Title: Fate of the Fallen
Author: Kel Kade
Genre: Fantasy- Adult
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Tor Books
The Shroud of Prophecy tests fate to discover what happens when the path of good and right, the triumph of light over darkness, the only path to salvation… fails.
Everyone loves Mathias. So naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.
Mathias is thrilled for the adventure! There’s nothing better than a road beneath his feet and adventure in the air. Aaslo, on the other hand, has never cared for the world beyond the borders of his sleepy village and would be much happier alone and in the woods. But, someone has to keep the Chosen One’s head on his shoulders and his feet on the ground.
It turns out saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. Mathias is more than willing to place his life on the line, but Aaslo would love nothing more than to forget about all the talk of arcane bloodlines and magical fae creatures. When the going gets rough, folks start to believe their only chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the stories go. At all. To make matters worse Aaslo is beginning to fear that he may have lost his mind…
I would like to start out this review by thanking my buddy @travelingcloak on Instagram for sending his extra ARC copy my way. This was a highly anticipated release of mine and I feel so blessed to have had the chance to read it early.
This was a solid 4 star read for me. It is a really fun and fast-paced fantasy adventure story. One of the strongest parts of this story you will notice within the first few pages of the novel is the portrayal of friendship. As a reader we are immediately introduced to this brotherhood between our main characters Aaslo and Mathias and the strong bond between them. It is a great look at what found family truly is. At its core, relationships are truly what moves this book along. Whether they be pre-existing relationships, or relationships that are built as we go along in the plot they are used as a driving force through the story and make the character’s actions believable and understandable. We see what choices these characters are making for the ones that they love.
Another huge strong point for this story is the refreshing take on the “chosen one” trope that fantasy lovers have developed a love-hate relationship with. Kel Kade does not shy away from the fact that at its core this is a “chosen one” story, but what she does is takes the trope as we know it and flips it upside down into something I personally had never seen before.
Overall this was a very strong entry into the fantasy genre and I cannot wait to continue this series when the second installment is released.