4 out of 4 stars
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Fallen Virtue by RJ Benson is a fiction book that explores the idea of angels and demons in a non-religious manner.
Zhanerious, an Angel from the Virtues dominion, is transferred to the Warriors dominion. He is a fantastic singer and loved across the heavens. His transition is peculiar. Transfers to the Warriors dominion are for angels who have shown leadership potential. He is soon declared to have gone to sleep, a phenomenon where young angels rest for decades or centuries after expending too much energy during training.
Damaceous, an angel from the Powers dominion, is sent to Earth to investigate the increased demonic activity. His investigation steers him to a club run by demons. He unravels an unlikely alliance and finds himself in an intricate plan by General Remiel of the Powers dominion to achieve a lasting solution to evil forces.
I enjoyed many aspects of the book. First, the author’s creativity shined through. Her ability to merge elements from Christianity like angels, demons and the great war between Lucifer and Michael/Gabriel was amazing. There was a touch of Greek mythology with the mention of Atlantis. The mixture of these themes effortlessly was lovely. The writing is very descriptive. I could map out the various locations portrayed in the book and the emotions of the characters. The characters are well developed, and I moved through the flashbacks effortlessly without getting lost.
The majority of romantic relationships are male on male. Benson shows their deep affection for each other and does not shy away from sharing with the reader their erotic escapades. The erotic scenes are detailed, with the author creating mental pictures and inspiring emotions. One of the interesting aspects was how certain body parts are erogenous amongst the devils and angels. I also loved how the demons and angels question why their relationship has to be one of absolute hate. The author is very daring with her portrayal of the spiritual characters and challenges the absoluteness with which religion deals with heaven and hell.
My only slight dislike is the romance between Zane(Zhanerious) and Damaceous. I felt it formed too fast and that Zane was too accepting of what Damaceous told him. I encountered several errors, mainly to do with the use of an incorrect adverb repeatedly. However, I believe the book is professionally edited.
I rate Fallen Virtue a four out of four. I was able to go through the book with minimal breaks over a few hours and loved it from beginning to end. The twists and turns are lovely, and the themes explored are daring and refreshing. I loved the theme of various ideas that intertwined with each other and the descriptive language used in the book.
I recommend this book to mature audiences due to the erotic scenes and the violence in the fight scenes. The book contains scattered profanity. People who enjoy action-filled books with suspense and a bit of romance or the concept of supernatural creatures will find this to be an enjoyable read.
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