublié.Mais en même temps je n'ai pas non plus détesté ce passage, loin de la. Je trouve que ça fait vraiment réaliste de suite Hail au quotidien, avec ses forces et ses faiblesses, sa façon d'être très humaine dans ses décisions tout en étant très stricte et ne supportant pas les coups fourrés pourtant très nombreux en politique. L'empire Indranan fait vraiment très grosse machine qui demande de la patience à l’extrême pour être bien gérée.Pour ce qui est des autres protagonistes on trouve bien évidemment les Farians, vu qu'il s'agit de leur guerre.Ils sont un peuple avec des capacités hors du commun. Ils peuvent guérir car en fait ils savent gérer "l’âme" des être vivants (enfin celle des humains, même si ils n'y touchent pas, et des leurs, au moins). Dés lors ils peuvent en fait ressusciter à l'infini, à chaque fois dans un nouveau corps. Si on n'intervient pas, l’âme se réincarne naturellement dans un nouveau né, qui se souvient alors de toutes ses vies antérieures, mais ils peuvent aussi la stocker pour empêcher que ça se produise, emprisonnant la personne en quelque sorte, ou même la détruire si besoin.Ils sont régis par une religion très stricte, qui leur dicte leur quotidien et l'usage de leurs pouvoirs. En fait leur apparence physique est le résultat de ces pratiques et dés lors qu'ils ne les suivent plus ils finissent par changer. C'est d'ailleurs à cause d'une question de pratiques ancestrales et de religion qu'ils sont en guerre contre leurs adversaires dont je ne dévoilerais rien vu qu'une partie de l'intrigue consiste justement à obtenir des renseignements sur eux. Du coup on comprends bien que la guerre qui existe depuis des centaines d'années concerne en fait toujours les même personnes, qui entretiennent la haine à chaque réincarnation, dans une boucle sans fin.Le coté diplomatique est très important tout du long du livre, que ça soit quand Hail traite avec son propre corps politique ou dans ce qui concerne la guerre.Pendant une grande partie du tome on se demande bien pourquoi ils veulent tous impliquer Hail et son empire dans leur guerre. C'est d'ailleurs une question qui demeure à la fin.Du coup on est très loin d'être dans de la science-fiction d'action, en dehors de la toute fin qui d'ailleurs était vraiment très stressante. D'ailleurs ce tome porte très bien son titre, il est la pour nous parler de toute la partie avant le vrai début des hostilités et du chaos, que j'ai hâte de découvrir.A noter qu'il se termine en cliffhanger, mais vu que dans ma version ebook il y avait aussi les premières pages du tome suivant en aperçu à la fin (que je n'ai pas pu m'empêcher de lire, bien sur) ce cliffhanger se résout directement et j'avoue avoir soufflé de soulagement !Au final pour résumer malgré un début assez lent pour replacer tous les personnages dans le contexte, j'ai vraiment été prise dans ce livre qui nous offre une science-fiction diplomatique et politique de qualité16.5/20
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsHail Bristol is my favorite type of female lead - she is smart, strategic and has common sense. She is tough, she can make the hard decisions on the fly, and execute them (sometimes literally) on her own. But she is also flawed, and vulnerable, and sometimes struggles with self-confidence. She cares deeply about her world, and about those she loves, and sometimes that blinds her. I read her, and I know her, and I admire her. This book picks up shortly after the end of the first trilogy. 4.5 StarsHail Bristol is my favorite type of female lead - she is smart, strategic and has common sense. She is tough, she can make the hard decisions on the fly, and execute them (sometimes literally) on her own. But she is also flawed, and vulnerable, and sometimes struggles with self-confidence. She cares deeply about her world, and about those she loves, and sometimes that blinds her. I read her, and I know her, and I admire her. This book picks up shortly after the end of the first trilogy. It takes some time to really hit its stride because the author spends a lot of time explaining what happened in those books. It's a bit info dumpy but that information is necessary to understand where we are going.The further development of the universe, and the back story of the war between the Farians and the Shen is really great. What seems like the black and white sides of a conflict quickly becomes multiple shades of gray.Wagers is also exceptionally good at her development of the side characters, and there are many. But you come to know then through their actions, and interactions with Hail. None of them are perfect, but they are generally all mission oriented and excellent at what they do. There are also villains and they are generally multi-faceted which makes for a very interesting story.I won an ARC of this book, and was very lucky to get to read it before its release. I love this character, this world, and these stories, and can't wait for the next one.
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  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    January 1, 1970
    DNF - I really feel I needed to read the original trilogy before picking this up. It can only help and right now there is so much information being summarised I just cant grasp onto anything
  • Evaine
    January 1, 1970
    I am in book hangover. :) That's not a bad thing - means I ADORED this book! In the interests of full discolsure, I won the ARC of the book via a contest on K.B.'s patreon, but that in no way changes how I feel about it.This is one of those times where I wish I was a good review writer. Sadly I am not. When I was 3 chapters in, I already felt like I had met up with a gang of friends I had not seen in a long while and whom I had missed terribly. Now, there is not be quite as much harum-scarum act I am in book hangover. :) That's not a bad thing - means I ADORED this book! In the interests of full discolsure, I won the ARC of the book via a contest on K.B.'s patreon, but that in no way changes how I feel about it.This is one of those times where I wish I was a good review writer. Sadly I am not. When I was 3 chapters in, I already felt like I had met up with a gang of friends I had not seen in a long while and whom I had missed terribly. Now, there is not be quite as much harum-scarum action as there was in the first trilogy of Hail Bristol's tale, the last five chapters notwithstanding. This book gives us more of a sharing of Hail herself, who she was, who she wishes to be, and who she really is. We also learn more of certain important characters, through Hail's eyes of course, and maybe grow to love them as she does. Well, I did. :) I think it's a more personal feeling book, if that makes any sense.I need more Dailun and Hail in my life too!There's something going on and despite many hints and answers and discoveries in this book, I still don't know what's going on. *LOL* But that's okay. It's a trilogy and I know I'll get answers before the end, I just have to be patient. And thanks to the way that K.B. Wagers weaves the story, it's never dissatisfying. If I have complaints, they're... negligible in the whole scheme of things. One is that every damned character winks. Some more often than others, but there are far too many winks going on. It's K.B.'s tic I think. I'm sure I've mentioned it before. The other is the THRICE DAMNED CLIFFHANGER!!! Thank GOD the format I read - the ARC of the trade paperback - had an excerpt of the next book because I was starting to hyperventilate! And I must add, the excerpt was FASCINATING!I cannot believe how long I have to wait for the next book! I love these books and I love Hail Bristol and her crew of found family, so I will wait. And try to be patient. It's not something I'm very good at.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    This starts a trilogy that acts as a sequel to The Indranan War (start with Behind The Throne). I'm not sure how well it works as a standalone - there's certainly a lot of careful reintroduction of all the (surviving) characters from the first series, but on the other hand it's such a massive cast I'm not sure that helps. Although ostensibly the adventures of Hail Bristol, space opera gunrunner turned Empress, the series is actually more about her relationships with her sprawling found family of This starts a trilogy that acts as a sequel to The Indranan War (start with Behind The Throne). I'm not sure how well it works as a standalone - there's certainly a lot of careful reintroduction of all the (surviving) characters from the first series, but on the other hand it's such a massive cast I'm not sure that helps. Although ostensibly the adventures of Hail Bristol, space opera gunrunner turned Empress, the series is actually more about her relationships with her sprawling found family of advisors and bodyguards, and as such demands quite a lot of attention. The first series was pretty action-packed, which this takes a lot longer to get to, but that serves to ratchet up the tension quite nicely. This time the focus is on the enigmatic elder alien race of Farians, whose pseudo-magic powers of life and death takes this in an interesting direction for a space opera, as we find they're hiding a great deal about themselves to the extent that Hail's fragile peace may not last....If you liked the first trilogy then get this - unless you hate really really big cliffhangers.
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  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    *Received free copy through Goodreads Giveaway*I really enjoyed the Indranan war series, and was really excited to start this series. There Before the Chaos was really good but it started out a little slow, mainly because it seemed that it needed to deal with some of the fallout from the previous series as well as introduce a new conflict. Once it got going though, it was very exciting. The author did a good job explaining a lot of what happened in the previous series, as much of it directly rel *Received free copy through Goodreads Giveaway*I really enjoyed the Indranan war series, and was really excited to start this series. There Before the Chaos was really good but it started out a little slow, mainly because it seemed that it needed to deal with some of the fallout from the previous series as well as introduce a new conflict. Once it got going though, it was very exciting. The author did a good job explaining a lot of what happened in the previous series, as much of it directly relates to things that happen in this book. I think a new reader would be okay starting this series, without reading the previous one, but it would make so much more sense if you read the Indranan War series, prior to reading this book. And the Indranan War series is soooo good, so you should read it anyways!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    *Received ARC through Goodreads drawing*At the end of the Indranan War trilogy, I just wanted more of the characters and especially more of their universe. This book, the first in a new trilogy, totally delivers on that. For me, these characters evoke a very Bujold/Vorkosigan vibe, but with a different and very interesting flair. The storyline here is an interesting start to the trilogy and I look forward to seeing what happens next! For readers new to Indrana, I wouldn't recommend starting here *Received ARC through Goodreads drawing*At the end of the Indranan War trilogy, I just wanted more of the characters and especially more of their universe. This book, the first in a new trilogy, totally delivers on that. For me, these characters evoke a very Bujold/Vorkosigan vibe, but with a different and very interesting flair. The storyline here is an interesting start to the trilogy and I look forward to seeing what happens next! For readers new to Indrana, I wouldn't recommend starting here because I think the backstory is important to really enjoying this book - start with Behind the Throne and move forward from there.
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  • Christopher Hickey
    January 1, 1970
    Hail YeahI’d been looking forward to this second trilogy since it was announced, and it hit like a ton of bricks. Accepting her role as Empress didn’t dull Hail Bristol’s edge in the slightest—she remains one of the toughest, least predictable protagonists in genre fiction, and putting her in a taut political thriller was brilliant. Freeze me until the second book comes out.
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  • Milan
    January 1, 1970
    This was excellent and a lot better start than the first Hail trilogy. Of course all the characters are established now. Ending was pretty great and I'm very much looking forward to the next novel. But that sneak peak into the sequel was just cruel now the waiting for it will be even harder.
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  • Kristen Vanderburg blount
    January 1, 1970
    Love seeing some of my favorite characters ...even as the continue to deal with the consequences of the events of the previous trilogy. The ending is rather breathless... it's gonna be long year until the next one.
  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    All HailAnother awesome book from K.B. Wagers, the author keeps getting better and better with each book. This book has made me cry and laugh out loud, I did not want the book to end. I absolutely loved this book. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out.
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  • Julie Verive
    January 1, 1970
    ARC. Fits in nicely following the Indranan War series.
  • Breane Ross
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! Loved this book! The characters rock and the story is outstanding. Can't wait for more books from this author! Highly recommend this!
  • G David
    January 1, 1970
    Great beginning to The Farian Wars Series. I enjoyed this book immensely. Can't wait for book two! Great job K.B . Wagers... She stays on point without a lot of world building...
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent story telling, not that I expected anything less. The world of Hail Bristol and her people is instantly accessible and inviting, pulling the reader into the intrigue, danger and excitement as princess-turned gunrunner-turned empress tells us the story of Indrana and the universe surrounding her.
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