Rise of the Fallen
A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.
Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.
Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.
Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.
As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?
I fully admit this is not my favorite genre. But since I did read the first book in this series and have enjoyed Chuck Black's Kingdom and Knights of Arrethtrae series, I decided to read Rise of the Fallen. Also, my brother likes this author's books and requested that I get this one. So, what else could I do? ;)
It was a little strange for me to picture the angels fighting over humanity with guns and weapons, but then again the Bible does say that we're in constant spiritual warfare, so it makes sense. Even so, at the beginning I kind of wished it had focused a little more on Drew, who I was more interested in than Validus. Also, the constant time-jumping was at first annoying because I'd get interested in one plot, and then it'd jump to the next before I was ready.
However, despite a somewhat rough beginning, I really began to enjoy this book. I got into Validus's story, and Rise of the Fallen isn't so much a sequel to Cloak of Light as it is a companion book of what's happening on the "other side" in Cloak of Light. That might seem a little uninteresting to some (like me ;) but I actually ended up finding it fascinating.
So, while it took a good few chapters for this book to really pick up speed, for fans of speculative fiction and Chuck Black's other novels, Rise of the Fallen is definitely recommended.
I received this book for free from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review