Mar 012012

Fallen (Eyes of the Republic #1) by Claire Delacroix
Source: Personal collection
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

When her estranged husband’s mysterious death is declared an accident, Lilia Desjardins knows that it is a lie. She leaves all she knows to risk the dark heart of the Republic — only to find that she herself has been targeted by forces unknown.

Adam Montgomery will do anything to complete his earthly mission, even if he has to tangle with the enigmatic Lilia Desjardins. But when his contact is murdered and he must rely on Lilia’s silence to save him from the slave dens, Adam knows that his wings were only the first sacrifice required of him.

As danger and intrigue surround them, Lilia and Adam realize that they must work together — body, mind, and soul — in order to save the world.

This book was an odd mix of Victorian values and fashion and futuristic dystopian. Society is super conservative with Victorian fashion and strict rules surrounding dress and decorum. Yet it takes place in the future where most major cities have been destroyed by nuclear bombs. Weapons and armour are very advanced with everyone having a micro computer inserted in the palm of their hand. I found this mix odd and a little jarring, almost disjointed at times.

The story was quick and action-packed. Yet it seemed to drag at times.

The romance did not play a large part in the story. It was erotic-ish yet not very hot or romantic.

I loved the idea of the fallen angels yet found this plotline to be very unused and underdeveloped. Based on the title, I expected more from this angle.

Overall, this was an interesting book that fell flat. It was an odd mix of elements that did not seem to be fitted together in a seamless manner.

Challenges read for:

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

 Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012

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