Title: Stars of Chaos Vol. 1
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Publication Date: 25 July 2023
Genre: BL Fantasy
Source: Bought Copy
The discovery of violet gold, a vital fuel for steam-powered machines, propelled Great Liang into an age of prosperity. But for Chang Geng, a young man raised on the impoverished northern frontier, the concerns of the empire are as distant as the stars above.
When raiders from the north attack Chang Geng’s small village, he discovers that the life he knows is a lie. His mother, his teacher...even his beloved godfather, the man he trusted most in the world, are not who they seem. As enemies of the empire circle ever closer, Chang Geng must travel to the heart of the capital—with his godfather as his guide—to meet his destiny.
I bought Stars of Chaos Vol. 1 solely on the basis of having enjoyed other danmei series recently, but I knew nothing about it outside of having read the blurb. Generally, my first impressions were good. Cheng Geng and Gu Yun were both interesting and well-presented characters and I was instantly caught up in their changing relationship. The world building on the whole was okay too, with enough information provided to set the scene. As the first book ended I was keen to learn what would happen next, so I will definitely continue reading the series. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.