Fallen Angels, by J.R. Ward, is a spin-off series from her Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series, and in my opinion is just as good, if not better! Fallen Angels is set in the same world as BDB, and even in the same town. You get to see cameo appearances from some of the main characters throughout the books, and even get a full book about someone who is a side-story in BDB.
Fallen Angels is about a former Black OPs soldier, Jim Herron, who is chosen as the “savior” for the ultimate fight between Heaven and Hell. He is a retired soldier, and dies on a job site so he could become the fallen angel he needs to be. There are 7 souls at stake, and it is up to him to help them when they reach their crossroads between good and evil. Whoever gets to 4 first, wins, meaning Heaven is in control of all the souls in Hell as well, or Hell takes over Heaven and it’s souls. Each story is based on one of the 7 deadly sins.
Jim, and his sidekicks Adrien and Eddie, try to help the mortals at risk to make the right choice while they fight against the demon, Devina, and her minions who are working on the side of Hell. Jim was chosen because he was supposed to be half evil, half good. But Heaven had an ace up their sleeve with his mother’s soul being inside the gates, so his fight for good is in the name of his mother and trying to make sure her soul stays out of Hell.
Each of the books span a very short amount of time, only a couple days at most. So the entirety of the series is maybe two weeks long. The first book, as usual in a series, starts a little slow because it has to set the scene and characters. But once you get through that, I feel like each book is stronger than the one before it. The characters evolve throughout the series, and you even start to sympathize with the main villain at times.
Fallen Angels often take some very unexpected twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I’m glad I read these once all the books were already released. And if you read through the series for a second time, once you know what is coming, you would be able to pick up on all the foreshadowing that the author wrote into the books.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Fallen Angel series and it is a great companion series to the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.
Have you read Fallen Angles? What did you think?