I Can’t Wait For…A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert

Posted 27th September 2023 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For Book is A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert!

A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Black queer MCs, M/M
Published on: 3rd October 2023

Vade is an anarchist, a Phantom Dragon. Althus is a Touchstone―an Imperial agent.

Their love was never meant to survive.

In a world of magical empires and the anarchists that would tear them down, A Necessary Chaos is the story of Althus and Vade, assigned to spy on the other by opposing sides. But now that they've both caught feelings, where will their loyalties fall? They must each decide if they'll follow orders or find a way to make their romance thrive beyond the lies.

Part of the Neon Hemlock Novella Series.

A Necessary Chaos has to be one of my most anticipated novellas EVER at this point – I think it was originally meant to be published last year, but there were various delays, and now it should be releasing next week!

Doesn’t it sound like a book worth waiting for, though?!

Magical empires – what kind? What’s this empire built on? Clearly not great things, or there (probably) wouldn’t be anarchists out to bring it down, and YES PLEASE, magical anarchists are the best anarchists! Especially ones who call themselves the Phantom Dragons – that is a most excellent name, bringing to mind monsters terrifying and unstoppable and vanishing like mist whenever law enforcement comes for them.


How on earth do these characters catch feelings in the midst of all this? Presumably Althus will come to see that the empire is bad…? Will Vade be Completely Correct About Everything, or is he going to learn/realise that there are parts of the empire worth not tearing down?

And of course, the most important question – how WILL they reconcile love and their ideals? Ideals this big? Can they reconcile them? Althus and Vade probably embody a lot of what each of them most hate about the other side… How can these two possibly balance it all – or will they run away from the whole fight and find their own happily ever after? Or betray each other, decide there’s more important things than romance?




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