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Fallen Angels (Crowning Mercy #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  563 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
The Lazenders, a gilded family, have been the envy and pride of Britain for centuries. But Toby Lazender, the heir, is now mysteriously absent. His sister, Campion, is running the family estates in his absence.

But Lazen Castle is, unknowingly, a house under siege. The Fallen Angels - among the most powerful and dangerous men in Europe - are plotting to bring revolution to
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Paperback, 482 pages
Published February 7th 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 31st 1983)
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Willow
Everyone says that A Crowing Mercy better, but I disagree. I liked The Fallen Angels better.

This may be due to the fact that I adored the French, gypsy hero, Gitan. He’s smooth, stealthy, and highly dangerous. And one of the things I love about Cornwell’s writing is that he shows you his hero is dangerous, he doesn’t just tell you. Gitan can be quite cold blooded. You’re never quite sure if Gitan is a good guy or a bad guy until the end. Yes, you know he’s fond of heroine, but does his loyalty
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Sharon
This was a page turner. Had everything I like...non stop action, drama, twists and turns...characters who kept me guessing (not who they appeared to be)...suspense...with all the herrings thrown my way keeping me wondering just who the hell are these people? Who can I trust? I had no clue.

The story started out in a violent nightmare of blood and gore as the 'republic' of the French Revolution was in full swing. Aristocrats were hunted, imprisoned and slaughtered....Not necessarily in that order
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D.w.
Dec 12, 2009 D.w. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. I expected better. Is it Cornwell or his wife that just doesn't get us to that place we have come to expect from Cornwell. Trite might be a description. Forgetable is probably what I am going to be left with on this one.

The period is one of my favorites, it is the dawn of the regency era, when the terror is taking over France. Great we have seen this in before in such works as Dickens, [A Tale of Two Cities:], and in the Scarlett Pimpernel.

With those classic examples, Cornwell should know t
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Esther
Mar 11, 2012 Esther rated it liked it
Bernard Cornwell collaborated on this title with his wife Judy Cornwell, under the name Susannah Kells. It happens several generations after the events in "A Crowning Mercy," although it was hard to tell exactly how many. It references quite a bit of the history from the first book, without really using it in any kind of a plot-important way. Which may be part of my disappointment. The other disappointment is that while the Cornwells appear to have done a lot of research on the Illuminati, there ...more
Betty
Nov 01, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
I listened to this as an audio book and the reader was Anna Bentick who really brought it to live. She used her voice to help create the characters and heighten the tension and mystery so cleverly that you really were not sure about the how the story would end for her reading I would almost like to give the book a 6. The plot and characters really appealed to me. If you get a chance to get it from your library, I highly recommend it.
Phil Syphe
Jan 07, 2015 Phil Syphe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Fallen Angels” has a lot of good things going for it, though I prefer the first book of the Crowning Mercy series. I like how the authors have created a sequel that is set in a different era, with brand new characters, yet manage to link this book back to its predecessor.

Whereas Book 1 had lots of conflict and dramatic situations, this second book starts out in a similar fashion, yet for most of the middle section it strikes me as lacklustre in some way. The last few chapters pick up the p
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Jeannette
May 31, 2016 Jeannette rated it it was ok
Even if I don't like a book, I will read it all the way through. A friend had recommended Bernard Cornwell to me as one of the best historical fiction writers..and as the author of the Sharpe novels, I had wanted to read his books on the Northmen raids "The Last Kingdom" series. However, the secondhand bookstore didn't have any of them, but I found this one, written by Bernard and his wife. I really hope that this isn't how he normally writes. I was looking for a good historical adventure, and i ...more
Michelle
Apr 16, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried so hard to like this book.. but from the very beginning, it was just too bloody; too traumatic. Yes, I know these things occurred during the French Revolution, and I loved the author's story line revealing the Illuminati's involvement with the Revolution and their plot to spread the chaos and bloodbath to England's Monarchy. BUT, in all honesty... I skimmed much of the book because of how well the author wrote and described the blood and violence of the times. I'm sure this book will app ...more
Ambre
Oct 31, 2011 Ambre rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed these books. Unlike Cornwell's usual, these are historical romances and are more loosely historical. However, his talent for historical detail still comes through loud and clear.

One downside to this second book is a weakness that I have recognized in his series. He develops a plot formula and sticks too tightly to it, making things increasingly predictable. There would have been a lot more suspense in this book if he had not stuck with the pattern of the first book in the serie
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Cyrus
Mar 01, 2014 Cyrus rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers, historic fiction readers, fans of Bernard Cornwell
Recommended to Cyrus by: Goodreads
Written under the pseudonym of Susannah Kells, this book is much more of a romance than Cornwell's other works. It is a tale of intrigue and romance that swirled through the chaos of the French Revolution. A fine tale of betrayal and revenge and love. If you like historical fiction, especially with a bit of romance and mystery thrown in, this book is worth reading.
Elli
I like Bernard Cornwell's books. No matter what the period or the subject theme, he seems easily to relate to. And his characters are generally effective as needs be to picture the story. The heroine is a strong woman and has on her hands that really demands alot of strength and daring. The setting is right before and at the beginning of the French Revolution which, of course has its effect on the English, too, as well as the rest of Europe. And the ancestral estate which is part of the heroine' ...more
Liz
Jul 25, 2011 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book at age fifteen. Before that, most of what I had ever read were such "Innocent" novels as "" Chronicles of Narnia"" and/or ""The wheel of time series"" This novel is much more darker then those given books, and was quite a shock to me. :s. The illuminati are alive, with plenty of members and have many plans for the world, but this book mostly revolves around one woman, one fortune and one man who's so mysterious, he keeps you guessing his intentions exactly are right up ont ...more
Arnoud Visser
Jan 24, 2016 Arnoud Visser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard wrote this book with his wife and it is nearly a classical female fantasy how romance should be, with a damsel in distress (in white) saved by handsome prince (on a black horse). Yet, there is enough historical material in the book (the French revolution) to make it alos a Bernard Cornell novel.
Richard
Nov 02, 2015 Richard rated it liked it
Using a similar template to the first book in the Lazender series this was just as enjoyable as A Crowning Mercy.
The move forward in time with a fortune to protect as opposed to gain gave a slightly different emphasis to the story while, as in the first book, not knowing quite who to trust provided the momentum the tale needed.
The ending, I felt was slightly contrived, and felt could have been handled better, but apart from that a book with the usual Cornwall flourish.
Dan
Nov 09, 2013 Dan rated it it was ok
Since I've read all of this author's writing, I completed this book.It is the second of two he wrote his wife in an attempt to broaden out into the bodice-ripping historical market. The result for me was an oil spill on stale water tale.
It was not believable and farfetched. The heroine is presented as a beautiful, rather smart, but quivery female with a troublesome dependence on friendly-males problem. And all the males in the story treat her poorly; some poorly enough that I felt uncomfortable.
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David Gill
My first Bernard Cornwell book. I enjoyed it to start with, but towards the end it turned into more of a "boys own" adventure story and lost some of its believability.
Mary
Sep 18, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
FALLEN ANGELS is a superb read. I was enthralled from page one. A fascinating, albeit bloody, period in history. Characters to love and loathe.
Ruben
Apr 07, 2012 Ruben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book back in the late 80's when the cover of the book was The Gypsy riding his horse and it was authored by Sussanah Kells. I remember picking up the book at a book sale and read it over the summer while riding the bus to and from school. I liked the intrigue and the story, the heroine was not a Mary Sue but a strong character, the scenes written of her thoughts and longing for the gypsy was well crafted and the political intrigue of the novel was pretty good too. Didn't know that th ...more
Carolyn
It was stronger than the first one, at least the female lead was. I think these romances are more closely related to BC's adventures than a traditional historical romance. The are fairly descriptive in there violence and not very detailed in the intimate scenes. Perhaps it is just the differences between a male or female author.
Mareena
Jan 16, 2016 Mareena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction
Recommended to Mareena by: Library Book Sale
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The Lazender family is the richest family in 18th century England, but all its wealth cannot protect it when the sixth Earl of Lazen, Toby, and his sister, Lady Campion Lazender are targeted for death by a secret French sect of the Illuminati known as the Fallen Angels. Wanting to bring the French Revolution to England using the Lazender family wealth, the Fallen Angels will stop at nothing - even using Campion's illicit love for a French gypsy in an attempt to ruin the Lazender family. I give t ...more
Anjanet
Jan 07, 2013 Anjanet rated it liked it
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This book wasn't as good as the first in the series, A Crowing Mercy, but it was still highly entertaining. The twists at the end was fairly predictable, specially after reading the previous book. You expected the bad to be good.

Campion, the main character, was wonderfully strong, without being annoying; actually strong and soft...and all around realistic. I find Cornwell's writing is softened a bit with Susannah Kells then when he writes solo. It would be interesting to know if Kells was respo
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Phyllis Cook
Jul 08, 2015 Phyllis Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed, read A Crowning Mercy also which is part one of this set.
Dona Krueger
Feb 21, 2011 Dona Krueger rated it really liked it
I didn't know this book was written by Bernard Cornwell, under a woman's name. I think this may have been the second book he wrote - and went on to write so many more. Spooky, filled with betrayal and the complicity of some to bring down England by having Britain declare on France. Which, of course, eventually happened. Gorgeous secretive hero...with a gold ring in one ear...what more do you need. Excellent high quality trash.
Rob Nichols
oh my. This book stunk. Love Cornwell. So many things wrong. Here's one tiny but insane thing...The Gypsy went through 96% of the book as a third person character. (he did this). But near the end the author switched him, sometimes, to first person. (he thought this) . Worse than that, his thoughts didn't match his actions. So many mistakes that even a new author with a decent editor wouldn't go to print with...
Karen
Sep 01, 2009 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked this historical fiction/romance novel. In fact, I could only actually read the first 100 pages and then I skimmed the rest. I found the characters and the premise fake and predictable. The french revolution seems like it could be a good setting for a historical fiction piece but this book definitely didn't cut it for me.
Alasandra Alawine
Campion Lazender is a worthy successor to her namesake. Love her romance with Gitan. This book is full of intrigue and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. Book two in the Lazender family series.
Diane
Mar 22, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
Bernard Cornwell and his collaborator can keep you guessing right to the end. As usual I read the 2nd book first but I don't think it'll affect my enjoyment.
Hannah
Jul 30, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure fans
Shelves: fiction, favorites
This was a book I picked up on a whim from a library, and it turned out awesome. I definitely want to buy it and own it.
Georgene
A romance novel. Not bad, not great. I'm no judge of this type of literature, but I thought it was well written.
Michael Rhode
Enjoyable enough as an adventure novel, but the surprise reveal of the villain in the last five pages was unbelievable.
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, C ...more
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