Welcome to my stop (and the last) on the blog tour of The Fall by Stephen Cost! Today I get to share with you my thoughts about this pretty cool book and an awesome tour-wide giveaway you don't want to miss. You can find the full blog schedule at the end of this post if you want to check out the past stops on the tour. Enjoy!
About the Book:
Title: The Fall
Author: Stephen Cost
Page count: 314 pages
Genre: Thriller / Fiction / Mystery
Source: Provided for tour in exchange for an honest review
For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger. Giles Reid fell more than 300 years ago starving for the taste of death, only to find himself drowning in a sea of the living and blinded by a hunger that forces him to kill.
In the centuries since his fall he has tried to be more human, desperate to live a life that makes up for what he is and the wrong he has done. Driven by his guilt over killing, he has chosen to feed only on evil; humans that have never been a threat to him but who are always a danger to others. That is, until the day he tries to feed on a human as strong, fast and cunning as himself; a human who, it turns out, has been hunting him. Now he is being pursued by the very evil he has fed on for centuries, embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, where friends and other Reapers connected to him are simply pawns on a chessboard waiting to be sacrificed. Giles is left with a choice, save the life of the women he loves, the daughter of his mentor, or betrays her for his own survival. To save the woman he loves, Giles will have to be the monster he is.
*The Reader's Review*
Oh, this book was fun! I keep forgetting how much I enjoy reading books with male MC's, especially when they are the bad boy type. It's refreshing. And, combined with a thrilling mystery that brings a unique twist to the paranormal genre, I can't contain myself from saying that The Fall is a must for your tbr pile.
The Fall is not a book about Vampires, although it can easily be confused as one. There are certain similarities between a Reaper and a Vampire in this book, but I liked the new spin the author gave to Reapers, not to mention that in this world Vampires do not exist. Reapers can drink the blood from their victims yet the best way to feed from them is by absorbing their essence. And Giles, looking for redemption after years of killing just to satiate his never-ending hunger, only feeds off from people who have done acts of evil. However, most are not like him.
I liked Giles A LOT. His confident, sarcastic and cocky attitude was highly entertaining and I loved how, at first, he seems to be more of an anti-hero. His thoughts were often disturbing, but what can you expect from a devilishly handsome man who is drawn to death and evil like a moth to flame? He enjoys the thrill of the hunt and to kill, as well as satisfy his other manly needs. But in the long run, Giles is not evil incarnate. He is a loyal guy and actually a guardian (so-to speak). The threat he must face in this book is a full-blown mystery to him. He is supposed to be the hunter and not the hunted, but I liked how quickly he sets into motion to find out what is going on. Giles uses every means he has to find out fast as the clock is ticking away and the people he loves might suffer from this strange threat.
I liked that the bit of romance in this book was not the center of the book because I didn't particularly like Emma, although her relationship with Giles does play an important part at the end. I hope I warm up to her on the next book. For now I'm just glad it focused more on the works of this particular world and on raising questions that, unfortunately for me, have yet to be answered. Giles life is a Reaper got even more complex and I'm curious to find out what the author adds to this lore.
And as a last thought, I hope Giles' obsession with coffee diminishes a bit. It's amusing, really, but I like him better when in action/mystery solving rather than spending time drinking coffee (or thinking about it). But if he must, I prefer this a million times over than smoking or drinking too much alcohol.
About the Author:
Stephen Cost was born in Wexford Ireland and raised in a small seaside town not far from Dublin. From a young age he would spin dark tales and write them down for his own amusement. At the age of 13 he moved from his home in Ireland to America and his love of dark American cinema took root.He passes his free time, when not writing, by reading horror and fantasy genre novels in addition to watching science fiction and horror movies.He graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. A computer engineer by trade, he specializes in integrated system services and uses the knowledge gained from his degree to write emotionally captivating urban fiction.
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