The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) Kindle Edition
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"The Fall of Lilith is an amazing story. I especially loved the vivid descriptions. The magnitude and beauty of heaven and earth is conveyed so well -- and the horror of the fallen angels' suffering. The characters are also nuanced and fascinating." --Elizabeth Stock (Editor)
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- Publication date : August 1, 2017
- File size : 5521 KB
- Print length : 504 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1947475002
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B074CPKLHH
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #738,689 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although I would like to give a blow by blow description of all the beautiful things about this book I want to keep the story a surprise for those who haven't read it yet. Even though most of us know the story of the fallen angels, it still would be a spoiler to tell a lot about what happens.
Suffice it to say that the tableau on which the story is told is vast and rich with descriptions that can only be made by a gifted writer. The detail of each of the angle’s personalities and motivations will astound and please even the most fickle. The action contained in the battle scenes have been well researched and constructed in such a way that one would think Ms. Vega had been there when they occurred. The love scenes were tender where they needed to be and rough where roughness was natural without stepping over the line into gratuitousness. There are several unique twists on the classic story of Adam, Eve and the fallen angels that are uniquely creative. One gets a better idea of the origin of sin and how evil came into to the world. Well, at least according to Ms. Vega.
All in all a story that had continuity and pace and was very hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes well-written fiction that is part fantasy, part thriller, and all entertainment.
I also didn’t know this book contained over five hundred pages. It contains two sections. The first section is about the angel’s preparation for their service to God, but there were too many rules for Lilith and a few others. I could feel early on that there was going to be trouble in paradise, but nothing could prepare me for what was to come in section two.
Section one seemed long, but that was necessary for me to get the numerous characters down in my mind. I knew and understood the characters well when they were exiled to Earth in section two. Once to Earth, I could not stop reading. I had to find out what was going to happen next. The story progressed quickly and before I knew it, the book was finished, leaving me wanting more. The good news is that Vashti Q. has written a second book, the sequel, titled Son of the Serpent.
The main character in the sequel is Dracul whom I only got a glimpse of at the end of The Fall of Lilith. Dracul’s mother, Lilith survived book one as well and I’m really surprised about this. She’ll be in the second book. I’m certainly happy about this. What a character! She’s one you’ll love to hate and I’m sure she’ll be stirring up more trouble in the Son of the Serpent. You’ll understand the ‘serpent’ thing after reading the book if you don’t already know. I won’t spoil it for you if you don’t.
This story really packs a wallop and I enjoyed it immensely. I will definitely put Son of the Serpent on my reading list. I hope you’ll get started on the series too. You’ll want to know what you can look forward to if you get on God’s bad side. It is a fantasy, right?
The author does an incredible job in character building. Each and every one of her characters is unique and has a voice of his/her own. The author writes in third person omniscient, and many might even call it head-hopping because she shares the thoughts and feelings of each character, but she does a brilliant job of making it clear whose point of view is being used. I enjoyed being able to experience each character's emotions and reactions in the moment.
The book is also very descriptive, and the author did a great job of world-building. The areas of paradise were written in such a way that I just wanted to lose myself in them, whereas the areas of danger were written so that the reader could truly feel the angst of the characters.
The story line is fantastic! I loved how deceptive and despicable Lilith was, how vain (and stupid) Lucifer was, and how many angels fell into the webs that they wove. I loved their individual punishments and how they reacted to them. My heart broke for Gadreel and then hardened against her and then softened again.
Because I know that a book two is coming, I'm looking forward to reading more about Gadreel and Dragon, and I cannot wait for Lucifer and Dracul to learn about Lilith's newest deception!
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The author’s writing style in this book is reminiscent of the Bible, although the story is told from quite a different point of view, and it deviates from the narrative most Christians are familiar with (I am intrigued to know how the story will resonate with readers not familiar with the Christian tradition, although the world building is detailed enough for anybody to be able to follow the events). I am not a bit Fantasy reader, mostly because I am not that fond of lengthy descriptions (I admire authors who do it well), although this story has the added interest of providing a major variation on a story many of us are familiar with. As typical of the genre, there is plenty of telling (in fact, all the characters are storytellers, and we get to hear the angels’ voices often, narrating their own adventures, or even fictional ones, like a fascinating story Lilith narrates in book 1), and beautiful descriptions of Floraison, the part of Heaven inhabited by the angels, of the angels, and also of the creation of Earth, and of Earth itself in book 2. We follow the story in a chronological order, from the time when the angels are quite young, growing up and learning about their powers (this part reminded me of YA books set up in special schools for young people with special abilities, and also of parts of The Hunger Games, when the characters had to train for the battle ahead), through to the battle between good and evil and their fall to Earth. Although the story is narrated in the third person, we follow the points of views of a variety of angels, mainly Lilith, the main character, but also most of the others at some point.
These angels reminded me of the Greek gods. They are not the celestial beings many of us imagine, but more human than human. They have their personalities, their peculiar characters, their flaws, their desires, and they are far from goodie-goodie-two-shoes. Even the good angels have faults… (Oh Gabriel…). We get to know Lilith’s cunning and devious nature better than that of others (she is rebellious, proud, has a superiority complex, and does not seem to feel true affection for anybody, even her supposed friends), but we see that Lucifer is proud and is not a good looser from early on (when he is following the rules), and some of the other angels are weak, easily manipulated, and only worried about their own well-being and interests. The God of this story does not tolerate rebellion or deceit, and he severely punishes his children for their misdeeds. The author excels at writing the punishments and tortures the angels are subject to, and these parts of the book are not for the faint-hearted. I know she writes horror too, and this is quite evident in her penchant for devising monstrous characters and pretty cruel and sadistic tortures.
As is often the case, the bad characters are more interesting than the good ones (that we mostly lose sight of in book 2, apart from some brief appearances). I would not say any of the characters are very sympathetic. Lilith is put to the test and punished for being what she is (and considering angels are given free-will, that seems quite cruel), but she displays psychopathic traits from the beginning and it is difficult to blame her nasty personality on her experiences. She is strong and determined, but she abandons her friends, is manipulative, and goes to extremes that make her exceedingly unlikeable. I have no problem with having a truly horrible character as the main voice of a book, although I missed something that helped me connect with her (there are moments when she hints at a weakness or hurt, but I did not feel they were particularly convincing. Perhaps a sense of humour, no matter how dark, would have helped, but other than some instances of silly behaviour very early on, there are moments of wonder but not many laughs). Gadreel is perhaps the easiest character to empathise with, and she grows and develops during book 2 (to begin with she is constantly complaining and moaning, but she gets more confident, although she is not traditionally good either). Satan does horrible things, especially to Lilith (who is not blameless by a long stretch, not that such abuse could be ever justified in real life), but he is an interesting character and quite loyal to his friends. And he also does much of what he does out of love, however misguided. I don’t know what that says about me, but I really like Dracul, Satan and Lilith’s child. He is described as quite an ugly thing, but I find him cute. There you have it.
For me, book 2 is more dynamic and moves faster than book 1. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the adventures of the fallen angels on Earth allow us to read about their first impressions of the world as it would appear to somebody who had never been here, a totally brand new place. Such estrangement and sense of wonder are fascinating and the writing captures it well. The fact that the fallen angels find themselves in a hostile environment and have to learn to work together to survive adds to the interest. Of course, Lilith has her own plans, and she makes sure she convinces others to follow.
The character of Lilith reminded me of the typical figure of the femme fatale in film noir (or the spider woman, or… well, I’m sure you can think of many epithets such females have received over the years), who is powerful but her power consists in manipulating and deceiving males, convincing them that they are in charge, while she pulls the invisible strings. I do admire such characters, especially when the circumstances are dire and that seems to be the only option to get ahead. There is always a difficult balance to maintain between creating a strong negative female character that can hold her own and ensuring it does not reinforce the usual story tropes that blame women for all of world’s ills from the beginning of times.
This book made me wonder once more about the well-known narrative (and let me tell you, there are some twists that will keep readers on their toes) of events, which amounts to a civil war in Heaven, where there is no reconciliation and no possible redress or forgiveness for those who rebelled against the established order and lost. I also had to wonder about the rules imposed in Floraison and what seems to be a bias against LGBT (sex is bad, but same-sex sex is worse and is more severely punished), which has always been an issue that has caused much religious debate.
This book is a tour-de-force that I’d recommend to readers who love to be challenged by narratives that push the limits of well-known stories and make us rethink and reconsider the stories we have been told. And one for those who love strong and wicked female characters. And baby demons…
I was amazed by the wonderful writing talent of the author and immediately fell under the spell of the story. God has given the angels free will and they live in a paradise called Floraison. Eventually he creates Earth and Adam and Eve, but angel Lilith decides that she wants more from her world and becomes deceitful, manipulating others to follow her. Lilith is banished from heaven and the story follows her scheme for revenge.
You instantly become engrossed in the characters and I would thoroughly recommend this as a great read.
It is an ambitious book, with a broad sweep and it brings an imaginative take on a biblical story. In the main, the narrative style held my attention and the large cast of characters was deftly intertwined to maintain a satisfying story progression. Characterisation was well drawn and dialogue was strong. I would have preferred more dialogue to show rather than tell and some of the descriptive passages were overlong for my taste, but this did not detract from my enjoyment unduly. My attention wandered whenever the storyline deviated from the central plot, although this may be more to do with my attention span than the skills of the writer.
I can’t say I’m a convert to the fantasy genre, but I’m sure those readers who are will find this a worthwhile read.
Vashti this book is highly addictive and your imagination is amazing. I kept trying to imagine it in film format and kept wondering how a film could be made true to the book. If you want a mixture of laughter, danger and treachery look no further. The story is about angels who fall from grace led by the title character Lilith and how they fair on earth. I am hoping for another book in the series as there are some unanswered questions as to what happens next, but equally it can be left to your own imagination, a truly wonderful read.