The Fate of the Fallen is the first in a new series from Kel Kade whose “King’s Dark Tidings” tetralogy was a bestseller. It begins with the murder of the chosen one, Mathias the Lightbane, on the very day he learns who he is and that he is fated to save the world from destruction. The great sorceress who has been tutoring and protecting him all these years asks him to take Mathias head to the king to inform him of Mathias’ death.

Along the way, Aaslo has adventures and encounters that add to the urgency. He finds possible allies and friends who will become companions on his quest. He also discovers that a common reaction to learning the person fated to save the world has died is resignation. In fact, those with the most ability to fight against fate are the first to resign themselves to it.

I think The Fate of the Fallen creates an excellent world complete with a cosmology that is reminscent of the ancient gods and goddesses of Olympus, though they have many more worlds to play with. I was engrossed by the story and am eager for the next book in the series. I loved the sayings Aaslo had that came from his role as a forester. There was so much to enjoy I feel bad about my one big complaint. I felt as though Kade did not trust us to understand this book was all about fate, fatalism, and free will so he kind of hit us over the head with the theme again and again. W

hen the prophet showed up toward the end, I felt irritated. Sure, there is some humor in his uselessness as a source for advice, but really, the title has Fate in it, most people assume the world is fated to end, and Aaslo, who seldom speaks, talks about fighting against fate anytime he says more than three sentences. I got it. The author wants us to know that no matter how much fate seems stacked against us, we still must resist and use our free will to change our fate. It’s good advice and I would appreciate it more if it were given with a lighter touch.

I received an ARC of The Fate of the Fallen from the publisher through Shelf Awareness