Series- The Whispers of the Fallen Book # 2
By- J.D. Netto
Publication Date- May 30, 2014
Smoke rises from the ruins of fallen kingdoms. Forgotten secrets have been revealed. In the darkness of the world, Lucifer’s army grows.
The quest of the book-bearers grows even more perilous when Isaac and his companions discover that ancient enemies have risen from the Heart of Elysium, seeking to snatch the Book of Letters from their hands. The Nephilins are now aided by Xavier, one of the Fallen Rulers. Villages have been brought to the ground by armies of Shadows. Creatures from the Abyss now lurk in the mountains and forests, longing to kill whoever crosses their path.
Isaac and his companions must find courage to overcome their fears as they continue their journey throughout Elysium.
I was about to head out the door when a chill shot up my leg. There was a cold grasp around my ankle that pulled my body. I thudded to the floor. My eyes darted over my shoulder and saw a black shadow shaped like a man. My heart skipped a beat as I caught sight of its skeletal hands tightened around my left ankle.
I tried to land a kick on the creature, but my feet sank under its shadow. With great strength, it lifted me off the ground and cast my body against the roof. A sharp pain spread through my back. Ballard, Demetre, and Petra flocked into the room.
The grotesque being released a growl once it saw them. I managed to stand to my feet as fast as I could.
“What in the name of Elysium is that?” Ballard unsheathed his sword.
I limped my way to my companions, feeling a sharp pain in my chest. I watched as both of the creature’s skeletal hands turned into arms, each equipped with four-fingered hands. At the tip of each finger was a sharp, curved claw. The creature’s bones slithered beneath its brown skin while its body took a shape similar to that of a dragon. Its elongated skull had a thin snout. Wings appeared on its back, expanding to almost twice the size of the creature’s thin tail.
The creature lowered its head, growling as it crawled to its left. Its golden eyes trailed across the room. The pain in my leg worsened as I watched it raise its body. It let out a loud roar.
“Darker days are ahead of us, my friend. We better be ready for them.”
****5 -Something Wicked this way comes****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
That was the moment when I felt the weight of my responsibility. I had returned from the Wastelands of Tristar not only to protect a book, but to guard the people of Elysium. The Creator had sent these bearers my way for a reason that I was yet to discover. Regardless of how long it took for this reason to be revealed, I wanted to protect them.
The adventure continues and what a wild ride it was. Lucifer's army grows stronger by the day as the wall separating worlds goes unprotected, allowing all manor of creatures to cross over. The book-bearers are in more danger than ever as they are hunted by not only the Nephilins, but Blood-drinkers, villages are burning down all around them and armies of shadows are everywhere. Their powers are changing in ways they don't understand, Lucifer haunts their every move and trust between them all is wearing thin. They must protect their books at all costs, gather whatever allies they can find and figure out a way to stop Lucifer before it's to late. When they start to get picked off one by one, the chances of victory seem slight at best; but Isaac refuses to give in, no matter how strong the temptation. All the pain and suffering he has endured will not be for nothing.
Why would the Dark One come to me? Though Lucifer did not have a physical body, his presence lingered, manifesting in different ways. If I heard his voice, did it mean that he was aware of our location? Was he to send an army after us?
Though my heart was troubled by the sound of his conniving voice, fear stood at bay. Perhaps I was making the wrong choice. Since darkness was already inside of me, why should I continue to fight against it?
Just like book one, the action is non-stop in this one. Right from the beginning, all the way to the bitter and shocking end, you are sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how they will all get through this in tact. Surprises and danger lurk around every corner, secrets will be revealed, friendships and loyalty will be tested, and the battle against the darkness within reaches an all time high. It was breathtaking. If I could recommend one thing, it would be to give 'The Whispers of the Fallen' a quick reread before venturing into 'Rebellion' if you have the time. It had been probably six months or so between books for me and I did suffer some confusion in the beginning, at least until I was full submerged in the world once more. J.D. Netto has knocked another one out of the park and after the way this one ended...that last line damn near killed me, I will be anxiously climbing the walls waiting for the next book and I definitely see some Facebook stalking in my near future for any teasers to hold me over til then. Read this series, there is nothing else like it out there, and coming from someone who reads as many books as I do, that's saying something.
“We are the bearers of the five books of Lucifer and we are being hunted by the Fallen Stars, the Nephilins, and now the blood-drinkers.” With slow steps, he paced around the room. “Though they are not here, every time fear finds its way into our hearts, they win. We cannot be afraid of our doom if it brings redemption to Elysium. We might have lost loved ones, but there is still a whole world that needs to be saved. Though the darkness might seem to thicken every day, we must believe that there is strength in us to destroy it.”
During the writing process of Rebellion, I listened to a lot of movie scores. Below you will find a few of the songs that inspired me the most!
1) Bones - MS MR
2) Warriors on the Beach - James Howard Newton
3) Age of Dragons - Audiomachine
4) Girion, Lord of Dale - Howard Shore
5) Elysium - Hans Zimmer
6) Captured and Tortured - Alexander Desplat
7) Death Hunt - Audiomachine
8) Here Comes the King - X-Ray Dog
9) The Wolf - Brian Reitzell
10) Requiem for a Dream - Clint Manssel
The Whispers of the Fallen
By- J.D. Netto
Publication Date- November 2012
Published By- TristarPublishing Group
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 its guardians. 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.
J.D. Netto (Jorge de Oliveira Netto) is brazilian-born. Raised in Framingham, MA, J.D. Netto always had an eye for epic fantasy and story-telling. At an early age, he had the habit of locking himself in his room, turning on any soundtrack he could find, and there he would write for hours. During his senior year in High School, J.D. Netto had an idea that changed his life, 'What if Lucifer had a Diary? What if the Diary was a secret? What if the secret was a reality?' These simple questions led him to write for six consecutive years, researching, perfecting his craft, and creating the world of Elysium. All the promotional visuals for the series were designed by J.D. Netto, proving that he is not only a writer, but an innovative visual designer.
He was born in a really small town in Brazil and relocated to the U.S.A. at the age of 11.
J.D. grew up in Framingham, MA.
He plays keyboard and is also a songwriter.
He can wiggle his ears.
Started drawing at the age of three.