Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black Book Review

22318567 // Rise of the Fallen //

Wars of the Realm #2

By Chuck Black

Review by Bethany

Book Synopsis:
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?

// Book Review // 
I read the first book in the Wars of the Realm series, Cloak of Light and really enjoyed it! Chuck Black is a great christian fiction author, and I've always enjoyed the biblical application he has in all his books!

One of the reasons I have enjoyed this series, of the books published so far, is because of how it is based on spiritual warfare, and sheds a new light on angels and their roles. Each book has two point of views, one of angels and spiritual realms, and one of humans on earth. Throughout the story you get to view both sides, that of the angels protecting humans, and that of humans being protected by angels. This theme provided a very interesting outlook, and through the reading of these books I've become more aware of angels and demons, the reality of them and how their roles affect humans. It's been an eye opening journey, and the stories themselves are very exciting and fun, while strengthening your faith.

In addition to the spiritual aspect of this book, the story itself is very well thought out and adventurous! Action packed, the second book is similar to the first book, although I quickly noticed that the second book had more to do with angels than the humans, as it goes back in time and shows the part angels played in important biblical events. However I was expecting it to be more like the first with equal human and angel interaction. Due to this, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, but would still recommend it! Especially if you enjoyed the first book!

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of Rise of the Fallen in exchange for this review. All thoughts expressed are completely my own and unbiased.