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Down Falls The Queen: A Splitting Worlds Novella

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After 500 years of loyal service as the Hand of Justice under the command of her father the king, Tengu Warrior Princess Rei is only a week away from completing all the requirements to succeed her father as The Ascended herself--the Tengu Queen.

When her father is assassinated in his bed and the gods' Oracle delivers a cryptic riddle for her to unravel, Rei's best-laid plans threaten to come crumbling down on top of her. Complicating things further, her two best friends--twin Angel and Demon brothers Ayangelo and Natius--bring their century-old family feud to her doorstep.

Only Rei's role as The Hand of Justice can maintain the perilous balance of power and prevent an all-out war between the Angels, Demons, and Humans.

Can Rei maintain her perfect performance as the Hand of Justice while still finding her father's assassin in time to become The Ascended? Or will her involvement in her friends' perilous war drag her crashing down with them?

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Published June 9, 2021

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Katherine D. Graham

18 books550 followers
My name is Katherine D. Graham, and I am a USA Today Bestselling fantasy author, developmental editor, and Reedsy Reviewer.

My debut indie Epic Fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate, is an Amazon bestselling New Adult Fantasy and Occult Fiction novel, a Fantasy finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and a five-star IndieReader-approved novel.

In October 2022, the first full-length volume in my Splitting Worlds series (Splitting Dawn) was included in the "Realm of Darkness" box set, which made the USAToday Bestseller list.

Looking around my Goodreads, you may see a couple of older books that I wrote back in college which are now unpublished. I leave those books here and continue under this pen name purposefully.

Even as I now write 4/5-star books, these older books remind me of where I started. I hope my journey encourages others that everyone has the potential to grow if you just keep trying.

As a reviewer, all of my reviews are spoiler-free and honest. They are based on the Reedsy rating scale, which is:

1-Star: Skip It
2-Star: Not For Me
3-Star: Worth Reading
4-Star Loved It
5-Star: Must-Read

I am happily married to my high-school sweetheart and Hero. We have two awesome sons and three adorable fur-daughters.

I love reading, writing, swimming, traveling, grilling out, and playing video games. Japan is my happy place.

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Author 3 books24 followers
May 31, 2021
Loved this companion to Splitting Dusk! I liked how you saw the characters from a different perspective. It was interesting to see how a character can grow and change based on who is describing them.
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Author 12 books195 followers
July 17, 2021
A fast-paced new adventure

Following a Tengu, a being I haven't come across before, in her duties as the Hand of Justice, the reader is quickly placed in the centre of a complex plot between good and evil, and it seems balance is prized above all else, even justice.
A great novella! Fast read and immersive.
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228 reviews11 followers
January 9, 2022
Down Falls the Queen is my third read from Katherine D. Graham - the other two being another novella set in this world, and her first full-length novel. All of these stories have solidified the fact that, regardless of length, this author knows how to draw you in.

There isn't a single moment of filler in the entire story. If you've read Splitting Dusk, this serves as a prequel to that, further explaining some of the conflict between Aya and Nate, and giving a better understanding of Rei's past. Her inner debates - first in an attempt to reassure herself of her path towards Ascension to Queen, then later, to try to rationalize the heartbreak unfolding around her - forged a true connection between her and the reader... and I won't lie, it'll likely make me revisit Splitting Dusk in order to see her in an entirely new light.

I'm loving these pieces of a larger story that we're being treated to with these connected novellas, and I'm eager to see what's next to unfold.
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Author 4 books4 followers
July 19, 2021
Wonderful, fast paced writing! I've never seen a Tengu in a story until now and had to do a little side research to understand what it was. I liked the originality of characters I don't think I've seen in other stories. This book left me wanting to learn more about the In Between and the supernatural elements of this world.
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62 reviews2 followers
June 16, 2021
What a wonderful addition this novella Is to enrich the confines of "splitting worlds". I really enjoyed to get to know more of Rei and how she ended on that side of the war. Her tragic background alongside with her sense of honor and duty makes her a wonderful character to follow through the reading!
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125 reviews
January 12, 2022
4.5 stars

Second read:
I decided to reread this book before reading Down Falls The King: A Splitting Worlds Novella and I'm glad I did. I forgot how good this story is, and how amazing the charcaters are.
Rei is such an amazing warrior and I loved reading the beginning of her story again.
The plot was gripping and really enjoyable. I cannot wait to start Down Falls the King.
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