Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Fallen Volume 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
The Fallen Volume 1:
THE ULTIMATE QUEST FOR REDEMPTION
On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy.
Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.
Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage — and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him....
With his incredible storytelling, Thomas E. Sniegoski drew me right into his book and the world he created. This volume is two books in one and they flow together nicely with little time having passed between the first and the second. They were both fast paced and the action was immediate, continuing throughout the whole book. I thoroughly enjoyed the religious mythology throughout the story. There are many fallen angel books available, and for the most part I enjoy all that I get my hands on, but this one caught my interest because it also tells the story of the Nephilim—children born of a human mother and a fallen angel. The world of the Nephilim is dangerous because there are angels known as the Powers that see them as a plague on God’s world. The Leader of these angels is Verchiel , his narcissism and hunger for power over the humans has left him out of God’s favor. A thousand years ago a prophecy was told that a Nephilim child would be the bridge between God and the fallen angels, leading them back home. Verchiel refuses to believe this and kills almost indiscriminately. Aaron is the Nephilim from the prophecy, and after the deaths of his foster parents and the kidnapping of his younger foster brother, Stevie; he must find the strength within himself to accept his new path and be the One. Aaron teams up with another fallen angel, Camael, only this one is different—he used to be the leader of the Powers—only he believed in the prophecy and chose to save the Nephilim from the wrath of Verchiel. They leave Aaron’s home in order to search for Stevie and following an inner sense has them traveling north to a small town called Blithe, where they encounter danger in the form of an ancient evil that has completely taken over the town. To save the people of the town, his friends and himself, Aaron must overcome his fears of the angelic essence within himself and embrace it, trusting that he can control the awesome power and that it will not control him.