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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Fallen by Katie Barber, Lucifer has unleashed his army on earth, prompting the angels to descend and bravely fight to protect mankind; unfortunately, they fail and Hell rules. Archangel Israfel and angel Hayyel survive their ordeal and continue to protect humans, waiting for Heaven’s rescue while Israfel or Isra’s feeling of betrayal grows.
As soon as I started reading, I knew right away that Fallen would be an exciting read. The plot is brilliant. The angel and demons theme automatically seals my interest. However, I did wonder if I wanted to read the story from a moody, foul-mouthed female archangel point of view, who dutifully continues to protect humans during God’s absence. I finally realize that it suits the story and me just fine. Having an anti-hero kind of savior such as Isra is thrilling and I find myself chuckling at her somewhat childish temper at God for abandoning humans and angels alike.
Katie Barber gives readers a serious theme with a serious plot, but uses an approach that has a laid-back quality in her writing, accompanied by witty dialogue. The plot itself is layered with clever humor as well as surprising twists and turns, especially the true cause of the human settlement’s demise which is under Isra’s care. The action scenes are pulse-pounding, exciting, and vividly portrayed. Perhaps there is a more suitable term instead of Chinese Dragon and mentioning Peter Gabriel’s name during a certain mourning scene almost ruins the mood. Nevertheless, a solid and entertaining read.