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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
Utopia Falling: A Darkness Rises by R.C. Vielee is an epic fantasy story. Reyne is a modest nut farmer with dreams who only wants to marry Mithany. Reyne is unaware of his ability to jump between realms or his significance in Tartica's destiny. Meanwhile, compassionate rulers of Tartica's ideal society fall prey to evil schemes based on false promises, setting off a chain of events. Reyne rejects the idea that only he can enter a parallel dimension to assassinate its ruler since he does not believe it exists. The Devil's Blacksmith, Evidar's master manipulator, has secrets of his own and will stop at nothing to gain salvation for his world and liberation from its never-ending darkness at the expense of Reyne's life and Tartica's existence.
Utopia Falling is filled with hard work, love, romance, friendship, and unity. R.C. Vielee took me on a roller coaster ride of greed for power, backstabbing, betrayal, and murder. The story was fast-paced, and two plotlines were woven together. There were so many things happening at once that I just turned the pages as fast as I could. It was jam-packed with action, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. There were many interesting characters, and the depth of their backgrounds added to the success of the story. The map and glossary at the back of the story are detailed and help me to keep track of the characters and locations. The first story starts on such a high note that I cannot wait to read the next in the series.