The Fallen Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Most days, I steal from ships to earn a living. Not glamorous, admittedly, but it's honest work. Okay, fine. It isn't honest either, but it means I get to eat.
Until one night, a sinfully sexy angel strides into my favorite dance hall and compels me to work for him. It isn't just work, though. He wants me to be his wife in Castle Hades. Apparently, his prophetic dreams say I'll help him become king.
Beautiful as he is, he's also a lethal tyrant. And I could be in danger. Luckily, I know how to fight back, how to weaken an angel: I must seduce him.
Now, this is a battle, and he’s my beautiful enemy. We are fighting with weapons of desire, and we're both at risk of losing ourselves in this war.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 49 minutes|
|Narrator||Danielle Cohen, William Macleod|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 23, 2021|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#29,484 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#860 in Paranormal Fantasy
#886 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,251 in Horror Fiction
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Crawford takes a loose interpretation of the myth, basing her Hades as Samael, more widely known as Satan. But he's not the guy we know, this is CN Crawford at work, so we hear from Samael's view, his motivations, the awakening of feelings and his battle to resist. His sword is named after a demon, his one friend, another named 'fallen'. His desire? To rule. His problem? Lila.
Lila. A thief trying to survive in this world at strife against the Fallen. A beauty hidden amongst the rabble, plucked from her obscurity to serve the Fallen. Used by Free Men to spy, and by the Fallen for the same, neither imagining that Lila had her own agenda. Her life among thieves allows her to travel between both.
Crawford creates a world within a world. Things that you'll recognize from myth that give the story grounding. Touches that seem out of place but give me a chuckle. She sets the scene so it hits all of your senses, colors, sights and sounds, scents, the feel of cobble stones under your feet and the softness of velvet. Always a treat.
That building battle between the Fallen and Free Men traps Lila in a situation of her own making. Samael exiles her. And we wait for the next encounter, the next season of battle, of seduction (yeah, you heard me) of Lila and Samael.
Imagine a thief posing as her best friend, a high-end dominatrix....it does not end how she wanted. But the fallen angel who conquered the city hires her anyway, and Lila finds herself sliding not so seemlessly between the Resistance and the Conquerors in a comedy of errors.
The city seems like a Victorian PBS special, with an atmosphere of dead fish and Jack-The-Ripper scenes mixed in with The Roaring 20’s speakeasies. It is kooky, dark, and sinful, yet filled with dark humor. I loved it. I also loved how realistically dirty the city is, and how easily the people are manipulated. No wonder aristrocrats are so arrogant towards the bohemians.
I admit I always love the idea of a poor slummer at a Ball, and this has a bit of that Cinderella retelling, or is it Briar Rose? There are hints of both. It is the sign of wonderful writing: I can find deeper meanings the more I think about this. Ultimately, I get a deep sense that someone has been slumbering a while, letting life move on without him, and the castle, the clipped wings, all separate the Fallen from other people, from living, loving, and having fun. Or too much safety is its own prison.
The heroine’s unquestioning devotion to the king for no reason and faith in the rebel group, about whom she asks and knows nothing other than their dodgy behaviour, beggars belief. Especially when the heroine is otherwise a capable thief, action hero and spy. There are plenty of hints to question the heroine’s assumptions that she simply ignores as she blindly heads to her and others peril. Her motivation to ignore everything for revenge for a supposedly dead sister is weak.
In other words, the female lead is smart and stupid when it suits the lazy plot. Making the plot weakness and gender portrayal worse, the male lead is smart and alert to her deception. To top off this disaster, the heroine thinks it’s okay to commit terrorism. This book is just wrong on so many levels. Just no.
Even though I’ve liked other books by Crawford and despite good world building, I could barely keep reading this till the obvious ‘twists’ of betrayal. I won’t name these twists just in case it actually spoils this for you.
Mostly this book made me want to see the heroine trounced for her stupidity and the supposed villain triumph. Sadly, I expect only the latter will happen. I won’t be reading the sequel.
Two stars for a deeply irritating story with no surprises.
Top reviews from other countries
Who is the Angel of Death really and why is Lila so special? Is she mortal or is she really something more?
I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait for the next one.
It is well written, And had violence and a bit f steaming scenes, which wasn't expecting and enjoyed. I do recommended as a YA story more for adults than teens
Love the story lines and twists.
Once I start reading them, I literally can not put them down until I'm finished.
If you haven't read this definitely add it to your wish list.