Review: Fallen by Traci L. Slatton

Fallen (After Trilogy, #1)Fallen by Traci L. Slatton
Series:  ‘After’ Trilogy (# 1)
Release Date:  July 12, 2011
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Page Count: 243 pages
Source: author



 As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other.


Review:  Fallen by Traci L. Slatton is a book unlike any other that you have read.  It will keep you at the edge of your seat and unable to pry your hands and eyes away!

As off as it may sound,  I love a great apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story.  It allows all of those theories and thoughts of “what ifs” to run through my mind and I love to have crazy things like that to contemplate.  When I read the synopsis of Fallen, I was instantly intrigued and could not wait to begin reading.  However, when I did begin reading, I was a bit let down in the fact that I felt as though I was missing something – like perhaps a previous book in the series.  Fallen is, indeed, the first book of the series, so I had not found myself in the middle of a series – though it felt a bit like that.  Also, (and this is not giving anything away, as it happens within the first couple of chapters of the story), the idea that a woman would make her way to a complete stranger during such a perilous time and offer her body in return for a safe place for her and her group of children to stay seemed a bit “out there” to me. Emma had never met this man and his group of men before and though there were band after band of rogue groups riding around killing, abusing and crazy, somehow Emma felt at ease to offer this proposal to Arthur.

Other than those two aspects that I mentioned, I really enjoyed Fallen.  It was a story that gripped me and held tight as I read.  There are several characters within the story, the main two being Emma and Arthur – both of which I liked and felt at least a slight connection to, allowing me to care for them.  The idea that mists coming from the Earth itself and creating such destruction, devastation and mind-numbing deaths was intriguing and interesting to me.  Personally, this idea did not seem that crazy to me, which lent to the credibility of the reality/possibility of such a thing truly happening.  I was also gripped with what the world would be like if such a thing were to actually happen – how such simple things as water, medicines, food and basic every day necessities would be gone and/or very few and far between.  Toss in the after effects that the mists left behind in people – such as healing abilities, abilities to see into the future and several other talents and you have one heck of an intriguing story that you will be hard-pressed to put down for any length of time.

In addition to the story line of living through an apocalypse, there is the strong thread of the romance that develops between Emma and Arthur.  Emma has a husband a continent away, however the fact that she may never again see him plays heavily in the back of her mind.  She must focus on the here and now, as well as what is best for her young five-year-old daughter.  Survival is the most important priority.  It doesn’t take long for the strong chemistry and bond between Emma and Arthur to come to the surface, however the Arthur of the present is not the same person as the Arthur of the past and once his secrets come out, they may shatter everything that Emma has come to gather and the slight security that she has found with him.

Fallen had me on an emotional roller coaster at times – warming my heart, bringing tears to my eyes, heart thundering in suspense and unease as well as the yearning of heat and passion simmering over me.  Traci L. Slatton has an excellent story telling ability that allows the reader to fall right in to the story with the characters – bringing the characters to life and the surroundings to vivid reality within the reader’s mind.  With the exception of the couple of issues that I had with the beginning of the story, I loved Fallen.  The second in the trilogy, Cold Light is also now available and I cannot wait to dive into it.  The ending of Fallen had my heart aching and my mind yearning for more.

This is one that I highly recommend and must warn you that once you start, you will be hard-pressed to step away from Emma’s story!

Quote:  “It’s made us love each other.  And once you love, the love is always there.  You can’t ever run away from love,” she said.  She gave me her bright five-year-old smile, and my heart expanded with something bittersweet, filling my chest and leaving me breathless with ache.  Her words had the ring of prophecy, and I both feared and treasured them.


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