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The Fallen (The Greatest Sin #1)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer.

Spirits claim/use/save/damn her.

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 26th 2014 by Tangled Sky Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 29, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never re-read books as a general rule, but I have read this book twice already. I loved the story and fell in love with the characters even more the second time through. I hope that another book in this series is released soon, as I can't wait to see what happens next! On the flip side, if the next installment takes a while, I can read this one again in preparation for the release!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or a good read in general.

Favorite quote, "Men. They had
K.A.  Schultz
Jan 25, 2014 K.A. Schultz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who loves fantasy, this is a definite read. I fell into this story immediately. The story moved along nicely, Chavali, the main character is interesting, strong, and very likable. The author did a great job bringing the reader into Chavali's world. This book makes the reader feel like she/he is still in the book, days after it is finished. It leaves you wanting more. I am eagerly awaiting the second book in this series. The only complaint I can give is, I wish the book was longer. ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Ariane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Fallen is a wonderfully written short novel that sets up the story of Chavali the Seer. The writing does a great job of showing rather than telling, with little hints about the world and the way magic works throughout the narrative. The story carries you along a nice pace, something which not all fantasy books do well. The beginning isn't necessarily a gripping page-turner, but once you get past the midway point, it's difficult to put down! I'm definitely looking forward to more books in the ...more
Alison Cubitt
From the opening sentence, the reader is drawn into the complex fantasy world of The Fallen (The Greatest Sin). But what struck me most was how accessible this world was to someone like me who gave up on this genre long ago after being put off by the boring bits in Lord of the Rings.

This book, though works on so many different levels. There's the overarching story – the creation myth and one that is remarkably similar to that written about in that other great work of fantasy fiction – the Bible
Angela Burkhead
May 25, 2014 Angela Burkhead rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angela by: Lee French
Chavali is clan seer and she takes her job seriously. Her people need her, not only for making money when they stop in towns, but also to use the spirits to guide and protect them. She does not regret her position within her people and she keeps her peoples secrets close to her heart. She knows everyone in her clan inside and out, she has seen her families dreams and even her sister has taken to thinking what she wants to say to Chavali instead of speaking private conversations aloud.

Her gift of
Kevin Futers
Apr 24, 2014 Kevin Futers rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
This is close to a five star, but not quite. It ticks almost every box you could hope for in a fantasy epic in the making; the characters are beautifully drawn and easy to empathise with, the setting works incredibly well, the use of magic is muted but seems to fit in well with the information that we have about the world. As a bonus the strong female protagonist is allowed to be both strong and frail at the same time, and when thrown out of her comfort zone she has honest self-doubt leading to ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
This was a fun beginning to a fantasy series.

I enjoyed traveling with the clan and seeing a unique type of culture. The brazenness of the clan was a fun addition and was comfortably entertaining and felt very human. The main character is very real and her emotions and thoughts are easy to follow allowing you to be along for the ride of her life.

The story takes a turn and moves off into a surprising and interesting direction, can't wait for the continuation!

I appreciated how the writing and so
Rachel Barnard
Mar 02, 2015 Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing
“So long as there is clan, there is hope.” (Page 174).

Chavali is the clan seer. When her wandering clan, the Blaukenevs, stop for a carnival, she is a fortune teller for the night, telling people what they want to hear. She may not be able to tell the future, but she has the ability read people, from their expressions to their very thoughts. At times she experiences accurate prophesies and is a limited telepath, though neither are under her control. She is held in high esteem, but also regarded
Tony Breeden
Jun 21, 2014 Tony Breeden rated it really liked it
The Fallen is the first book in the Greatest Sin series. Volume 1 introduces us to Chavali the Seer, a gypsy fortuneteller who can read minds. It also introduces us to the Fallen, an organization of resurrected people who are seeking to discover the nature of the Greatest Sin and reunite their world with its goddess Creator.

It's difficult to write a review for a book like this without giving away spoilers, so I'll keep it brief. The Fallen manages to draw you in from the beginning. Chavali's wor
Aug 13, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Fallen is an interesting story that draws you into the characters and leaves you wondering about the world around them. At times I found myself wondering more about the Fallen themselves, how they came to be, and history of the world more than I cared about what happened to the main character Chavali. I look forward to the next book so that hopefully some of my questions can be answered.
Mar 28, 2014 Jengel rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and engaging. I will read the next one and recommend this book as a great read.
P.S. Meraux
Nov 23, 2016 P.S. Meraux rated it really liked it
Set against the biblical style fallout of a demolished civilization similar to the fall of Babylon, the residents of Tilzam are scattered to the four winds after running afoul of their Creator. This back-story hints at the possibility of redemption.
Enter Chavali, the main protagonist in Lee French’s The Fallen. A gifted seer, who lives a gypsy-like existence in a wagon train with her clan, the Blaukenev. She’s rather irritable and does her best to remain that way, insuring that people stay clea
Chrys Cymri
Dec 03, 2016 Chrys Cymri rated it really liked it
It’s a bit hard to write a review about this book without major spoilers, but I’ll do my best.

The world created in the first third is a richly imagined one. The main character, Chavali, lives in a traveller type clan. The culture of her society is drawn in detail, but in a natural way which draws the reader in. My slight complaint is that, as richly detailed as it is, the culture didn’t feel that unique. I’ve come across similar ideas in other books.

However, at around a third of the way through,
Oct 30, 2016 Monica rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to meet the author at Geek Girl Con and I ended up reading this book in a day! I really loved the point of view and the strong character and opinions of Chavali. I also enjoyed seeing her many faults, she is weak and fragile, she is used to being special and treated differently. The struggles and sacrifices she endures for her clan was awe-inspiring and self empowering to read.

I also went to the RenCon and purchased the other two books. Very excited to start on those!
Gordon A.  Long
Dec 28, 2014 Gordon A. Long rated it really liked it
The problem with genre writing is that there are certain expectations set up because of the specific audience. If you don’t give the readers what they expect, you will be less successful. For example, in Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, the reader wants a certain level of action. External conflict is expected to be important. If you were writing a literary novel, you could write a story heavily skewed towards internal conflict, because that fans of that genre want. But if you are writing normal ...more
Carrie Slager
Jan 12, 2015 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook in conjunction with the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

One of the things that surprised me the most about French and Kort’s world is how vivid it is. Even though we only see a limited bit of it through Chavali, the rich lore of The Greatest Sin as well as the obviously well thought out traditions of Chavali’s people all combine to make it a wonderful fantasy world. I personally would have liked to learn way more about the other countries and
Sarah (A French Girl)
Dec 15, 2014 Sarah (A French Girl) rated it really liked it

Fallen was a very nice discovery. Honestly, I didn't think it was going to be that good. The story flowed so well that once I opened the book, I couldn't put it down. There were many twist and turn that I couldn't have surmised.

They say in the summary that Chavali's life was going to be ripped apart, but I didn't think it was going to be that torn apart, burned and mangled. Geesus, it was a shocker.

Chavali was a surprising heroin
J.W. London
May 25, 2014 J.W. London rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read fantasy stories, I expect to become immersed in a new world. The Fallen tends to focus on the main character, Chavali, at the expense of the development of other characters. At times I liked Chavali, but most times she seems too impatient and judgmental for a satisfying protagonist. I stopped counting the number of times she was “annoyed” by something or other. It helped me to consider the story as a study of culture and mythology. The social scientist in me was curious about ...more
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Jan 25, 2014 Erik Kort rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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