I’m finally keeping a promise almost nine months late. I met Astrid Tallaksen at Penned Con last year. I gave her my card, but never made it back around to her booth to get her books. Luckily, she contacted me and was kind enough to give me The Freefall Series for a review. It may have taken me too long to get this series, but once I put everything aside and devoted the proper time to read, starting over for the fourth time, I read a book a day.
This Urban Fantasy series with fallen angels, determined to protect humanity’s free will, demons in the Abyss and the archangels from Heaven just as determined to see humanity end, is a new take on the UF genre that I completely enjoyed. My suggestion would be to not be like me and wait to read this series, but grab it up right now!
Book 1 is At Death’s Door”, and if the gorgeous cover doesn’t suck you in, the first line will. “Apparently having conversations with dead people make you crazy.”
The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a whole lot less straightforward. First, her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but the also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she’s experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.
Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?
Being a fallen angel used to be easy. A quiet life with the people she loves is all Sara ever asked for. Unfortunately, the apocalypse didn’t get the message. After nearly losing almost everything, she’s managed to put her life back together and start living what she hoped was happily ever after with her small family. Now she wants nothing more than to hide away and pretend the end of the world is a distant rumor. Her life has already been torn apart once. Doesn’t she deserve a break?
The apocalypse finds its way back to her doorstep when a letter arrives. Is it a friendly warning, a dire threat, or a simple reminder that she can’t run away from what’s to come? Sara refuses to take heed and pays dearly for her avoidance. With her family in danger and the preservation of free will hanging in the balance , she finds herself with no other choice. Sara must follow the path forged for her, a path that may take away everything she holds dear and leave her in pieces at the end. She’s caught between Heaven and Hell, and the last person she’d ever have considered trusting might just be her greatest ally.
After her son is taken from her by the Host, and she loses the love of her life, Sara is trying to sort out what little she has left. Heaven thinks she’s dead for the moment, but as soon as they discover she’s alive, they’ll be coming for her. With Lu, a Prince of Hell by her side, Hell has temporarily marked her name off the list. Should they find out she’s a champion for humans, the demons won’t think fondly of her. If only those were her only problems. The world is getting bad, and fast.
Sara has to reach her son or he’ll destroy the earth by bringing about the Apocalypse. The problem is, Danny’s no longer Danny. Brainwashed by Heaven, he believes he has to atone for his existence as the child of an angel and a demon. To bring a halt to the end of the world, Sara is gathering an Army. One by one the pieces fall into place as a ragtag band of rebels comes together under the Angel of Death’s guidance. She has to stop Heaven from eradicating the human race, and Hell from enslaving it. The fight for free will has never been so dire. The world is on fire, and only Sara can save it.
It’s really hard for me to believe that The Freefall Series is Ms. Tallaksen’s debut. While the series is loosely based on Biblical prophesy, with Heaven’s angels, fallen angels and demons from Hell, it’s such a well thought out and thoroughly researched plot. The writing flows as that of a much more experienced writer.
As a reader, you feel what Sara feels. The anger of being in a mental institution, the realization that the staff isn’t on her side, the fear of not knowing what has happened to her family, and the disbelief then determination as she starts to remember what she is and what her purpose is.
In a world where good may be evil, and evil may be good, Ms. Talleken has made Sara’s purpose perfectly clear. To protect the humans freewill.
I seriously can’t wait for more from Astrid Tallaksen. If you go to Penned Con this year, stop by her table and buy these books. If you’re staying home, I’m including the buy links. You won’t be disappointed!
About the Author
Astrid V. Tallaksen grew up with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating content and helping writers to improve their craft. On the online world of Althanas, a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year in Atlanta, George. In the odd times that she’s not immersed in geekdom or writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and pets.
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