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Fate of the Fallen

(The Shroud of Prophecy #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  139 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
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tor Books
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Rilia No, and the amount of books in the King's Dark Tidings series is not determined yet.
Erin It's not published yet. Kel Kade was picked up by Tor, the publishing house late last year. An article on stated that the story will be out in…moreIt's not published yet. Kel Kade was picked up by Tor, the publishing house late last year. An article on stated that the story will be out in 2019, this was announced around the same time as the third book came out. Every once in a while, I will check for new information related to this book. There is nothing new, and it's not up for pre-order at this time, but we have at least another year to wait.(less)

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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
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.
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 wor
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by Liberty Hardy

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
Holly (The Grimdragon)
4.5 Stars~

"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. N/>"Death
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic, sword-sorcery
RTC. Worth the read but definitely far from perfect.
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
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
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
The cover blurb for Fate of the Fallen tells you “Not all stories have happy endings.” In case you had any doubt what that signifies, Chapter 2 establishes Mathias as the only hero in millions of prophecies who has but one single hope of saving the world . . . and then Chapter 3 unceremoniously kills said hero dead.

Yeah, Kel Kade is not fooling around here.

Without saying too much more about the plot, this is a story that explores what happens after the hero dies, the prop
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars
David S (David's Book Meanderings)
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This arc was won in a giveaway by Tor books. This does not affect my review in any way.

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 expectations, I can
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-bow

I felt the MC was a little OP. Every break went his way (explained how nicely) Overall the story was a bit of roll reversal - the first chapter had me putting the book down but I’m happy I kept reading.

Favorite Line: “Trust is a luxury I cannot afford,”
Morgan Evans
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Fate of the Fallen is an adult fantasy novel being published by @torbooks and dis releasing November 5th, 2019!

“What if Frodo got assassinated by Sauron and Sam had to finish the quest?”

This was a really great good fantasy adventure story. The number one thing that really made this story was the portrayal of friendship. All of the relationships between characters were believable and realistic and so strong. This story was a refreshing take on the “chosen one” trope. ...more
Marti Dolata
Could this summary be more generic and uninformative? Having doubts about even having this on my want to list.
Leslie Pinson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, books-2019
I liked this book. It took the epic battle in a different direction. The heroes are not who you think they are. This book shows that things don't always go as they are planned. The characters stay true to how they were written throughout the book.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

There’s this conception in life about saviours that has been utilized countless times to tell tales larger than life. With an individual that is burdened with a destiny to save the world from knowing its end, often spread through rumours, legends, and prophecies, we’ve come to admire their trials, facing some of the worse challenges that life could throw at them. It’s the frequency at which we’ve heard these kinds of stories that turn them into such derivat
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be honest and say this isn’t really my type of book but I honestly enjoyed reading it. The plot line was amazing and kept me guessing all the way through If you’re a fantasy lover put this one in the top of your TBR list
Thank you to Goodreads for the advance copy
Cassidy Washburn
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-copies
Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade is a joy to read. It turns the "chosen one" trope on its head while also featuring complex characters and hilarious dialogue. If you're looking for a book that explores the meaning of fate, destiny, and the resilience of mankind, with some laugh out loud moments, this is the book for you.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, adult, giveaways
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways, and though I finished it a few days ago, it has taken me a little while to review it. The reason for this is that I read through all the overwhelmingly positive reviews it got, and since I really really did not like it, I wanted to think about it a bit to see if maybe there was something I had missed. In the end, I still really really did not like it. Perhaps I just don't like traditional fantasy anymore, since there is so much more creative ...more
Denise Weintraut
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Fate of the Fallen in exchange for my review.

Kel Kade does an excellent job of combining great fantasy elements into a cohesive novel: the unlikely hero, gruesome creatures, magical powers, and a posse of mixed talents. I particularly liked the introduction of gods in the style of Greek gods, and the focus on the nurturing of nature. The dialogue worked well, but I felt that some of the plotline was a bit clunky in how it dropped in key knowledge. I would have p
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
made it about 100 pages and quit. found the writing to be amateurish and the story didn't compel me to keep going at that point. i'm sure it picks up later but i found Aaslo to be remarkably underwritten. when it started in on the gods toying with humans and watching, i felt my eyes begin to glaze...
Alyssa Indira
**I received an ARC of this novel through whoever sponsored this book for eligibility in the Goodreads giveaway program. This has not impacted my review in any way**

*no spoilers were harmed in the making of this review*

"Brother in all things, brothers in all things that matter and those that dont"

Hey guys, so I finished Fate of the Fallen (The Shroud of Prophecy, #1) by Kel Kade. It was definitely not what I was expecting. Yet the author still made the journey
Pauliina (The Bookaholic Dreamer)
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars

Read my full review with faaancy graphics in my book blog: https://bookaholicdreamer.wordpress.c...

I read the synopsis for Fate of the Fallen before diving in and so I was expecting it to twist many of the chosen one tropes, but I never expected everything to go so wrong for the characters. Fate of the Fallen has a very intriguing premise, and the author manages to maintain the reader’s interest throughout the novel by keeping up a spark of hope amidst all the disasters.

Kel Kade’s writing style is unlik
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I've never read anything by Kel Kade before and now I must read all the things by Kel Kade NOW.

What can I say about a book that is impossible not to spoil and yet I want to scream about? Absolutely nothing and absolutely everything. I'm gonna give it a go. Because I have to. Because Kel Kade was kind enough to write a book FOR ME. And although I am late in reading and reviewing it? There was a plan in that because it was just what I needed, just when I needed it.

You see,
This was my October 2019 BOTM pick, and I can't say that I didn't try. I tried so many times to read this book, but it just never hooked me. BoTM so rarely lets me down, and I really wanted to like this one, but I had to give up.

Again, I didn't get too far into this world, but it seemed very typical fantasy setting. A small village, a vague prophecy, an old lady, the only characters of importance being men.

I didn't get far enough in to discern
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars, rounded up.

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was entertaining the whole way through. I was always curious what the next page would contain. The characters were likable enough, and the world was believable and unique.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of flaws that prevent this book from achieving a higher rating for me. The writing was just...okay. It certainly wasn't bad, and I didn't have a hard time getting through any of it. It just reads a bit too l
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was super pleasantly surprised by this book!

Aaslo is a complex, grumpy, character in mourning over his best friend's death, and I can't wait to see how he grows and changes as the prophecy takes shape. He's delightfully grumpy, yet optimistic. He holds on to hope because it's all he has left.

I loved watching how the group came together throughout the course of this first book. The story is taking it's time, and I appreciate that. But it's also NOT a slow, boring opening - which I also apprecia
Noelle Walsh
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my usual type of book, it isn't what I normally go for, but I will say this: I did enjoy how consistent the characters were. Fantasy lovers just might enjoy this book, though it isn't for everyone and I'm unsure if it's for me at the moment. I will admit that the twist is one I wasn't expecting at all and I was pleasantly surprised by it.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Decent premise, so-so execution. Felt like it was written by a novice writer, only to find out that Kade's got quite a few books under his belt, so perhaps this was just too juvenile for me. Read like someone was trying to mimic Terry Goodkind and couldn't ever get there.
Maddie O.
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as future-releases  ·  review of another edition
"Chosen one with a twist" is one of my favorite niche genres so I'm allllll in for this.
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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