|Amihan Lopez by MoonArc, a "Mayhem" illustration|
Ray Simmons at Reader's Favorite writes: "I read a lot of horror. I love the genre. If I have any complaint about the horror and fantasy genres, it is that so much of the writing, in so many cases, is very generic. This is not a genre where people boldly experiment. This is not a genre where people push the edges. This is a general observation. It does not hold true for some authors. It most definitely doesn't describe Michael Molisani.
Mayhem by Michael Molisani is one of the most beautifully unique books I have ever read in any genre. The fact that it is fantasy makes the impact that much stronger, makes it that much more noticeable and noteworthy. If any other writer had told this tale, the story would have been predictable. The characters would have been less complex, and this future would have been more understandable. But this is Michael Molisani. The writing and descriptions border on pure poetry. The characters, mostly women, are the most complicated and powerful creatures you can imagine.
I loved these women. Of course, Margaret is my favorite. It’s her story. She is Lady Mayhem. But other powerful women and gods made a lasting impression on me. I love the Greek goddess Aphrodite any time she appears in a book. I love her in all her forms. She did not disappoint here. I love the world Michael Molisani created here. A post-apocalypse world where magic and science share hegemony but magic is gaining the upper hand. Mayhem is a marvel of magic, mystery, and primordial forces. I loved it. It is new, exciting and excellent literature."
An aspect of the novel I really appreciated was just how many female characters play a dominant role in the plot, both as allies and adversaries (and sometimes both) to Mayhem. Just as a note, due to the sexual content and intensity of violence depicted in Mayhem, this novel would likely be an unsuitable pick if you’re shopping for a young fantasy reader or you're someone who finds such content offensive."