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Before the Fall (Rojan Dizon #2)

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MAHALA IS A CITY OF CONTRASTS: LIGHT AND DARK. HOPE AND DESPAIR.
Rojan Dizon just wants to keep his head down. But his worst nightmare is around the corner.

With the destruction of their power source, his city is in crisis: riots are breaking out, mages are being murdered, and the city is divided. But Rojan's hunt for the killers will make him responsible for all-out anarch
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2013)
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Richard Bray
BEFORE THE FALL by Francis Knight and CONTROL POINT by Myke Cole are very different fantasy books — BEFORE THE FALL is an urban noir fantasy, while CONTROL POINT is a military fantasy — but in reading BEFORE THE FALL, I’m reminded of the way I felt after reading CONTROL POINT.

In Cole’s first SHADOW OPS book, I wasn’t a fan of the protagonist, Oscar Britton, but saw a lot of promise in the world and the storytelling. In Knight’s series, the protagonist, Rojan, is also problematic. Rojan is descri
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Caleb Hill
“No-Hope-Shitty: the name says it all really.”

Francis Knight's debut earlier last year, Fade to Black, was one of those heavily anticipated novels for me. Besides labeling it as Fantasy Noir and boasting a painful magic system, the cover and general pleasantness of the author is what really hyped the novel for me. I found it leaving much to be desired, but the dark, grimy city left a layer of hope for future installments. Unfortunately, Before the Fall, the second in Francis Knight's Pain Mage t
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Meike
Holy fuck.

(Not sorry for bad language, because - HOLY FUCK.)

I am blown away.

I generally don't expect too much from second volumes, especially when I liked the first ones as much as I did with this series, but boy did this one blow my socks off.

There's some immaculate storytelling here, great plotting, awesome characters, story told in a terrific voice of narration which is Rojan's (1st person singular).
And there's something to be said about him...... Quite a bit actually.

Rojan develops over t
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Ruth
c2013. FWFTB: Mahala, power, vertical, killers, anarchy. The theme of 'all power comes at a price' is well developed throughout the story and not in a particularly subtle way. I was expecting a tad more character development in this second outing but I did not finish the book feeling that I knew much more about Rojan than I did in the first book. His brother, Perak, was a bit more fleshed out. The bacon-loving main character is still as snarky as ever and the humour remains evident. I think that ...more
Nikki Albert
The plot was fairly predictable and you knew where it was going before it got there most of the time. I can say that the ending was good, but even there I saw some of it coming. I enjoy the writing and the characters. They stay true to their natures and are well done. Took me a bit to get through it though simply because of the fact you just knew what was going down. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book unfortunately.
Rachel
This book was recommended for me via Flipboard.

I personally loved this entire trilogy. The dystopian world is gritty and detailed, the storyline is entertaining (while somewhat predictable in places) and the main characters are beautifully flawed and interesting.

While several reviews have hinted at misogyny and potential religious slander, there are plenty of little gems about this book that I loved. An awesome femme fatal, a brilliant bromance between the two main characters and an unexpected
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Michelle Smith
Knight is true to the character of Rojan on this second installment, keeping firmly in the voice and soul. She delves more into the political side of things. (Just a personal observation, but it seems to be a fairly common thing for sequels to do so.)
I don't have a problem with the dry voice of Dizon and all his "womanising" (compared to Lynch's Lamora, he's a bit of a lightweight in this department), but it does wear a bit thin when there are so many metaphors. It kind of detracts from the stor
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Josh
I love this book. Francis Knight has created an amazing world. A city hemmed in by mountains, built up as high as it can go, creating a true under and upper class system. The hero, Rojan Dizon is an hilarious, capable, and flawed character. The dialogue rings true and the plot never slows down. I love Ms. Knight's language and the way she mixes philosophically charged ideas and still manages to not sound pedantic. Her pain-mage magic is very believable and a new take on old ideas. I devoured bot ...more
Xan
Second in this amazing series that I stumbled across earlier in the year, I think this one was just as good, if not better than the first. Rojan, a reluctant hero tries to lay low but finds himself compelled by love and guilt to try and find a killer, though it will very likely cost him his sanity if not his life. This novel climbs upwards through the layers to the very top of Knight's Malhalla where the last took us to the very depths. I am anxiously awaiting the next book, and the conclusion t ...more
Timothy Pecoraro
I must say that I really loved this book. Not all of it mind you. But most of it. The way that Francis Knight weaves her characters around her main character is absolutely mind blowing. I love it. The world, while still not used to it's potential in my opinion. Is still interesting and exciting. I love her takes on Religion and Politics. I also love the pain mages, also not used to their potential. But still incredible. I cannot wait to read Last to Rise. This book trumps Fade to Black so I can ...more
Liberty Gilmore
After destroying Mahala's source of power, Rojan and his friends fight to keep the city from plummeting into chaos. Two armies are sat outside their doors, and there are enemies inside the city as well. Can Rojan pull the crumbling city back together?

This is much the same as the first instalment - high stakes action, roguish but ultimately likeable main character, high concept fantasy world. A really enjoyable sequel that deals well with the fallout of the previous book without stalling in the p
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Meg Laverick
I love Rojan. Something about the hero whose first impulse is not to be heroic before he goes on to do the heroic thing anyways gives me happy tinglies every time.

Also still loving the dark, gritty feel of Mahala as a city.

We are, however, flirting dangerously with the 'all religion is evil because it is religion' line that a lot of fantasy novels skip merrily over with gay abandon. This worries me. but nowhere near enough for me to not go weak at the knees whenever I'm trying to explain how gre
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Stefan Fergus
This didn't grab me nearly as much as the first book. Can't really figure out WHY, though. Atmospherics were good, Knight's prose is as stripped down as before (which I like). But. There was some weird repetition of minutiae. Rojan's character felt forced, sometimes - his caddishness, his flirting, etc. The plot plodded a wee bit, too (at least, it felt like it did, but I still managed to read it pretty quickly). Nevetheless, some nice bits sprinkled throughout, so I'll still be reading book thr ...more
Lutfu Gonenc
I will keep it simple. I have read/suffered through two of the books.

What I liked and kept me reading:
The city.
Pain magic.
The whole concept really.

What made me want to gouge my eyes out:
The writing style.
All the characters suffer from multiple personality disorder.
The problems could have been solved in the first 50 pages.
Rojan.
The story.
Etc...
Aaron Advani
An average follow up to a very very good debut novel.
This time round the author spent far too much time to get the story going, back tracking to things that happened in the first book way too much.
Will give the third book a go when its published to see if this can move forward enough to over come this books short comings.
Martin Owton
This is the second book of the Rojan Dizon series and follows straight on from book 1. If you enjoyed the first book then buy this because everything you enjoyed in book 1 is here; the dark humour, the innovative world building etc. At least Rojan gets laid in this book, just before his new girlfriend tries to kill him.
Lisa
The second book in this series is a tremendous improvement on the first. I look forward to the next. I only hope that Rpjan doesn't get religion.
Trish
Darker than the first one in the series - if that's possible. But still a good read. Looking forward to the third one coming out.
Felix
A good bridge novel, but wasn't as stellar as the debut. Rizon legend is growing.
Arthur Zhang
Not as epic or as driven as the first, but definitely a great sequel.
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