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Fate of the Fallen The Shroud Of Prophecy Tests Fate To Discover What Happens When The Path Of Good And Right, The Triumph Of Light Over Darkness, The Only Path To Salvation FailsEveryone Loves Mathias So Naturally, When He Discovers It S His Destiny To Save The World, He Dives In Head First, Pulling His Best Friend Aaslo Along For The RideMathias Is Thrilled For The Adventure There S Nothing Better Than A Road Beneath His Feet And Adventure In The Air Aaslo, On The Other Hand, Has Never Cared For The World Beyond The Borders Of His Sleepy Village And Would Be Much Happier Alone And In The Woods But, Someone Has To Keep The Chosen One S Head On His Shoulders And His Feet On The GroundIt Turns Out Saving The World Isn T As Easy, Or Exciting, As It Sounds In The Stories Mathias Is Than Willing To Place His Life On The Line, But Aaslo Would Love Nothing Than To Forget About All The Talk Of Arcane Bloodlines And Magical Fae Creatures When The Going Gets Rough, Folks Start To Believe Their Only Chance For Survival Is To Surrender To The Forces Of Evil, Which Isn T How The Stories Go At All To Make Matters Worse Aaslo Is Beginning To Fear That He May Have Lost His Mind


10 thoughts on “Fate of the Fallen

  1. says:

    Stop me if you ve heard this before a small town boy from a remote village learns that he is the Chosen One, destined to fulfill The Prophecy and save the world from encroaching evil Sound familiar Fans of classic epic fantasy from authors Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and even J.K Rowling have spun their own versions of this time honored formula But what happens if the prophecy fails How would the world react when it is inevitable that the forces of evil will win Kel Kade Stop me if you ve heard this before a small town boy from a remote village learns that he is the Chosen One, destined to fulfill The Prophecy and save the world from encroaching evil Sound familiar Fans of classic epic fantasy from authors Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and even J.K Rowling have spun their own versions of this time honored formula But what happens if the prophecy fails How would the world react when it is inevitable that the forces of evil will win Kel Kade explores this theme in the trope subverting, wildly entertaining Fate of the Fallen, book one of The Shroud of Prophecy series.This is a book where the less you know about the plot, the better, so I ll dance around the details and discuss the larger themes of the story Kade is skilled at capturing the essence of classic fantasy, focusing on strong character work and building outwards to reveal a world full of magic, monsters, multiple spiritual planes of existence, and the whimsical nature of gods It walks a fine line between conveying a familiar sense of comfort juxtaposed with some fresh and interesting takes that help to elevate it from other classic fantasy sagas of its kind The nature of prophecies is called into question can the future be changed if you know how it plays out in advance Why bother fighting if the foretold result is inevitable Kade writes with a descriptive, flowing prose that breathes life into the many environments we visit One of the most welcome aspects to the story is how often I was truly surprised by some of its choices There were at least three separate occasions where I had to re read the passage, asking did that really just happen It s almost as if Kade purposely lulls the reader into a false sense of ease before yanking the rug out from under us and beating us to the ground with it.There are manyaspects to the story I d like to discuss, but I ll refrain so as not to spoil any of the fun And above all, that s just what this book is FUN Lots of it I wasn t familiar with Kade s work before picking up this story, but she has earned herself a new fan Fate of the Fallen is a welcome addition to the classic fantasy genre, paying homage to what has come before it while adding many new twists to subvert your expectations It s going to be a long wait for book two, but I ll be along for the ride ARC provided by Edelweiss Publication date is November 5th, 2019 by Tor Books.


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    FATE OF THE FALLEN begins with a prophecy A prophecy that states that a chosen one will come forth who will be the only person who can save the world from total destruction There are thousands of threads to this prophecy, but only one particular thread leads to success and only by this particular chosen one s actions shall humanity be saved Sounds pretty straightforward right We ve seen this all before, the chosen one usually overcomes all kinds of odds to fulfill his or her destiny and ulti FATE OF THE FALLEN begins with a prophecy A prophecy that states that a chosen one will come forth who will be the only person who can save the world from total destruction There are thousands of threads to this prophecy, but only one particular thread leads to success and only by this particular chosen one s actions shall humanity be saved Sounds pretty straightforward right We ve seen this all before, the chosen one usually overcomes all kinds of odds to fulfill his or her destiny and ultimately ends up saving the day right Well, not so fast What happens if something goes horribly wrong and the chosen one in this case a young villager from the town of Mierwyl named Mathias is incapable of taking up the mantle What if instead his best friend, the forester Aaslo has to take his place All is lost right I mean the prophecy says that only the designated savior can win, so why even try Only that s exactly what Aaslo has in mind But what chance does a timid caretaker of forests have against the evil sorcerers and undead corpses that are about to overrun his homeland Especially when even the King himself has thrown in the towel and accepted their grim fate In FATE OF THE FALLEN we get to follow the journey of Aaslo as he attempts to fulfill the prophecy vacated by his best friend Mathias A prophecy that says he is doomed to fail That doesn t stop Aaslo from travelling across the continent looking to recruit anyone and everyone who can help him in this most impossible of endeavors Along the way he meets a couple of wayward thieves who become indebted to him for saving their lives He also encounters some other highly questionable individuals who may or may not be able to help him.Aaslo never wanted to be a hero, but that s exactly the role he has been forced into it seems Rather than accept that life as he knows it could be over very soon he chooses to try to fulfill the prophecy anyway, or to die trying His only problem is that he wasn t trained for any of this the way Mathias was, nor is he even remotely prepared for what he will likely encounter But giving up isn t really an option.I so enjoyed FATE OF THE FALLEN by Kel Kade I had never read anything by her before this and was pleasantly surprised by how much this book sucked me in right from the start The story begins like a hundred books that I have read before but within the first few chapters gets turned on its head We are all set up to prepare for the golden boy Mathias to begin his quest to save the world and then it all goes to hell in a hand basket pretty darn quickly.This is not your run of the mill reluctant hero steps up and saves the world story I really liked that Kel Kade attempted to do something very different with this standard trope Yes we have a reluctant hero, but his reluctance isn t harped on for very long as he soon begins to understand the task at hand that was assigned to his best friend A best friend who he has proclaimed to be his brother.Sorcery plays a huge part in this book, which I always enjoy We have good sorcerers and a lot of really bad ones with their own motivations with regard to the prophecy itself What complicates Aaslo s job even further is the fact that he also has to contend with a bunch of arrogant gods who are trying to sabotage each other and in doing so are directly impacting what will eventually happen.While Kel Kade does an excellent job of avoiding the aforementioned tropes, she definitely doesn t withhold any of what makes a classic epic fantasy story great in my opinion This book has a wonderful element to it that I have described previously as a comfort read Much in the same way that I enjoy a Tad Williams or Janny Wurts book, I found some of the same qualities in Kade s writing as well.This is a story that just compels you to keep reading, even when you may have other chores or commitments to fulfill If you are looking for a non standard fantasy book that surprises you at every turn, you should definitely give FATE OF THE FALLEN a try I found it to be a very promising beginning to The Shroud of Prophecy series and after reading it, I can t wait for book two All in all a solid fantasy read that will give you all of the feels reminiscent of your favorite authors in the genre


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    Personal rating 2.5Man this is hard to wrap my brain around Overall, I m disappointed The structure of this entire book was so weird Dialogue was awkward The reader was thrown into such random scenes The characters acted like mannequins during the intense bits.Like it wasn t absolutely terrible In fact I loved the idea of the foresters and I did really like a pair of side characters There was a decent chunk of the story that I was into but oof. it s tough to decipher.


  4. says:

    Thorough worldbuilding, interesting characters and plenty of twists great start of a new fantasy series.


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    I m a big fan of Kel Kade s self published King s Dark Tidings series so I was excited to hear Tor Books had signed her to write brand new fantasy trilogy under their banner This book is the first in that new series It is not quite as good as KDT, mostly due to not having the Rez to carry the story, but it still ended up being a fairly fun and engaging adventure fantasy There was a good balance of dark and light moments and the characters were a good enough bunch to get me invested in the hap I m a big fan of Kel Kade s self published King s Dark Tidings series so I was excited to hear Tor Books had signed her to write brand new fantasy trilogy under their banner This book is the first in that new series It is not quite as good as KDT, mostly due to not having the Rez to carry the story, but it still ended up being a fairly fun and engaging adventure fantasy There was a good balance of dark and light moments and the characters were a good enough bunch to get me invested in the happenings The premise of this was a lot of fun A great prophecy foretells that the chosen one will save all life from annihilation When Mathias s grandmother reveals he is the chosen one he is shocked but delighted and determined to set out on his quest to save the world His best friend Aaslo is a lot less delighted by the news but knows he has to accompany Mathias on his quest if he wants to make sure his best friend s head stays attached to his body The quest soon goes awry as nothing proves as easy as the prophecy promised Gods, Fae, evil monsters, cowardly mages, and a bunch of nobility intent on quitting rather than fighting to survive make life tough for our potential heroes The story was a fun one Aaslo ended up being the main character and while he was a little sombre and serious he did prove and easy enough guy to root for The companions he gathered along the way were a likeable bunch and the story was packed full of a bunch of twists and turns that kept the story flowing at a good pace I always seen to find Kade s writing fairly engaging and I loved the mix of adventure, action, humour, and drama we got in the story so I ended up enjoying this one I liked KDT better but that is mostly because Rezkin is a one of a kind sort of character The characters in this story grew on me quickly enough and I m looking forward to following their adventuresin the sequel The nature of this fantasy world was such that it might even be possible that this series is linked to KDT is a very loose sort of way The mages and Gods in the series could travel to different worlds and the Fae creatures Aaslo encountered did sound pretty similar to the Fae in KDT I live in hope Rating 4 stars This was not as good as KDT but was still a solid and very enjoyable fantasy series.Audio Note As always Nick Podehl did a fantastic job with the audio He is one of the very best narrators


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    I m so excited to FINALLY be sharing this review I read this book almost immediately after I received it in the mail back in July August, and am dying to gush about it with someone Kade takes a very common trope the chosen one and imagines what might happen if for whatever reason the chosen one were not available to save the world.It s one of my least favorite tropes because it never really made sense to me Like are we really saying all the rest of the characters in the world are so in I m so excited to FINALLY be sharing this review I read this book almost immediately after I received it in the mail back in July August, and am dying to gush about it with someone Kade takes a very common trope the chosen one and imagines what might happen if for whatever reason the chosen one were not available to save the world.It s one of my least favorite tropes because it never really made sense to me Like are we really saying all the rest of the characters in the world are so incompetent that even working together there s only one person who could save them all Come on.By turning that trope on it s head, we re already we re being set up for all kinds of fun surprises Like really, what does happen when the chosen one is out of the picture Is the world going to end I felt like I couldn t immediately envision the ending I have no idea how the ending is going to go Could this be the first trilogy which really results in the end of the world I mean I hope not, but I m on the edge of my seat here.Aside from a premise that feels completely fresh, I absolutely adored most of the characters Aaslo is endeared to the reader from the very beginning He is best friends with Mathias Mathias is the golden boy, handsome and smart and talented Aaslo is no slouch either, but he s constantly overshadowed by Mathias Aaslo doesn t mind, he s not a center of attention kind of guy He s not outgoing, not particularly charismatic, he has no real filter on his mouth, and is not smooth with the women Despite all that, he is smart and he is capable with sword and axe And maybe he s not a likely hero, but he has the capacity to become one.But Aaslo is not the only character I cared about We have the rogue thieves, Peck and Mory, the kind Marquess of Ruriton, Teza the barmaid, Dolt the horse, Myropa the reaper the list goes on There just wasn t a character here I didn t care about I loved them all.I struggled at first, with how very derivative this all felt in the first fifty pages or so, almost cartoonish in its depiction of fantasy, but once Kade makes the division between all those stories that came before and her own, the result is immediately something familiar and yet entirely new.AND THE BANTER Dear God, the banter had me laughing out loud in some places Whether it was Aaslo s inner monologue, or him bantering with Mathias, or with Dolt. I had a smile on my face almost the whole time I was reading Banter aside, the book in general is just so funny There was one scene in particular I remember that felt very slapstick, which isn t my thing in movies, but always works for me in books It s rare to find something this funny that never felt like it was trying to be funny.The world building is really great I mentioned before that this story initially feels derivative but one of the things that helps it to stand out is the number of different elements from all fantasy sub genres included We have witches and mages, monsters and zombies, gods and goddesses the list goes on In our travels we see cities, forests, swamps, sprawling estates, wide open plains, the setting never gets boring or stale and gives an epic sense of adventure.If I were to critique one thing, it would be that the prophecy is not very specific It s a huge part of the story so I wish I had received a littleinformation about it up front As it stands I m still not sure what the prophecy even is beside The world is going to end The one marked by the world is our only hope Well how is the world going to end exactly Who are they going to war against What makes the one the only one Some of this information does come out in Myropa s story, which helps alleviate the problem, but still, I found myself wanting for specifics.It s a very small critique that I was easily able to overlook in lieu of everything else this book delivered I am dying to get my hands on book two and absolutely recommend this to anyone that reads.Thank you to GoodReads and Tor for hosting the giveaway in which I won this


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    3.5 starsFate of the Fallen was a fantasy book that subverted the chosen one trope and managed to strike a balance between end of the world bleakness and light heartedness At the start, the writing and plot felt a bit immature but the story strengthened as it progressed andcharacters were introduced.Plot 3 5Characters 4 5Writing 3.5 5Aaslo was a forester a person tasked with caring for the forests and all he wanted was to save the trees but he ended up trying to save the world On 3.5 starsFate of the Fallen was a fantasy book that subverted the chosen one trope and managed to strike a balance between end of the world bleakness and light heartedness At the start, the writing and plot felt a bit immature but the story strengthened as it progressed andcharacters were introduced.Plot 3 5Characters 4 5Writing 3.5 5Aaslo was a forester a person tasked with caring for the forests and all he wanted was to save the trees but he ended up trying to save the world One fateful day, his friend and brother in all things, Mathias, discovered he was chosen According to prophecy, he was the only one capable of saving the world from evil It wasn t that much of a surprise, he was skilled and much loved by all, so of course he was destined for greatness right Wrong When he met his untimely end, the very distraught Aaslo decided to take up Mathias mantle and give their world a fighting chance.When there wasn t a chosen one any, everyone gave up and prepared for doom Aaslo, however, thought if he was fated to die he might as well do so fighting for the greater good not hiding away Generally, I thought that was a good message because in real life so many things don t go to plan but it s not an excuse to give up butof a reason to move forward with resilience, tenacity and hope for the future like Aaslo.As a character, Aaslo was solemn and serious but also extremely genuine in a likeable way there was not an ounce of deception in him Some of the other characters were quite endearing too, most notably the two thieves Peck and Mory and an ex mage called Teza However, there were a few different points of view, some of which I didn t care about at all like that of the reaper called Myropa which made my progression through the book quite forced at times The plot was just a lot I think if it just focused on Aaslo it would have been fine but the meddling gods kept making appearances and they made the plotconfusing There was magic, mages, prophecies, fae, zombies and a dragon arm yes, just an arm and while it sounds fun, it would have beenfun if the plot was better developed and there was less of what felt like seemingly unnecessary filler.In conclusion, Fate of the Fallen was a rather humorous read that had a nice twist on a well known trope It wasn t spectacular but would make a refreshing read for someone tired of the same old, same old Thank you to Tor Books for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own


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    Why I love itby Liberty HardySaddle up and grab your swords because excitement and danger lurk around every corner in this wildly inventive new saga about good, evil, and not saving the day Mathias longs for excitement in his life, but his strict grandmother keeps him from doing anything fun, unlike his BFF Aaslo who is an orphan but perfectly happy leading a quiet life When the fates reveal that Mathias is the Chosen One destined to save their world, Aaslo goes along to help, despite his dis Why I love itby Liberty HardySaddle up and grab your swords because excitement and danger lurk around every corner in this wildly inventive new saga about good, evil, and not saving the day Mathias longs for excitement in his life, but his strict grandmother keeps him from doing anything fun, unlike his BFF Aaslo who is an orphan but perfectly happy leading a quiet life When the fates reveal that Mathias is the Chosen One destined to save their world, Aaslo goes along to help, despite his dislike of magic, creatures, and anything outside their familiar plot of forest TL DR They re going on an adventure Insert Hobbit adventure gif here But what will Aaslo do when the Chosen One fails WOW Failing to save the day has never been so much fun I am a huge fan of Chosen One narratives Hello, Buffy Summers but Kade turns the mythos upside down What we get instead is a compelling tale of questing, full of twists and surprises On top of the magic, humor, and swordfights sometimes all at once , I really loved the friendships portrayed in this book, and the idea that sometimes it s the sidekicks and not the heroes destined to save the day So kick back and enjoy Readat


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    The Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade is the first instalment in The Shroud of Prophecy series Initially, it was the cover of this book that completely grabbed my attention it features an immensely stunning piece of artwork created by the talented Jaime Jones Now, this year I ve found myself reading a lot of dark fantasy and grimdark, and whilst I love the genre, it can get to a point where you re desperate for something different, for a book that ison the lighthearted side, and one that i The Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade is the first instalment in The Shroud of Prophecy series Initially, it was the cover of this book that completely grabbed my attention it features an immensely stunning piece of artwork created by the talented Jaime Jones Now, this year I ve found myself reading a lot of dark fantasy and grimdark, and whilst I love the genre, it can get to a point where you re desperate for something different, for a book that ison the lighthearted side, and one that is just pure fun This book completely hit that spot for me, and was an absolute delight to read.The Fate of the Fallen includes many storytelling elements that I have particularly enjoyed in classic high fantasy novels a hero on a quest, a prophecy, a chosen one However, folks, what sets this book apart is that it takes these traditional fantasy components and completely turns them on its head, in the most entertaining way Think, if you will, of a prophecy that has a thousand threads, and only one of those threads leads to a chosen one successfully saving the world from eradication Imagine then what would happen if the chosen one could not fulfil the prophecy What if alternatively his best friend, who is a respected yet simple Forester, reluctantly has to bear the weight Then think of a world where the supposedly powerful either wish to jump ship or surrender instead of fighting a last battle Basically, they re all doomed, right Well in the Fate of the Fallen this is exactly the tale we follow.Although I m technically not giving away a spoiler here, as what I m about to discuss happens with the first few chapters of the book and is also mentioned in the synopsis, if you don t wish to know any about the plot, please skip to the next paragraph So, in The Fate of the Fallen we travel with our main protagonist Aaslo, a caretaker of the forest of Goldenwood, as he is tasked by the high sorceress Magdelay, with bearing news of the chosen one s demise to the King of Aldrea, in the hope that a new saviour can be found The previous chosen one Mathias, was Aaslo s best friend, in fact he wasof a brother to him, therefore Aaslo bears a heavy burden indeed erm quite literally too, as he journeys through Aldrea with the severed head of the chosen one in a burlap sac tied to his waist If that wasn t bad enough, Mathias severed head talks to him too constantly There s alsothat occurs along the way, some ABSOLUTELY INSANE things, but I ll not say any now because what follows throughout the course of the book is just a blast Okay, so now I ll discuss what I thoroughly loved about this book, and hands down, it was two main factors The first is that this was a satire fantasy Kade injected just the right amount of sarcasm, shenanigans and witty banter, that had me laughing out loud on so many occasions, and kept me captivated Everything you would expect to find in a traditional fantasy is overturned, and you never quite know how the story will pan out I applaud you Kade, because there were some scenes that literally made my jaw drop, and that is a hard feat to manage Granted, the humour was fairly morbid and dark, but for me personally that s the best kind I adore dark twisted humour I also enjoyed the tongue in cheek humour that the morally questionable God characters brought to the narrative their views on humanity really showed how ridiculous we all are I found this to be very much reminiscent of Neil Gaiman s style What do you mean you ve never killed a man Peck said You carry a head in a bag Yes, but I didn t kill him I needed proof that he was dead, and his body was too big to transport I only cut off his head after he was dead The second factor which made me fall in love with The Fate of the Fallen was the characters For the majority of the story we have two main POVs one being Aaslo, and the second being Myropa I found Aaslo to be such a wholesome character who despite all the odds, showed strength, and courage, even if he never truly believed his worth He gave off a dry sense of humour, and was very matter of fact, which worked well to create some comedic dialogue from him Then there was Myropa, who was a reaper who could pass through the veil and enter Celestria, which was home to the Gods Myropa was a slightlytragic character, one that explored the value and appreciation of life, and I particularly liked that Kade included this aspect, because it brought extra depth to the narrative.It would be amiss of me not to mention the utterly awesome ragtag crew of side characters that Aaslo picks up in his journey through various parts of Aldrea Kade really excels at giving characters such realistic personalities, with distinct flaws but a lot of heart too We meet the thieving duo Peck and Mory, and a former mage in training, Teza I challenge any reader not to love these three by the end of the book There are manycharacters, but the one that stole the show for me was Dolt, a stubborn, violent and amusingly unpredictable horse Dolt is simply the best Aaslo grunted and then looked at Ijen s horse, who hadn t moved during the entire encounter Your horse is remarkably well behaved, he said As is yours, replied Ijen, eyeing Dolt where he stood in the middle of the road Mine is bespelled Mine s an idiot, said Aaslo as he realised Dolt was actually asleep Lastly, I want to mention the world building, as there is an immense amount of magic used and fantastical creatures featured in this novel, and if you know me, you ll know that I m a fan of this There are mages, gods and goddesses, reapers, witches, vights, fae, and erm a dragons arm I ve made you curious, right Although we don t get a lot of detail on the magical system, I don t feel there always needs to be an explanation for magic use, and I feel it s better to just go with it and enjoy If I had to nitpick slightly, I d say I did wantbackground exploring the realm of the gods and their narratives, but as this is the first in a trilogy, there is plenty of room forin the sequels.To sum up, within the pages of this book you will find a host of characters that never fail to entertain, and banter that will have you chuckling from beginning to end I believe Kade has written a real gem of a fantasy in the The Fate of the Fallen, and I can t wait to see where the story will lead next.Review Copy provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review The Fate of the Fallen is out now


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    A Book of the Month selection for October 2019 Yeah, I m slightly behind.3.5 stars Fate of the Fallen is a refreshing new take on the story of a chosen one who has to fulfill a prophecy The story takes you down an unexpected path and sprinkles in some humor along the way mostly thanks to Aaslo and a stupid horse That ending gave me goosebumps Worth reading.