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Heaven: a paradise of all that is pure in Creation. Led by brothers Michael and Satanail, the Angelic Host is a testament to cosmic harmony and love. When an unprecedented revelation threatens to uproot their peace, a schism splits the Host’s loyalties. Every angel has to make a choice: faith or freedom. Good or evil.

Salvation or damnation.

War consumes Heaven in the firs
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Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published April 21st 2015
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Jane Blanchard
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fall from Grace by J. Edward Ritchie is so thought-provoking that to fully understand the magnitude of the work requires several readings. Some of the themes and questions raised in the book include

• "The sacrosanct concepts of choice and freedom"
• The suspension of liberties in extreme times
• Goodness and love vs. evil
• Faith vs. reason
• Evolution vs. destiny
• Violence as an intrinsic attribute, in hibernation until awaken
• Evil as a natural part of who we are
• The damnation of war and how quic
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Hope Ann
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Michael and Satanail were brothers from the beginning of creation, but the discovery of mankind stirs a festering evil in Stanail's heart. Reservation becomes rebellion. Closest friends become the bitterest of foes. Heaven is rent with war, death, and utter destruction.

Fall From Grace was well written, though at times it seemed a little slow with more introspection than action. The portrayal of various angels and their character developments was smoothly handled as well, though I was only able t
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Michael
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read, love the cover art too. An engrossing story and very well-written.
S. M. Metzler
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
(So I thought I had rated and reviewed this book here. Apparently not. So here is a review I wrote many months ago.)

Writing Style
There are many things in this book that I actually give a 5.5 star rating, and the writing style is one of those. It was amazing. I had never read a story that had such an elegant choice of words, and yet the sentences were a beautiful flow of vivid imagery and description. There’s a unique variation of vocabulary, and that’s one of the things I always feel like some f
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Kaecey McCormick
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy, action, myth, Book groups, Ages 16+
This is an excerpt of a longer review that can be read on my website by clicking here.

Heaven.

Whether or not you are of the religious variety, the word “Heaven” is synonymous with a place or state of peace, perfection, and harmony.

That is, until you visit author J. Edward Ritchie’s Heaven in his debut novel, Fall from Grace.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

In the beginning, Ritchie’s version of Heaven is depicted in the way we would all expect – love, community, brotherhood, faith, trust, bea
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Benjamin Spurlock
((Full disclosure: I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.))

Stories about religion, especially about angels, are a hard sell for me. Most stories either hilariously miss the point entirely, or interpret them in a way that's too offensive for me to enjoy. I can count on one hand the number of stories that focus on celestials that I've actually enjoyed. Thus, when J. Edward Ritchie asked me if I'd like to read and review his book, I warned him ahead of time that it might
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P.S. Winn
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it makes you stop, think and wonder. The reader is taken to heaven before the earth was created. meet brothers Michael and Satanail. Like any brothers the two have things in common but also different beliefs and that is what is going to be their downfall. I don't want to give away any of this epic story, but have to say the author did a great job creating a wondrous picture in the readers mind. Looking at heaven as a society where free will is allowed, it only ...more
Knicky Laurelle
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Michael stood at the precipice of a remote mountain that pierced the clouds like a monolith of natural grandeur.”

This opening line captures perfectly the crux of this story, with one of our two protagonists standing at the precipice of one of the most important decisions in heaven’s history, one that concerns the direction of angelkind, and future of angels and human beings both. That decision does pierce the peace that heaven has always known, as it rends the hosts into two factions – one whic
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Elite Group
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The ultimate story of good vs evil

Michael and Satanail are brothers. They also happen to be sons of the Almighty and therefore six winged Seraphs, beloved of all in Heaven. The story is seen from the perspective of all the main protagonists but principally from that of the sibling duo.

Everything in Heaven, as one would expect, is perfect. Milk and honey rivers flow through the land and the Tree of Life gives up its Manna to sustain the Host – all the inhabitants of Heaven. The nine Choirs go abo
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On Lilaina
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fall from Grace by J. Edward Ritchie is a thrilling new take on the story of Lucifer and Michael; great angels in heaven and brothers who fall out when Lucifer rebels against heaven. We hear the story from both Michael and Lucifer's perspectives; alternating between the two of them, so we understand exactly what happened, and more importantly, the kind f relationship they had with each other, and how it changes over time.

Ritchie created a great new story around one that is very old, and makes t
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Kristine Morgan
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a review. I knew going in that this book was only loosely based on the Bible and I was prepared to overlook the theological differences I have. I did have a problem with Michael being called the Word because Jesus is the Word, but again theological difference. I found the book to be well written and the story flowed. I was sincerely enjoying the plot. Unfortunately, when I reached 35% in, there was graphic sexual content which ...more
Sally
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stays moving

Shows how the 1/3 of heaven fell and how they arrived at it. It's sad to think there could be rebellion unhappiness in Heaven? When we Christians look forward to peace a n d happiness there?
THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good book with a good story, although the plot is a biblical one. Ritchie adds a few innovative touches of his own to the Christian mythos. The most significant aspect of this book is the brilliant worldbuilding. The whole panorama of heaven is unfolded in the pages, and I have to say, it is magnificent. Ritchie has an incredibly rich imagination and condensed enthusiasm while telling the story. The war in heaven, angels turning into demons, all are presented in a way which I would lik ...more
Lisa
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
The author approached me, offered me a copy in exchange for a review. I did my usual double check of legitimacy and some reviews, and yes, saw most were freebies, but I was still intrigued. A slight surge of temporary wealth and the 99-cent price led me to buy the book. I don’t mind supporting fellow authors who are serious. And Jeff was personable. Upon opening my copy, I learned it was well-written enough for me to stomach—as an author and professional editor, I’m basically ruined for reading— ...more
Bella Reads and Reviews
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fall From Grace is a riveting fictional account of the heavenly schism that turns brother angels Michael and Satanail into arch enemies, destroys the peace and tranquility of heaven, and results in the emergence of Satan and the concept of eternal damnation.

Designated by the Creator as His Word and His Hand, respectively, Michael and Satanail are the most highly revered among the seven Seraphim — the highest order in the angelic hierarchy. In an environment free from discord, they have always ma
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Bonita Gutierrez
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The original good versus evil story. That's what J. Edward Ritchie has crafted in Fall From Grace.
Generally, I'm hesitant about stories that depict Heaven. That being said, I did find the world building in this fantasy (Make no mistake, this book is fantasy, not religious.) quite interesting and unique.
I was intrigued by the relationship between "brothers" Michael and Satanail and how their bond, inevitably breaks.
I enjoyed Ritchie's clever twists on traditional mythology. And I loved the acti
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ashley brummett
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked it

I enjoyed this tale. The story was fantastic and I found myself missing sleep to read. I would've given a 5 star review if not for 2 cons. 1) sometimes (especially in the first half) it felt like the writer tried to use "confusing" words. Like he chose a word, then clicked synonym and picked the least common word he could find. I didn't notice this toward the end of the book, but it did throw me off in the beginning. 2) The scene in Mathy where Satanail was tortured by having a penis s
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T.W. Brown
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It does not matter if you hold to a particular religious belief. Pure and simple, this is just a very well-written story. Yep, it is about angels. More specifically, it is about the "Fall from Grace" involving Satanail. This is a telling of that event in a way that allows you to enjoy it as "just" a story if that is your preference. There is no hidden agenda or anything of the sort here for those possibly considering passing because of the possible religious overtones.

I enjoyed reading about to
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Christine Lowe
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Uninteresting

I seldom stop reading a book before I finish the whole thing. I found myself unable to engage with this book and finally gave up after 55 pages. I am use to reading Alcorn, Peretti and others who come from Christian backgrounds where the actions of angels are supported by a biblical perspective.

I knew this was fiction so I didn't expect anything other than fiction. Ritchie's writing was uninspired and did not hold my interest. I'm sorry to say I can't recommend this book.
GC MacQuarie
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fall From Grace is a story centred around two Seraph brothers, Michael and Satanail, two opposite personalities. Honestly, I'm not a person of faith, however this did not effect my enjoyment of the story.

Michael, the humble of the two brothers, is the first to learn of the creator's idea of the human race. Jealously overcomes Satanail and he decides to choose a life away from his brother and the creator. Obviously, Satanail becomes Satan, thus creating a heaven and hell of sorts.

Read my full rev
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Karen Britt-driggers
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastical adventure through a deep and often confusing subject; that of Angels and the Fall. Written with clear ties to our own Human struggles with conscience vs power, Ritchie maintains enough distance to entertain yet close enough to make the reader think. Truly delightful and cause for pause. :)
Joanne
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! A beautifully written novel about angels in Heaven and the battle between good and evil. A very talented writer. I look forward to his second novel-I hope there is one. Find this ebook on Amazon-you won't be disappointed.
Deborah Joy
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing look at the angel Michael and Sataneil. This author has given us a look at the not so delicate look at the angels and what happened in Heaven to cause Satan to fall. Stunning book that 5 stars cannot do justice to. This is one you don't want to miss.
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J. Edward Ritchie is a novelist/screenwriter specializing in world creation and action epics. A fan of all things genre from films to comics to video games, his work explores the intricate, primal balance between good and evil. He is dedicated to writing stories that embody the fantastical and uncompromising entertainment that has inspired his career.

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