Categories
Book review Book reviews Tuesday Book Blog

#TuesdayBookBlog THE FALL OF LILITH (FANTASY ANGELS SERIES, Vol 1) by Vashti Quiroz-Vega (@VashtiQV) An epic-story, which will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about angels, demons, and everything in between #Bookreview #amreading

Hi all:

I am sharing the review for a book by an author I have known for a while and whose blog I follow as well, so I was aware of this novel when it was a work-in-progress, and I’m very pleased to finally have read it. Wow!

The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz-Vega (I love the cover!)

The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) (Volume 1) by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels.

If you think you know their story, think again.

Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.

Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.

Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.

“[A] compelling narrative that . . . strays far from the traditional biblical text . . . A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”—Kirkus Reviews

https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Lilith-Fantasy-Angels-ebook/dp/B074CPKLHH/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Lilith-Fantasy-Angels-ebook/dp/B074CPKLHH/

Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega
Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega

About the author:

Hello! My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega. I’m a writer of Suspense, Thriller, Fantasy, and Horror. I also enjoy mixing in some Humor and Romance into my stories.

From the time I was a young kid, writing has been my passion. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until much later. For me, it is easier to express my thoughts on paper than with the spoken word. I enjoy making people feel an array of emotions with my writing. I like my audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

My love of animals and nature are often incorporated into my stories. You’ll read intriguing things about various animals, nature and natural disasters commingled in my character-driven novels.

I love to read almost as much as I love to write. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4/

My review:

I have seen this book described as “epic” and I agree, not only for its length (it is two books in one) but also for its topic. It does talk about all things in Heaven and Earth, near enough, from the creation of the angels and the battle of good and evil to the fall of the angels and their revenge plans once on Earth (that don’t bode well for humanity).

The author’s writing style in this book is reminiscent of the Bible, although the story is told from quite a different point of view, and it deviates from the narrative most Christians are familiar with (I am intrigued to know how the story will resonate with readers not familiar with the Christian tradition, although the world building is detailed enough for anybody to be able to follow the events). I am not a big Fantasy reader, mostly because I am not that fond of lengthy descriptions (I admire authors who do it well), although this story has the added interest of providing a major variation on a story many of us are familiar with. As typical of the genre, there is plenty of telling (in fact, all the characters are storytellers, and we get to hear the angels’ voices often, narrating their own adventures, or even fictional ones, like a fascinating story Lilith narrates in book 1), and beautiful descriptions of Floraison, the part of Heaven inhabited by the angels, of the angels, and also of the creation of Earth, and of Earth itself in book 2. We follow the story in a chronological order, from the time when the angels are quite young, growing up and learning about their powers (this part reminded me of YA books set up in special schools for young people with special abilities, and also of parts of The Hunger Games, when the characters had to train for the battle ahead), through to the battle between good and evil and their fall to Earth. Although the story is narrated in the third person, we follow the points of views of a variety of angels, mainly Lilith, the main character, but also most of the others at some point.

These angels reminded me of the Greek gods. They are not the celestial beings many of us imagine, but more human than human. They have their personalities, their peculiar characters, their flaws, their desires, and they are far from goodie-goodie-two-shoes. Even the good angels have faults… (Oh Gabriel…). We get to know Lilith’s cunning and devious nature better than that of others (she is rebellious, proud, has a superiority complex, and does not seem to feel true affection for anybody, even her supposed friends), but we see that Lucifer is proud and is not a good looser from early on (when he is following the rules), and some of the other angels are weak, easily manipulated, and only worried about their own well-being and interests. The God of this story does not tolerate rebellion or deceit, and he severely punishes his children for their misdeeds. The author excels at writing the punishments and tortures the angels are subject to, and these parts of the book are not for the faint-hearted. I know she writes horror too, and this is quite evident in her penchant for devising monstrous characters and pretty cruel and sadistic tortures.

As is often the case, the bad characters are more interesting than the good ones (that we mostly lose sight of in book 2, apart from some brief appearances). I would not say any of the characters are very sympathetic. Lilith is put to the test and punished for being what she is (and considering angels are given free-will, that seems quite cruel), but she displays psychopathic traits from the beginning and it is difficult to blame her nasty personality on her experiences. She is strong and determined, but she abandons her friends, is manipulative, and goes to extremes that make her exceedingly unlikeable. I have no problem with having a truly horrible character as the main voice of a book, although I missed something that helped me connect with her (there are moments when she hints at a weakness or hurt, but I did not feel they were particularly convincing. Perhaps a sense of humour, no matter how dark, would have helped, but other than some instances of silly behaviour very early on, there are moments of wonder but not many laughs). Gadreel is perhaps the easiest character to empathise with, and she grows and develops during book 2 (to begin with she is constantly complaining and moaning, but she gets more confident, although she is not traditionally good either). Satan does horrible things, especially to Lilith (who is not blameless by a long stretch, not that such abuse could be ever justified in real life), but he is an interesting character and quite loyal to his friends. And he also does much of what he does out of love, however misguided. I don’t know what that says about me, but I really like Drácul, Satan and Lilith’s child. He is described as quite an ugly thing, but I find him cute. There you have it.

For me, book 2 is more dynamic and moves faster than book 1. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the adventures of the fallen angels on Earth allow us to read about their first impressions of the world as it would appear to somebody who had never been here, a totally brand new place. Such estrangement and sense of wonder are fascinating and the writing captures it well. The fact that the fallen angels find themselves in a hostile environment and have to learn to work together to survive adds to the interest. Of course, Lilith has her own plans, and she makes sure she convinces others to follow.

The character of Lilith reminded me of the typical figure of the femme fatale in film noir (or the spider woman, or… well, I’m sure you can think of many epithets such females have received over the years), who is powerful but her power consists in manipulating and deceiving males, convincing them that they are in charge, while she pulls the invisible strings. I do admire such characters, especially when the circumstances are dire and that seems to be the only option to get ahead. There is always a difficult balance to maintain between creating a strong negative female character that can hold her own and making sure it does not reinforce the usual story tropes that blame women for all of the world’s ills from the beginning of times.

This book made me wonder once more about the well-known narrative (and let me tell you, there are some twists that will keep readers on their toes) of events, which amounts to a civil war in Heaven, where there is no reconciliation and no possible redress or forgiveness for those who rebelled against the established order and lost. I also had to wonder about the rules imposed in Floraison and what seems to be a bias against LGBT (sex is bad, but same-sex sex is worse and is more severely punished), which has always been an issue that has caused much religious debate and it falls within the norm of traditional texts.

This book is a tour-de-force that I’d recommend to readers who love to be challenged by narratives that push the limits of well-known stories and make us rethink and reconsider the stories we have been told. And one for those who love strong and wicked female characters. And baby demons… (Oh, and I’ve heard that next book will be from Drácul’s point of view. Yeah!)

Thanks so much to the author for this fantastic book, to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, click, REVIEW and to enjoy your day!

[amazon_link asins=’162510555X,0898705509,B01MRV0BTW,162998034X,B00V2RRPDU,B01G43HC66,B01LTI0GMI,B0775Z8DHG’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’wwwauthortran-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’51e9e0fd-2de6-11e8-834d-29c80caf9ee1′]

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

57 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog THE FALL OF LILITH (FANTASY ANGELS SERIES, Vol 1) by Vashti Quiroz-Vega (@VashtiQV) An epic-story, which will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about angels, demons, and everything in between #Bookreview #amreading”

Hi Olga! Thanks once more for reading The Fall of Lilith, especially because I know you’re not a fan of high or epic fantasy. I appreciate the review and blog feature too. You’re the best❣️

Thanks, Vashti! I have a soft spot for angels and demons and love your writing. Good luck with the rest of the series! You have many fans waiting for it!

Fantastic rundown on Vashti’s book, which I am currently reading. I have to agree I am reading much fast in Book 2 part. And I also don’t usually read fantasy books but was curious to read this because of my obsession with angels. This is definitely an epic read! 🙂 x

Angels are always popular and I look forward to reading your review, Debby. Thanks for the comment about Twitter. I’ve reconnected all my social media accounts. I hope that solves the problem… Or time does. Have a great day! 🙂

You know, I didn’t realize how popular angels were until after I began writing this book. I’ve always been fascinated by angels and thought it was because I was raised in a religious family. I’m happy to know that many people are fascinated by these beings. There isn’t much information in the Bible about angels and Lilith comes from Jewish Mythology and is not mentioned in the Bible at all. The worlds in this book, including Floraison were inspired by several worlds I’ve read about in fantasies and mythologies as well as religious books (fiction and non-fiction). This book is not based on the Bible, like most people think. There are some biblical facts in the book, but there are also facts from Hebrew scriptures and the Quran. I did that to make the story seem real in the readers’ minds, but there’s a lot of fantasy and mythology mixed in as well. 😀

I’m sure each reader can identify with some aspects of the story. I noticed how popular angels are when I was looking for images for one of my books and I realised they were literally everywhere. A Spanish author who’d also written on the topic asked me if I also felt they seemed to have become more present, so perhaps, “we are legion” comes to mind!

Hi Debby! Thank you for reading, The Fall of Lilith. I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying it although you’re not usually a fan of epic/high fantasy. Thanks for visiting here and leaving a comment. You’re always very supportive. 😀 xx

Hi Vashti. My pleasure as always. And yes, I’m right there with your characters. Some them I don’t mind telling you I’d like to give them a shaking LOL – a sign of great writing! <3

Thanks, Colleen. I remember your review and was one of the things that pushed it up my list of books. I hope I’ve solved the Twitter problem… (It’s never ending). 🙂

Thanks. I think it might have been because the title of the post was quite long, but it seems sorted now. Thanks, Colleen! (I don’t think I’d manage to learn the ins and outs of another platform now!)

LOL! I know what you mean, Olga. I hear changes are coming to the WP editor. I would love to be able to set up a template for my different posts. It would be so much easier. <3

I can’t say that the upgrade has done much for me. The plans I had for the blog at the time never came to pass and I wonder, but once you’ve set it up it’s difficult to change it back again (although I’m trying to keep my free blog up-to-date just in case). You blog much more often than I do, so I think it will make more of a difference to you. All the best.

Hi Colleen! Thank you for the lovely comment! I’m so happy you loved the book! Every time I read that I do my ‘Happy Dance’! Ha, ha! <3

Thanks, Tina. I remember really enjoying a book called Women in Film Noir (I hope it will reach me in Barcelona soon, as my books are still in transit) Ed. by E. Ann Kaplan, a collection of great essays about women in film noir, and we did talk about it plenty on my courses on film. It is a fascinating figure and Vashti does a great job creating the character. I love Drácul and wonder what he’ll get up to! Have a great day!

Hi Tina! I definitely had some self-serving, villainous women in mind when I wrote Lilith’s character. I’m so glad you like the idea of the next book being in Dracúl’s POV. He’s a complex character and hopefully likable as well. Thank you! <3 xx

Thank you, Sally! I’m very grateful for this review. Olga’s done a wonderful job expressing her opinion on the book. I love that. 😀 xx

Thanks, Pete. Vashti has an excellent taste and always finds beautiful images for her blog posts as well. I am reading a book by a historian looking at documents on the Spanish Civil War, and it makes one think. (I hope to finish it soon). 🙂

A fabulous review to share, Olga! I’m currently reading this and absolutely love the story and imagery Vashti has crafted. I just finished book 1 and eagerly looking forward to book 2. It’s so hard to put down; I have to pause briefly to catch up with a few other things before I delve in again. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. Bravo to Vashti!

Hi Natalie! Thank you very much for reading, The Fall of Lilith. I’m happy you enjoyed Book 1 and I hope you enjoy Book 2 as well. Thanks for your marvelous support. <3 😀 xxx

Thanks, Natalie. I look forward to reading your review too. Real life has a way of interrupting our reading, doesn’t it? Keep enjoying it!

Have a lovely weekend, Vashti! And many thanks for replying to all the comments. It’s great to see authors engaging with their readers and reviewers. ♥

Hi Robbie! Olga is always meticulous when it comes to her reviews. It read much like a detailed analysis, which I find fascinating. My sister is very much like you. She doesn’t normally read dark fiction. I could never get her to read any of my Stephen King or Anne Rice novels, but she read this book and to my surprise she enjoyed it. So don’t be afraid to read it.

Comments are closed.

GET MY FREE BOOKS
%d bloggers like this:
x Logo: Shield Security
This Site Is Protected By
Shield Security