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The Fallen

(The Darkest Hand Trilogy #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  14 reviews
1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces muster amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church.

Prior to his murder, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the Italian Army. Now this young soldier, destined for the horrors of a f
Paperback, 1st, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Duckworth Overlook
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this complex and detailed mystery/action/horror story. I hadn't read the first volume (will try and pick that up from the bookshop) but that didn't really matter. Not a book to read in bits and pieces otherwise you lose track of who and where everyone is. Even the smallest players became characters - something I really approve of in an author - given names and voices, rather than just anonymous bit-players with walk-on, walk-off parts. Descriptive from the start, you are the ...more
Russell Mardell
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very impressive entry in this wonderful, engrossing story. So much is effortlessly juggled; full-speed action, a neat and tantalizing mystery, full bloodied horror and even some moments of wonderful tenderness, that in the hands of a lesser writer could so easily have come undone.

Clearly very well researched, once again the description of the war that is forever colouring these characters is powerful, evocative and almost grimly poetic.

The ace in the pack remains the wonderful anti-hero Poldek
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Well paced action adventure of demons versus priests versus werewolves. GeekPlanetOnline review to follow soon
Robert Rojo
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loads of fun reading about Tacit, the wolves and the dealings of the Church/Vatican. Great to see that the characters are not perfect and have very human flaws. Can't wait to read the next chapter of the story.
Katharine Johnson
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoyed The Damned you'll love this fast-paced, action-packed sequel. The stakes are raised for the main characters who must come together to fight an even bigger battle than the horrific warfare going on around them. A must-read for lovers of fantasy/horror fiction with a heart
Seregil of Rhiminee
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Because Tarn Richardson's The Damned was a pleasant surprise for me, I was eager to read The Fallen. I'm pleased to say that The Fallen is just as impressive, complex and well-researched historical horror-fantasy novel as The Damned. I was thoroughly impressed by its dark and thrilling story.

The Fallen is an excellent and satisfying addition to the Darkest Hand Trilogy, because it's a direct sequel to The Damned and continues the complex story arc in a compel
Tim Gray
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Considering the range of ground this book covers it's still surprisingly easy to read. Got it as a goodreads giveaway and have enjoyed it. It's an original idea, and an unusual setting, WWI Italy is clearly a world away from the trenches, but still horrific - even before the werewolves and demons turn up. I may even have to go back and read the first one.
Abby Lewis
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Goodreads win.

A brilliantly well written and captivating book! would recommend.
Book 2 of The Darkest Hand Trilogy

Set in 1915 on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border during the 1st World War. The war between armies are ferocious, battles are bloody. The focus is on the Italian front, the Soco River in Northwest Slovenia. With Poldek Tacit incarcerated after the killing of a cardinal in the first book, the Inquisitors are torturing him. The Vatican is rife with conspiracy, no-one is to be trusted. Many secret meetings are happening, rumours are rife and trouble i
Brendan Cooney
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a spoiler-free review
Read on In The Sheets

The Fallen is the the 2nd book in The Darkest Hand Trilogy by Tarn Richardson. 

While the first book was phenomenal, it mainly serves as an introduction to the series and characters. There's a lot of development and flashbacks, which in no way takes away from the story. You can read my full review of The Damned here, I loved every single minute  of it.

The Fallen however, is where the story really kicks off. You already know the universe and the c
Constance Shepherd
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Fallen, 2nd book in The Trilogy, The Darkest Hand moves to Italy during the Autumn of 1915, culminating in a horrendous battle fought on the Carso mountains, the Italian front line in Northern Italy. But another war is happening in the labyrinthine underbelly of the Vatican. A war between good and evil. Omens abound: vandalised statues weep bloody tears; fountains gush blood stained water; hideous ritualistic killings of martyrs leave symbols that can only be interpreted by those instructed ...more
Fraser Sherman
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Well written historical fantasy in the action scenes, drags in the dialog. And I simply cannot go with a a member of the Inquisition as a good witch-hunter. It feels like justifying anti-semitism by saying "No, in the world of the story the Elders of Zion are real!"
James allen Razor
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
who knew I would want a historical thriller besides some problems I had with the book it was just pure hellish fun tacit is such a fun charater to be around I can't wait to read the conclusion also the wolf's take a back seat mostly in this entry.
Dave Burnham
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another superb read from Tarn Richardson. Highly recommended. Review to follow.
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Tarn Richardson is the author of The Darkest Hand trilogy, published by Duckworth Overlook in Europe and Australia, and Overlook Press in the US and Canada.

Consisting of THE HUNTED (free prequel novella), THE DAMNED (2015), THE FALLEN (2016) and THE RISEN (2017), The Darkest Hand trilogy unleashes the flawed but brilliant Inquisitor Poldek Tacit upon a Europe engulfed by the First World War. The D

Other books in the series

The Darkest Hand Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Damned (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1)
  • The Risen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #3)