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…
Review: 4 Stars
I received an unsolicited ARC of this book and I thought it looked pretty interesting but I didn’t wind up reading it before publication and wasn’t planning on reading it until I saw my friend Susan’s review. After reading the high praise she gave this book I knew that I needed to give this quest fantasy a chance. Her review got me so hyped for this book that I had to pick it up right away. Fate of the Fallen was full of dark humor and I loved every minute of it.
I expected the plot to be like a normal quest fantasy wit a prophecy of a chosen one, but this book had some GIANT unexpected twists that kept me on my toes. The journey that Mathias and Aaslo went on was quite the adventure. It was filled with magic, fighting, royalty and thieves. I love a classic fantasy quest, but it was the humor that really made this book shine. I was laughing and smirking throughout this entire story, it was pure entertainment and I can’t believe that I wasn’t going to read this humorous gem.
The camaraderie between Aaslo and Mathias was so much fun to read. Their mutual teasing and banter really made their friendship feel authentic and brought these characters to life. Kel Kade did a fantastic job filling this book with witty remarks and dark humor. I think that the dialogue was done especially well. It helped show each character’s personality and the sarcasm kept me entertained throughout the entire novel. This was just a fun book to read and exactly the kind of comedy that I love. I would read a thousand fantasy novels like this one because it just brought me so much joy.
I was a little disappointed in the ending because I felt like the climax just didn’t have enough build up to it or as much of an impact as I felt it should have. I was shocked when I got to the end and realized that this story wasn’t a standalone, but I was excited when I learned that there would be a sequel. This humorous fantasy read is one that I will highly recommend to my friends. It also reminded me of Kill the Farm Boy, so if you enjoyed this book I recommend that you check out that one.