Rebecca Hall's Instrument of Chaos was published Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 2nd January 2018 and will be published in paperback in March 2018.

Information about Rebecca Hall:

Rebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold Instrument of Peace to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy-editor for everyone else. She also has a blog which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.

Even after three years, she is baffled by the fact that the British use miles, pints and 1p coins but things like pineapple lumps, black forest chocolate and L&P have not caught on. Rebecca would like to make it very clear that she is a Kiwi and absolutely NOT an Australian (or South African) and she will do almost anything for chocolate.

Information about Instrument of Chaos:

The third book in the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy

The Angels are back

The long hidden heart of the Twisted Curse had been found, concealed in a realm that no angel can enter, where magic runs wild and time is just another direction. The Twisted Curse is the key to ending the Eternity War and it can only be broken by someone willing to traverse the depths of Faerie.

Unfortunately, Mitch has other things on his mind. For reasons that currently escape him he’s going to university, making regular trips to the Netherworld and hunting down a demon. The Academy might have prepared him for university but Netherworlds and demons were inexplicably left off the curriculum, not to mention curse breaking.

And then the Angels return, and this time they’re hunting his best friend.

Instrument of Chaos is the conclusion of the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, as Mitch, Amelie and Nikola arrive in Dunedin in New Zealand to start their first year at the University of Otago.


Rebecca Hall's Instrument of Chaos is an intriguing conclusion to the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, which started in Instrument of Peace and continued in Instrument of War. This novel does not disappoint fans of the previous novels, because it's just as good and fast-paced as them. It fully lives up to its predecessors, because the author delivers an enjoyable culmination to her story arc.

Just like the previous novels, Instrument of Chaos is a novel that can be recommended to both young adults and adults alike, because it will be of interest to both readerships. It will thrill readers who enjoy reading entertaining YA fantasy fiction, because it's good fantasy entertainment. It's a delightfully modern yet charmingly old-fashioned fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of the previous novels.

The Symphony of the Cursed trilogy has been a positive reading experience in many ways. I have to admit that it took me by surprise with its entertainment values, because the events are exciting and they take place in New Zealand, which is a seldom-seen setting in fantasy novels. I was also surprised by the fluent characterisation.

Here's a bit of information about the story in this novel:

Mitch and his friend, Nikola, are getting ready to go to the university despite Nikola being a bit upset about the whole thing, because he doesn't want to come to the university. Mitch is worried about the move, because his new condition may cause a few problems... Nikola takes Mitch through a Nethergate to Netherworld, which is the magical underworld, because Mitch needs "food"... Soon Mitch and Nikola find themselves hunting a demon...

This is all I'll write about the happenings, because I want to avoid writing spoilers. Trust me when I say that the less you know about what's going to happen, the more you'll enjoy the unfolding story, because the author has a few surprises in store for her readers.

I find the characterisation excellent, because the author has created an interesting cast of characters and writes well about their lives and problems. In my opinion, the characterisation is now stronger and more natural than before, because the author has developed as a writer.

It was fascinating for me to read about Mitch, Amelie and Nikola, because a lot has happened to them. The author writes well about Mitch's new condition and how worried he is about hurting people, because he now has to control himself in order to not hurt anybody.

The author writes engagingly about the friendship between Mitch and Nikola, because they care a lot about each other. She also writes well about the relationship between Mitch and Amelie. Her way of writing about these things feels believable and realistic, because she has paid attention to many details that are often overlooked by other authors. It's great that she pays attention to details involved in various kinds of relationships, because it makes a difference in the long run.

I have to mention that it was intriguing to read about how Mitch's brother, Cullum, reacted to Mitch's new condition. Cullum was curious about his brother's condition and wanted to see certain things. I also enjoyed reading about how Mitch dealt with everything that has happened to him.

It's great that the author writes about LGBT characters in this novel, because it brings diversity and freshness to the characterisation. In fear of writing major spoilers, I won't reveal more about the LGBT elements, but I can say that the author handles them admirably and naturally.

One of the most refreshing things about this novel is that Rebecca Hall's approach to vampirism and vampires differs from what is normally found in YA fantasy novels. This is great, because it shows that the author has imagination and knows how to avoid the most common clichés associated with vampires.

This novel has many excellent and well written scenes. These scenes range from visiting the Netherworld and finding an Awarewolf puppy to looking into a demon's mind and visiting the Faerie. What happens in the Faerie will please readers, because the happenings are of great importance and they're handled in an excellent way.

The absolute highlight of this novel is the scene in which the events related to the Twisted Curse are brought to an end. It was exciting to read about how the curse was ended, because it has been part of the story arc since the beginning.

I find the ending excellent, because it's something a bit different and fits the story perfectly. I think it's good to mention that the ending may be a bit of a shock to readers, because the author has come up with a slightly different kind of a way to end the story. In my opinion, the ending of this novel is a good example of why we need small presses, because bigger presses might have tried to make the author change the ending to please all readers.

Because I've enjoyed reading each of the novels in the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, I sincerely hope that Rebecca Hall will continue to write fantasy. I look forward to reading what she writes next, because she's a talented author.

My final words are:

Rebecca Hall's Instrument of Chaos brings events to a satisfying conclusion. I fully enjoyed it and found it entertaining, because - just like the previous novels - it has been written out of love for storytelling.

If you're in need of good and entertaining YA fantasy fiction, you should read the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, because it's an immersive and exciting reading experience for readers of all ages. Each of the novels in this trilogy is good and offers plenty of excitement and enjoyment to readers.

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