Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review: Fate of the Fallen

Fate of the Fallen

By:  Sharron Riddle

Publisher:  Mundania Press

Publish Date:  June 2011

Format:  Paperback 200pgs, trade size

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st book in the series.

Recommendation:  Yes!  I loved the mix of immortal Fallen Angels, Vampires, and Goddesses all with a mystery of murders.

Book Synopsis:
When all hell breaks loose in Chicago, Eva Dantanian, top agent for the Demonic Management Agency, is the first one called to help.  The 700 year old daughter of a fallen angel enjoys working out her frustrations kicking demon ass... until her mission puts her in a race to save a missing child.

When family becomes foe and foe becomes ally, deep secrets and betrayals rip her family apart.  As the pieces fall into place, Eva is faced with the horrible truth.  To save the innocents under her protection, she must kill one of her own kind.

First Sentence:
"He's here," I whispered into my Bluetooth.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Eva returns to her office at The Demon Management Agency ~ a government agency who pays to keep the demon's quite ~ after a rough case.  In going through the new cases on her desk, separating them to human or immortal to deal with each case based on if a hoax or real, she comes across one where a full demon is killing young half-Nephilim children looking for "the Key."  Knowing this could trigger an ugly war between Demons and Fallen Angels (who have been waiting for a reason to attack Demons) on Earth resulting in an unbelievable amount of human deaths Eva calls a meeting with her Immortal brothers, sisters, and father.  Eva's father sends her, the most skilled in demon hunting along with special abilities thanks to her mother, with her eldest brother, whom blames her for their mothers death, to team up with a vampire to hunt down the person or demon and stop what they are trying to do.  All bringing Eva to a missing young girl who is thought to be an important piece of the puzzle.

This is one of those reviews I'm struggling with.  I loved this book.  I don't want to give anything away, yet I want to tell you everything.  And there is soooo much to tell!  I love the story weaving along with the history building and the story!  Oh my!

We start off quick with snark and action.  One thing I love.  We meet Eva with her sister and brother on the job.  I could tell in the first 3 pages I would love this book.  Loved the humor in the characters.  The characters! We have Eva. She is our main character and she loves her shopping and expensive clothes and shoes. And her men. She loves human men, which her family doesn't love. But that all comes out in the wash too. She is smart and snarky. And a take charge kinda gal. She has a great friend that she is now feeling electrical sparks when they touch, Adam. We meet Adam in the beginning then through out the book I held my breath hoping to see him again, which we did. Oh my did we, toward the end. Adam was a mystery with secrets of his own and I loved what I learned.  We have Rahab, oooo, and Purah, and oh there are others too!

We get two views in this book, one from Eva the second from the kidnapped little girl Jillie. The view written of Jillie is wonderful of a bright young little girl.  I really felt the thoughts are of a little girl that is a big sister.  Really well done!  And the things we learn of Jillie as the story goes.... Oh, such a special little girl.

Okay.  So I want to get into the different species we have here and a little history.  We have Fallen Angels, Demons, Vampires, then there is a touch of Gods and Goddesses added in too, oh there is another too but I'm not mentioning it just yet.  Eva's parents...her father is a Fallen Angel or an immortal, her mother was a Goddess.  The story of how vampires come about is told here, with the thanks of a Fallen Angel.  That's a story we learn about too.  Then we have the Demons of Hell.  See, I want to mention all of this as it is all important and intertwined with the story, yet I don't want to give anything away.  It's worth reading!

So now you probably think this book has a lot of religious references or such in it.  I have to tell you no, it's not.  I'm not one for big religious references.  And this book has basis for the Fallen Angels but religion is not focus of the story and book.  I loved the way these creatures are all weaved together through the story.

We have a mystery to solve.  The reason these young half-Nephilim children are being killed.  Then we come into the one child that is human that is kidnapped.  But it all circles around and comes together in the end.

See this story is layer upon layer of story, mystery, and want.  You want everything from the characters and knowing about them, to family issues in Eva's family, to love, to mystery, to fighting, to suspense.... It's all here in this short read.

In the end I realized there were so many little plots going, and all tied together.  Like a string of firecrackers going off all is answered in the end.  Every time I thought we where done, another cracker blew speeding up my heart with all the excitement that quickly exploded to life again.

I really enjoyed this read.  A blend of immortality; Fallen Angels, Vampires, and touch of Goddesses too.  All with a mystery case to follow and so many other elements with it.  All blended together in a wonderful read.


I read this book for an honest review from the publisher.


This book qualifies for the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.

17 comments:

  1. This has certainly got my attention, I'll see if I get on it at some point.

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  2. I like Goddesses, I think books need more Gods :D
    Let's hope that is the next big thing

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  3. Oh sounds interesting. I love/hate it when you want to spill the beans but not spoil it for everyone.

    Brilly review!

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  4. Bastard - I hope you enjoy this one. I was really surprised and really liked the mix here. It has a different feel to it. Not a lot of fist fight action on every page, but I love the action that is here. :) Thank you!

    Blodeuedd - Oh, I think you might enjoy this one. :) It's just a dash of Goddess here with the history, but it is very interesting the way it all twins together. :) Thank you!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - :) Thank you. Glad you liked the review. I just wanted to keep going and tell all, which would take me forever with the way it all works together, but I wanted too! Just had to watch what I said too, because it all works together. :) Oh, well. Now I need someone to read this one so I can chat about it... ;D Thank you!!

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  5. You did a great job of conveying the essence of the book without spoiling anything - and it does sound that there are quite a few surprises if you were struggling!

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  6. It sounds nice ! a mix between Vampires, and Goddesses, so great idea ! I didn't know this one (again... I'm so lost...). Thanks for the review

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  7. You have piqued my interest with this review I will have to check this one out. I like stories that have lots of little plots that all tie together in the end, it usually keeps me guessing :)

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  8. StephanieD - Thank you. :) I really wanted to keep going with this review, but was afraid to give away to much. But it really is a wonderful read. :)

    Melliane - Oh, you're not lost! ;D You are here. And it's a new release. I've not seen it around yet, but it's one I think many would enjoy. :) Thank you!

    ceridwen83 - I think you would enjoy this one. It's such a great read. And I didn't even realize there was so much going on, which makes it all the better of a read. :) Thank you!

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  9. I haven't read a good urban fantasy book in awhile, and this seems RIGHT up my alley! Thanks for sharing, Mel!

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  10. This one sounds wonderful! I mean who doesn't love fallen angels, vampires and Gods and Goddesses?

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  11. OK. You've piqued my interest. I'm not usually an angel / fallen angel story fan, but you've convinced me it's not all religiony, so I'll add it to the TBR. :)

    Also, non-spoilery reviews FTW! Thanks for the restraint!

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  12. Awesome review! Thank you for not giving anything away! After reading your review, this book is at the top of my must-read list :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  13. Lisa @Read.Breathe.Relax - Oh, I do hope you get to give this one a try. :) I really enjoyed it. And if you stop by I'm having a giveaway for a ecopy. :) Thank you!

    A Buckeye Girl Reads - lol. It is a wonderful combination of creatures here, and with a great story and mystery! I really loved it.

    Ressatoo - lol. I'm so glad I could pique your interest. ;D It's not religiony, I don't care to read books that are that way. I want something different and makes me believe it. Thank you! I struggled with this review to keep it spoiler-free. ;D

    Julie - Thank you! And you are very welcome. I really tried hard with this one, even though I just wanted to gush all the info. ;D Thank you!

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  14. This is the first of your reviews i have read. I really like how you are so thourogh with your analysis of thee story and the characters. I WILL be checking out your other reviews thank you for sharing
    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  15. Lora1967 - Thank you for stopping by! And so glad you enjoyed the review. I had so much I wanted to share but didn't want to spoil it for anyone. :) Thank you!

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  16. Amazing review. I love finding books like that. The books have so much mystery in them and you love it so much, but don't want to give anything away. It makes it fun and yet difficult. This definitely sounds like my kind of book. Great review again hon, thanks so much :)

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  17. Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Oh thank you! So glad you liked the review. There was so much I wanted to share, but didn't want to give away. This was really a wonderful read. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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