Fallen by Traci L. Slatton

Title: Fallen

Author: Traci L. Slatton
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Source: FSB Associates for review
Overall: 5/5 
When the world ends, all that is left is love….

As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other. Will Emma stay with him?

The first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times.

 My Review:
Lethal mists have taken over the Earth, killing millions, destroying buildings, and dissolving all living things. Humans have become prey; once coming into contact with the mists, everyone and everything dissipates into a pile of water and dust. Very few have survived, those who are left must stick together to find food and shelter themselves against the mists.
Emma, her daughter Mandy, and a few several orphaned children are survivors. Some have developed supernatural abilities. Emma can heal people with a simple touch; however, she doesn’t have full control over her abilities, learning as she goes. When Mandy gets cornered by mists, fearing the worst, Emma is prepared to pull the trigger to take her daughter’s life, when a group of men arrive save Mandy.
To protect the children, Emma offers herself to their leader, Arthur, in exchange for food and shelter. Arthur also possesses a very useful ability, being able to sense when the mists are near. What once began as a business deal later turns into romance; however, Emma and Arthur are both hiding secrets, unable to fully give themselves to one another.
When rogue groups threaten to attack their safe haven, Arthur and Emma must make tough decisions to save themselves and protect the people they love. Will the rogue group attack their village and kill them all, or will the mists get to them first?
Emma is strong, protective, and she cares for the children as though they’re her own. She is definitely my favorite character in this novel. Arthur who’s dominant and possessive characteristics blossom into care and compassion towards Emma and the children adds some romance where in the face of death, some may think there isn’t any room for. There were also many wonderful secondary characters that bring the story to life. I wouldn’t remove any character as they all played an important role in portraying the impact of how severe the threat was to all humanity.
The beautiful cover is yet another added element in addition to the novel’s description itself, which really attracted me to this story. The cover has a creepy factor that captures some elements within the plot. Having covers stay true to the story is always appreciated! Although there were more than two characters shown on the cover, the woman and the distant horse rider, it was great to see that they were incorporated into the cover.
Fallen’s well developed plot and cliffhanger ending will have readers wanting to know what will happen in the next installment of this wonderful post-apocalyptic-romance trilogy.
With engaging characters, action, detailed descriptions, fear and a little hint of romance, readers are in for a fantastic adventure! I recommend this novel to those who enjoy Contemporary Fiction with a Post-Apocalyptic twist.
Must Read! Highly Recommended!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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