Book One of the Fallen series
Gay Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 02.05.20
There are many kinds of monster that walk the Earth. Some are ugly. Others speak beautiful words through forked tongues. But the worst possess the grace of angels, and the hearts of demons.
Upperclassman Conall is rich, impeccably dressed, and set for a prestigious career in the Party hierarchy. He doesn’t lack for anything—except, maybe, love.
When he finds Mark, alone, abandoned and hurt, he doesn’t expect one act of kindness to alter the course of his life forever. There is more to Mark than Conall can even dream of. The beautiful, vulnerable boy Conall knows is not human. A dark power lies within Mark—it can make him immortal... but love might be the price.
Fallen Love has dark magic, sweet romance, and lots of action.
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084FF8JTS
Two dart in front of us, and for a moment, I freeze. They are creatures of nightmare: their legs are spindly, misshapen, and they seem to glide across the road. They hiss again. A split second later, they leap.
The first is incinerated in mid-air by a laser flash, and the android crushes the second. A slick, black-green substance drips from its dead body; the smell almost makes me retch.
I snap back to reality: we need to keep running. The boy is already in front of me.
“How many?” he cries.
“Does it matter? Let the android take care of them.” Despite my cavalier words, I’m close to panic. I squint, trying to make out the Upper Quarter. Not far, I think. We can make it.
The android opens fire, and at a glance I see what the boy meant: there are many, way too many. Several fall in the firestorm, but others clamour to take their place. This isn’t a lone attack; this is a swarm. And we’re right in the middle of it.
“Run faster!” I scream. “We’re almost there!”
But it’s too late.
A mutant slams into me with the power of a sledgehammer. I heave against it, fighting with its mandibles: I have to stop those fangs, so gleaming with venom, from sinking in and finishing me off.
And then the weight is off me. Through the corner of my eyes, I see it sail high into the air and into the reach of the android, but my sight never leaves the boy who saved me.
“I had to return the bleedin’ favour,” he says, hand outstretched. I don’t have time to thank him. He lifts me and we’re running again. The lights of the Upper Quarter are tantalisingly close. They shimmer behind an immense force-field, designed to keep out mutants and undesirables. Riffraff like the boy I just rescued.
Not that I have time to worry about that right now. “My ID will open the force field!” I cry, and I throw myself forward, fumbling for the ID.
With a flash of the reader, we cross the threshold. We’re in.
We breathe deeply, and I collapse against him. The mutants hiss, disappointed, and quickly slink back from the force field. A few are not so lucky, and are noticed by one of the guard towers. Machine gun fire turns the monsters into bloody smears on the ground.
Still, my interest isn’t on the monsters—it’s on him. It isn’t just the muscles, which are hard and powerful against my body. His scent is masculine, and sends a surreptitious thrill through me.
Before, I feared death; but now, I feel very much alive.
“That was fun,” I say.
Conall had been warned not to stay out to late—not to be caught in the Fallen quarter after dark for evil things lurk there and sure enough Conall finds out all too soon that he should have listened. When he comes upon an injured Fallen he decides to help him—they are set upon immediately by some pretty serious spider like creatures called scarabs—they are deadly and fast. Conall has an android with him who can handle the initial attack but as he and the boy he discovered run for the safety of the Upper Quarter they are set upon by scores of the loathsome creatures and nearly killed. They escape barely and so begins the relationship of Conall, the upperclassman and child of a powerful Party member and Mark—a fallen who is not at all as he seems.
Mark hides something inside—powers that he neither wants nor fully understands. He and Conall both know that their races dare not mix—much less fall in love but that can’t stop what seems to be destined to happen between them and the feelings that bloom overnight. Theirs is a dangerous world where mutants desire to kill those who have survived the nuclear blast that created the hierarchy that sees upperclassman such as Conall as the elite leaders and policy setters, the lowerclassman as the worker bees and the Fallen as the dregs of society. Classes do not intermingle—but Conall and Mark are about to change all that despite how dangerous a. move it will prove to be for them both.
Alex Stargazer takes on a huge task in their debut novel, Fallen Love. Set in a dystopian world created by the writer, there are all kinds of different races and types of people from witches to demons, mutants and androids that populates this rather cleverly created new land. This is something the author does quite well—there is a great deal to be fascinated by in this novice story and Stargazer should be proud of their world building capabilities.
However, not the same can be said of all aspects of this novel. With well over 300 pages of storyline, the transitions between events and chapters is often haphazardly accomplished—muddling an already complex story. Since this story is told in differing points of view it’s important that the mapping of the storyline itself be meticulous—the opposite occurs here and it makes for a confusing read at times.
Conall and Mark are total opposite characters in many ways who share a common disregard for how things “should be” and how they wish them to be. For instance theirs is a forbidden love yet they never allow that to guide their feelings for each other. I had a difficult time seeing any growth in Conall—he started out arrogant and somewhat condescending and pretty much remained that way throughout the entire novel. Mark, on the other hand, changed and became a better version of himself—his was the winning character for me.
I think that given how many different genres this novel seemed to embrace it ended up being responsible for the downfall of the story overall. Yes, it was a fascinating new world, yes some of the inhabitants were incredibly written and described, and, yes, the two main guys were likeable enough and you wanted them to succeed but because there was so much going on in this story it was easy to get lost and end up confused as to what exactly was going on at any given time.
There is also a cliff hanger ending here—one that will either make you want the next installment immediately or wish you had never started the book to begin with—you will have to decide that for yourself. I can say that I think this author has some real potential but needs to pick a lane and stick to it—this will allow the story they next create to be more focused and I think make it more rewarding for the reader overall.
About the Author
Alex Stargazer is an author of dark, fantastical tales that snare you in with epic world-building—and keep you reading with funny anecdotes and beautiful love stories. He currently hails from rainy Scotland, but he can be found all over Europe. Since publishing his first novel—the Necromancer—at 14, Alex has released two short stories and an upcoming new novel, named Fallen Love. Sign up to his newsletter to stay up-to-date: https://mailchi.mp/c0a00cf75af3/alex-stargazer-fallen
When not establishing the finer points of magecraft or the peculiarities of dragons, Alex is working hard on getting a Master’s degree in boring topics like economics. In his spare time, Alex enjoys exploring the wilderness of Scotland—though Austria, Italy and the Nordic countries fascinate him most. If he really needs to blow off some steam, Alex will shoot zombies in his favourite shooter, Left 4 Dead 2.
Alex can be found on Twitter @AlexStargazerWE or on Facebook at Alex Stargazer Writes Books. You can also get a free short story on his website: www.alexstargazer.com