Title: The Whispers of the Fallen
Author: J.D. Netto
Published: November 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.
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**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Finally a male protagonist! Our main character Isaac wakes up and finds that his parents are missing and his house is a mess! His friend Demetre all of a sudden finds Isaac and says the same thing has happened to him. At first I thought this was gonna be another cliche kind of parents MIA story, but I didn't get that vibe at all. The Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto is fast-paced fantasy novel that will keep anyone on his/her toes but comes with its faults as well.
The two main characters later confront a Fallen Star, which is supposed to be this evil character in the book but doesn't sound so evil to me. But before the chaos is able to happen, Devin- this half human, half Fallen Star- comes in and saves Isaac and Demetre. I really enjoyed Devin's character! I think compared to Isaac and Demetre's character, Devin wasn't so whiny and annoying! Like I understand your parents are missing and you have no idea what's going on, but that doesn't mean you have to ask a million questions until your head explodes! I just had a hard time with Demetre, who kept doubting his friend's trust in Devin.
In the beginning of the book, I saw yet again another information download scene/section/part/what you call it!. When Isaac and Devin are talking in the carriage, Devin seemed to be pouring out information at that single time! It was a bit confusing and massive all at once. And I never like it when authors don't find the time to spread out this type of useful information, like background information, myths, legends, and other prophecies. It kind of made me feel like that the author wanted to get rid of all the information at once to save the trouble of revealing things in the future.
I think as the story progressed, it definitely improved and got better. It was more alluring and the pace did seem to slow a bit, which allowed for less of the information download. The characters got less annoying (I guess, LOL)! YAY. J.D. Netto is such an engaging author and his story was gripping. He has the ability to create such wild and fantastic stories that have a dash of horror and just a sprinkle of mystery. I really should have read this book during Halloween though!