Children of the Fallen Kindle Edition
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Kindle edition is great. The book is professionally edited. I didnt notice any formatting, grammar, or spelling errors. Writing style is fine- the author knows how to tell a story.
All the components of story were present: beginning, middle, end, climax, character development, etc. That said, I am still uncertain about how I feel about the book.
The premise of the books is the offspring of fallen angels and the continuing interaction of fallen angels with humanity. It took me about 40% of the book to figure out what was going on and how the characters matter to the story. You are introduced to each character one at a time in a lengthy section. Reading the authors note at the end- this makes sense since this was actually several stories that the author threaded together into a full length book. Set up was very interesting but it really did consume a huge portion of the story.
The cast of characters included a girl who has captured the interest/obsession of a fallen angel; a boy who since his twins death has seen Them; a girl with musical talent whose fallen grandmother feeds off her passion, a blind girl who sees through her painting and her brother who seeing the Sound angels make; Abe how helps them all; a boy whose love of an angel ultimately kills him; a girl who see moving images in tarro cards and has been haunted by an angel since childhood; along with various fallen angels. The stories are woven together in a nearly seamless way-- you just don't know where the story is going in the beginning.
I have been trying to figure why I am not fully satisfied at the conclusion of the book. It had an ending so it is not that I am left hanging, but there are several story lines that never reached conclusion (besides the obvious one at the end). They aren't left to hang in a way that suggests a sequel is coming- its like the author forgot about them or moved on to another focal point in the story. Or perhaps her climax/conclusion was too inclusive? She has many story lines that reach their climax in one giant scene involving all the characters for the first time. Great time is spent developing each story, but no great time is spent wrapping up each individual story. Maybe the point of the story was too soft- The theme of 'wanting' as being the source of the fall is present but not demonstrated in a clear or forceful way. I hope there is a second book that follows the next stage of the story.
I DID enjoy the story. Characters are flawed, redeemable, real, and generally likeable. Even the fallen angels- good and bad ones. I did get hung up on the near incest- it wasn't inserted into the story in a way that really supported her thesis: the wanting is part of the falling. But I pushed past it and kept reading. If the description interests you then I would wager a guess that you will enjoy this book. Based on this example I would have to say that the author is a natural storyteller. You will step into her world and engage with the characters.
I guess reading a book like this can be frustrating at times. Nothing is spoon fed and not everything is obvious. You have to work a little harder to read this story. Ultimately though, it is more rewarding. It finds its own little corner of mind and memory, and is more likely to become a small and maybe unseen part of who the reader is after the story ends.
My problem with the book is very simple: I don't feel like I have closure with any of the characters except Janie. Everyone else leaves me with a big gaping hole. I feel like the characters were so well developed that I really need to know more about how they ended up. The author introduced me to them, I got to know them, started to care about them, expected to see them do some kind of amazing work ... and then it was just over.
So, if I have such mixed emotions about this work, why the four stars? Why not three, right? Simple: I am expecting a sequal! Oh, and a prequal (the fallen angels all have a story to tell too) . If there is more to this story, the author (hands down) deserves a five star rating!
Should you read this book on its own merit? I think, if you like stories in this genre, you will like this one (I sure did). But, if you are one who invests themselves in the story and characters you may feel a little let down by the ending.
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