Orphans of Chaos

John C. Wright, Author . Tor $24.95 (317p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1131-3

At first glance, Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans—Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity and Amelia—each with a supernatural gift. But the underlying theme of dominance and submission plus a fair amount of physics and theology make this definitely a book for adults. A spanking scene involving the precocious Amelia Armstrong Windrose, who can travel into the fourth dimension, may offend some readers, but others will find it playful. Wright (Mists of Everness ) doesn't fully develop the intriguing premise of these unusual students trapped in a school run by Greek gods as hostages in a bizarre war, but presumably he'll do so in later installments. Those who like sophisticated fantasy with a mild erotic charge will be most rewarded. Agent, Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/19/2005
Release date: 11/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 326 pages - 978-0-7653-4995-8
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