Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade
Published on the 5th of November
I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the publisher, the author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my opinions.
Trigger warnings: discussions of suicide, gore, violence, war, death, discussions of mental illness
Mathias is loved by everyone, he is handsome, strong and good at everything. Naturally, he is also the one and only who can save the world. When he finds out that he is the chosen one, he sets off on the journey of his life, his reliable side-kick, Aaslo, right behind him. However, saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. And absolutely everything goes wrong.
I read the synopsis for Fate of the Fallen before diving in and so I was expecting it to twist many of the chosen one tropes, but I never expected everything to go so wrong for the characters. Fate of the Fallen has a very intriguing premise, and the author manages to maintain the reader’s interest throughout the novel by keeping up a spark of hope amidst all the disasters.
Kel Kade’s writing style is unlike anything I have encountered before. His style has few flourishes but somehow it still manages to paint a vivid picture of the surroundings for me. The plot can get pretty gory at times, but it doesn’t feel too heavy to read because the narration of the events is easy to read. In fact, I found myself reading Fate of the Fallen much quicker compared to other adult fantasies and I had no trouble getting deeply immersed into it.
Most of the story is from Aaslo’s perspective, and I became very fond of him along the journey. He is a forester – a person responsible for taking care of trees in a world where too many are cut down. Foresters usually never leave their forests, and Aaslo battles with his desire to go back to his trees throughout the journey. He is such a wholesome character! Very grumpy with surprising amounts of kidness for everyone. He also doesn’t care at all about social station and manages to tell off the highest and mightiest of people.
Whereas Aaslo is a grumpy loner, Mathias is an extroverted and optimistic butterfly. The two characters have amazing banter and they balance each other out.
Although Aaslo was pretty relatable, my favourite character is a sassy mage. Teza is a terrible server in a pub, who got herself expelled from the school of mages just because she is incredibly stubborn. Oh and I love her to bits for coming up with great, quick solutions and for being so damn stupporn. She is golden.
Although most of the story follows the main adventure, we also get a peek into the lives (or maybe not lives exactly mmm) of gods and reapers who toy with humans for their amusement. The world is large and complex, and I have a feeling that we will get to learn a whole lot more about it in the future books!
I’m a big fan of this goofy yet terrifying fantasy, and there were only a couple minor things I had problems with. Although the gods’ existence was fascinating, I took quite a lot of time to become completely interested in their storyline. But I have to admit that I have a tendency to dislike sideplots that involve deities or celestial beings; I also disliked the Fates and Luck in the Stepsister.
The other thing that I disliked was how suicide was talked about. The reapers in the story have been chosen by the Fates to retrieve souls of humans and deliver them onwards, and the reaper we follow committed suicide during her human life. The gods occassionally question her about this, and I got a bad taste in my mouth about how the reaper was slightly bullied for her suicide and her motives (or the lack of them). But all this was very very shortly discussed and didn’t really influence my enjoyment of the story.
Also, I need to mention that the plot occassionally felt slightly directionless. This was entirely understandable in the context of the story, but it still made the story drag just for a bit. Although I need to admit that some lack of purpose was required to create the catastrophic atmosphere in the book.
However, the ending left me absolutely screeching. I need to know what happens next, I want to read on! I want the sequel so bad!
As a whole, Fate of the Fallen was a very enjoyable, twisted fantasy set in a complex and intriguing world. I’ll most definitely continue onwards with this series once we get a sequel!!
Have you read Fate of the Fallen or is it on your TBR? Have you read any other amazing adult fantasies lately? I would love some recommendations!
Thank you so much for reading ♡