Author: Jane Kindred
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Buy Link: Buy The Fallen QueenHere!
Rating: You Need/Gotta Read
Reviewed By: Lupa
Heaven can go to hell.
Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House ofArkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.
Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with Fallen thieves-fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda- who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue is soon blurred, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter.
Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, Anazakia will have to return to fight for the throne–even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved.
I have always had a passion about interesting “takes” on angels and demons. That is the main reason I picked up The Fallen Queen when I saw it. This is one of the most delightful and original story about the angelic Host that I have read in some time.
Here is the gist of the story. Angels live in heaven, but they live much like we do (without the technology). Going about their jobs, going to the bad end of town to gamble, having families and such. They are rules by higher level Angels who live a rich life. That is where our main character comes from. She is Nazkia, a princess of the ruling family and something of a pampered thing with a taste for danger and the bad side of town.
One night while she is out gambling her entire family is killed and her life is turned upside down forever. Nazkia finds herself cast down to earth with two demons who are helping her hide from the people who killed her family. And wow does she find some major adventures with those two.
The Fallen Queen is a good story with a great flow. The story has a number of twists and turns that make it that much more exciting and fun to read.
My favorite character in the book is actually Vasily. He is a demon, one of the two who are helping the princess, he is bisexual, and submissive. All in all a great catch in my mind. But he is also very strong and will do anything that needs to be done to keep Nazkia safe. His honor and strength are wonderful, and a little surprising given he is one of the Fallen.
I loved the fact that the earth side aspects of the book are set in Russia. I also enjoy the correlation between the fallen and the visual similarities between Russian architecture and the architecture of heaven. It is implied that the fallen are the ones who designed and build Russia, thus explaining the oddness of the architecture, as it is patterned after the buildings in heaven.
The Fallen Queen is a great story that You Need To Read.