Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade
Shroud of Prophecy #1
Narrated by Nick Podehl
Not all stories have happy endings.
Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in headfirst, pulling his best friend, Aaslo, along for the ride.
However, saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. The going gets rough, and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin and the friends find themselves staring death in the face, they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.
This was one of my anticipated releases for this year. I found Kel Kade, I think last year…it was either last year or 2017 with her King’d Dark Tidings series. Free the Darkness is the first book of the series and I absolutely became hooked. I’m not going to lie, was a bit disappointed we weren’t getting another KDT book this year, but was excited to see what else Kel Kade had in store for us readers.
This story is about the chosen one dying, and now everyone is going to die. Except his good friend who trained with him picks up his friend’s mantle, and goes on a journey to try and save everyone’s lives. The prophecy, which sees the chosen one as the only person who would succeed doesn’t include his friend. Although there is at least one prophet who has seen him take up his friend’s quest, but we don’t meet this prophet until the end of this book.
Aaslo and Mathias were really good friends, and Aaslo is a bit uncomfortable when he is tasked with taking Mathias’s head to the King to let him know the one has died. Although, Aaslo begins to hear Mathias’s voice in his head. He does comment later he doesn’t think it’s actually Mathias because of some differences with this Mathias and when Mathias was alive. I think he finds some comfort though because he becomes very protective of his friend’s head; even after the King refuses to do anything to help people survive or give anyone hope of surviving.
There is also a battle of sorts going on behind the scenes with the Gods and Goddesses all playing their little game with the wimpy humans. They barter and trade and use things against each other trying to help or hinder the humans, and sometimes specifically to Aaslo. It makes things kind of interesting as we read and wonder who of the Gods will win, and if the human race will survive what is coming.
The question is, will the prophets be right and our hope is gone and we will all die at the end of this journey, or will Aaslo win and change the prophecy? We will have to wait for the next books to find out.
Will I continue this new series of books by Kel Kade…I think I will, I’m just not as excited for this story as I am her King’s Dark Tidings. I’m much more interested right now in wanting to find out what happens to Reskin, than Aaslo.