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Fate of the Fallen

(The Shroud of Prophecy #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,327 ratings  ·  477 reviews
The Shroud of Prophecy tests fate to discover what happens when the path of good and right, the triumph of light over darkness, the only path to salvation… fails.

Everyone loves Mathias. So naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.

Mathias is thrilled for the adventure! There’s n
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tor Books
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Contrarius Technically, this doesn't qualify as YA because the protagonist is in his mid-twenties when the story opens.
Rilia No, and the amount of books in the King's Dark Tidings series is not determined yet.

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May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a small-town boy from a remote village learns that he is the Chosen One, destined to fulfill The Prophecy and save the world from encroaching evil. Sound familiar? Fans of classic epic fantasy from authors Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and even J.K. Rowling have spun their own versions of this time-honored formula. But what happens if the prophecy fails? How would the world react when it is inevitable that the forces of evil will win? Kel Kade ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars

This was apparently pitched as “what if Frodo died and Sam had to complete his task” but that is not the feeling of this book, so don’t go in to this book with that expectation.

This is the story of the best friend of the “chosen one” who is really a grumpy loner who tends to the forest and likes it that way. Due to the nature of prophecy and apocalypses, he ends up on a quest.

This reads like a single player DnD campaign in which the player is our main character and every other chara
Nick Borrelli
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
FATE OF THE FALLEN begins with a prophecy. A prophecy that states that a chosen one will come forth who will be the only person who can save the world from total destruction. There are thousands of threads to this prophecy, but only one particular thread leads to success and only by this particular chosen one's actions shall humanity be saved. Sounds pretty straightforward right? We've seen this all before, the chosen one usually overcomes all kinds of odds to fulfill his or her destiny and ulti ...more
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Personal rating: 2.5
Man this is hard to wrap my brain around. Overall, I’m disappointed. The structure of this entire book was so weird. Dialogue was awkward. The reader was thrown into such random scenes. The characters acted like mannequins during the intense bits.

Like it wasn’t absolutely terrible! In fact I loved the idea of the foresters and I did really like a pair of side characters. There was a decent chunk of the story that I was into but oof.. it’s tough to decipher.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
Thorough worldbuilding, interesting characters and plenty of twists- great start of a new fantasy series.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm a big fan of Kel Kade's self-published King's Dark Tidings series so I was excited to hear Tor Books had signed her to write brand new fantasy trilogy under their banner. This book is the first in that new series. It is not quite as good as KDT, mostly due to not having the Rez to carry the story, but it still ended up being a fairly fun and engaging adventure fantasy. There was a good balance of dark and light moments and the characters were a good enough bunch to get me invested in the hap ...more
I'm so excited to (FINALLY) be sharing this review.  I read this book almost immediately after I received it in the mail back in July/August, and am dying to gush about it with someone.  Kade takes a very common trope (the chosen one) and imagines what might happen if for whatever reason the chosen one were not available to save the world.

It's one of my least favorite tropes because it never really made sense to me.  Like are we really saying all the rest of the characters in the world are so in
Umairah | Sereadipity
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Fate of the Fallen was a fantasy book that subverted the 'chosen one' trope and managed to strike a balance between end-of-the-world bleakness and light-heartedness. At the start, the writing and plot felt a bit immature but the story strengthened as it progressed and more characters were introduced.

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5

Aaslo was a forester (a person tasked with caring for the forests) and all he wanted was to save the trees- but he ended up trying to save the world. On
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Saddle up and grab your swords because excitement and danger lurk around every corner in this wildly inventive new saga about good, evil, and (not) saving the day!

Mathias longs for excitement in his life, but his strict grandmother keeps him from doing anything fun, unlike his BFF Aaslo who is an orphan but perfectly happy leading a quiet life. When the fates reveal that Mathias is the Chosen One destined to save their world, Aaslo goes along to help, despite his dis
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade is the first instalment in The Shroud of Prophecy series. Initially, it was the cover of this book that completely grabbed my attention; it features an immensely stunning piece of artwork created by the talented Jaime Jones. Now, this year I’ve found myself reading a lot of dark fantasy and grimdark, and whilst I love the genre, it can get to a point where you’re desperate for something different, for a book that is more on the lighthearted side, and one that i ...more
Jenny Baker
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020, book-boxes
A Book of the Month selection for October 2019…Yeah, I’m slightly behind.

3.5 stars

Fate of the Fallen is a refreshing new take on the story of a chosen one who has to fulfill a prophecy. The story takes you down an unexpected path and sprinkles in some humor along the way…mostly thanks to Aaslo and a stupid horse. That ending gave me goosebumps. Worth reading.
kartik narayanan
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fate of the Fallen is an interesting take on the whole - village boy (person) saves the world. What if the chosen one dies before he or she does what they are 'fated' to do?

I like Kel Kade's books even if they are bit predictable and the hero is a bit of male Mary Sue. So I was curious to see how this new series would pan out. There is both good news and bad.

The good news is Fate of the Fallen is very similar in writing to the earlier series. It is fast paced, there is plenty of action and one g
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Death was inevitable, but it was not the enemy. Comfort could be found in both its solitude and the embrace of the others who had fallen before him."

Fate of the Fallen first came to my attention earlier this year on Twitter. Admittedly, the rad cover by the talented Jaime Jones (who is seemingly becoming a November staple for me, what with reading The Winter Road in November as well, last year) piqued my curiosity, but then the blurb is of course what ultimately grabbed my attention. Needless t
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
a really strong 4 stars .. I may even change my mind later and give it 5

This book took a common and beloved fantasy trope and spun it in a new and entertaining way. A small-town boy from a remote village learns that he is the Chosen One; destined to fulfill The Prophecy and save the world from encroaching evil. Sounds familiar, right? Well Fate of the Fallen takes it a step further and asks what happens when that prophecy fails? What do we do - how will the world react - when it is inevitable th
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic, sword-sorcery
RTC. Worth the read but definitely far from perfect.
What a disappointment. I loved the premise - what if Frodo died? What if Harry died? Who would carry on after the Chosen One is killed? (Of course, we know what Sam did when he thought Frodo was dead - he took the ring. But I digress.)

Some of what's below might be considered spoilers?

First off, the book would be better if they didn't spoil what was going to happen on the cover. It would have been more interesting if I hadn't known Mathias was going to die. Second off, once Mathias is dead Aaslo
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
4.5 stars.

This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

You’ve all heard of the chosen one, the one who will keep the shadows at bay, the one who will push back the tides of darkness, the one who will defeat the forces of evil and the one whose destiny is to save the world. Well…what if, after years of planning and preparation the chosen one failed? What if the chosen one died and never had the chance to fulfil the prophecy?

How would yo
Traveling Cloak
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Aaslo is a forester - a person who protects the forest and ensures plant growth in Aldrea. He never leaves the forest and spends his days in the forest with his best friend Mathias, the girl he loves, and Magdelay (Mathias' grandmother). Magdelay and Mathias are spooked when a stranger shows up in town, forcing Magdelay to reveal the truth: She is a Magus, and Mathias is a child of prophecy. The World is ending, and only Mathias can save it. But, when they are attacked and Mathias is killed, Aas ...more
Stars Above Jess
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok

I am really sad to be giving this book a low rating, while I did enjoy the story and the characters, the writing was lacking for me. I want to start out with the positives: I really enjoyed the premise of this! It was such an interesting twist on the chosen one trope and I liked that our main character was very different from our typical charismatic chosen one. All of the side characters really added a lot of spice that this missing because of the ‘dullness’ of the main character. I also re
Marta Cox
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous and such fun ! Ok that isn’t what anyone would expect me to say about a fantasy story but honestly this was a book I thought was full of surprises. Firstly it takes the idea of a chosen one as the hero and totally throws that idea aside. This was character driven and it’s impossible not to cheer for those we meet. Aaslo never wanted to leave his beloved forest but he steps up and is just so heroic ! Add in adorable thieves Peck and Mory, Dolt a very unusual horse, a Reaper wh ...more
I love the concept behind this book, but the execution was more of a mixed bag. What if Frodo died before completing his quest and Samwise had to pick up the slack? This takes the concept of the fated hero dying and the reluctant sidekick having to take center stage and puts it into its own story and world. Aslo and Mathias have been best friends all their lives. Mathias is handsome and charming, someone everyone loves. Aslo is a Forester- respected but a quieter introvert with a more gruff pers ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Review: 4 Stars

I received an unsolicited ARC of this book and I thought it looked pretty interesting but I didn’t wind up reading it before publication and wasn’t planning on reading it until I saw my friend Susan’s review. After reading the high praise she gave this book I knew that I needed to give this quest fantasy a chance. Her review got me so hyped for this book that I had to pick it up right away. Fate of the Falle
The idea for this is a good one. It's basically a spoof on the "Chosen One" trope common to the fantasy genre. Sadly, for me, the execution lacked charm and the attempts at humor were middling, at best. I can't help but think that the story would have been more fun with the actual Chosen One in the starring role.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020, bea-2019

I'm a little disappointed here because I liked it, but not a lot? And it has so many elements that should work for me! And I would read a second book... if it were already out. In essence, the epitome of three stars. Since this lands squarely in the middle, let's talk pros and cons.

Pros: I really enjoyed Aaslo as a character and as our protagonist. He's a grumpy forest man who doesn't realize he's also kind warrior man. Love that for me. I think making Aaslo a forrester by trade and nature and
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-young-adult
"Why is it that prophecies are always in riddles? Do prophets seek to confound us on purpose?"

Ah yes, prophecies are slippery suckers at the best of times and this first installment in The Shroud of Prophecy series has a whole lot of fun playing around with the 'Chosen One' trope.

The author really turns everything on its head and has the humble sidekick (Aaslo, Forester of Goldenwood, who'd really rather deal with trees than people) become the reluctant hero. Throw in a disobedient horse (approp
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020

This was really great and funny as a satire of fantasy and how it made fun of a lot of fantasy tropes, but looking past that and after all the jokes in the beginning, it wasn’t anything horribly special. It was definitely a funny book, but the story itself was just okay.

I have no clue if I should suggest this for fantasy lovers or fantasy haters tbh lol there’s a lot of satire, but also at its core it IS a fantasy novel.
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3.5 stars. I came into the Fate of the Fallen not knowing what to expect. With a synopsis that promised flipping the chosen one trope on its head and an author that I had faith in having previously enjoyed the Kings Dark Tidings series, I had high expectations. Although I can’t say that Fate of the Fallen lived up to my lofty e
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Kel Kade lives in Texas and occasionally serves as an adjunct college faculty member, inspiring young minds and introducing them to the fascinating and very real world of geosciences. Thanks to Kade’s enthusiastic readers and the success of the King’s Dark Tidings series, Kade is now able to create universes spanning space and time, develop criminal empires, plot the downfall of tyrannous rulers, ...more

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