By J.D. Netto
“It is only by choice that our true nature is revealed.” – J.D. Netto
The Whispers of the Fallen series has been a whole experience for me. I came across this series a few years ago (I believe J.D. was still working on the second book), and I’ve been a fan of both the books and the author ever since. I’ve admired every step of his journey to shape and give life to his mystical world of Elysium, his dynamic and different characters, and the dark thematic that characterises his works. However, even though I read them for the first time a long time ago, I’m finally writing this review after reading it for the second time.
This first instalment of the series is a suspenseful, action-packed and fast-paced novel that will successfully introduce you to the brand-new world of Elysium. It follows the story of Isaac and Demetre, two best friends who discover they’ve been given the enormous task of guarding the most dangerous secrets of the land: The Diary of Lucifer. Also, the story of Devin and Nephele is crucial to the plot: they’re two characters who have been condemned by their own wicked nature, but whose actions decide what happens to their so different destinies.
It’s an adventure about friendship, redemption, humanity’s constant fight against darkness, loyalty, treason and how choices define what becomes of us. It contains creatures such as Blood Drinkers, Fallen Stars, Nephilins and Underwarriors, which contribute to giving the book a convincing dark side.
One of the details I enjoyed the most while reading it was how the book is both told by the hero and one of the most ruthless villains; it gives the reader a different outlook of the events that are occurring, as well as a clearer glimpse into the dark side of Elysium.
Overall, J.D. Netto has amazed me with The Whispers of the Fallen. We readers aren’t easily surprised anymore, but I assure you, if you’re looking for something new to read, then this series is what you’re looking for. It’s one of the darkest stories I’ve read from new authors: there are moments where you believe goodness will obviously succeed, only to discover that darkness has once again taken the reins. It’s unexpected, a very easy read and with messages that will always remain with you.
I give this book a 9/10 and a 4/5.
Be sure to check out J.D. Netto’s page! http://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/