Saturday, 8 November 2014

Fallen Souls (Realm Of The Claimed Prequel) by Linda Foster.

Ash never thought going to a party could be dangerous. He certainly never thought it would change his life. But when a man with red eyes begins following him – and his sister – he realizes he was wrong. Soon they’re running, leading the man on a desperate chase over icy roads.

When Ash crashes his car, nearly killing his sister, the red-eyed man offers Ash a choice – save his sister, but pay the highest price possible. Bring Grace back to life, at the cost of his own soul.

Suddenly, Ash is facing a choice he never sought. But will he use that choice to save his sister? And if he does … what will it mean for Ash himself?


Someone has started a revolution in Heaven, his betrayal and lies tearing the fabric of the angels apart. Things are coming quickly to a head, and before long the angels will find themselves at war … with each other. Friends and allies will turn against each other, each choosing their own side of right and wrong.

If that happens, the world as they know it will end.

It's up to Kali, protector of angels and humans, to stop the treachery before war breaks out and peace is shattered forever. But how far is she willing to go to save the lives of the angels? Will she turn against her own dearest friend to save her world?
And if she does … will anything be left for her to come home to?

This novella contains two short story as a foundation, building up to the first book in the series, Soul Bound.
The first section of the novella, Condemned really caught my attention; strange men with red eyes? Something wasn't right. It really set up a tense atmosphere although, I'd like to say, this story was completely unpredictable and really managed to shock me.
It really made me want to know more, see what happens next and set off questions and thoughts that I'm sure will be satisfied in the first book. This whole novella has very much got the feel of 'background story' and this was a very positive effect on the book.
The second section, Fallen, although quite different from the first story, still carried across some of the characters first mentioned in Condemned, such as Seraphine, giving some extra knowledge that works as a kind of consecration of the first story.
In fallen, I especially really liked the use of stories told in religion as a foundation, and I know, some of you will be thinking 'time to steer clear of this book', but for some of you who aren't a big fan of religious books, like me, don't panic! It plays on the story of how lucifer fell from heaven and adds some awesome twists that I could never have dreamed of. The whole premise of the ideas Foster creates is honestly brilliant, I love it.
Overall I loved this book and feel it's a great set up for a great series.
As soon as I can I shall be buying Soul Bound.

**** 4.5/5 stars ****

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