Guest Post: A.J Raven
It’s always nice to see young authors releasing their work to the world. The Fallen (The Paesian Prologues) by Jae V. Reece was quite an entertaining read. I am not going to lie. There’s always a sense of doubt whenever a new author makes a debut. However, I felt happy that a seventeen year old was able to write such a story. It kind of reminded me of myself when I completed by first ever novel at the age of 15, back in 2005, that went on to become a series by the name ‘Arousing the Legacy’.
As the title implies, the story is a set of prologues with very interesting characters. It’s very obvious that the author will be continuing the story later on and the prologues are there to give a taste to readers regarding what they can expect from the series. To me, the story falls under the YA fantasy genre. However, it might not be for readers who want a YA where everything is glossed over. The story talks about war and loss. The author spares no detail when it comes to the harshness of the world and the dire experiences of the characters.
The good things about the book: The characters are all separate from each other. It was fun to read how the author was able to give each their own personalities and they belonged to different races and genders. It served as a foreshadowing that the author has thought of a huge world where the story will take place and that’s something a lot of fantasy readers expect. They want a well-developed world. They want different creatures and races in them or else it doesn’t come across as an epic fantasy. Yes, I agree, LOTR has ruined us all!
The title is called The Fallen for a reason so you can’t expect a happy ending just yet. Some of the stories end with cliffhangers so, you will have to wait and see when the author decides to continue with the respective storylines.
Is the story perfect? No. But that doesn’t mean it’s still not enjoyable. A lot of authors, including myself, learn as they grow. Writing is a talent that only gets better with age and experience. I know for a fact that the author’s writing style will only grow better with age. There’s a lot of description in the story. And that can be a bad or good thing depending on the kind of books you like, and whether or not you prefer a lot of dialogue. The names can get kind of confusing to pronounce, but you know what? It’s a YA fantasy, of course the names are going to be different. The good thing is that they don’t take the reader away from the fun of the story.
‘The Fallen’ by Jae V. Reece get 4 out of 5 stars from me. The story was able to achieve what it was supposed to. The prologues will leave the readers wanting more from the young and talented author. They would be interested in learning more about the characters and the world of Paesia. Give it a read and we will talk about it.