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Fallen [Hardcover]

Tim Lebbon
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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11 Aug 2008
The people of Noreela are just beginning an era of expansion, with explorers going constantly further into unknown territory for profit and glory. Blocking the voyagers' southward journeys, however, is the Great Divide, a cliff that reaches into the clouds. Ramus Rheel, an aging explorer battling cancer, and Nomi Hyden, whose wealth has not diminished her craving for adventure, are 'friendly enemies' who set out to scale the Divide and earn recognition as the greatest voyagers of all. When they find the lair of one of the ancient Sleeping Gods, they get considerably more excitement - and terror - than they bargained for.

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (11 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749079975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749079970
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,890,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lebbon displays the sort of cool irony and uncanny mood-making that drive the best "Twilight Zone" stories." --"New York Times Book Review" "Dark and memorable.... Lebbon creates vivid and convincing major and minor characters, places, and creatures."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review "This is fantsy for grown-ups."--Paul Kearney

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 7 July 2011
By Karen
This book is a perfect example of how not to mix genres as three-quarters of the book is a straight-forward fantasy adventure/journey/quest yarn followed by a discordant leap into an alien/horror shocker with many unanswered questions. The writing style is simplistic and clichéd. The two main protagonists are equally unpleasant and the way tension is introduced into their relationship feels very artificial. The most likeable characters, having been well developed during the "journey" disappear very quickly. The book is full of clunky plot devices and some sections are completely unbelievable. Unfortunately some of the most unpleasant scenes are very well described and leave a lasting memory, particularly the baby tree image.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of fantasy. 10 July 2009
In the unexplored regions of Noreela there are rumours of the Great Divide, a massive cliff which demarcates the end of the known world and something else, something unknown. Ramus and Nomi obtain a parchment from a voyager who claims to have visited the region and it indicates that there are other, even greater, mysteries to be explored. Faced with the dangers of the unknown but also potential fame and fortune they set off on the ultimate challenge and potentially lethal expedition.

Tim Lebbon has created a fantastic adventure novel reminiscent of the classics, think "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" or "The Lost World" but in a unique and imaginative fantasy setting. The main characters are rich and detailed but many retain an aura of mystery which is never fully explained allowing for interesting tension points to develop. They are motivated by that inexplicable need to explore, at any cost.

The true star of the show in Noreela itself. Tim Lebbon avoids most of the fantasy cliches in his writing (the book doesn't even have a map) but instead creates a land populated with mysterious beings, creatures and landscapes. Cleverly avoiding exposition the author allows the descriptions of the places and sites to tell their own stories, its a great skill to be able to invoke the feel of a place with a few choice adjectives but it's a skill that Tim Lebbon shows frequently. This allows the narrative to roll along without the pauses and long winded explanations normally required to fill in the backstory, it also retains mystery and intrigue right to the end.

The plot itself is fairly simplistic but add in the characters and mysteries found along the journey and it evolves into something much greater than the sum of it's parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tim Lebbon's one of these interesting cases: a New York Times best-selling author, a winner of multiple awards including a British Fantasy Award for his novel Dusk, and yet his name rarely seems to crop up in online discussion.

I'd been meaning to check out Dusk ever since I read part of an excerpt and quite liked it. I was therefore pleased when Lebbon's UK publisher, Allison & Busby, kindly offered to send me a copy of his latest book, Fallen.

Taking place in the world of Noreela - the same world that features in Dusk and its sequel Dawn - Fallen is both an adventure story and an examination of how sometimes the personal psychological journeys we undertake are more significant than the physical.

Ramus and Nomi are members of the Guild of Voyagers, an organisation that seeks to explore the untamed wilds of Noreela and reveal them to the rest of civilisation. When they obtain some obscure documents from a mysterious traveller, they set about preparing for the voyage of a lifetime. Their destination is the Great Divide - a massive, sheer cliff that borders one edge of Noreela and rises up into the clouds. They're travelling into the unknown, as no one has ever scaled the cliff. While the thrill of discovery is a motivating factor, it's the promise of what is hidden away atop the Great Divide that drives them on. If the ancient documents are accurate, then what they will find at the top of the Great Divide - if they ever reach the top - will change the world and re-write history.

I think what attracted me to Fallen was the adventure angle. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a 'quest novel' (why does that term seem so negative these days?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Fantasty Fare 17 May 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A prequel to Tim's earlier works ("Dusk" and "Dawn") this novel continues exploring the world in much the same sort of way. Add to the mix an Indiana Jones type of tale where a team is put together only to fall out and race each other to their objective. An objective that they discover was something perhaps best left where it was.

It's a quirky tale, it move's at its own pace (and lets face it when you're talking about a 700 mile journey it can only go so quickly.) Nether the less it's a tale of fascination, of discovery and above all about what each characters emotional journey when their "grail" ends up not so much the imagined cup, but something else entirely. Definitely a book if you're looking for something a little different in the fantasy field and definitely a bit of fun. Highly recommended although the book back really doesn't seem to do the tale justice as I only really decided to read the tale after it had been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Awards.
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