The Fallen Queen (The House of Arkhangel'sk #1)
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Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Angels, Demons, Heaven and Earth. I have been waiting for a chance to read The Fallen Queen for quite some time now. I've had the privilege of catching some snippets of the book while playing on Twitter, and the concept intrigued me, so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of the book. The Fallen Queen is full of angels and demons, but not in the way you might think. Jane Kindred has taken the story of Grand Duchess Ana...more
I think it is going to be very, very important later, possibly much, much later, that this entire story is told as a flashback. It's an intriguing plot device, and one that's easy to forget as you get caught up in this wild and compelling tale of fallen angels and risen demons, but the narrator is remembering the story she tells.
That means Anazakia, unlike her earthly counterpart (oh yes, that matters too) survives her trials. You can't narrate...more
For this review I want to start with the characters, since they are still resonating so strongly in my head. Two in particular had me regularly cracking up, but they weren’t just there for comic relief. Their struggles were as heart-wrenching as they were heart-warming, and while I thought I had the romantic subplot guessed, I was thrill...more
Anazakia is the youngest daughter to the Heavenly King of Arkhangel'sk. As Grand Dutchess, her only concern was sneaking out to gamble in the demon enclave, Raqia, or to ride her horse. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved cousin slaughters her entire family. Forced onto the demon Belphagor and his friend, Vasily, she is hidden i...more
First I would like to THANK Danielle at Entangled for allowing me to read and review this book. The Fallen Queen was the first Fantasy book I have ever read and I have to say I LOVED it! Some of the stuff in it had me cringing but I have an open literary mind so I kept reading and I am so glad I did because at the end of the day I really enjoyed the story.
In The Fallen Queen all Anazakia wants to do is survive because...more
THE FALLEN QUEEN is the first storyline in Jane Kindred’s new House of Arkhangel,sk’s series. The storyline follows Grand Duchess Anazakia, of the House of Arkhangel,sk and two demons-Belphagor and Vasily who have been commissioned to help Anazakia escape –to live in the world of Man-and away from those who meant to cause her harm. Anazakia’s spirit and body, her shade and shadow had been previously separated but when the demons accid...more
I enjoyed the bits of history woven into this story. Yes it'...more
There'll be no review as I only read about a chapter. I know, I know that not enough to give up which is why I am not reviewing it. Within the first chapter I was just really confused and didn't really know what was going on. After reading some reviews I found out that there's stuff going on in the book that isn't really my thing which is the reason I am not reading or reviewing the rest of this book.
What really jerked me into the story...more
All hail fantasy. My roots in genre fiction started with high fantasy. I love reading it, but I don't do it often enough for some reason. I love the world-building, I love the character development, I love the seemingly impossible quest the protags must go on... And when I finish reading a truly good fantasy book, I realize how much I missed the genre. That's exactly what happened to me during and after my reading of THE FALLEN QUEEN.
Kindred has put...more
The beginning of The Fallen Queen revealed a bit of history, as well as Anazakia doing her best to 'test the limits' regarding the rules of her station, as an heir to the throne of Arkhangel'sk. Kindred did a phenomenal job of setting-up her world....more
I am going to start out by admitting that I am not a fan of the books cover. I was hesitant to read the book because the cover and I'm glad I was contacted to review it and looked into it a little more or I would have never picked up THE FALLEN QUEEN. I also usually tend to tray away form books on Angels and Demons but the blurb was interesting enough to catch my eye. I'm not big on religion and stuff in my Fantasy so Im happy to report that the book was not all religion and bible li...more
When her beloved family is slain by her cousin and dear friend, Anazakia, a grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel'sk, must flee the Heavens or face the same fate. As the last surviving member of the House of Arkhangel'sk, Anazakia's fate as the heir to Heaven's throne is thrust upon a pair of Fallen, demons with plans of ransom. Secreted away to the world of Man, Anazakia must rely on Belphagor and Vasily in the harsh Russian countryside.
The Fallen Queen is certainly risqué and stems far from the average novel. The story centers around an angel...more
I knew going in that The Fallen Queen was set in Heaven, and its characters were angels and demons, so I was taken aback by the opening. In meeting Anazakia of House Arkhangel’sk, in hearing the baroque certainty of her voice, in the descriptions of her life in the Winter Palace among her three elders sisters and sickly younger brother, I was instantly reminded of the ill-fated family of Tsar Nicholas II—and, of course, of the youngest Romanov daughter, Anastasia. Yes, this was a...more
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Author’s Website: http://www.janekindred.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The House of Arkhangel’sk
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
This was, hands down, the most exhausting, heartbreaking, amazing book I’ve read in a very, very long time. My head is spinning as I sit here and try to put...more
The story itself was heartbreaking and as beautiful as the worldbuilding. There were no punches pulled, and I appreciate that in so many ways.
Can't wait for the next one :)
When The Fallen Queen is stripped down to its roots, the plot isn’t really anything new. There’s a battle for power and the unexpected is forced to rise to the challenge. A plot like that can be found in any number of books, but Kindred unique flair, lyrical writing and complex world make it stand apart from the crowd. While I did feel that characterization and portions of the plot were rather weak, The Fallen Queen is well worth reading and the ending will leave readers yearning for...more
Her angels and demons are unique and nuanced, with very real human emotions. Having visited Russia years ago, the terms and places were all very believable within the fantasy setting. The main character Anazakia goes through a long arc beginning as a young, spoiled, naive noblewoman, who discovers within herself the woman she never knew could exist.
I look forward to the rest of the series!
Marked as Did not Finish
A promising concept, but ultimately not my kind of book. The writing was fine, and the story moved along at a good pace, but the character development was never quite as deep or nuanced as I wanted. Also, I enjoyed the worldbuilding in the realm of Heaven, but once we "fell" to Russia, all the names and places became too much to keep track of.
Also, not relevant, but I really don't like the cover. It gives more of a scifi vibe, instead of the rich, wintry fantasy...more
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