The Fallen is the first book in the Greatest Sin series. Volume 1 introduces us to Chavali the Seer, a gypsy fortuneteller who can read minds. It also introduces us to the Fallen, an organization of resurrected people who are seeking to discover the nature of the Greatest Sin and reunite their world with its goddess Creator.
It’s difficult to write a review for a book like this without giving away spoilers, so I’ll keep it brief. The Fallen manages to draw you in from the beginning. Chavali’s world and culture are richly drawn. Chavali’s emotional range and reactions to the events around her flow naturally. While Chavali is well-developed, some of the other characters were flat and interchangeable. Some are very interesting. I’m particularly keen to know what’s going on with the horse! But the antagonist isn’t well developed and this affected my level of investment in the third act of the book.
The plot was a little muddled. There were certainly three acts, but it didn’t flow very well. The end of the book felt anticlimactic, but I realize this is the first book in a series. It was a good read. I wouldn’t mind reading the next one. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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