By J.D. Netto
“Courage is the greatest weapon we could ever hope to wield.” […] “We must believe that we can be a light amidst this darkness.” – J.D. Netto
We all know it: the feeling of disappointment when you read the sequel of a book you love only to find out it’s not what you thought it would be. Well, if you expected that from The Whispers of the Fallen series, then let me tell you how wrong you are. The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion, besides being a rollercoaster of emotions, adventure, horror, pain, and passion, was a success as a sequel. J.D. keeps us at the edge of our seats as he returns us to the world of Elysium, as we journey along Isaac and the book bearers in their search for light among darkness. Even from the first moment I held this book in my hands I had already fallen in love with it. The design is brilliant: it helps it give a certain environment before the story has even started.
This time, as in the previous book, it is told by two characters who thrive for the same goal, but whose hearts are what differentiate them. Devin, as many of you know, is the all-time favourite of most readers (and one of mine, as well, but Lulu all the way), but why? He is the example of how even when you are destined for something, either by your nature, your situation, or your wishes, you are the one who decides what you’ll do with your life. In the last book, we did have time to interact with him, but in this book, we had the chance to understand his thoughts and deepest feelings, as well as his struggle with the darkness within him. He is a very well developed character, one of the best, in my opinion.
We also get to see more of Isaac, who faces new challenges and temptation (there were parts in the book where I was even afraid of him…). There is an internal struggle going on with him we readers can’t really figure out (even he can’t, so…). What I noticed in Isaac’s character during this second instalment was how J.D. showed us the terrifying truth: we all have darkness within us, but our decisions are what define and take us through the path we’re supposed to go through. It has been an adventure to see the story from his eyes, due to the fact that he knows exactly the same that we do; we are discovering this world along with him. His character drastically changed from book one to Rebellion: he has acquired new abilities, friends, and experience, but also, in this book, he had to do something unbelievably devastating (you’ll know what I’m talking about), which will probably set ground for the far worse trials he’ll have to go through in order to succeed in his battle.
Obviously, these two characters aren’t the only ones. Our protagonists encounter new and old friends and foes once again: Xylia, Petra, Ballard, Demetre, Adara, Arundel, Adawnas, Sathees, Nathan, the Underwarriors, Blood Drinkers, Nephilin, Nephele and Erebos, were a few of them. All of them contributed to the development of the story, making it feel more complete, intriguing and exciting. One of my favourite was Xylia, who was a badass character who, even when sometimes limited by others, never allowed darkness to reach her heart and blind her from her initial goals. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.
J.D. did an amazing job in this sequel for The Whispers of the Fallen series. With brilliant imagery, well-developed characters, fast-paced, an intriguing dark fantasy world, and relatable themes, he surely will keep readers hooked with his books. As I’ve advanced in the series, I’ve been able to see his progress as an author, in each of his books I have been able to see an improvement in his writing without his essence being blurred for a single page. I can’t wait to finish his next two books to know what he has in store for us (Descent will be out on June 3rd, and you can preorder it now!).
I give this book a 4/5
Be sure to check out J.D. Netto’s page: http://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/