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 wasn’t sure what to make of Chuck Black‘s newest book Rise Of The Fallen…. at first. I was surprised to see that Rise Of The Fallen switched perspectives from the first in the series. Instead of it being from Drew’s perspective we are now seeing things through Validus’ eyes.
Allow me though to admit right away that I almost put this book down. You see most of the first half of the book has to do with Validus’ past as an angel. From time spent in heaven, to the fall, the ark, Tower of Babel, and even Jesus’ crucifixion. Then add in the fact that the story bounces back and forth between the past and present day. Now the present day is basically the first book being retold just from Validus’ point of view. Then add in one of the hardest things for me to read, a bunch a names I am positive I am mispronouncing in my head.
I am glad I pushed through. It starts to pick up and I started to understand more as the story went on. I knew I had to push through anyway since I was handing it over to a fifteen year old boy when I was finished.
The obvious main topic of the book was of course angels and demons and their existence and purpose. While there can be many sides to this discussion, I was interested in how Black portrayed them. Maybe it was his military background that made him decided to turn angels basically into an army for God. Maybe he felt there was evidence of that in the Bible.
Overall the book was O.K. I am interested to see what happens next in the series, although I do admit that I hope it doesn’t keep bouncing back and forth between Drew’s and Validus’ point of view. There is so many character’s and time periods to keep up with, I am hoping Black just tries to develop a well written story from here on out.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.