I have so many mixed emotions about this book and the author choices. Some of them were, great, some disappointing and some frustrating as hell. So, read on for my review of Fallen Empire.
They say the Age of Dragons ended after the War on Magic, but hiding in the forgotten lands remains one clan.
While Kylan hunts firedrakes by day, he prepares for a journey across the Sea of Dreams where mermaids thrive and the key to his people's survival is prophecized to be hidden.
Amalia, a Mage, escaped The Brotherhood, a sect of monks who seek the descendants of the gods once. Now, unable to return to neutral territory where magic-users are safe, she finds herself fighting for survival amongst men who can turn into wolves, firedrakes, and a relentless monk who believes she can restore balance to the entire world.
For Amalia, the gods are not just a memory. They are her ancestors, and before she can learn to control her newfound gift, she will face the keeper of a forgotten empire.
In this sprawling epic fantasy novel with shifting wolf hybrids, dragons, and mermaids, Amalia's first battle is for more than her life. It's for the souls of every being born with magic.
I found this book after signing up to K.N. Lee's newsletter and street team, which btw, is a great way to learn more about the author. The cover instantly drew my eye to it and then the blurb caught my attention that I knew I need to pick this book up and read it. So, I pre-ordered it and waited patiently until the release date.
This story definitely has an interesting concept but it's just the beginning, and therefore only part of the story. It's about where magic is being destroyed and those who manage to keep it, have to hide it from the world or risk being destroyed along with it.
There were multiple POV's in this story and we learn a lot about the characters Amalia and Kylan. Amalia is a mage, and Kylan one of the last dragon shifters left, and they both have to fight for their survival.
There were some things that I was expecting, mainly because one of the characters literally says, "this is going to happen" and then some chapters later, low and behold the thing happens and your like, "well yeah, I knew that was coming." I feel like if there had been a cryptic message, or something the character didn't quite fully comprehend it could have been a little more of a "omg what the hell?!" moment. Then there was a plot twist that I indeed went, HOLY CRAP, at. I loved it.
With ALL the different types of characters in this book I still got an odd reaction. I was unsatisfied. There was so much information, and action and really good writing but I still felt like there was something still missing from the ending. Because it did just that, it ended without any warning.
Of course, this is compelling me to read the second book because I need to know what is going to happen, but I felt that this book could have ended a little better, and still kept me wanting more. The chapters are on the short side, but I found that quite endearing and made the pace of the book seem a little quicker, thus, heightening my interest.
However, one of the biggest things that frustrated me is that this book ended at 67%. So, a full third of the book was just promotional material and chapter excerpts. Normally, I get like one chapter to tease me into the next book, or even another book written by the author but this was FAR too much at the back of a book. In my opinion.
Overall the story itself was interesting and has me wanting to read the second book.