Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Review: 'The Whispers of the Fallen' by J.D. Netto


What if Lucifer had written a diary? This novel explains just what that Diary might reveal and how the discovery of the Diary would affect the battle between good and evil. Isaac and his best friend Demetre wake up one morning to find their parents dead. They are suddenly thrown into a battle for a book that they never knew existed. They also learn that it is very hard to discover just who to believe.
J. D. Netto has written a fantasy novel about fallen angels and the eternal fight between good and evil. Isaac is thrown into a chaos he has no knowledge of, and he has to witness Demetre being claimed by the dark side without any choice. Isaac is given a choice, but even after choosing he discovers that decisions can be changed.
This was listed as a YA book, but the philosophical discussions seem much more likely to interest an adult audience, so I rated it at 16+. Both Isaac and Demetre are eighteen when the book opens.
The first part of the book has excellent pacing, but once the story switches from Isaac’s perspective to Nephle’s, I found that things seemed very rushed and some of the main characters seem to disappear only to turn up later unexpectedly. The world portrayed in this book is very dark, and the plot twists and turns in ways that make it totally unpredictable.
Readers who enjoy fantasy and allegory will find this novel to be an intriguing read. Those interested in a re-telling of Lucifer’s fall from grace and the Creator’s response will certainly enjoy J. D. Netto’s answer to the question, “What if Lucifer had a Diary?”

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